“While this Starbucks looks like every other outlet of the coffee chain — mermaid logo, mugs for sale, baristas in bright green aprons — there’s one thing that makes it very special. Every single employee here is fluent in American Sign Language.” Starbucks opens its first US sign language store in Washington, DC. (Whether you’re speaking it or signing it, everyone feels sort of silly calling a Large a Venti…)

+ A Kindergarten Class Learned To Sign Happy Birthday For Their Hard-Of-Hearing Custodian

+ European Parliament Approves Ban On Some Single-Use Plastics.

+ Scientists Create Artificial Wood That Is Water- and Fire-Resistant.

+ “There’s only one hockey team in all of Kenya. They had nobody to play. So, we brought them to Canada.”

+ He spent 30 years shining shoes — and raised more than $200,000 for sick kids

+ Twisted fiber optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster. (In the business, we call this a speedball.)

+ Billionaire Diamond Merchant Gives 600 Cars as Gifts. (Your move, Oprah…)

+ The Cotton Bureau hosted store for NextDraft shirts, hats, and stickers just got a major upgrade. It now takes Apple Pay. It’s easier than ever to dress for success!