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Macy's to hire at least 5,000 people for holiday season at local fulfillment center

Macy’s said Tuesday it plans to hire at least 5,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers during the holiday season at its fulfillment center at 7220 E. 76th St. North in Owasso.

Candidates interested in open positions can apply immediately at macysjobs.com.

The new employees will assist with customer orders placed online at macys.com or through Macy’s mobile app.

Fulfillment center positions involve receiving packages, sorting, ticketing and shipping. They encompass multiple shifts and flexible schedules, and employees receive a merchandise discount.

In addition, all full-time, part-time and seasonal workers are eligible for access to some health care benefits after 31 days of service, bonuses based on schedule and additional shifts, as well as a quarterly bonus opportunity through Macy’s Path to Growth Incentive.

Seasonal employees also have first consideration for available career opportunities post-holiday.

About one-third of Macy’s store leaders started their careers at Macy’s during the holiday season, according to the company. In 2018, a total of 40% of seasonal hires by Macy’s phone team were extended a job offer within 48 hours of submitting an application.

The average length of service among Macy’s professional workers is 10 years, and for hourly employees that number is five years.

After purchasing 72 acres, Macy’s opened the $170 million fulfillment center in 2015. The facility encompasses 1.3 million square feet.

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Pelosi orders impeachment probe: 'No one is above the law'

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, yielding to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the commander in chief.

The probe focuses partly on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government to undermine Democratic foe Joe Biden and help his own reelection. Pelosi said such actions would mark a “betrayal of his oath of office” and declared: “No one is above the law.”

The impeachment inquiry, after months of investigations by House Democrats of the Trump administration, sets up the party’s most direct and consequential confrontation with the president, injects deep uncertainty into the 2020 election campaign and tests anew the nation’s constitutional system of checks and balances.

Trump, who thrives on combat, has all but dared Democrats to take this step, confident that the specter of impeachment led by the opposition party will bolster rather than diminish his political support.

Meeting with world leaders at the United Nations, he previewed his defense in an all-caps tweet: “PRESIDENTIAL HARRASSMENT!”

Pelosi’s brief statement, delivered without dramatic flourish but in the framework of a constitutional crisis, capped a frenetic week-long stretch on Capitol Hill as details of a classified whistleblower complaint about Trump burst into the open and momentum shifted toward an impeachment probe.

For months, the Democratic leader has tried calming the push for impeachment, saying the House must investigate the facts and let the public decide. The new drive was led by a group of moderate Democratic lawmakers from political swing districts, many of them with national security backgrounds and serving in Congress for the first time. The freshmen, who largely represent districts previously held by Republicans where Trump is popular, risk their own re-elections but say they could no longer stand idle. Amplifying their call were longtime leaders, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon often considered the conscience of House Democrats.

“Now is the time to act,” said Lewis, in an address to the House. “To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.”

At issue are Trump’s actions with Ukraine. In a summer phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he is said to have asked for help investigating former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter. In the days before the call, Trump ordered advisers to freeze $400 million in military aid for Ukraine — prompting speculation that he was holding out the money as leverage for information on the Bidens. Trump has denied that charge, but acknowledged he blocked the funds, later released.

Biden said Tuesday, before Pelosi’s announcement, that if Trump doesn’t cooperate with lawmakers’ demands for documents and testimony in its investigations the president “will leave Congress ... with no choice but to initiate impeachment.” He said that would be a tragedy of Trump’s “own making.”

The Trump-Ukraine phone call is part of the whistleblower’s complaint, though the administration has blocked Congress from getting other details of the report, citing presidential privilege. Trump has authorized the release of a transcript of the call, which is to be made public on Wednesday.

“You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call,” Trump said.

Trump has sought to implicate Biden and his son in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Kyiv. Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.

While the possibility of impeachment has hung over Trump for many months, the likelihood of a probe had faded after special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation ended without a clear directive for lawmakers.

Since then, the House committees have revisited aspects of the Mueller probe while also launching new inquiries into Trump’s businesses and various administration scandals that all seemed likely to drag on for months.

But details of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine prompted Democrats to quickly shift course. By the time Pelosi addressed the nation on Tuesday, about two-thirds of House Democrats had announced moving toward impeachment probes.

The burden will likely now shift to Democrats to make the case to a scandal-weary public. In a highly polarized Congress, an impeachment inquiry could simply showcase how clearly two sides can disagree when shown the same evidence rather than approach consensus.

Building toward this moment, the president has repeatedly been stonewalling requests for documents and witness interviews in the variety of ongoing investigations.

After Pelosi’s Tuesday announcement, the president and his campaign team quickly released a series of tweets attacking Democrats, including a video of presidential critics like the speaker and Rep. Ilhan Omar discussing impeachment. It concluded: “While Democrats ‘Sole Focus’ is fighting Trump, President Trump is fighting for you.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Pelosi’s well-known “efforts to restrain her far-left conference have finally crumbled.”

Pelosi has for months resisted calls for impeachment from her restive caucus, warning that it would backfire against the party unless there was a groundswell of public support. That groundswell hasn’t occurred, but some of the more centrist lawmakers are facing new pressure back home for not having acted on impeachment.

While Pelosi’s announcement adds weight to the work being done on the oversight committees, the next steps are likely to resemble the past several months of hearings and legal battles — except with the possibility of actual impeachment votes.

On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider a symbolic but still notable resolution insisting the Trump administration turn over to Congress the whistleblower’s complaint. The Senate, in a rare bipartisan moment, approved a similar resolution Tuesday.

The lawyer for the whistleblower, who is still anonymous, released a statement saying he had asked Trump’s director of national intelligence to turn over the complaint to House committees and asking guidance to permit the whistleblower to meet with lawmakers.

Pelosi suggested that this new episode — examining whether a president abused his power for personal political gain — would be easier to explain to Americans than some of the issues that arose during the Mueller investigation and other congressional probes.

The speaker put the matter in stark terms: “The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of his national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”

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Innovative software engineering school coming to Tulsa

Holberton School, an innovative software engineering program that values its students’ motivation and resilience over their education and experience, will open a campus in Tulsa in January.

The two-year coding school is open to anyone with a high school diploma or an equivalency degree. Students pay no up-front application fees or up-front tuition, instead paying a portion of their salaries to Holberton for a limited time once they obtain a job earning more than $40,000 a year.

Holberton plans to open its Tulsa campus in the Arts District with 30 students. By the end of 2020, it hopes to have 90 students, with a long-term goal of 500. Students who qualify will be eligible to receive a living stipend of up to $1,500 a month.

Applications are being accepted online at www.holbertonschool.com.

“We were looking for another location in the United States that would not be a coastal location,” said Pauline Cohen Vorms, Holberton’s director of business development and partnerships. “We were also looking for a location that could on the one hand be more accessible and affordable for our students, but also have the local ecosystem for them (students) to stay and find employment and contribute to the economy.”

Tulsa turned out to be Holberton’s choice for its third U.S. campus in no small part because of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. GKFF reached out to the school about a year ago.

Now, for the first time in its brief history, Holberton is joining with major foundations to establish a campus. GKFF and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation are providing the funding for the living stipends, which at some point could be expanded to include housing.

“When we met the George Kaiser Family Foundation and we came to Tulsa, we were really impressed,” Vorms said. “We looked into it, we came, we saw representatives of the community, of industry, and found that this would be a fantastic place for a campus.”

Ben Stewart, senior program officer with GKFF, said Holberton’s mission to improve access to education and prepare students for the work world aligns with the foundation’s mission, which includes attracting and retaining a strong workforce for Tulsa.

Add to that the fact that the local economy has approximately 9,000 job openings that require technical talent, Stewart said, and the partnership makes sense.

“We felt like this was a really unique opportunity for Tulsa to bridge some of the talent that’s already here that is underserved and underskilled,” Stewart said, “and really move it to the next level knowing there were jobs on the other end of the equation.”

Holberton uses an income share agreement to collect its tuition. Typically, students pay 17% of their salaries to the school for the first 42 months after participating in the program.

As part of Holberton’s agreement with GKFF to establish a campus in Tulsa, local Holberton students will pay 10% of their salaries as long as they remain in the Tulsa area to work.

“We see this as an important step in creating an inclusive tech community by allowing folks of all backgrounds to have access to this world-class training,” Stewart said.

Support from local businesses will be key to making the initiative a success, Stewart said.

“We ask potential employers to partner with Holberton through internship opportunities and beyond to secure talent in the Tulsa region,” he said.

Vorms said the living stipend is not offered at any of Holberton’s other campuses and will be a big help to local students.

“It is an intense, full-time program,” she said. “Students spend on average 60 hours a week studying, so if they don’t have the financial means, it’s hard for them.”

Holberton School was founded in San Francisco in 2016 by Sylvain Kalache and Julien Barbier.

Its mission is to provide an accessible, affordable education for individuals who, for whatever reason, do not want to pursue a four-year college degree in software engineering.

“We are not really competing with universities,” Vorms said. “We are targeting the 90% of the student population who cannot afford a traditional university setting, who can’t afford getting into student debt.

“We are also addressing the student who hasn’t had the traditional past but has the talent and the motivation to thrive.”

Holberton also takes a different approach from universities in preparing its students to become software engineers.

“We are trying, basically, to mimic, as much as possible, that future workplace where, most of the time, software engineers get assignments to solve and work in teams,” Vorms said.

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