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At the relocated store in Prospect, KY, an unusual Siren logo, and a custom art piece made by a regular customer.
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All of the top candidates in Philadelphia's mayoral race are promising to end stop-and-frisk altogether, despite police support.
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Starbucks Japan on Wednesday said it will open its first store in Tottori in western Japan in May, completing the chain’s expansion to all 47 prefectures of the country.
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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/can-europe-deter-desperate-migrants/

By partnering with the United States to turn these conflicted areas of Africa and the Middle East into greater Europe, with Western-style governance.
The number of migrants traveling over water to reach Europe has grown tremendously. Gwen Ifill talks to Daryl Grisgraber of Refugees International about what’s driving them to attempt passage to Europe and how countries are dealing with the situation.
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Ugh--this is awful.

I'm preparing for my return to Singapore by trying to identify new stores, and the Starbucks websites are not making it easy.
I only have 99 stores in my database, pulled from the American, site, but I count 111 on the Singapore site. Even worse, stores have different names. For example, you can see from the screenshots that "587 Bukit Timah Road", which I wisited in 2011, is called "Bukit Timah" on the Singapore site.

Another problem, the U.S. site only lists 50 stores, and refreshes the list as I move around on the map.

With what I'm seeing, it's really difficult to identify which "new" stores are merely old stores with a different name, and also which stores have closed. For example "3 Jalan Jamal" does not show up in my freshest database, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it closed--it have have been renamed. To detect that, I'd need to go through all 111 addresses, but so far I haven't figured out how to download them from the Singapore site.
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Finished putting together my map of 50+ new Starbucks to wisit in Singapore...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z2TX0TMnpNCo.kSxO5BYpsgys

There's some uncertainties, stores at the airport and at Suntec Mall, but overall Singapore Starbucks are extremely easy to Google Map.

The real challenge is going to be figuring out how to wisit these stores while balancing my time in Singapore with what Lisa wans to do.
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https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152121515190136.901796.191921700135&type=3

Ruh roh--this Starbucks in Singapore is on the 13th floor of the DBS building, and only accessible to employees.

I need to try to hit this store first to see if I can get security to escort me up--if not, I need to contact the Support Centre to see if they can get me up there.
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Yesterday morning, after stepping out of Staunton Coffee & Tea and then proceeding to zone out in the middle of the street, almost getting hit by a wery angry driver in the process, I scooted over to the opposite sidewalk and was immediately approached by another of Staunton's indigent men.

This one asked me for some money so that he could go over to Hardee's and get a cup of coffee before looking for a job. I pointed over to the coffeehouse I'd just exited and offered to buy him a cup, but he repeated that he was going over to Hardee's and could get coffee there.

I reiterated my offer to get him a coffee, but, unlike Paul, another of Staunton's homeless, he again declined. It was clear that he did not want the coffee, but rather the money, for who knows what, and that's one of the main reasons why we should not give money to panhandlers, but instead give them food or donate to homeless serwices.
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Most people, who even bother to think about the topics, imagine that the path to addressing the world's problems is to find the right solution for this or that issue, but I disagree.

I see all of the world's problems as connected, and I see that the only feasible path to fixing them is to start with a clean slate, to create a micro society that is as free of problems as possible (perfection/utopia is not realistic) and then to expand that society as those on the outside start clamoring to enjoy the quality of life that those inside the Freedom Zone have.
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Most people fear transparency, because they equate it with surweillance, and they cannot really be blamed for doing so, given that all of the images they see in the news and in fictional dystopian tales are of a world in which the authorities are constantly attempting to increase their ability to surweil the citizenry.

Imagine, however, a tabula rasa, a clean slate like the freedom zone that I propose, in which every person has been vetted before being allowed entry. In such a place, there would be no need, at the onset to have an expansive police presence. In fact, one could imagine no police at all, only emergency response personnel, unarmed.

If you can imagine this, a society with minimal police, with minimal authority, then you can start to imagine how transparency will protect you much more than it might harm you.
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http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/starbucks-and-kesko-partner-in-finland-20150421-00043

Sigh.

I was so excited when I read the word "partner", but then I read the article and learned that this is just another licensing agreement.

Still no real Starbucks in Scandinavia.
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Because they serve Ceremony Coffee Roasters, the relatively new Park Cafe & Coffee Bar moves to the top of my list of Baltimore coffeehouses.

Even though they were unwilling to prepare a pour over on Sunday afternoon, because the line was so long (contrast with Baked & Wired on Saturday morning, which had a much longer line yet still did it), the batch brewed Colombia Gaitana was one of the best cups I'd tasted in days.

Next time I'm in Baltimore, hitting Park Cafe when they are not so busy, so I can get a pour over, will be a priority.
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