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Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has faced various health scares over the past year, missed oral arguments in court on Wednesday due to illness.

The 86-year-old has a stomach bug, a court spokeswoman said.

Speaking in court, Chief Justice John Roberts said Ginsburg was “indisposed due to illness.”

In August, Ginsburg underwent radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer.

She had two cancerous nodules in her left lung removed last December, and had previously been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999.

If Ginsburg, one of four liberal justices on the nine-member Supreme Court, were unable to continue serving, Republican President Donald Trump could replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right.

Trump has added two justices since becoming president in January 2017, cementing its 5-4 conservative majority.

The oldest justice, Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by Democratic President Bill Clinton.

During oral arguments, Supreme Court justices have the opportunity to directly ask questions of attorneys representing parties to a case.

Author: Reuters Wire

Source: The Federalist Papers: BREAKING: Ginsburg Stricken With Illness Misses SCOTUS Arguments

As the boycott of Starbucks was reaching heights the company could not have imagine the coffee giant apologized to six police officers who were booted from one of their stores, Reuters reported.

Starbucks Corp on Sunday apologized after an employee at one of its stores in Tempe, Arizona asked six police officers to leave or move out of a customer’s line of sight, triggering social media backlash.

The officers had visited the store on July 4 and had paid for the drinks, before one company employee approached them about a customer not feeling safe because of the police presence, the Tempe Officers Association said on Twitter.

“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive,” the association added.

Following the incident, users took to Twitter to support the police, tweeting comments along with the #boycottstarbucks hashtag.

In an apology https://stories.starbucks.com/press/2019/an-apology-to-the-tempe-police-department addressed to the Tempe Police Department and posted on its website, Starbucks said the treatment of the officers was “completely unacceptable.”

“On behalf of Starbucks, I want to sincerely apologize to you all for the experience that six of your officers had in our store on July 4,” Rossann Williams, the coffee chain’s executive vice president, wrote.

“What occurred in our store on July 4 is never the experience your officers or any customer should have, and at Starbucks, we are already taking the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again in the future.”

Last year, the company was mired in a racial profiling incident that involved the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia store. Starbucks later settled with the men privately, and temporarily closed 8,000 U.S. stores for anti-bias training.

Starbucks, the coffee giant based in Seattle, is facing a boycott as many of its customers are angry at the response to police presence in one of their stores.

The incident occurred when Tempe, Arizona police officers went into their usual Starbucks for some coffee in uniform.

But when one of the customers in the store told management that they felt “unsafe” with the police there the officers were asked to leave.

“It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you, and again, it goes back to — we take great pride of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, Rob Ferraro, president of the police union said.

“And to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me,” he said.

“Don’t appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe cops to leave your establishment on the #4thofjuly2019. Several of those cops are #veterans who fought for this country! #ZeroRespect,” the union said.

“A statement from the TOA on The July 4th incident and Starbucks’ treatment of police officers: Yesterday, on Independence Day, six Tempe police officers stopped by the Starbucks at Scottsdale Road and McKellips for coffee.

“The officers paid for their drinks and stood together having a cup of coffee before their long 4th of July shift.

“They were approached by a barista, who knew one of the officers by name, because he is a regular at that location. The barista said that a customer “did not feel safe” because of the police presence.

“The barista asked the officers to move out of the customer’s line of sight or to leave. Disappointed, the officers did in fact leave.

“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive.

“Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019. We know this is not a national policy at Starbucks Corporate and we look forward to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue,” it said.

Now customers are furious with the store, and with Starbucks corporate, for not stepping in to do something for the officers and the charge was led by Tomi Lahren.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Author: Reuters Wire

Source: The Federalist Papers: Faced With A Boycott, Starbucks Begs Forgiveness, Apologizes To Officers Booted From Store

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