Ronn Torossian Update

News and Updates from 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian

Iceland v. Iceland — two European countries at odds

Iceland v. Iceland — two European countries at odds

Iceland is a country. Likely you knew that. A European nation famous for beautiful countryside, being tough on bankers and relatively liberal politically. Iceland is also a place in Britain. Several places, in fact.

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Chili’s gets hammered for shaming veteran

Chili’s gets hammered for shaming veteran

The casual dining joint where anyone can come for a fun, friendly time and some delicious Tex-Mex inspired fare. But things were not so good for U.S. Army vet Ernest Walker when he sat down to lunch at a Cedar Hill, Texas Chili’s restaurant on Veterans’ Day.

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People feeling the heat for publishing Trump cover

People feeling the heat for publishing Trump cover

A few years ago, if someone said Donald Trump was on the cover of People Magazine, most folks would just shrug and say, “of course he is.” Billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star, why not? And, if you were to tell them the President was on the cover, those people would likely react with the same entire lack of surprise.

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Rolling Stone found guilty in rape story

Rolling Stone found guilty in rape story

It was a story the readers of Rolling Stone were waiting for, practically salivating for. The tale of a real, tangible, horrible rape on a college campus. A woman only identified as “Jackie” claimed to have been beaten and raped by members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the fraternity house during a party. It fit the narrative they wanted to read … and it certainly fit the narrative the reporter, Sabrina Erdely, desperately wanted to tell.

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Chicago bars on hot seat for massive cover charges

Chicago bars on hot seat for massive cover charges

The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time in generations, and Cubs fans are feeling the love … but their favorite sports bars may not be sharing that love. Several sports bars in fabled Wrigleyville have started charging a cover for fans coming in to watch the games. Not all the bars are doing so, but some of the pubs are demanding upwards of $200 a head just to watch the game in their bar.

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Philippine president in hot water for separation comments

Philippine president in hot water for separation comments

All is not well in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte freaked the international community completely out by announcing his “separation” from Washington. The alarm was so loud and widespread, both in and out of the Philippines, Duterte was forced to come back and clarify what he “really” meant.

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Uber sued by disability group

Uber sued by disability group

Taxi cab companies and ride services have been looking for Uber’s kryptonite for years now without much success. Lawsuits haven’t worked. Political action hasn’t worked. Petitions, drives, and commercials haven’t made a dent. People love Uber, and they are choosing the ride service by the millions.

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Manuel loses at ballot box but still wins the Nobel Prize

Manuel loses at ballot box but still wins the Nobel Prize

It took years for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his negotiators to put together a cease-fire agreement with his country’s most violent and persistent militant rebel groups. But they did it. Then, when it looked like Colombia may have peace for the first time in most folks’ recent memories, the people voted to reject the peace accord.

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Backlash builds for Wells Fargo

Backlash builds for Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. Predatory lending gave way to a massive scandal that revealed thousands of employees were creating millions of fake bank, savings, and credit accounts using the personal information of current account holders.

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ITT Tech fallout continues

ITT Tech fallout continues

When ITT Technical Institute announced it would be closing its doors recently, thousands of students across the country were left without options. They had invested time and money in a degree, but, partially completed, they had few options for completion. Nothing to show for their time but debt.

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