Management startup HappySignals has raised more than $5 million in a fundraising round backed by Nauta Capital

Summary List Placement   HappySignals, the startup working to help businesses to improve their internal cultures, has raised more than $5 million in a Series A funding round backed by Nauta Capital. Founded in 2014, Helsinki-based HappySignals offers enterprises firms an “employee experience management platform,” helping them identify what needs to change so they can […]

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Trump says he’s not yet ready to sign off on a TikTok deal as his administration reportedly pushes for majority US ownership (MSFT, ORCL, WMT)

Summary List Placement Trump administration officials are pushing for potential US buyers to own a majority share of TikTok as part of a sale the president has pushed for, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The Journal reported Tuesday that ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese-based parent company, had sought to keep its controlling share of the social media […]

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Home sweet home? Giants, visitors at Oracle Park, tie franchise record in win

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants wore their home cream color uniforms even though they were considered the road team. Seattle Mariners highlights were played on the big screen at Oracle Park just minutes before the start of the game. When the Mariners made plays, fake crowd cheers were piped in. Walkup music accompanied their batters […]

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Jon Lester keeps things close as Cubs walk-off Indians in 10 innings

AP Photo/Mark Black Lester allowed two runs in five innings in the Cubs’ 3-2 victory. Javy Baez delivered the game-winning single with two outs and two strikes. Starting pitcher Jon Lester felt like he figured something out before his last start against the Brewers, and those corrections in his mechanics allowed him to throw six […]

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Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial ‘heat ray’ ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump’s photo-op, a whistleblower says

Summary List Placement On June 1, federal law enforcement officers used tear gas, rubber pellets, and other aggressive tactics to remove protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, so President Donald Trump could have his photo taken in front of a church near the White House. Hours before that, officials were busy trying to stockpile […]

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City blocks streets into downtown for 4th night as car caravans celebrate Mexican Independence Day

People dance and party on Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain, as hundreds celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times The city has been blocking streets around downtown and Little Village since Sunday night, when car caravans began roaming the city in lieu of the annual Mexican Independence Day parade, which […]

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San Jose Unified extends distance learning through December

SAN JOSE – The San Jose Unified School District on Wednesday announced it is extending distance learning through the end of the year, a decision officials say was influenced in part by COVID-19 case counts and inadequate testing and contact tracing. “This has been one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to […]

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Judges render own verdict on Dems after Toomin rejection — refuse to pony up campaign cash

Judge Michael Toomin at the Thompson Center in 2012. | Sun-Times file photo In a rare display of political independence at election time, judges voted 42-13 against donating to the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts as they typically would.  Cook County judges facing retention on the November ballot voted Wednesday night to forgo the long-established practice of […]

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California voters show little appetite for race-based affirmative action, lukewarm over “split-roll” property tax

In a daunting sign for two of California’s high-profile ballot propositions, voters appear unwilling to bring race-based affirmative action back to the Golden State and are only supporting an overhaul of how the state taxes commercial property by the slimmest of margins. Those are among the key findings of a new statewide survey conducted this […]

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Poisoned pen pals? Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on letter recapping fed’s rules in Madigan hearings

State Rep. Tom Demmer, left, in 2018; U.S. Attorney John Lausch, center, in 2018; State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, right, last week. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times; Ashlee Rezin Garcoa/Sun-Times; Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool Underscoring the political nature of the special investigatory committee, the Democratic chair of the panel released his letter to U.S. Attorney […]

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Mayoral allies back out of ‘Back the Blue’ rally

Hundreds at a “Back the Blue” rally outside the Jefferson Park police district hold their hands to their heart during the national anthem Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara accused Mayor Lori Lightfoot of being the heavy hand behind the cancellations. Two of the three aldermen denied […]

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Attorney General Barr told federal prosecutors to be aggressive with charges against violent protesters, and even called for potentially charging them with sedition

Summary List Placement Attorney General William Barr told prosecutors to bring aggressive charges against those involved in protests including bringing charges of plotting to overthrow the government, several outlets reported.  Barr reportedly made the assertion in call with federal prosecutors last week where he also said that demonstrations that could turn violent are likely to […]

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How did vandals tag these freeway signs without being seen? Roadshow

Q: Can you explain how someone can tag an entire portion of an overhead freeway sign which starts in the middle lane without being seen? This is over northbound Highway 17 in San Jose. Do folks mistake them for Caltrans workers? … Did you see the Los Angeles sign at the 680/101 split in San […]

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USC, UCLA band together to get clarity on lifting of restrictions in L.A. County

An unprecedented situation called for an unusual maneuver. The athletic directors at USC and UCLA joined forces and held a joint Zoom call with Los Angeles County health officials Wednesday evening to clear a path for the football teams to begin practicing, according to sources familiar with the discussions. And it worked. “It was encouraging,” […]

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Coronavirus live blog, Sept. 16, 2020: 8 Chicago Public School teachers have died of coronavirus since the pandemic started

Pat Nabong/Sun-Times Here’s Wednesday’s news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker might soon lift the coronavirus timeout he imposed last month on the far south suburbs, as public health officials on Thursday announced the latest set of generally encouraging COVID-19 numbers. That’s not all that happened in coronavirus-related news today. […]

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Stream this: Roy Rogers, Word for Word, ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Here are some cool streaming options awaiting you this weekend. Roy Rogers: The Northern California blues great — one of the finest slide guitarists you’ll ever hear — presents a solo acoustic show benefiting the MusiCares Foundation that aids struggling musicians. He’ll showcase his array of vintage guitars and tell stories and perform songs from […]

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State restrictions lifted for Pac-12 football teams in California, Oregon: The path back just got easier

Pac-12 football took a major step toward returning to play Wednesday as the governors of Oregon and California lifted the state restrictions preventing half the conference from conducting normal practices. If all goes well, the conference could restart its football season in late October or early November, bringing it into general alignment with the Big […]

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