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  • Navy Petty Officer Spotlight

    fontanillaPetty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Fontanilla, a cryptologic technician from Bremerton, Wash. and 2004 graduate of Olympic High School, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Somerset (LPD 25), one of the world's most modern, networked, survivable, and transformational warships.

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  • Washington Ferries Getting Back On Schedule

    ferry tacomaWith a leak in its stern freshly patched at a Vancouver, British Columbia, dry dock, the Washington state ferry Wenatchee returned to service Friday on the Edmonds-Kingston route. Washington State Ferries says that allows the Chelan to return to a… Read More +

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  • Seahawks Make Roster Moves Aug. 1

    seahawksRenton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have placed tight end Anthony McCoy and defensive tackle Jesse Williams on injured reserve, released wide receiver Randall Carroll and signed linebacker Marcus Dowtin and wide receiver Ronald Johnson, the team announced Friday. Dowtin originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets after the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Forever 21 Under Fire for Cutting Hours, Insurance

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_3293288f10.jpgOliver Morris/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Forever 21 is experiencing some adverse reactions through social media after telling its employees in a letter that the clothing retailer would be cutting hours for some full-time employees to avoid any obligation to provide health plans for them under the Affordable Care Act. Critics are reacting to the employee memo that was reportedly leaked online. 

The document informed employees that it would cut "a number of full-time non-managment positions," including "full-time Stock Associates, Store Maintenance Associates, Accessory Specialists and Cashiers."  According to the letter, these employees, having been demoted to part-time, would be limited to working no more than 29.5 hours. The Affordable Care Act requires employers with at least 50 employees in the company to provide coverage for those who work 30 or more hours each week.

The employee memo, posted last week on Facebook, also told employees that, as of Aug. 31, Forever 21 will no longer provide medical, dental, vision or other voluntary plan coverage, and that the former full-time workers will not accrue paid time off.

Critics have flocked to the company's Facebook page in the last week with comments scolding them for shifting its full-time employees to part-time.  According to MarketWatch, Forever 21 has responded to the backlash saying that less than 1 percent of its U.S. employees will be impacted by the shift.  It also denied making the decision based on the controversial health care law.

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