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Swiss reject world’s largest minimum wage

Posted by wlpo on May 18, 2014

      More than three quarters of Swiss voters have rejected a plan setting  the world’s highest minimum wage. Under the proposal, Swiss workers would have been paid a minimum of $24.70 an hour.
 
     Trade unions had proposed it as a way of fighting poverty in a country that, by some measures, features the world’s highest prices and most expensive cities. But voters were concerned about upsetting the country’s strong economy, and about driving costs even higher.
 
     Switzerland’s economy minister said, “A fixed salary has never been a good way to fight the problem.”
 
     Switzerland currently has no minimum wage. But the median hourly wage is about $37.

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Speaker does a “180” on graduates

Posted by wlpo on May 18, 2014

     A commencement speaker has blasted Pennsylvania college students as “immature” and “arrogant” for protesting the original speaker who then decided to withdraw. 

     Former Princeton University President William Bowen used his commencement speech at Haverford College outside Philadelphia Sunday to criticize students who campaigned against Robert Birgeneau, former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.
 
     More than 40 students and three professors had protested Birgeneau’s invitation to speak, objecting to his handling of a 2011 incident at Berkeley in which police used force at a student protest.
 
     The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Bowen said Birgeneau’s withdrawal was a “defeat” for the school.
 
     His address drew a standing ovation.

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Groups seek help with fundraisers

Posted by wlpo on May 18, 2014

    It costs money to put on a good fireworks show. The Streator fireworks committee is serving chicken or spagetti at a fundraiser 4 – 7pm today at the VFW, across from the city park. The cost is $9 and carryouts are available.

     When you’re battling Stage 4 cancer….you need friends. Single Mom Debbie Mallory has Stage 4 Lung/Liver cancer and has raised 2 daughters. “Right Spice Supper Club” in Peru,  Mallory’s employer,  is fundraising today to help her with expenses. You’re invited to stop by until 8 for music, food, wine and a silent auction. Tickets are $20.

 

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Exelon reaching out to the county

Posted by wlpo on May 18, 2014

    Do you have questions about the operation of the Brookfield Township generating station? Exelon reps are coming to Streator City Hall Tuesday afternoon to answer them as part of a community information and safety night.

    You can ask questions about its operation, security, emergency preparedness and environmental stewardship. The city of Streator will provide a police car, fire truck and their Canine officer. Free First Aid kits and the first 10 guests receive a smoke detector. Hours are 4 – 7pm.

 

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Fundraiser today utilizes any vehicle

Posted by wlpo on May 18, 2014

    It’s not “run for your life”…it’s “run for life. Participants are driving any kind of vehicle from Machelle’s in LaSalle and will end up at Celebrations 150 late this afternoon for a buffet dinner. Breakfast is being served at Machelles at 9am.

    The money raised from the $15 donations is going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. A silent auction is also planned.

 

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Illinois man catches new virus

Posted by wlpo on May 18, 2014

    Health officials say an Illinois man has apparently picked up an infection from the only American diagnosed with a mysterious Middle East virus, but the man has not needed medical treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday that tests completed Friday show the Illinois man probably was infected with the virus after having close contact twice with the MERS patient in Indiana.

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More than their share

Posted by wlpo on May 18, 2014

    Including the wildfires that ripped through parts of San Diego County this week, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to more than 1,500 fires this year, compared with about 800 during an average year. That’s allowed a sense of dread to build among officials and firefighters who feel it’s going to be a long year.

  More than 10- thousand evacuees have returned home in the San Diego region.

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