The Daily Populous

Thursday June 23rd, 2022 evening edition

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The National Labor Relations Board is asking a federal court to order Starbucks to stop using what the federal agency calls an "array of illegal tactics" aimed at workers involved in unionization efforts at the coffee chain's stores.

Starbucks opposes the unionization effort, arguing the company runs better when dealing directly with its employees.

But it has consistently rejected claims it uses unlawful tactics aimed at discouraging workers from trying to organize.

"As we have said previously, we believe these claims are false and will be prepared to defend our case," a spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch in an email.

In its most recent filing, the NLRB called on the court to order Starbucks to reinstate seven Buffalo workers that the agency contends were illegally fired for trying to form a union.

It also wants the court to require Starbucks to negotiate with a store whose union election was harmed by what the panel says were the company's anti-union efforts.

Starbucks Workers United, the group leading the unionization drive, praised the NLRB's petition. »

Final Fantasy XVI Devs Are Interested In Releasing A Demo of the Game Before Launch

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Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida has expressed an interest in getting a demo of the game out before its official launch in Summer 2023.

He then mentioned that they would like to offer a demo version of Final Fantasy XVI to the public, but they are not sure if it is possible by next year.

Final Fantasy XVI was recently shown again and was confirmed to launch exclusively on the PS5 in Summer 2023. »

Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War

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Editor’s note: Today Microsoft published a new intelligence report, Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War.

The cyber aspects of the current war extend far beyond Ukraine and reflect the unique nature of cyberspace.

The world can now start to assess the early and relative strengths and weaknesses of offensive and defensive cyber operations. »

Lauren Boebert Faces Bipartisan Bid by GOP and Democrats to Oust Her

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They include the Better Than Boebert PAC, which describes itself as "Republicans, Independents, & Democrats who have decided we can do better than Lauren Boebert.".

Many of those voters are concentrated in Pitkin and La Plata counties, which are considered centers of support for Democrats.

Support from Democrats may help Coram in Tuesday's primary, but Boebert is still the heavy favorite to win. »

Thousands of Dutch farmers block roads in protest against emissions targets

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Thousands of farmers gathered in the central Netherlands on Wednesday to protest the Dutch government’s plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia.

But it comes at the cost of producing polluting gases, despite farmers taking steps to reduce emissions.

Zegwaard said farmers were prepared to talk about how to reduce emissions, but objected to the industry shouldering most of the blame. »