Seven things for PR pros to know Thursday morning

Reporters arrested in Ferguson, Missouri; Cisco to cut 6,000 jobs; Arizona State football player comes out of the closet in interview with local magazine; NFL considers harsher punishments for players charged with domestic violence; Animal-rights activists to protest Whole Foods' sale of rabbit meat.

1. Two reporters, Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly, were arrested and briefly detained by police in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday night while covering the fifth night of unrest there since officers shot an unarmed man on Saturday. A city alderman was also arrested.


Residents and members of the media have been frustrated by the slow trickle of information about the shooting coming from Ferguson’s police department, as well as what they say are heavy-handed tactics by police in the days since the incident. Both peaceful protests and riots have taken place in the city in the five days since the shooting. Police officials have withheld the name of the officer who shot teenager Michael Brown on Saturday due to fears for his safety.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has urged local law enforcement to respect the rights of residents and journalists.


2. Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin came out as gay in an interview with Complete, a Phoenix magazine for gay athletes. He is believed to be the first active college football player to do so.


3. Cisco is planning to cut approximately 6,000 jobs after another quarter of slow sales growth. The eliminations would trim approximately 8% of the company’s workforce.

4. After blowback to its two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the National Football League is considering hasher penalties, even as much as a full-season’s suspension, for players involved in domestic violence cases. Rice was arrested and charged with domestic violence after a video emerged of him dragging his fiancé’s unconscious body out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino in February.

5. Some Lands’ End customers are less than thrilled with the retailer’s gift of a free July edition of GQ. The reason: its scantily clad cover model.


6. Animal-rights activists say they plan to picket Whole Foods stores this weekend after the chain began selling rabbit meat in select regions. A spokesman for the grocery retailer told The Huffington Post that the chain is "sensitive to the companion animal issue."


7. SeaWorld reported disappointing second-quarter earnings on Wednesday; its shares are down 22% this year. It blamed media coverage of its treatment of Orcas in captivity and pending California legislation on the issue.

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