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"Three months ago, Mr. Price, 31, announced he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and slashing his own million-dollar pay package to do it. 
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What few outsiders realized, however, was how much turmoil all the hoopla was causing at the company itself."

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When Dan Price announced he was setting a minimum salary of $70,000 for his 120 employees, he didn’t foresee the turmoil it would cause for his business.
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"Up to that point the Women’s Surge had resulted in promotions for some, but Ms. Robbins felt there was more to be done. At one of her regularly scheduled meetings with Mr. Benioff, she brought Ms. Seka along, and the two made a stark claim: Women were probably being paid less than men at Salesforce."

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The company’s chief executive, Marc Benioff, started the Women’s Surge program to achieve gender equality in pay and promotion and to get more diversity at meetings.
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"Flouting rules for performance-enhancing drugs has felled some of the biggest names in sports. Now that list could include competitive video game players like Mr. Friesen, after he boasted that he, his teammates and other professional gamers took prescription drugs to help them focus in a competition.

In response to those comments, the Electronic Sports League, one of the most successful leagues in competitive video gaming, said on Wednesday that it would test players for performance-enhancing drugs starting at a tournament in August."

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The Electronic Sports League said on Thursday that it would start testing players for performance-enhancing drugs, a regulation move that would align it with more traditional sports leagues.
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"Now that the dust is settling from the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognized a right to same-sex marriage, there are new questions. In particular, could the decision presage a constitutional right to plural marriage? If there is no magic power in opposite sexes when it comes to marriage, is there any magic power in the number two?"

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There’s a good legal argument for a right to plural marriage.
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On TechCrunch, Juan Maldonado labels himself part of "the 3%" - that being the percentage of students who graduated from the high school he attended.  Having gone on to be a tech entrepreneur, Maldonado argues that questions about why there's such a disparity in tech hiring and executive leadership are misplaced.

The questions he argues we should be asking have to do with how do we remove the barriers that keep minority youth from getting the start that would enable them to be more like the 3%.

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"In a pair of studies published on Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers report that rats and monkeys can coordinate their brains to carry out such tasks as moving a simulated arm or recognizing simple patterns. In many of the trials, the networked animals performed better than individuals."

Fascinating article!

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"The credit union’s lawsuit could push the courts to resolve the continuing conflict between the federal laws against marijuana and the dozens of states that have legalized it in some form."

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After its application to serve the marijuana business was denied, a credit union filed a lawsuit demanding “equal access” to the financial system.
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"The minimum wage has carved out a major presence in the presidential election. Republicans and many business owners are dead set against it, but the issue has taken a central spot in the stump speeches and public pronouncements of Democratic candidates, for whom giving the middle class a 'fair shot' has become a mantra."

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What started in New York City as a seemingly quixotic drive for fast-food workers has spread to the point that it has become a significant, and divisive, element in the presidential campaign.
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"A panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommended on Wednesday that the minimum wage be raised for employees of fast-food chain restaurants throughout the state to $15 an hour. Wages would first be raised in New York City and then the rest of the state."

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The increase would represent a raise of more than 70 percent for workers earning the state’s current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour.
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"The connection is ancient, all agree, and attributable to Eurasian migrants to the Americas who had some Australasian ancestry, the scientists said."

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Two papers agree that some people in the Brazilian Amazon are distant relations of indigenous Australians, New Guineans and other Australasians, but they disagree on the source of the ancestry.
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"Some residents are annoyed by how much the city has spent to get ready — the total budget is 2.5 billion Canadian dollars, or about $2 billion — and others by the risk of snarled streets. But many seem to be reacting to the arrival of the event in their city this week the way they would to a new tattoo discovered the morning after a wild night. The Pan-Am Games have landed in Toronto, it seems, with a whimper."

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Most in Toronto seem to be greeting the event with a shrug, and Mayor John Tory is so exasperated that he has begun lecturing them about their attitude.
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"The scientists looked at 18 different ageing-related traits when the group [of subjects] turned 26, 32 and 38 years old.

The analysis showed that at the age of 38, the people's biological ages ranged from the late-20s to those who were nearly 60."

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A study of people born in the same year has uncovered a huge difference in the speed at which their bodies age.
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