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Richland florist case gets friends-of-the-court support | Tri-City Herald - Tri-City HeraldTuesday, August 29, 2017
Briefs also were filed with the Supreme Court by 14 states or their governors. They include Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.Among the groups that filed friend-of-the court briefs were the Cato Institute, Becket Fund for Religious Freedom, the Restoring Religious Freedom Project and the Thomas More Society.Stutzman and her corporation were sued by Washington state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, and the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, who were refused flower arrangements for their wedding.Stutzman, a Southern Baptist, said she declined her services not because of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed’s sexual orientation, but because of her religious views on marriage. She argued that arranging flowers is artistic expression protected under the First Amendment.“As a Christian, weddings have a particular significance,” she wrote in an op-ed for The Seattle Times. “I just couldn’t see a way clear in my heart to honor God with the talents He has given me by going against the word He has given us.”But the state Supreme Court justices affirmed the 2015 ruling in Benton County Superior Court. They unanimously agreed that the owner of Arlene’s Flowers violated Washington’s anti-discrimination law and the Consumer Protection Act by declining to provide services based on sexual orientation.If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the florist’s case, friends-of-the-court briefs also are likely to be filed in support of the couple denied service. Many briefs were filed supporting the couple and the state of Washington when the case went to the state Supreme Court.“Religious freedom is a fundamental part of America,” said Kathleen Taylor, executive director of ACLU of Washington. “But religious beliefs do not give any of us a right to ignore the law or to harm others because of who they are.”When people experience discrimination, they feel they are not full and equal members of our society, she said. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article169702567.html
Lei Lady Lei: Lei maker Leilani Kanaauano Huggins - Easy ReaderTuesday, August 15, 2017
I just wanted to make my family proud. I wanted them to know that even though I had moved away, I was still a Hawaiian,” Huggins said.The euphoria remained with Huggins all the way across the field to the papale lei exhibition area. Then she burst into tears. A blue ribbon hung next to her purple and yellow lei her sister had convinced her to make. A red ribbon hung next...
Fire destroys Manasquan floral shop, a 'staple' of the community - Asbury Park PressTuesday, August 15, 2017
Patty, watched firefighters climb the roof of the one-and-a-half story structure. Allgor said she is a regular shopper of the florist and was sad to see the destruction.Firefighters and police remained at the scene about 10 p.m. Sunday. The fire remains under investigation.Buy PhotoThe burned out frame of Mueller’s on Route 71 in Manasquan is shown Monday, August 7, 2017. The floral shop was gutted by a fire Sunday. (Photo: Thomas P. Costello)Related: Bus fire slows traffic on Garden State Parkway near Asbury ParkLakewood shooting: 3 men, 1 woman shotAmanda Oglesby: 732-557-5701; aoglesby@GannettNJ.com Read or Share this story: http://on.app.com/2wyi88N... http://www.app.com/story/news/local/emergencies/2017/08/06/fire-destroys-manasquan-floral-shop-staple-community/544004001/
Fire destroys flower business greenhouse - Albuquerque JournalTuesday, August 15, 2017
Public Service Company of New Mexico with concerns about a power line.Crews had the blaze under control within about 30 minutes. Police kept the street closed to traffic and some fire fighters remained on-site after 8 p.m. because there were concerns about a possible gas leak. A truck from New Mexico Gas Co. was at the scene.An Albuquerque Fire Department spokesman said the cause of the blaze had not been determined.Staff at the 7-Eleven store across the street from the fire, on the southeast corner of the Carlisle and Candelaria intersection said they did not hear any fireworks immediately before they noticed the smoke.
The versatile DC investor with a buzzy nonprofit - Washington Post - Washington PostTuesday, August 01, 2017
Customers pay $100 a bottle for the liquid gold. Price said so far the foundation has sent around $100,000 to various charities, including Camp Sunshine in Maine. Children with life-threatening diseases and their families use the camp for recreation and support.“The idea was to make some good for the world come out of this very special farm,” the former accountant said.The farm is a menagerie. Thousands of dazzling, yellow sunflowers carpet the grounds down to a 900-acre lake. A birdhouse hotel buzzes with Purple Martins from Brazil. The Purples fly up from the Amazon so they can take advantage of the long Northern Hemisphere daylight to feast on bugs. “You come out one day in August, and they are gone. Just like that,” Price said.As we sip water on his porch, a “confusion” (that is the right word) of eight gobbling guinea fowl marches toward the woods. Price bought 40 of them as chicks for $3 each because they eat bugs and ticks. But the foxes have gorged, turning the confusion into a calm. Sarah L. VoisinThe Washington PostDaniel Price is a bee nut. He can go on about honey bees forever. Price is a bee nut. He can go on about honey bees forever. He told me when I visited last week that bees are the most studied creatures on earth, second only to humans. “I’m doing this bee thing,” the 59-year-old investor said. “I did it as a quirky lark. Bees are kind of quirky.” He guided me near — but not too near — one of his 26 hives housing about a million European honey bees.Price picked out the queen through the glass. (She had a dab of paint on her to make “Her Beeness” easy to spot.)I asked him if the amber goo that I drip on my fruit and walnuts every morning comes from bee guano. No, he said. It’s the juice from the flowers that the bees constantly visit every day. Then carry it back to the hive where they spit it up into the honeycombs or whatever they are. Price emailed me bee fun facts. Do you know that honey bees visit 2 million flowers just to make a one pound jar of honey? The European honey bees on his farm are technically named Apis mellifera. They were brought here in the early 17th century by European settlers for their honey and wax production.[Something sweet is buzzing at D.c.’s wastewater treatment plant]Part of Sweet Virginia’s mission is to spread the word on the importance of bees. It has taught more than 10,000 local elementary schoolchildren about honey bees. A subsidiary of the nonprofit, called Community Flowers, has distributed more than 100,000 cut flowers to senior citizens. There is a digital component called Hive Alive! Digital and a mobile classroom may be on the way.Sarah L. VoisinThe Washington PostThe honey from Daniel Price’s beekeeping helps fuel his Sweet Virginia Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2008. The foundation each year sells about 500 10-ounce jars of honey, packaged in sleek, custom wood boxes.Honey isn’t Price’s sole endeavor. He still has his money sprinkled in various businesses.Community Flowers led to an acquisition he made last year called Brightstar Care. Brightstar is a high-end, privately owned home health care company that provides nurses and nursing assistants for the ill, elderly and those who need a little help at home or getting to appointments. About half a dozen full-timers run the day-to-day operations from an office in Ashburn, assigning 75 staffers to clients. Price bought a Virginia franchise in 2016 for about $350,000, including working capital. He expects it to earn around $2 million in revenue this year and double that by 2019, throwing off a 10 percent profit. The Rockville native gets his entrepreneurial bug from his grandfather, who sold whiskey from a still he had hidden in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.His great-grandfather was an Italian immigrant and roadbuilder who coined the family aphorism that it’s “better to sell apples on the corner than work for The Man.”Price’s father ran ...