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Legally Blind Boston Barber Awarded $100K for Wrongful Termination

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Tony Morales, the barber shop’s owner, contests Nixon’s story and claims Nixon, who was an independent contractor with the shop, was operating without a barber’s license, and “couldn’t carry his weight” at the shop, according to the Herald. “It’s sad that people like Joel try to take advantage of their situation and create false accusations,” he added.

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Akron barbershop owner confronts man openly carrying gun

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Akron is abuzz over a man carrying a rifle on his back through busy sections of the city Monday.
Deone Slater, owner of Kangaroo Kutz on East Exchange Street, did not to want to let Kovacevic in front of his shop Thursday morning. Kovacevic called police.
“He was a threat to my community,” Slater said. “If I can prevent him from shooting up the city, I would. I won’t condone it. Somebody’s got to stand up.”

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Free holiday haircuts for Hoosiers

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Photo credit Kenny's Academy of BarberingINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 18, 2015) – Know someone that needs a haircut? Want to get a fresh cut before the holidays? Kenny’s Academy of Barbering wants to help you out!

They are offering free barbering services on December 21 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event is called “Holiday Haircuts for Hoosiers” and it’s only at their west side location at 2150 North Lafayette Road.

For details call 317-635-5900 or 317-478-0163.


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Sport Clips Haircuts soars to #16 in Entrepreneur “Franchise 500”

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Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s leading men’s and boys’ hair care provider, soared 20 spots to land 16th overall in the annual Entrepreneur”Franchise 500″ rankings, the largest move by any hair care concept. Sport Clips rose from 36th in the 2015 report to the top 20 spot. Entrepreneur bases its ranking on franchises’ financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.

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Barbers, stylists disagree on who can display a barber pole

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Joel and Lisa Martin pose outside their barber shop and salon in Rosemount, Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Friendly arguments aren’t hard to find in a barbershop, but try cutting in on a hallowed symbol — that red, white and blue barber pole — and it may be time to hide the scissors.

Steeped in history and symbolism, the iconic cylinders spinning on storefronts across America are an increasing source of friction between barbers and beauticians.

Minnesota, Michigan and North Carolina are the latest fronts in a spreading legislative campaign to reserve the poles for barbers. The proposals, which often include fines for offenders, are driving a new wedge in a trade where gender lines have long run deep.

“The barber pole is the oldest sign in town besides the cross. It should not be displayed where there is not a licensed barber,” says Charles Kirkpatrick of Arkansas, a barber since 1959 who keeps tabs on such legislation for the National Association of Barber Boards of America.

For many, the only real difference between a barber and hairstylist is the clientele they serve. But barbers say the tools of their trade and unique services they provide make them different, and laws are needed to prevent beauty parlors, salons and other establishments from passing themselves off as barbershops, including chain shops that use the barber name and logo but don’t have a licensed barber on site.

Cosmetologists argue that haircuts are haircuts, and say the protective efforts are silly and chauvinist.

“They’re still trying to hang onto the vestiges that say they’re special. I can cut a man’s hair. Why shouldn’t I be able to put a barber pole up?” says Jeanie Thompson, owner of a

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Barbers’ pay dispute with Modern Man

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A familiar argument flared up recently in a labor fight between Oregon officials and Uber, the ride-service company whose business model depends on contracted workers.

The dispute over what defines an employee versus an independent contractorpops up regularly across the U.S. economy as employers of all sizes seek to trim labor costs and workers try to gain more flexibility and control over their schedules and working conditions.

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