Richard Martinez made national news when he railed against politicians. Earlier this month, he made good on his promise to meet with the killer's dad to talk about how they could make things better.
From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Tuesday, June 17:
In Washington, the Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index. It lets us know if consumers paid more or less for stuff in May than they did in April.
The Commerce Department tells us how many new homes were built in May.
The Federal Reserve begins a two-day meeting on interest rates. It's one of eight regularly scheduled meetings for the year.
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on creating jobs through bio-based manufacturing.
A new HBO drama, God Save Texas, is set to take the chaos and color of the Texas political scene to the small screen.
The defendants were accused of planning an October attack in which a car plowed into a crowd near the Forbidden City and then burst into flames.
There was a time when a cup of coffee would run you 35 cents, and a college education could be had for a couple thousand dollars a year.
Now a latte costs three bucks plus change, and college can cost you more than $100,000.
On Monday, Starbucks announced it’ll help employees foot the bill for a degree.
It’ll pick up a portion—sometimes a large one—of the tab for online classes at Arizona State University. Even for employees working part time.
Listening to the Starbucks webcast today was a little like those Publishers Clearing House ads, where they give a really big check to an unsuspecting, overwhelmed winner.
One current employee stood to tell her story: “I started out as a barista and now I’m a store manager,” she said. “And when we heard the news, on the news, my daughter started jumping up and down and said 'Finally, you can graduate.'”
Yes, it was emotional.
But, this is not all about feel good, corporate citizenship. It’s also good business.
“Starbucks will certainly attract better employees,” said Zeynep Ton, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.
Becoming a barista is likely to get a whole lot more competitive. This sort of benefit will lure exactly the sort of employee Starbucks wants--young and highly motivated.
“They are competing for the cream of the crop of low-wage workers,” said Maureen Conway, Vice President at the Aspen Institute.
And Starbucks isn’t the only company looking to sweeten the pot for its workers, even its part timers. FedEx, UPS and others offer tuition reimbursement. Gap raised its minimum wage this year.
But not all employers feel the need to compete for the best of the best. “Some employers are willing to get what they can get for the lowest wage they can pay,” said Elizabeth Malatestinic, a professor at the Indiana University's *Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.
At some level, she says, the decision comes down to the culture of the business.
And it's a lot cheaper for Starbucks to help employees get degrees, than it is for Starbucks to pay employees enough to afford the ever higher cost of college.
As many as half a million people have fled Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, after violence instigated by ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) rocked the country's north. Most of the refugees have been heading up to the Iraqi city of Erbil, because it is currently the safest place to go to. Refugees are also coming into Erbil from Syria and several other Iraqi cities.
Despite the takeover, many of the internal refugees began heading back to Mosul after just a few days. BBC Correspondent Rami Ruhayem says their biggest fear was an attack from the Iraqi army and not the Islamic military.
Although Mosul is facing some economic problems with the military invasion, like high gas prices and supply shortages, Ruhayem says it’s hard to verify how bad the situation really is.
"The people we spoke to that are going back say it’s OK," says Ruhayem. "They say they have nothing to fear as civilians from the militants. They only feared an Iraqi army assault in order to chase the militants out, and they also said services were OK."
The possibility of things getting worse in Mosul and the rest of Iraq is there. But how will the Kurdish Provincial Government handle all of the displaced people?
"They’re actually doing a really good job of handling it. And it’s probably because of the organization, security and the prosperity that this province is enjoying in very sharp contrast to the rest of Iraq," says Ruhayem.