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Online petition targets Target’s midnight opening

OMAHA, Neb. — An Omaha man’s online petition asking Target to drop plans to open stores at midnight on Thanksgiving has garnered tens of thousands of signatures in less than two weeks.

Anthony Hardwick works part-time as a cart attendant for a second job. The 29-year-old launched his petition Nov. 3 after learning of the chain’s plans to have employees report for work at 11 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. Hardwick says the midnight opening means he and other Target employees will have to miss Thanksgiving gatherings in order to get enough rest and come in to work that night.

The petition asks that Target push back the opening to 5 a.m. on “Black Friday.” It had nearly 88,000 signatures by midday Tuesday.

Target officials say the midnight opening is a response to customer demand.

CALIFORNIA

Levinson named Apple’s new chairman

CUPERTINO — Apple has named board member Arthur Levinson as its chairman.

He fills a post left open when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died last month.

Mr. Levinson, who is chairman of Genentech Inc., has been co-lead director on Apple Inc.’s board since 2005. He joined the board in 2000.

Robert Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Co., was tapped as director.

The appointments were announced Tuesday.

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