Toys R Us tells workers it will liquidate and sell or close all stores

Reuters News Service

Toys R Us told employees Wednesday that it is planning to sell or close all of its U.S. stores, and that it will file liquidation papers this evening in advance of a court hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The company confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that Chief Executive Dave Brandon had shared the news with employees in a conference call. A spokeswoman for Toys R Us told The Record that Brandon told employees it was a sad day and that customers and others would be sad to see the brand disappear.

The decision to liquidate the company might not be the final chapter if a buyer surfaces who wants to buy some of the stores and operate them as an ongoing business. Many in the toy business believe there is room for a smaller version of Toys R Us.

Please click on the link from Joan Verdon and Charisse Jones, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record and USA TODAY
 https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/03/14/toys-r-us-told-employees-wednesday-planning-sell-close-all-its-u-s-stores-and-file-liquidation-paper/426292002/

Bost School Safety Proposal Passes House of Representatives

From Congressman Mike Bost’s office

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congress passed a bipartisan proposal introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and  fellow Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) to help schools acquire and install panic buttons for alerting law enforcement to incidents of classroom violence.  Introduced in January, Bost and Schneider’s legislation was incorporated into H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, a broader package aimed at addressing school safety, which passed the House today by a vote of 407-10.

“As a former first responder, I know response time is vitally important during emergency situations,” said Bost. “We have panic buttons in banks, office buildings, and retail locations, there is no reason we shouldn’t have them at our schools to protect our children. I’m proud the House passed this bipartisan, commonsense proposal I worked on with Representative Schneider to protect our kids.”

“Representative Bost’s work on the STOP School Violence Act improved this legislation and will help make our communities safer,” said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “By including his SOS Act in the final bill that passed the House today, schools will have critical resources to improve safety and put them in more direct and discreet contact with local law enforcement in an emergency. Mike deserves a lot of credit for his work to make American schools safer.”

“We have a responsibility to protect our children and young people where they learn,” said Schneider. “I am proud of the bipartisan support Congressman Bost and I have built together for the Securing Our Schools Act, and am very pleased this commonsense idea has now passed the House. This should be just the start of our work here in Congress on solutions to reduce gun violence and improve student safety, and I look forward to building on this progress in the days ahead.”

Bost and Schneider’s bill, titled the Securing Our Schools Act, has over 50 bipartisan cosponsors, including Illinois Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).  It also has the support of the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Education Association.

Tim McGraw collapses onstage during Ireland concert

Faith Hill, left, and Tim McGraw walk on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) – From WSMV’s Website

DUBLIN, UK — Tim McGraw collapsed onstage Sunday night during a performance in Dublin, Ireland according to his wife Faith Hill. McGraw reportedly suffered from dehydration while singing his Number One hit “Humble & Kind”.

According to Rolling Stone, Hill addressed the crowd shortly after the collapse.

“He’s been super dehydrated. I apologize, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out onstage,” Hill said on stage.

Please click on the link for the full story from WSMV in Nashville, TN.

http://www.wsmv.com/story/37699399/tim-mcgraw-collapses-onstage-during-ireland-concert

Toys ‘R’ Us Considers Closing All of Its U.S. Stores

Sources say the toy chain, which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, is evaluating bids to liquidate the locations

 

Reuters News Service

Troubled toy chain Toys “R” Us Inc. is preparing to liquidate all of its U.S. stores and abandon efforts to restructure through the bankruptcy process, people familiar with the matter said, after a weak holiday season torpedoed plans to reorganize.

The big box retailer filed for chapter 11 protection in September with the hopes of reorganizing its roughly $5 billion debt load, revamping its stores and operations, and continuing as a mainstay toy business.

The company recently announced plans to close 184 stores, or about 20% of its roughly 800 U.S. stores, as it worked with creditors to restructure its debts. But now it is now evaluating bids to liquidate the remainder of its U.S. locations, the people said.

Please click on the link below for the full story from the Wall Street Journal.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/toys-r-us-considers-closing-all-of-its-u-s-stores-1520549311

Here is a timeline of the chain’s history from USA-Today.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/03/09/toys-r-us-timeline-history-nations-top-toy-chain/409230002/

Organization led by Adam Wainwright to host Marshall Co. victims at Busch

DRAFFENVILLE, KY – Big League Impact, along with the St. Louis Cardinals, will host all of the Marshall County High School shooting victims and their immediate families at Busch Stadium on April 10-11.

According to the nonprofit organization, the Cardinals will participate in the event and bring an additional 800 people from the community.

They said Adam Wainwright and his wife Jenny “did not flinch when this arose,” and that it was “his idea to host them.”

Please click for the full story and video from KFVS-TV.

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/37682282/wainwright-organization-to-host-marshall-co-school-shooting-victims-families

 

 

Jimmy “The Cat” Hayes enters local politics

Cardinal Pitcher Adam Wainwright being interviewed by “The Cat” St, Louis insider photo.

CRYSTAL LAKE PARK, MO – Looks like Cardinal sportscaster Jim Hayes plans to add some color commentary to a Crystal Lake Park alderman race.

The 55-year-old Fox Sports Midwest reporter, best known for his dispatches during Cardinals baseball games, is running for First Ward alderman in the small West County municipality, according to information Hayes filed with the Post-Dispatch voters guide.

Crystal Park Lake is between Frontenac, Town and County and Des Peres. It has about 470 residents.

Please Click on the link from Joe Holleman of the St. Louis Post Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/columns/joe-holleman/fox-sportscaster-jim-hayes-running-for-aldermanic-seat/article_a86fe6f5-f036-5d20-83e7-3b6576297d1b.html

McDonald’s Starts Rollout of Fresh Beef Quarter-Pound Burgers, Cooked Right When Ordered, to U.S. Restaurants

Press Release from McDonald’s Corporate Office 

Rollout complete in approximately 3,500 restaurants in Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh and Salt Lake City, concluding with the rest of participating U.S. restaurants by May

Also Unveils A New Fresh Beef Signature Crafted Recipe Soon to Join Menu

OAK BROOK, Ill.,  – Today, McDonald’s USA announced that fresh beef, cooked right when ordered, in all Quarter Pounder and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers is now available across approximately 3,500 restaurants in select markets and is on track for rollout to all participating restaurants in the contiguous U.S. by early May*.

The move to fresh beef quarter-pound burgers is the latest in McDonald’s food journey to build a better McDonald’s. It’s also one of the latest customer-led initiatives in the U.S. that builds on several other recent milestones, including All Day Breakfast, committing to only sourcing cage-free eggs by 2025 in the U.S. and serving chicken not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine**.

“The switch to fresh beef quarter-pound burgers is the most significant change to our system and restaurant operations since All Day Breakfast,” said McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski. “Over the past two years, we have been listening to our customers and evolving our business to build a better McDonald’s. We are proud to bring our customers a hotter and juicier quarter-pound burger at the speed and convenience they expect from us.”

In March 2017, McDonald’s USA announced the switch to fresh beef, cooked right when ordered, quarter-pound burgers as a part of a broader commitment to bring customers more craveable and delicious food offerings. The 100% fresh beef quarter-pound burgers are now available in approximately 3,500 restaurants across a number of markets including:

Atlanta Charlotte Memphis
Miami Nashville Orlando
Raleigh Salt Lake City

Over the next month, the company will be rapidly completing the transition to fresh beef quarter-pound burgers, cooked right when ordered, in additional markets, including Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and more, with full rollout to participating restaurants by early May.

The test markets in Dallas and Tulsa found customers love the hotter and juicier*** fresh beef quarter-pound burgers – the company saw a 90 percent customer satisfaction from customers who order the burgers, and 90 percent intent to repurchase.

All McDonald’s fresh beef quarter-pound burgers use 100 percent beef with absolutely no fillers, additives or preservatives. Quarter-pound burgers include the Quarter Pounder, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Double Quarter Pounder and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers.

New Signature Crafted Recipe Sandwich

McDonald’s continues to innovate its Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches, which feature premium ingredients and unique flavor combinations. Next month, McDonald’s will introduce another flavorful, premium sandwich – Garlic White Cheddar. This Signature Crafted Recipe sandwich is made with a fresh beef, quarter-pound burger or chicken (Buttermilk Crispy Chicken or Artisan Grilled Chicken) and will be available at participating U.S. restaurants.

  • Garlic White Cheddar: A mouthwatering, savory combination of creamy garlic aioli and crispy garlic chips piled up with a juicy tomato slice, crisp iceberg lettuce and real white cheddar cheese. Freshly prepared on a fresh beef quarter-pound burger or your choice of chicken (Buttermilk Crispy Chicken or Artisan Grilled Chicken) on a toasted Artisan Roll.

Other new Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches are also expected to debut later this year.

* Not available in Alaska, Hawaii or US Territories.

** Farmers still use ionophores, a class of antibiotics that are not prescribed to people, to keep chickens healthy. 

*** Compared to prior ¼ lb. beef patty.

Oregon man, 20, sues Dick’s, Walmart over new gun sale policies

PORTLAND- OR  A 20-year-old southern Oregon man filed suit Monday against Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart after he says both national retailers refused to sell him a rifle in recent days.

Logo from Dick’s website

Tyler Watson’s lawsuit could be the first of its kind in the U.S., according to his attorney, Max Whittington. Whittington knows of no others.

That was four days before the retailer announced that it wouldn’t sell guns to anyone under 21 in the wake of a 19-year-old gunman’s rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that killed 17 people on Feb. 14.

Please click for the full story from Aimee Reed of the Portland Orgeonian.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/03/oregon_man_20_sues_big_retaile.html

 

Police respond after possible self-inflicted shot near White House, Secret Service says

The following are tweets from the US secret Service

Independent UK photo.

WASHINGTON, DC – Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse.

UPDATE: No other reported injuries related to the incident at @WhiteHouse.

John Roberts of Fox News says the following:  “Medical personnel are responding to the incident. The person involved in the incident was not immediately identified and his condition was unknown.

A White House official told Fox News that President Trump has been briefed on the incident and referred all questions to the Secret Service.

President Trump is currently in Mar-a-Lago and is expected to return to Washington, D.C., later on Saturday.

Please follow the link for this breaking story from Fox News.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/03/police-respond-to-reports-shots-fired-near-white-house.html

 

Hickman KY Police Officer Found Dead in Flooded Field

HICKMAN, KY – Hickman City Police officer was found dead Saturday morning in a flooded field.

Kentucky State Police say 45-year-old Officer Rodney Smith of Boaz was located at 5 a.m.. in the field off of Bernal Avenue in Hickman City. Police say the cruiser he had been driving was also located.

Please click on the link for the full story from Matt Margraf of WKMS radio, of Murray State University.

http://wkms.org/post/hickman-police-officer-found-dead-flooded-field