Behind every great idea is an even greater backstory. As an admirer of the craft of entrepreneurship, it has become a hobby of mine to learn as much as I can about the products and ideas that beat out the competition to secure their place in history. But it isn’t enough to simply learn the names and dates associated with these ideas; I want to know what it is that sets a select few companies apart from the rest.
Whether I am digging into the histories of companies like Halo Top Creamery or Airbnb, I have observed that each successful idea has three common elements woven throughout its story: specialization, innovation, and an emphasis on storytelling. It came as no surprise to me, then, that the Lego Group is no exception to this rule.
The fact that a product as simple as the Lego Brick has managed to stay relevant in an increasingly digital world is truly spectacular. But this success did not come without its fair share of struggles. In fact, at several points over the last two decades, Lego has found itself facing financial ruin. But in spite of its struggles, the Lego Group has managed to become the largest toy company in the entire world.
Source: Brick by Brick: How Lego Became the Largest Toy Company in a Digital Era
Staff at the South African reserve found the bloodied head and limbs of poachers who broke in to hunt rhinos.
Sibuya Game ReserveThe lions are the watchers and guardians of the Sibuya Game Reserve.
Over the last few years, the Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa has faced several intrusion by poachers attracted to the reserve’s vast diversity of animals.
Now, in what some are calling an act of nature’s karma, a group of poachers who broke into the reserve to hunt rhinos has been devoured by a pack of hungry lions.
The park’s owner, Nick Fox, believes that the groups of poachers were eaten alive by the pride of lions sometime between the evening of July 1 and the early morning of July 2.
And so little of their remains were left, investigators weren’t even sure how many people were killed.
“The only body part we found was one skull and one bit of pelvis, everything else was completely gone,” said Fox.
However, they suspect that it was three men because they found three sets of shoes and gloves. Additionally, typical rhino poaching groups are usually made up of three people.
Source: Pride Of Lions Eats Group Of Poachers Alive In South African Game Reserve
A federal judge has concluded that the Constitution doesn’t require schools to promote students’ literacy.
What to do when a school is infested with vermin, when textbooks are outdated, when students can’t even read? Perhaps the answer is sue the government.
That’s what seven students in Detroit have done. Their class-action suit filed against the state of Michigan asserts that education is a basic right, and that they have been denied it.
Usually, such education-equity cases wend their way through state courts, as all 50 state constitutions mandate public-education systems, while the country’s guiding document doesn’t even include the word education. But this case, Gary B. v. Snyder, was filed in federal court, and thus seeks to invoke the Constitution. And as of this week, it’s headed to the federal appeals court in Cincinnati.
The lawyers filing the suit—from the pro bono Los Angeles firm Public Counsel—contend that the students (who attend five of Detroit’s lowest-performing schools) are receiving an education so inferior and underfunded that it’s as if they’re not attending school at all. The 100-page-plus complaint alleges that the state of Michigan (which has overseen Detroit’s public schools for nearly two decades) is depriving these children—97 percent of whom are students of color—of their constitutional rights to liberty and nondiscrimination by denying them access to basic literacy. Almost all the students at these schools perform well below grade level in reading and writing, and, the suit argues, those skills are necessary to function properly in society. It’s the first case to argue that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to become literate (and thus to be educated) because other rights in the Constitution necessarily require the ability to read.
Source: Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read
When Christine D’Onofrio was fired in 2013, she had been working for Costco for 24 years, first at the Davie location, then in Pompano Beach. D’Onofrio, who is deaf, says she spent the previous year begging the company to better accommodate her disability.
Instead, she claims she repeatedly got in trouble for being “loud and aggressive” when managers tried to communicate with her. Finally, on October 23, 2013, she was told she was being fired from her job as a stocker. That time, Costco brought in an interpreter to let her know she was out of a job.
Last month, a jury found the company had failed to reasonably accommodate the 48-year-old woman. She was awarded $775,000 in damages, though her attorney says she was mostly relieved that Costco was found to have broken the law.
“She was fired and lost literally her entire purpose,” says D’Onofrio’s attorney, Chad Levy. “No spouse or kids. Costco was her life and how she would communicate with the outside world. This is not like a regular person losing a job and moving on. She had nowhere else to go.”
During the three-year battle in the Fort Lauderdale federal courthouse, Costco claimed D’Onofrio was fired because she couldn’t control her temper. The company said it had accommodated her by installing two video phones and insisted D’Onofrio had simply refused to use them. Costco also argued that sensitivity training conducted in 2012 proved it had taken D’Onofrio’s complaints seriously.
Source: Deaf Miami Costco Employee Wins $775,000 After Being Fired Because She Was “Too Loud”