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Marco Rubio Called Out For Lack Gun Control

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Gun control has become even more of a larger topic in this country following the heartbreaking shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The survivors of the tragedy, especially the students, have been advocating for revising the laws.

But while they have been proactive in their plight, the government officials who have the power to change things aren’t proving their competency. One of them is Florida Congressional Senator Marco Rubio, who was confronted during CNN’s “Stand Up” town hall on Wednesday night by angry students, teachers, and parents who are demanding stronger plans for gun control.

Frank Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was one of the 17 victims who was killed in the shooting, specifically targeted Rubio with his impressive question. He called Rubio and Donald Trump’s comments regarding plans to tackle gun violence “pathetically weak.” “Look at me and tell me. Guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in this school this week. And look at me and tell me you accept it and you will work with us to do something about guns,” Guttenberg asked the senator as the audience gave him a standing ovation.

Rubio’s response echoed his previous sentiments, as he explained “I’m saying that the problems we face here today cannot be solved by gun laws alone.” Guttenberg quickly interrupted him: “Were guns the factor in the hunting of our kids?”

Student Cameron Kasky also continued to question if Rubio will still accept donations from the NRA. “The positions I hold on these issues of the Second Amendment, I’ve held since the day I entered office in the city of West Miami as an elected official,” Rubio said. “People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment.” The survivors’ demands were reflected on social media, with people having mixed feelings about what Rubio had to say.

Rubio also did not support President Trump viewpoint of arming teachers.

“I don’t support that. … The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly, I’m comfortable with,” Rubio said.

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Adidas Promises To Only Uses Recycled Plastics In Products By 2024

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Adidas is taking a step forward in becoming an eco-friendly company.

Adidas is planning to expand its use of recycled plastics well beyond its flagship shoes. The sportswear maker has promised to only use recycled polyester in its shoes and clothing by 2024. While the company’s Eric Liedtke didn’t provide a detailed roadmap in a chat with the Financial Times, he characterized it as a transition that will see Adidas take “right-sized bites” out of its budget to make the switch without hurting its profit margins. It’s no mean feat — about half of Adidas’ material is polyester right now, Liedtke said, so an “overnight” changeover isn’t in the cards.

A lot of that cost likely has to do with economies of scale. Recycled polyester can carry up to a 20 percent premium over the freshly-made variety, and it could prove daunting to process the material in Adidas-level quantities. The company is likely betting that refined techniques will bring the costs down over time. Adidas is planning on removing the plastics from their products, they won’t even use them in their offices, retail outlets, warehouses, and distribution centers, saving an estimated 40 tons of plastic per year, starting in 2018.

Let’s hope more companies are plan to incorporate eco-conscious designs in their products.

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Papa John CEO Steps Down After Using The N-Word In Conference Call

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The founder and former CEO of Papa John‘s left the company.

Hours after it was confirmed that he used a racial slur during a company conference call earlier in May. John Schnatter, who turned his pizza place into a national chain ubiquitous with Peyton Manning and the National Football League.

According to Forbes, which first wrote about the conference call, Schnatter compared himself to another restaurant founder and alleged that they were treated differently despite asserting that the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken had used racist language in the past.

It seems commenting on that incident is what got Schnatter into further trouble in a conference call a Forbes report described in detail. The call was reportedly arranged between Papa John’s executives and a marketing agency called Laundry Service and was designed to help the company prevent any further damage to its public image.

But though Schnatter he said he would “distance” himself from racists, according to Forbes he used the racial slur in an attempt to defend himself during the call.

This is just another questionable moment for Schanatter. In December after making critical public comments about athletes of color in the National Football League conducting nonviolent protests during the National Anthem. Schnatter had claimed kneeling athletes caused a dip in his pizza sales, which made the brand popular with neo-nazis and white supremacists.

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Amazon Buys Nas-Backed Pharmacy For $1 Billion Dollars

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This just might be the best summer of Nas’ life.

After releasing his new album NASIR on G.O.O.D Music, the Queens native pharmacy startup was purchased by Amazon. The online pharmacy PillPack was purchased for $1 billion dollars.

Queensbridge Venture Partners, the rapper’s venture capital firm, was an early backer of the Boston-based firm, along with VC heavyweights like Accel and Sherpa Capital. The sale will net the startup’s two co-founders around $100 million each, according to the Chicago Tribune. The size of Queensbridge’s stake is unclear, but it’s likely Nas is walking away with a solid chunk of money.

PillPack’s pitch is to streamline access to medications. The company fulfills drug prescriptions with front door-shipping, while managing the payment and refill process with automated software. The acquisition boosts Amazon’s growing efforts to expand into the health care market.

QVP, founded in 2014, previously invested in a cloud-based mastering company, a cricket protein bar manufacturer and a “smart doorbell” startup, among other ventures.

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