🌎 On strike

Plus: This Barbie is banned in Vietnam

Hotel workers with Unite Here Local 11 picket outside the InterContinental hotel on the first day of a strike by union members at many major hotels in Southern California on July 2, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. The union represents nearly 15,000 workers from 65 major hotels in Los Angeles and Orange Counties who are calling for higher pay and increased benefits. Affected hotels are currently remaining open with management and nonunion staff attempting to fill in during the strike ahead of the 4th of July holiday.
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The biggest hospitality strike in US history kicked off in California. About 15,000 hotel workers walked off their jobs ahead of the nation’s Independence Day holiday.

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Consumer fireworks revenue has more than tripled since 2012, and the fireworks industry projects that sales will top $3.3 billion by 2028. The recent explosion in fireworks sales had a lot to do with needing some entertainment during the pandemic, but interest has yet to fizzle.

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Barbie couldn’t cross the nine-dash line

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie opens globally July 21, but not in Vietnam, because of disagreements over a line.


The nine-dash line, which on a map depicts China’s claims to disputed waters in the South China sea, will keep Vietnam’s screens decidedly silver instead of pink this summer. But Barbie is far from the only film to be banned over the nine-dash line (shown below, and often on maps pictured in movies). Read more about its cinematic history.

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