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August 15, 2018

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Report: Uber Board To Discuss CEO Kalanick’s Absence, Policy Changes

By Joseph Menn and Heather Somerville

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc?s [UBER.UL] board will discuss Chief Executive Travis Kalanick temporarily stepping away from the embattled ride-hailing firm and consider sweeping changes to the company?s management practices at a meeting on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The source said it is not clear that the board will make any decision to change Kalanick?s role. The board is expected to adopt a number of internal policy and management changes recommended by outside attorneys hired to investigate sexual harassment and the firm?s broader culture. The outside lawyers made no recommendation about Kalanick.

The meeting, which Uber has not publicized, could be a pivotal moment for the world?s most valuable venture-backed private company, which has upended the tightly regulated taxi industry in many countries but has run into legal trouble with a rough-and-tumble approach to local regulations and the way it handles employees and drivers.

At the Sunday meeting, according to two people familiar with the matter, the seven voting members of Uber?s board, including Kalanick, are expected to vote on recommendations made by the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, which conducted a review of the company?s policies and culture.

The review was launched in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post detailing what she described as sexual harassment and the lack of a suitable response by senior managers. Fowler now works for digital payments company Stripe.

Uber?s board will likely tell employees and the public of its decisions by Tuesday, one of the sources said.

An Uber spokesman had no comment. Neither Kalanick nor Holder?s law firm, Covington & Burling, immediately responded to requests for comment late Saturday.

Kalanick has developed a reputation as an abrasive leader, and his approach has rubbed off on his company. The 40-year-old executive was captured on video in February berating an Uber driver.

Uber board member Arianna Huffington said in March that Kalanick needed to change his leadership style from that of a ?scrappy entrepreneur? to be more like a ?leader of a major global company.? The board has been looking for a chief operating officer to help Kalanick run the company since March.

The report was prepared by Holder and partner Tammy Albarrán at Covington & Burling. It comes shortly after another law firm, Perkins Coie, submitted a separate report on sexual harassment and other employee concerns at the company.

On Tuesday, Uber responded to that report?s findings by saying it had fired 20 employees for a variety of reasons, and was increasing training and adopting new policies. Uber said that report considered 215 cases encompassing sexual harassment, discrimination, unprofessional behavior, bullying and other employee complaints.

 

MORE OVERSIGHT ON CEO?

San Francisco-based Uber is valued at nearly $70 billion but has yet to turn a profit.

Some of the recommendations in Holder?s firm?s report would force greater controls on spending, human resources and other areas where executives led by Kalanick have had a surprising amount of autonomy for a company with more than 12,000 employees, one person familiar with the matter said. Uber?s more than 1.5 million drivers worldwide are classified as independent contractors rather than employees.

Less clear is the fate of Kalanick, who with close allies has voting control of the company.

The person briefed on the matter said the board will discuss Kalanick taking time off from the company. The discussion involved the possibility that Kalanick might return in a role with less authority, this person said, either in a position other than CEO or as CEO with narrower responsibilities and subject to stronger oversight.

Kalanick is also facing a personal trauma: his mother died last month in a boating accident, in which his father was also badly injured.

 

HOLDER INTERVIEWS

Employees and former employees interviewed by Holder?s team complained about sexual and racial bias, bullying and retaliation, according to people familiar with their accounts.

They said that Kalanick and his lieutenants had favorites who played by different rules than other employees, and that even those favorites were nervous that they could fall from grace, which they sometimes did. Uber declined comment on that characterization.

One of the issues that came to Holder?s team?s attention, according to two people familiar with the matter, was the company?s handling of a crisis in India after one of its drivers was arrested for raping a customer.

Though the man was convicted in 2015, Kalanick and other executives became convinced that the crime was a set up by a local competitor, former employees said. Eric Alexander, the head of Asian business, shared medical records internally that he argued showed that the woman had been assaulted but not raped, people who spoke to him said. Alexander was fired this week; he did not return messages seeking comment. Uber confirmed Alexander had left the company but declined to discuss the matter further.

 

(Reporting by Joseph Menn and Heather Somerville in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Bill Rigby)

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July 22, 2018

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These Are The Strawberry Recipes You’ve Been Waiting For

Of all the berries in the bunch, strawberries are a stand-out. Not only are they bigger than most other berries, but their bright red color and juicy flavor make them an easy favorite.

(We should warn you though, we?re calling them berries even though they technically aren?t berries.)

There are countless delicious things you can make with strawberries, both sweet and savory. And thanks to their nutritional benefits, you can feel good about eating them. That?s right, strawberries are chock-full of vitamin C ? one cup contains your full daily requirement ? and they?re also a good source of manganese and fiber. Not too bad for the spring?s darling berry. 

Now, eat up!

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June 12, 2018

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Journalist Arrested During D.C. Protest Faces 75 Years In Prison

Aaron Cantú, a freelance journalist arrested during Inauguration Day protests in Washington, D.C., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on riot charges and faces up to 75 years in prison if convicted.

Cantú, who says he was working as a journalist at the time, was one of 230 people arrested during violent demonstrations held Jan. 20 as President Donald Trump was sworn into office. Six other journalists were among those detained by authorities, all of whom have since had charges against them dropped.

A grand jury indicted Cantú last week on eight felony charges, including inciting a riot, rioting and conspiracy to riot, according to his current employer, the Santa Fe Reporter. The paper published a story in defense of his actions, and the outlet?s editor said it continued to ?stand behind him.?

?Aaron is an experienced journalist who disclosed this pending case during the hiring process,? said Julie Ann Grimm, editor and publisher of the Santa Fe Reporter. ?We stand behind him and look forward to his continued good work in his new home in Santa Fe.?

Cantú?s work has been published by The Guardian, Vice News and The Nation, among others.

Earlier this year, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press sent a letter to acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips, who is overseeing the case, questioning the charges and declaring that ?being near a newsworthy event is no crime for anyone, reporters included.?

?Journalists are not above the law and have no right to incite a riot or engage in acts of assault or vandalism,? the advocacy group?s executive director, Bruce Brown, wrote in February. ?They were covering protesters and were therefore in the vicinity when a few of those protesters apparently threw rocks or smashed store windows with hammers…. Journalists routinely run toward the center of any action, so they can better serve the public by reporting an event they personally witnessed, rather than something recounted by bystanders.?

If convicted on all charges, Cantú could be sentenced to up to 75 years, according to The Monitor newspaper in his native Rio Grande Valley in Texas. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

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May 8, 2018

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Trump’s Pick For Deputy Budget Director: Islam Is ‘A Deficient Theology’

WASHINGTON ? President Donald Trump?s nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, thinks that Islam is ?a deficient theology? and that Muslims ?stand condemned? for not believing in Jesus Christ.

At least, that?s what Vought wrote in a January 2016 post on the conservative blog, The Resurgent.

In his piece, titled ?Wheaton College and the Preservation of Theological Clarity,? Vought makes the case that someone can?t really ?know God? without a focus on Jesus.

?Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology,? he writes. ?They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.?

A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on whether Trump stands by Vought?s comments.

Vought, who spent seven years as vice president of the conservative Heritage Action for America, is set for his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He must be confirmed by the Senate to get the job.

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April 18, 2018

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