Starbucks for shutdown sanity
Starbucks jumps into the federal shutdown controversy Friday when end the shutdown petitions will be available at 11,000 U.S. stores. Marketing experts tell Associated Press it could be a smart move for the coffee giant, making Starbucks appear socially conscious without edging into partisanship. The petitions will also ask for a long-term budget deal by the end of the year and the timely payment of all federal debts. OK, even bitter fans of the late, lamented Sonics might be able to give it up for Howard Schultz on this one.
A federal judge rejected a request that he reopen a rural Idaho highway to trucks. The semis were transporting huge pieces of machinery for the development of Alberta's oil sands. A subsidiary of General Electric had complained about the expense of rerouting the equipment after the judge issued an injunction last month. The injunction was sought by Idaho Rivers United and the Nez Perce Tribe. Some of the equipment is manufactured in Korea, then shipped to Lewiston, where it is put on trucks. Activists were encouraged by the judge's ruling, but warned of a possible appeal. AP wasn't immediately able to get a comment from the company.
Bezos book: Father had no clue
The author of an upcoming book about Jeff Bezos tracked down the Amazon executive's biological father, who is running a bike shop in Glendale, Ariz. Jeff's bio dad, Ted Jorgensen, told author Brad Stone that he blames himself for walking out of his son's life after his ex-wife remarried, according to a Seattle Times report. Stone had to remind Jorgensen who Jeff Bezos is; after the remarriage, he had eventually forgotten his ex-wife and son's new family name. Times' writer Jay Greene says the excerpts focus on Amazon's business culture — something that is, as Greene puts it, "not for the faint of heart." The book, "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon," will be available next week — on Amazon.com and bookstores. There are a few left. Bookstores, that is.
Good morning, Victoria
Canadian writer Alice Munro was sound asleep at her daughter's home in Victoria, British Columbia when news of her Nobel Prize for Literature finally caught up with her — at 4 a.m. The Swedish Academy had a helluva time locating the 82-year-old short story savant. Academy officials left a phone message at her Ontario home and sent out a tweet about their efforts to reach her before finally going ahead with the announcement, according to The New York Times. Victoria's Times-Colonist reports an upsurge in sales of her short stories at local bookstores. Go crazy, Canada. Buy a book or two. Especially since the new Nobel Laureate has said she's retiring from writing. Personally, we're going to pay more attention to the seniors strolling through Canada's retirement capital the next time we go there.
Update 5:06 p.m. Here's a Nobel recording of a call with Munro when they finally caught up with her. It sounds like she might get back to writing.
Speaking of retiring, Gov. Jay Inslee's basketball number (35) will be retired on Friday morning at an athletic fundraiser at his high school alma mater: Seattle's Ingraham High (details here). A little looking around in The Seattle Times' electronic archives shows that Inslee was part of a very good team in 1969, his senior year. We just hope that, in a few years, we can look back and say the same about him and his new "teammates," the state's legislators. A bipartisan transportation bill would be a good next move for the old Ram and his legislative colleagues.
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