1. The hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush caused him to miss out on the Kennebunkport Memorial Day parade that he traditionally attends. The 93-year-old was taken to a hospital Sunday after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue. A spokesman said he’d likely be in the hospital for a couple of days for observation. Bush tweeted monday evening “Very much regret missing the Memorial Day parade today in Kennebunkport, and am forever grateful not only to those patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation — but also the Gold Star families whose heritage is imbued with their honor and heroism.” (NewsCenterMaine)
2. Starbucks will close more than 8,000 stores nationwide on Tuesday to conduct anti-bias training, the next of many steps the company is taking to try to restore its tarnished image. According to a video previewing the Starbucks training, there will be recorded remarks from Starbucks executives and rapper/activist Common. From there, employees will “move into a real and honest exploration of bias” where, in small groups, they can share how the issue comes up in their daily work life. Starbucks has put information about hours of its stores Tuesday on its website and mobile app. Closure hours due to the training are often posted along with hours for most licensed stores. (NewsCenterMaine)
3. South Portland city councilors said they are seeking volunteers for a committee to help identify possible sites for skate park, as well as funding models. They said they would like to fast-track the project and possibly have it open by summer 2019. They decided to schedule a forum next month to gather public input on the project, but did not set a date. Seventh-grader Emmons Whited, part of a group of students who started an online petition a year ago to generate support for the project, said they have attracted attention, including from a North Carolina contractor who wants to build the facility. (Press Herald)
4. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year following Game 7 wins for both teams in the conference finals over the Memorial Day weekend. It was the first time since 1979 that both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals went to seven games in the same year. (NY Times)
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