Lawsuits accuse Marriott, Hilton, and other hotel chains of ignoring sex trafficking

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Dozens of lawsuits say the major hotel chains have a sex-trafficking problem and they’re not dealing with it. Dozens more are expected to be filed. Dozens of lawsuits nationwide accuse major hotel chains, including Marriott, Hilton, and Wyndham, of not just ignoring sex trafficking on their properties, but profiting from it, reports The Wall Street Journal. Read Full Story

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There’s a simple way to reduce extreme political rhetoric on Facebook and Twitter

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Tech companies should stop forcing politicians to vie for their algorithms’ attention, writes political digital strategist Eric Wilson. Instead, they should rethink their platform’s incentives—and follow the example of the USPS. As major tech companies struggle with their responsibilities to the users and communities they serve, the question of what political candidates should be allowed to say in their online postings has emerged as a flash point. Each of the various platforms have taken different approaches to this question, but they each ignore the most important consideration of all: Why is it more advantageous online for a political candidate to be sensational rather than measured? Read Full Story

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Inside the quest to reopen schools—by moving classes outside

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“Every kid at every grade level in every subject area can do the majority of their learning outside.” Sharon Danks has been working for more than 20 years to get school kids outdoors. As a trained landscape architect and urban planner, she says too many schools across the country ignore the educational and health benefits offered by the outdoor spaces of their campuses. This is something she’s been trying to change through her nonprofit Green Schoolyards America , based in Berkeley, California, and something that’s become an international topic of concern since the coronavirus pandemic caused the mass closure of schools. Read Full Story

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How one lab is turning algae into flip-flops—and taking on Big Plastic in the process

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Traditional plastic is terrible for the environment. This biodegradable plastic could be a solution. If you stand on a beach in India or Thailand, you’ll likely see dozens of flip-flops wash up onto the shore . An estimated three billion end up in waterways or the ocean every single year, choking sea life and breaking into tiny particles that end up in the food chain. Read Full Story

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How this Los Angeles healthy restaurant chain pivoted to emergency relief

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Everytable opened with a mission of providing healthy meals in L.A.’s food deserts. Now it’s delivering hundreds of thousands of meals to seniors at home and to homeless residents sheltered in hotels. When the L.A. restaurant chain Everytable opened its first café four years ago in a food desert in South Los Angeles , its goal was to find a new way to expand access to healthy food for the city’s lowest-income residents. When the coronavirus crisis hit, its business transformed: While it still sells some takeout and delivery meals, the bulk of its business is now emergency relief. Read Full Story

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Would you travel again if hotels were contact-free?

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The hospitality industry is hoping that contactless technology will reduce COVID-19 transmission and make guests feel safe. But experts caution that tech alone may not keep people from getting sick. It should come as a surprise to no one that hotels have suffered under COVID-19. With travel down, hotel occupancy has hit all-time lows, and hoteliers are trying to figure out how to coax visitors back inside as the pandemic rages on. Read Full Story

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This adventure travel founder is (finally) pulling back the curtain on how much money stays in the places we visit

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G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip is bringing transparency to the travel supply chain, showing travelers how much money actually remains in the communities we visit. A new piece of information began appearing alongside the more than 750 itineraries offered by the small-group global tour company G Adventures in 2018. Called the “Ripple Score,” the 1 to 100 ranking signals the percentage of each trip’s cost that remains in the local economy. Since launching G Adventures, in 1990, founder Bruce Poon Tip has been championing responsible travel and leveraging tourism to create financial opportunities by putting guests, for example, in locally owned hotels. “Our message is about wealth distribution and local impact,” he says. But working with tens of thousands of suppliers around the globe—hotels, rail services, boat operators, restaurants, and more—made oversight difficult. So he embarked on a four-year project to bring unprecedented transparency to the travel supply chain—and …

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This major grocery chain is testing fully contactless checkout—just walk out when you’re done

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Giant Eagle customers at some stores will soon be able to check out without even doing self-checkout. In an age of social distancing, the biggest challenge in shopping at a grocery store is waiting in line to check out. But a major supermarket is now beginning to experiment with contactless payment—the first grocery chain in the U.S. to begin using the tech after Amazon pioneered cashier-less retail. Read Full Story

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