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Seahawks Marshan Lynch DESTROYS Saints Tracy Porter

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“I don’t run to get tackled” – Seattle Seahawks, Number 24, Marshsawn Lynch

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GO HAWKS!

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January 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Massachusetts – IHOP operator fined $100k for forcing wait staff to pay for meals customers skipped out on, multiple wage law violations

Via: MassLive.com
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The operator of the IHOP restaurant on Riverdale Street, West Springfield, has agreed to pay approximately $100,000 to settle allegations it violated multiple sections of the law by conduct including forcing wait staff to pay out-of-pocket for customers who ran out without paying their bills.

According to a press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, the settlement agreement requires RME Enterprises and its president and treasurer Robert Max Evans to pay back employees for a number of alleged violations that took money out of their pocket through the course of their employment.

Workers deserve to be paid all of their wages, including tips,” Coakley said in a statement. “Restaurant employees should not have to front the business costs of the restaurant out of their pay.”

When reached at his home by phone on Friday, Evans, who ran for local office as a Republican candidate in the 1990s (a Republican – who could have guessed?), declined to say anything relating to the settlement or the accusations against him and his business.

“I have no comment at all,” Evans said.

A call to IHOP’s corporate media relations spokesperson’s cell phone wasn’t returned Friday.

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The workers’ rights and wage laws were violated, with infractions including:

– Wait staff were required to pay from their tips the full meal costs of customers who left without paying their bills

– Wait staff were required to share their tips with non-wait staff

– Employees were required to pay from their wages the full meal costs of any meals for which a mistake was alleged to have been made

– Employees were required to pay from their wages for “breakages” of dishware, the amount of which was determined by the employer based on dish type

– Employees were subject to meal deductions from their wages when no meals were eaten, consent was not given generally, and at times when consent was specifically and affirmatively withheld

– Employees’ work time, and thus wages, were “shaved” to account for alleged meal break time, when meal breaks were not taken generally and at times when employees specifically and affirmatively noted they took no break

http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2014/01/west_springfield_ihop_operator_fined_100.html

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Chemical Leak Into West Virginia River FAR LARGER Than Previously Estimated

Via: Think Progress

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As over 300,000 people in West Virginia face a fourth day without water, state environmental officials are now estimating that as much as 7,500 gallons of a chemical used to process coal — Crude MGHM — may have spilled into the Elk River. That number is a substantial increase from early estimates of 2,000 to 5,000 gallons.

The chemical leak, first reported Thursday, was at a facility owned by Freedom Industries along the Elk River, just 1.5 miles upstream from a major intake used by the largest water utility in the state, West Virginia American Water.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water Company, said that it would likely still be “several days” before tap water in the nine counties affected would be safe for anything besides flushing toilets.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/12/3151421/fourth-day-water-west-virginia/

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Hmmmm, maybe I missed it, but I can’t remember the last time I heard about a ‘solar power’ or ‘wind power’ spill.

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It’s cool to be a liberal again

Via: MSNBC

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The number of Americans who self-identify as “liberal” has hit a high not seen for at least two decades, according to a new poll.

A Gallup poll released Friday found that 23% of Americans describe themselves as liberal. That’s still way fewer than call themselves conservative or moderate—38 and 34% respectively. But it’s the highest level since Gallup began asking in 1992.

“The changes in ideological identification among party groups has (sic) resulted in a rise in the percentage of Americans overall who call themselves liberal and a decrease in the percentage of moderates,” Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones wrote. “Even though the percentage of conservatives has generally held steady, the rise in liberal identification leaves conservatives with their smallest advantage over liberals in the last two decades.”

http://www.msnbc.com/the-cycle/its-cool-be-liberal-again

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