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A Houston Starbucks employee was fired after scribbling “Defund the Police” on customers’ drinks, according to a report.

“Every customer should feel welcome and treated with respect when they visit any of our stores – especially our first responder community and their families. We have reached out to the customer involved to apologize, and the partner (employee) involved has been separated from the company. Any behavior from our partners that doesn’t aspire to be a positive experience is unacceptable,” said Starbucks in a statement.

Starbucks said the employee wrote the message on just one order from a family buying three drinks.

An angry customer shared photos of the drinks and the details behind the incident in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Raseac Eibbed’s post read, in part, “This has to stop. We can’t even get a cup of coffee without worrying about being poisoned or worse. What is wrong with America?”

Ray Hunt with the Houston Police Officer Union said the incident was disturbing.

“It wouldn’t be the first time that an officer who’s had something put in their drink at a restaurant or somewhere where someone disagreed with the police. I was very disgusted that someone will post this in the way it was printed on they’re concerned us that maybe this was a policy for Starbucks,” Hunt said.

He said he believes politics should be independent from other ways of U.S. life to keep the peace and allow Americans to be happy outside of political divisiveness.

“We go to a Texans game to watch football. We go to an Astros game to watch baseball. We go to Starbucks to get a cup of coffee. If the people would just keep their politics to themselves, we’d get along a lot better around here. You’ve got a job to do, do it. We’re not walking around with shirts on that say support the police whenever we’re coming to your house when you call 911. I think most people who go to Starbucks go there to get a cup of coffee, not to hear about the barista’s political views,” Hunt said.

Author: Frank Miles

Source: Fox News: Houston Starbucks employee fired over ‘Defund The Police’ cup message

A 90-year-old Sacred Heart of Jesus statue was destroyed during vandalism inside a Texas cathedral, church leaders said.

A man suspected of the vandalism has been detained. Authorities identified him as Isaiah Cantrell, 30, of El Paso. He was charged with criminal mischief and posession of marijuana, the El Paso Times reported.

A 90-year-old Sacred Heart of Jesus statue was destroyed in an act of vandalism in a Texas cathedral, according to a report. (courtesy of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso)

The El Paso Police Department is investigating the vandalism, which occurred around 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Cathedral, when the church was open and available for prayer.

The vandalism left church leaders stunned.

The suspect has been detained. (courtesy of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso)

The rector of St. Patrick, the Rev. Trini Fuentes, said in a statement: “I am in shock and we at the cathedral are heartbroken over such an unexpected situation.”

Bishop Mark J. Seitz also spoke out.

The destruction left the clergy in shock. (courtesy of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso)

The destruction left the clergy in shock. (courtesy of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso)
“This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus — his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us. I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass,” Seitz said in a statement.

Isaiah Cantrell, 30, of El Paso, faces charges in connection with damage to a church statue, authorities say. (El Paso police)

“As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” the bishop added. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen.”

Cantrell was booked into the El Paso County jail on bonds totaling $20,5000, the El Paso Times reported.

Author: Frank Miles

Source: Fox News: Sacred Heart of Jesus statue in Texas cathedral destroyed

Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., signed a bill into law on Tuesday making young illegal immigrants eligible for the Medicaid program in California, making it the first state to offer such taxpayer-funded health benefits to low-income adults age 25 and younger regardless of their immigration status.

State officials said they expected the plan to cover about 90,000 people and cost taxpayers $98 million. California already covered children 18 and younger regardless of immigration status.

The law will not give health insurance benefits to everyone 25 and younger, but only those whose income is low enough to qualify.

Newsom and fellow Democrats in the state legislature said they planned to expand coverage to more adults in the years to come.

Advocates of the measure have called it a way to improve the health of immigrants in the state by providing them with access to the medical care they need.

Many immigrants in the country illegally already have been enrolled for some government-funded programs, but they covered only emergencies and pregnancies.

Democrats had pushed to expand the coverage to even more adults, but Newsom rejected the proposals, saying it would cost about $3.4 billion to provide coverage to all California adults living in the country illegally.

But, he still has vowed to keep expanding coverage in future years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Author: Frank Miles

Source: Fox News: California becomes 1st state to give taxpayer-funded health benefits to illegal immigrants

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