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7/30/2021

The late bassist for ZZ Top, Dusty Hill, was often overshadowed musically by guitarist Billy Gibbons, not to mention mistaken for him, but he's being remembered for his bass playing and singing contributions to the band's iconic Texas sound. "Hill was the pacesetter, the man who, as many have already pointed out, created the heavy bottom for the Top," writes Chris Vognar.

7/30/2021

Target will pay a $200 bonus in August to all full- and part-time store store and distribution center employees and some corporate staffers who support customer and employee contact centers. It's the sixth round of employee bonuses the retailer has paid out since the pandemic began, and a report released late last year by the Brookings Institution found that Target, Best Buy and Home Depot provided the biggest pay raises and bonuses to employees during the pandemic.

7/30/2021

Adaptive clothing, which helps people with sensory, physical and cognitive disabilities such as the need to accommodate a feeding tube, used to be geared toward adults and had limited style appeal, Megan Amrich writes. Amrich notes that major retailers such as Kohl's, J.C. Penney and Target are offering adaptive clothing options for children that offer trendy fashion choices and help kids feel they are fitting in with their peers.

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7/30/2021

Direct-to-consumer health startup Ro is expanding into mental health, debuting a service called Ro Mind. Consumers will be able to get prescriptions to treat generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder if they meet certain criteria after completing a questionnaire and a consultation with a provider.

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7/30/2021

The $40 million Equality Can't Wait Challenge backed by Melinda French Gates' Pivotal Ventures, MacKenzie Scott and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies has selected four gender equality projects to support, each of which will receive $10 million. "The next step is to make sure those game-changing ideas get the support they need to become fully realized and improve people's lives," said French Gates.

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7/30/2021

Why it matters: Time will tell if all the people and organizations who said they'd never return to an office after the pandemic keep their word. Me thinks most of those offices will eventually be filled, but if all that real estate does end up sitting empty, why not convert it to housing?

7/30/2021

Why it matters: Don't worry, this story isn't about the rendering of Dr. Spock that you see above (although that one is pretty cool). To help mark the 100th birthday of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek," a LEGO Master created a mural of Dr. Spock giving his iconic hand gesture. Check out the time-lapse video in this article that also shares the story of how Leonard Nimoy came up with the gesture.

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7/30/2021

This photo was submitted by Julie Barnum.

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7/30/2021

PowerPoint is synonymous with slide decks at this point, but you don't always need slides to get your point across, writes Stephanie Scotti. That said, Scotti offers advice for how to put together a concise, thoughtful slide deck and argues for presentations where the audience can "easily glance at your media, grab the key information, and turn their attention to what you are saying."

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7/30/2021

Remote work is table stakes for multinational organizations, and the challenge for HR leaders is "global fluency" -- sourcing the best talent and aligning it through data-driven decisions regardless of location, culture or regulations, writes Brian Dames, chief strategy and marketing officer at Safeguard Global. "Moreover, global fluency can help HR professionals hire proactively, reduce burnout and overwork, predict market shifts, allocate resources appropriately and streamline workforce-management processes," Dames writes.

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