5 Speed Reads: Starbucks Offers Employees Free College Education

Starbucks Coffee Emerges As Largest Food Chain in Manhattan
A Starbucks Coffee barrista readies a beverage for a customer in the new 42nd Street store August 5, 2003 in New York City. The Seattle-based coffee company has emerged as the largest food chain in the Manhattan borough of New York with 150 outlets. Stephen Chernin / Getty Images file

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1. Starbucks to Offer Employees Free College Education

Starbucks plans to provide free online college education to thousands of its workers. The coffee giant has partnered with Arizona State University to allow any of its 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week and meet ASU admission requirements to take classes. The company will pay full tuition for baristas with at least two years of college credit. For those with fewer credits, it will pay part of the cost. And Starbucks will not require these employees to remain with the company -- essentially allowing workers to study what they want and then leave for better-paying jobs. Starbucks Chairman Howard D. Schultz told the New York Times even if that is the case, their experience “would be accreted to our brand, our reputation and our business.”

2. Malia Obama Working on Halle Berry’s Film Set?

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Could Hollywood be in Malia Obama’s future? The oldest daughter of the president and first lady was seen working in Los Angeles as a production assistant for a day on the set of Halle Berry’s new sci-fi series “Extant,” according to an anonymous “insider.” The 15-year-old reportedly helped with “computer shop alignments” and slated a take. Neither a spokesperson for the first lady or CBS, the TV studio producing the series, has commented about Malia being on set.

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3. Father’s Day Home Run: Giants Fan Makes Remarkable Catch

This will make for a pretty cool Father’s Day memory: in the third inning of the Giants-Rockies game on Sunday, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run home run right at a fan carrying a baby. Without thinking twice, the man balanced his baby in one arm and reached up with his free bare hand to catch the home-run ball like it was no big deal.

4. F1 Racing Legend No Longer in Medically-Induced Coma

Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher is out of a coma and has been transferred to another hospital to continue his rehab, the race car driver’s manager said in a statement on behalf of Schumacher’s family. The 45-year-old was placed in a medically induced coma after suffering a severe head injury during a skiing accident in the French Alps back in December. The seven-time champion has received a slew of well-wishes from family, friends and fans. Lukas Podolski, of the German national soccer team, recently told reporters, “He [Schumacher] is just as crazy about football as all of us. We wish his family a lot of strength. If we win the title, that would be something that would make him happy.”

5. Community Raises $60,000 to Help Injured Chef

A beloved Lexington, Kentucky, restaurant owner is getting a huge hand from his community after a work accident sent him to the hospital. Earlier this month, Mamadou “Sav” Savané was carrying a 20-gallon pot of boiling peanut sauce in his restaurant when he slipped and fell, spilling the scalding liquid all over himself. Sav had second-degree burns on more than 50 percent of his body. Out of work and with medical bills piling up, Savané’s friends started an online fundraiser to help keep his restaurant, Sav’s Grill & West African Cuisine, afloat while he recovers. So far, they have raised more than $60,000. Friend Chuck Creacy said, “Sav’s just the nicest fella in the whole world. You want to help him because he works really hard—he works seven days a week...everyone loves him.”