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  • ‘Creating Smiles and Stories’ for Customers Is Just One of This Mega-Franchisee’s Goals

    Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s QA interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email ktaylor@entrepreneur.com. We all grew up with Dairy Queen’s yummy soft serve ice cream, but for a number of years, the company seemed to falter. Now, it’s back, particularly in Texas, where DQ today has 600 locations. Not so coincidentally, DQ’s biggest state is also home base for Vasari LLI, the corporate entity behind more than 75 DQ outlets spanning Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Last year, the 50-year-old company reinvented itself, after Bill Spae, a guy with over 40 years’ experience as a franchisee, franchisor and retail restaurant executive, took the helm. Now, he’s positioning the company for significant growth. Vasari opened two Texas stores in May and one last week in Oklahoma — the first of seven planned new restaurants in Tulsa; and it has two additional stores scheduled for …

    August 29, 2015 9:30 am


  • Houston deputy gunned down at gas station

    Officials investigate the scene at a gas station where a sheriff’s deputy in uniform was fatally shot in Houston. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP) A sheriff’s deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities. Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas into his vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots. Police described the suspect as a dark-complexioned male who is believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, and stands about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts and driving a red or maroon pickup-style truck with an extended cab. Police said an intensive search for the suspect remained ongoing …

    August 29, 2015 6:49 am


  • China’s minister defends intervention: ‘We must take action’

    Expect the Chinese government not to sit still when its financial markets are falling apart. If there is “systemic risk to the financial system, we must take action,” China’s Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao told CNN in an exclusive interview Friday. Zhu’s comments came after two weeks of extreme turmoil in the global stock markets, particularly in China. The key Shanghai stock index has plunged more than 40% since June and erased all 2015 gains. The backdrop is that the Chinese government has been especially active in the financial markets lately. Just two weeks ago, the country surprised the world by devaluing the yuan to boost exports. It propped up its markets by actually buying stocks a few months earlier. And this week, as its stock market tanked, the People’s Bank of China cut its key rates for the fifth time in just nine months in an effort to keep money flowing in its financial …

    August 29, 2015 8:50 am


  • Stuttgart ‘keeper Langerak to miss another 6-8 weeks

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    August 29, 2015 9:30 am

World News

  • Turkish jets attack IS Syria targets

    Image caption Turkish jets are attacking IS targets from an air base near Adana Turkey has carried out its first air strikes as part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group. Turkey’s foreign ministry said its jets began attacking IS targets across the border in Syria late on Friday. Turkey has stepped up its operations against the militant group in recent weeks, granting US jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border. The US began operating from Turkey earlier this month with a series of drone strikes from Incirlik airbase. “Our fighter aircraft together with warplanes belonging to the coalition began as of yesterday evening to jointly carry out air operations against Daesh targets that constitute a threat against the security of our country,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, using a pejorative term for IS. “The fight against the terrorist organization is a priority for Turkey,” the …

    August 29, 2015 9:30 am


  • Anita Sarkeesian interview: ‘The word “troll” feels too childish. This is abuse’

    Anita Sarkeesian doesn’t give me the address of her San Francisco apartment over email. Instead, she texts it to me a few hours before we’re set to meet. After thousands of rape and death threats, a bomb scare and an email promising a mass shooting at one of her speaking events, a woman can’t be too careful. Sarkeesian, media critic and executive director of the nonprofit and video web series Feminist Frequency, has spent the past few years of her life at the centre of a firestorm in the gaming community – one that brings together misogyny, technology and a cultural shift in an industry so huge it now outperforms Hollywood. In videos that discuss misogyny in video games and widespread tropes that diminish women, Sarkeesian – named one of the 100 most influential people of 2015 by Time magazine – talks to the camera, with a commentary that runs the gamut from feminist theory …

    August 29, 2015 7:09 am


  • Molten glass 3-D printer produces optically transparent glass

    Related images(click to enlarge) A new additive manufacturing technique uses an innovative process for printing molten glass at sufficiently high temperatures, layering it to produce strong 3D-printed glass objects able to transmit light. The modular, scalable printer, combined with a Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) printing process, makes it possible to tailor the size, shape, and properties of the printed glass parts, as described in an article in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing website until September 25, 2015. In “Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass”, Neri Oxman, John Klein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, Cambridge, MA, and coauthors from MIT, University of Padova, Italy, and Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), and The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, provide a detailed description of the material extrusion printer and how they can modify process parameters such as temperature, layer …

    August 29, 2015 6:09 am


  • FDA Approves Repatha for High Cholesterol

    FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Repatha (evolocumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the second non-statin drug in its class approved to treat high cholesterol. The injected drug, among a new class called PCSK9 inhibitors, is sanctioned for people who are unable to reduce levels of the so-called LDL “bad” cholesterol with statin therapy and exercise, the agency said in a news release. Low-density lipoprotein, commonly known as LDL, builds up in the blood from natural and food sources, and is a leading cause of heart disease. About one in four deaths in the United States is linked to heart disease, making it the top cause of death among men and women. The condition kills about 610,000 people in the United States annually, the FDA said. Repatha is an antibody that targets the PCSK9 protein, which inhibits the liver’s ability to remove LDL from the blood. Its most common …

    August 29, 2015 6:29 am


  • Pregnant Kim Kardashian And Mom Kris Jenner Takes Their Lady Lumps To The Grocery Store

    Posted on Fri Aug 28th, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourtney Kardashian is now the LEAST lady-lumpalicious of all the Kardashian-Jenner clan! Kim, Kris and Kourtney hit up Erewhon grocery store with Kourt’s son Mason, on Thursday — dressed to the nines, of course! Kim showed off her baby bump in a tight black dress and Kris wore a matching get-up that put her derriere on FULL display. Like mother, like daughter! And while Kim is certainly celebrating the fact Kanye was able to put another angel in her ultrasound, she chatted with C Magazine recently about her fertility struggles and how IVF took the fun out of conceiving their second child. “I had so many complications. I had this condition called placenta accreta. There were a couple little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again. It …

    August 28, 2015 9:47 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm