Things you should know today: 7/9/18


Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

Gene J. Puskar
FILE – This March 24, 2018, file photo shows a sign in a Starbucks in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks is getting rid of plastic straws at its locations around the world. The coffee company said Monday, July 9, 2018, that it’ll offer a strawless lid or straws made of paper or compostable material instead. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all its locations in order to cut waste to oceans globally. It announced that by 2020, the company will be using biodegradable straws made of paper, along with specially designed lids. The Seattle location has already implemented the alternative straws.

South Korean women protest against ‘spy cam porn’

Ryu Hyo-lim
Woman protesters stage a rally to demand stronger government action to fight the spread of intimate photos and footage taken by hidden cameras, which they say have women living in constant anxiety and distress, in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Ryu Hyo-lim/Yonhap via AP)

A rally of 18,000 Korean women gathered to protest stronger investigations and punishments for men who secretly photograph or film women under their skirts or with hidden cameras inside bathrooms. Thousands of Korean women are victims of distributed pornography that was taken of them without their knowledge or consent. The protest was sparked after a 25-year-old woman was arrested after photographing a nude male and posting it online. Many questioned whether police only cared about the hidden-camera issue when it came to male victims. South Korean President Moon Jae-in addressed the issue by saying, “We must make sure that the offenders suffer greater damage than the damage they inflict.”

Rescuers search for dozens still missing after Japan floods

A helicopter flies over a flooded housing area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan Monday, July 9, 2018. People prepared for risky search and cleanup efforts in southwestern Japan on Monday, where several days of heavy rainfall had set off flooding and landslides in a widespread area (Kyodo News via AP)

More than 100 people have died after heavy rains caused severe flooding in Hiroshima, Japan. Dozens of residents are missing, with at least 80 people still unaccounted for. Rescuers are unsure of where to start the cleanup. At a hospital in Mabi town, around 300 patients were trapped inside, but were all safely airlifted by rescuers Monday morning.

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