Recent Updates

Starbucks CEO Steps Down



The CEO of Starbucks has stepped down, but already has a successor to take the company over. Howard Schultz is known for establishing more than 20,000 stores in 75 countries. He also made the company more vocal on issues such as gun violence, gay rights, race relations, veterans rights, and student debt. He has decided to hand the company over to longtime friend, Kevin Johnson, who is current president of the company and member of the board. Schultz was quoted saying that Johnson is “better equipped” at running the company. The hand over will officially go into effect on April 3rd of next year.


Baltimore Shooting




Officers in Baltimore are asking witnesses to come forward to find the suspect in a shooting in front of a northwest Baltimore store last Wednesday. Baltimore police spokesman TJ Smith told reporters at a news conference that it happened near the Stop 1 convenience store in the Windsor Hills neighborhood. A lone gunman fired on people at around 6pm. Smith said that six people were shot, one man was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second died at the hospital. It left one person critically wounded and three with non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives believe the shooting was in retaliation to a homicide in the area several days ago.


Ashton Kutcher To Receive Award From Drake University



Iowan actor Ashton Kutcher is set to receive an award from Drake University. The Robert D. and Billy Ray Center at the university named Kutcher the recipient of the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award for 2017. The award is given each spring to honor an influential Iowan who has demonstrated good character. The center said, “Ashton continues to be guided by his Iowa values and puts his character into action with efforts such as funding 132 Iowa school projects or helping Iowans after natural disasters”. Past recipients of the award include Olympic gold medalist, Shawn Johnson, and even former Iowa State head men’s basketball coach, Fred Hoiberg. Kutcher will formally accept the award on April 8th, 2017 at the Ray Center’s All-Star Evening in West Des Moines.