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In brief: Lululemon store plans relocation

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Vancouver, B.C.-based Lululemon Athletica will move to a larger downtown Spokane location later this year. The athletic-attire retailer currently has a “showroom” location at 117 N. Howard St.

Its plan is to relocate to 707 W. Main Ave., in the space used recently by women’s apparel retailer Cues. Cues managers said the store is closing this week. Owner Trisha Thoen said she’s searching for a new location and plans to relocate by the fall.

CEO offers employees pay raise for tattoo

NEW YORK – Getting tattooed with the company logo is all the rage at one New York City brokerage firm.

The reward? A 15 percent pay raise.

The CEO of Rapid Realty NYC says about 40 employees have gotten inked with the logo in the past two years.

Anthony Lolli says workers are “passionate about the brand.”

They also may be passionate about the extra 15 percent in commission they get for sporting a tattoo.

Lolli started the policy a year and a half ago after one employee got the tattoo to prove his company loyalty.

The franchise has offices throughout New York City.

Media opposition postpones watchdog

LONDON – British officials are holding off on plans for a state-backed media watchdog, the first sign that opposition from the newspaper industry is slowing down efforts to more closely regulate the country’s scandal-tainted press.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said Friday it was temporarily delaying the presentation of its plan for a new, government-backed regulator to give officials more time to examine an alternative proposal being floated by Britain’s newspaper industry.

The question of how best to police the U.K. press has been debated since the phone hacking scandal erupted in 2011, exposing a culture of breaking laws, corruption and cover-up at the highest levels of British journalism.

Politicians have endorsed tighter regulation, but newspapers are resisting it by promoting their own, more media-friendly plan.

Boeing assigns 737 work to South Carolina facility

North Charleston, S.C. – Boeing’s South Carolina manufacturing complex has won its first airplane work that isn’t for the 787 Dreamliner.

The jet-maker’s North Charleston facility will design and perhaps build the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic composite inner linings of the nacelles – the pods enclosing the jet’s engines – for the forthcoming 737 MAX.

For the design and certification work, Boeing has posted openings for 20 stress-analysis engineers in North Charleston, which is a non-union site.

On the current 737NG model, the nacelle inlet is supplied by the Goodrich unit of United Technologies.

The MAX is the new derivative scheduled to enter service in 2017.

Chinese authorities allege more meat falsely labeled

Beijing – Chinese police have broken up a criminal ring accused of taking meat from rats and foxes and selling it as lamb in the country’s latest food safety scandal.

The Ministry of Public Security released results of a three-month crackdown on food safety violators, saying in a statement that authorities investigated more than 380 cases and arrested 904 suspects.

Among those arrested were 63 people who allegedly ran an operation in Shanghai and the coastal city of Wuxi that bought fox, mink, rat and other meat that had not been tested for quality and safety, processed it with additives like gelatin and passed it off as lamb.

The meat was sold to farmers markets in Jiangsu province and Shanghai, it said.


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