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Events planned for Wear Orange Weekend campaign against gun violence in Chicago and beyond

Events planned for Wear Orange Weekend campaign against gun violence in Chicago and beyond

CHICAGO (CBS) — An orange flag few above the Wrigley Field marquee on Friday as part of Wear Orange Weekend – a campaign against gun violence.

The Wear Orange movement was created in honor of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed on a Chicago playground.

Hadiya and some classmates had gone to Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue on Jan. 29, 2013, and were taking cover from a rainstorm, when prosecutors said Ward opened fire.

Prosecutors said Ward thought he was shooting at rival gang members. Instead, he killed Hadiya.

The shooting happened a week after Hadiya had performed with her school band at President Barack Obama’s inauguration for his second term in Washington. Coincidentally, Hadiya had also appeared in a public service announcement about gang violence in late 2008.

Wear Orange began on June 2, 2015, which would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. Since then it has expanded to a period of three days each year – National Gun Violence Awareness Day on the first Friday in June, and Wear Orange Weekend on the Saturday and Sunday afterward.

Wear Orange noted that orange has now become the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement.

The Cubs are encouraging fans to wear orange to Sunday’s game, at which Pendleton’s family will throw out the first pitch.

Other Chicago sports teams have also tweeted support for Wear Orange.

To find local Wear Orange events, follow this link.

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Gap says earnings set for strong 2022 as social events return

Gap says earnings set for strong 2022 as social events return

People walk past a Gap store on Oxford Street in London, Britain, July 1, 2021. REUTERS/John Sibley

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March 3 (Reuters) – Gap Inc (GPS.N) on Thursday forecast 2022 earnings above estimates, betting on strong demand for its Old Navy and Athleta clothing brands as Americans return to offices and social events thanks to declining Omicron cases.

Shares of the apparel retailer jumped 7.2% to $15.67 in extended trading, as it also posted a smaller-than-expected loss for the fourth quarter.

Many apparel chains have struggled to keep up with rising demand though, as port congestion and tight capacity delay shipments.

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Gap has had to use pricier air freight to bring in goods, and said its inventory at the end of the first quarter would rise in the mid-20s percentage range as it orders early to counter longer in-transit times.

“(Customers are) leaning into categories like dresses or new silhouettes and pants for back-to-work … as well as denim with new leg shapes. It’s a pretty radical change from last year,” Chief Executive Sonia Syngal said on an earnings call.

Gap forecast fiscal 2022 adjusted earnings per share between $1.85 and $2.05, above Refinitiv IBES estimates of $1.86.

It also expects to benefit from tie-ups with Walmart (WMT.N) to sell home goods and with rapper Kanye West to launch new styles.

The strong outlook contrasts those from rivals Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF.N) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO.N), which have warned of freight expenses pressuring their margins in the first half of 2022.

In the near term, Gap is not immune to the industry-wide supply snags either.

The Banana Republic parent, whose comparable sales growth in the quarter ended Jan. 29 missed estimates, indicated that sales pressure had continued into the current quarter.

It projected net sales to fall in the mid- to high-single-digit percentage range, compared with estimates for a 3.8% decline.

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Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam and Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath

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