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Archive for November, 2013

The Slow Death of ‘Traditional’ Families in America

College graduates overwhelmingly raise children together (88 percent have a married spouse present). Non-college-grads are more than twice as likely to raise their child alone. What you might call the "traditional" family structure (two parents raising their kids, together) dissipates as you move down the education ladder.  More…

Flo’s boss dies; relaxing marijuana laws now in trouble

Billionaire and philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, chairman of Progressive Insurance, died Saturday at the age of 80. Since the 1980s, he had donated an estimated $40 million to $60 million to marijuana law reform — including underwriting ballot campaigns, research, political polling and legal defense efforts. “Now we’re going to find out whether, when the funder’s no longer there, is this really a movement?”  More…

Man leaves secret fortune worth $188 million to charity

A Seattle attorney who wore sweaters with holes in, collected coupons and rode the bus to work has left a staggering $187.6 million to charities after passing away.  More…

Pizza Hut general manager rehired after PR mess

Shortly after a manager at a Pizza Hut franchise in Elkhart, Indiana, announced that he was fired for refusing to open on Thanksgiving Day, the company is offering him his job back. Tony Rohr, 28, had worked for the chain for more than 10 years.  More…

Florida woman fatally shoots daughter holding baby

A Florida woman allegedly shot her daughter to death Monday night because she thought the person knocking on her door was the boyfriend she had just fought, police said.  More…

Unpublished J.D. Salinger stories leak online

Literary circles were abuzz after three previously unpublished short stories by American author J.D. Salinger showed up on the Internet this week. Several reports point to a September auction on eBay. Ironically, it says: “The three stories in this book remain unpublished and locked by J. D. Salinger for publishing.”  More…

$1 coins: Unwanted, unloved and out of currency

To all the great mysteries of life, add this: Why is the lowly, tarnished penny so revered, and the shiny $1 coin so reviled? The $1 coins have a lot going for them. They are durable and can be used easily in vending machines. They far outlast paper money, but last year, more $1 coins were returned to the Federal Reserve than were paid out.  More…

GoldieBlox toy company backs down from Beastie Boys fight

A company that makes toys to encourage girls to become engineers has backed down from using a Beastie Boys song in its ad. GoldieBlox had used a parody version of the decidedly misogynistic Beastie Boys song “Girls” in a video featuring a trio of inventive girls who trade their tiaras for a toolbox.  More…

Waitress Who Lied About Anti-Gay ‘Tip’ Has Told Far Worse Lies

It turns out the New Jersey waitress who lied about getting an anti-gay insult in lieu of a tip was also lying about a whole bunch of other stuff, including her military service, claims of having brain cancer, and that her home was severely damaged during Sandy. “Every story she comes up with has a lie,” coworker Julie Howat said.  More…

Pizza Hut GM Fired for Refusing to Make Employees Work on Thanksgiving

With many stores staying open during Thanksgiving this year thereby forcing workers to miss out on spending the holiday with their families, one store manager decided to take a stand on behalf of his employees — and was promptly terminated.  More…

Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore divorce final

Ashton Kutcher has something to be thankful for this week – his divorce from Demi Moore was just finalized. The docs were filed Tuesday afternoon by Laura Wasser on Kutcher’s behalf, ending the marriage that began in 2005. The two had separated in 2011.  More…

3 Tucson girls allegedly held captive for 2 years

A disturbing story out of southern Arizona where three girls have been rescued after they were allegedly held captive by their mother and stepfather for more than two years. Police say a 12 and 13-year-old girl were able to escape and run to a neighbor’s house for help. When officers showed up, they not only found the two girls, but also their 17-year-old sister who was locked away in a another bedroom.  More…

Spike TV Apologizes for Airing ‘Bar Rescue’ Featuring Location of Wayne Mills Shooting

Spike TV is apologizing for airing an episode of its reality series Bar and Rescue featuring the Nashville bar where owner Chris Ferrell allegedly shot country musician Jerald Wayne Mills of the Wayne Mills Band.  More…

Man loses banana peel injury case against Metro, faces criminal fraud charge

It was the video that did him in. One night in early August, Maurice Owens was riding in an elevator at the Potomac Avenue Metro station when, he says, he slipped on a banana peel as he was getting off, injuring his hip and leg.  More…

CBS’ Lara Logan, producer on leave after discredited Benghazi report

Lara Logan, the CBS correspondent at the center of a discredited October 27 report about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is taking a leave of absence from work. CBS suggested that the leaves of absence were punitive measures for the shortcomings in the Benghazi report, which has stung the reputations of both Logan and the program that televised her report, "60 Minutes."  More…