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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Sports Pile: Yankee candy ban

from The Carolinian Times

Joe Girardi recently banned candy and ice cream from the New York Yankees clubhouse. A lot of people-professional commentators and fans alike-are opposed to this ban. And I ask them: Why?What Girardi did is instill a small modicum of responsibility within a generally lax and loose clubhouse atmosphere.

Joe Torre, the current Dodgers' manager, apparently allowed these athletes, these professionals, to eat whatever they want. Soft serve ice cream machine? Sure. Domino's store in the clubhouse? Yup. All you can eat Chinese buffet next to the bat holders? Most def. Okay, none of those are actually real. However, they could be. Professional athletes get to be in the position that they are in because they either a) have incredible natural athletic talent or b) keep themselves in ridiculously great shape. Or some combination of the two and hard work.

But some athletes-and this is a much longer list than we would like to admit-do not try all that hard to keep themselves in shape.Take for instance, my good friend (again, not true) Andruw Jones. Druw was an Atlanta Brave his entire career before signing a two-year deal worth $36 million to play for the Dodgers this offseason. Recently, Druw weighed in at just a hair under 250 pounds. Both of those facts are absolutely ludicrous. There is zero reason someone should be given 18 million dollars to do anything; I am okay with that though.

But if you are going to get 18 very large, the very least you can do is keep yourself in decent shape. Jones weighed 170 pounds as a rookie and recently, right around 220, while playing for the Braves. That's a pretty freaking substantial weight gain during the course of the last year or so. Of course, this is something we often overlook if a player is performing to the standards that we are used to seeing out of him. Jones, is, ahem, not doing that. In fact, he's producing at the lowest level he has in years, which is especially disconcerting considering what a poor season he had in 2007.

Jones' manager is, ironically, Joe Torre, the man that Joe Girardi replaced in the New York Yankee clubhouse. Torre apparently has little care for what Andruw Jones actually puts into his body, in terms of food. Now, I do not necessarily think that whatever Andruw is eating at the ballpark is causing him to balloon up that quickly; obviously he has not been watching his weight too carefully at home either, otherwise he couldn't have porked up as quickly as he did.

But there's something to the notion of keeping the workplace clean and how it translates to keeping the house clean. And even if professional baseball players are highly trained and (usually) focused athletes, and even if they are grown men who know all about responsibility, that does not mean that they don't deserve a little accountability at the office. We are talking about the same group of men who, collectively, we just found were abusing steroids and performance enhancing drugs at a rapid and record pace, nearly culminating in the destruction of baseball.

And before you point out that the above statement is hyperbole, remember that if we (as in America) didn't love the sport so much, we might not have so easily ignored everything that happened on Capitol Hill. And while, no, junk food is not as bad performance enhancing drugs-not by a long shot-it's the same principle of accountability in the workplace. For so long, professional athletes, because they are millionaires who often control their own destiny, playing time and salaries, have had nearly zero personal accountability within the workplace.

Sure, they have teammates that check up on them and watch their back, and yeah, ownership and management is concerned about their behavior. But I think that Girardi's decision to ban candy and ice cream from the Yankees clubhouse speaks more to this lack of accountability then it does to simply not wanting to allow professional athletes access to a bunch of sweets and sugary treats. And maybe you think I'm really stretching it to make that connection, but just remember that the Dodgers and Yankees are two of the five heaviest (or fattest, as it were) teams in all of baseball.

When one of them wins a (recent) championship without purging the candy and the ice cream from their systems, then maybe I'll concede that I was wrong about the need to keep the clubhouse clean. Okay, probably not. But I am looking forward to the Yankees actually being in good enough shape to not fold to the Red Sox once October rolls around. Wait and see. Girardi and I are going to be right about that whole candy thing just yet.

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Monday, April 28, 2008
Mars Candy to Buy Wrigley Chewing Gum for $23 Billion

Atlanta, GA 4/28/2008 05:08 PM GMT (FINDITT)

US candy giant Mars and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway have announced plans to buy popular chewing gum maker Wrigley’s for nearly $23 billion. Financing will be provided by Berkshire Hathaway, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.
“When this transaction is completed, we will be proud to welcome Wrigley’s associates to our company,” said the global president of Mars, Paul Michaels. “The strong cultural heritage of two legendary American companies with a shared commitment to innovation, quality and best-in-class global brands provides a great basis for this combination. We are looking forward to continuing on out path of growth by jointly developing those values even further.”
Mars makes candy such as Snickers, M&M’s, Dove and Milky Way. Wrigley makes products such as Doublemint gum and Life Saver candies.
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Friday, April 25, 2008
Candy scam: Woman nabbed for stealing, reselling Skittles

By TIM EBERLYThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/25/08
Diana McKenzie has a candy habit.
She can't stop stealing it.
Recent headlines:

McKenzie is down on her luck and out of work. To make money, McKenzie came up with a sweet-tooth hustle: She steals candy from grocery stores and sells it to children and others, claiming the money is for her church.
But last week, McKenzie got greedy — she was caught stealing $86 worth of candy from the Kroger on Headland Drive in south Atlanta. She hid the bags of candy, mostly Skittles, under her clothing and in a bag.
She was released from jail Friday after completing a nine-day jail sentence for the candy heist.
When reached by phone Friday, McKenzie was half-embarrassed, half-unrepentant.
"I beg, I borrow and I steal — any means necessary for my children," McKenzie, 54, said. "I don't call it stealing. I call it survival skills.'
She said she's been running the candy scheme for three months, after she and her husband split up and she was left trying to support three daughters and a grandchild.
"Candy is a great commodity," she said. "There's a great demand for candy."
This is how it works: McKenzie goes to a grocery store and fills her clothes, pockets and bag with goodies.
"Some under my chest, some in my pockets, some in my bag," she said.
Then she goes to apartment complexes and sells the candy for 25 cents to kids, saying the money goes to her church. "You know they buy it, right?" she said. "Anything for the church."
Normally, she only takes enough candy from stores to make a decent profit. On April 18, she went too far. She says her daughter had a doctor's appointment the next day and she needed money for her co-pay and medication.
"I got greedy — gluttony," she said.
A security guard at the Kroger on Headland Drive met McKenzie as left the store. In her shirt and a bag, she had $86.42 worth of Skittles and other candies.
Why Skittles?
"Children love Skittles," she said. "And plus, it's summertime; they don't melt."
She was arrested on a charge of shoplifting — her third such arrest in as many months, she said.
"Evidently, I must not be too good at what I do."

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FULLERTON, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Women from coast-to-coast and around the globe once equated getting older with invisibility. Thanks to the Red Hat Society (RHS), founded 10 years ago today, perceptions began to change. In just one decade RHS has evolved from a few friends who donned red hats and purple outfits in the spirit of having fun at 50 and beyond, into a powerhouse organization that boasts close to 40,000 chapters in more than 25 countries. Today RHS is the leading global society committed to changing the way America views aging.

"When I turned 50, I felt there was still such a vibrant life ahead of me," said Sue Ellen Cooper, founder and president of the Red Hat Society. "I never would have thought that giving one friend a festive red hat to celebrate her 50th birthday would catch fire the way it did. But clearly this gesture symbolized something to older women -- that the second phase of life is ripe with potential for living life to its absolute fullest."

RHS appeals to women from all walks of life, as it enables women 50-plus to come together and make new connections through local, national and international gatherings, activities and a members-only online community. It also seeks to make a real difference in people's lives thanks to the vision of Debra Granich, CEO.

"We are thrilled to be collaborating with the American Heart Association in celebration of our 10th birthday in order to promote the importance of heart health among women," said Granich. "Through our 'Hatters Have Heart' campaign, we will raise awareness about this issue and urge women to take care of themselves.

"Since 2004, Go Red For Women has captured the energy, passion, and intelligence of women to work collectively to wipe out heart disease -- the No. 1 killer of women. Today, we want millions of women across America to take heart disease personally. Using the simple platform "Love Your Heart," Go Red For Women engages these women -- and the men who love them -- to embrace the cause. Healthcare providers, celebrities and politicians also elevate the cause and spread the word about women and heart disease. For more information about Go Red For Women, call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck & Co., Inc.

The spontaneous growth of the organization is due in great part to the coming of age of women of the baby boomer generation, the fastest-growing demographic around the world. Seventy-eight million strong, baby boomers have more than $28 trillion in assets and more disposable income than any previous generation. Boomer women influence 80 percent of the $2.1 trillion that this generation spends as a whole on consumer goods and services each year. And baby boomer women comprise more than half of RHS membership.

RHS's growth and model of sisterhood has been so successful that its leadership decided to include women under 50 as well, realizing it's never too early to forge intergenerational connections and new bonds. These women, known as "Pink Hatters," like their Red Hat counterparts, also enjoy gathering locally, nationally and internationally in a spirit of friendship.

RHS will formally pay tribute to its 10-year milestone by hosting a 'royal affair,' during which more than 400 RHS members will enjoy dinner, dancing and a Red Hat surprise on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California from 6 to 10 pm. Hundreds of RHS chapters throughout the country will be holding their own birthday celebration.

"While there are so many things our members enjoy, from discounts to rich experiences, what they seem to value most are the lasting connections they make," said Granich. "On our 10th birthday, I am proud that together we have led one of the revolutionary movements of our time -- one dedicated to showing the world the joy of what it means to be a woman approaching 50 and beyond."

Any woman can become a member of The Red Hat Society by signing up at, or calling "Hatquarters" at 866-FUN-AT50 or (866)-386-2850.

About The Red Hat SocietyThe Red Hat Society (RHS) is the leading global society committed to changing the way we view women aging. With close to 40,000 chapters in more than 25 countries, Red Hatters are redefining traditional notions of aging through fun, friendship and freedom.For more information, visit Red Hat Society,366926.shtml

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Friday, April 18, 2008
Comfy shoes are cool again
Hush Puppies have turned 50 and the company has learned its lesson: stay comfortable yet trendy with new styles
Lucia van der Post
Hush Puppies, that previously nerdy brand beloved of Kenneth Clarke, once the despised symbol of middle-aged suburbia, is alive and well and this year celebrates its 50th birthday. It's a wonderful story of survival, revival and longevity given that back in 1992 it was dying on its feet, about to go the way of typewriters, hairnets and Dralon sofas.
Way back in 1994, when it was selling only 30,000 pairs a year in the US, those in charge of the company were, in desperation, trying to make it more fashionable when Jeffrey Miller, a New York “cool hunter”, noticed that all the hip kids in Manhattan's East Village and SoHo were rummaging around in mom-and-pop shops for authentically nerdy Hush Puppies.
It was the company's eureka moment. There was still a need, they realised, for a comfortable casual shoe, and since it was Hush Puppies that had invented the genre (until they came along with a soft shoe in 1958, it seems that men needing to loaf about simply put on their oldest pair of day-to-day shoes), it required only minor reworking. The shoes were recoloured in bright, kitschy colours (Day-Glo red, green, purple, orange), prices put up - doubled almost overnight - and suddenly they were flying off the shelves. Shops that had refused to sell them, considering them “mature” shoes, were now begging for stock.
Fashion designers took note: in London Paul Smith started selling them, and Anna Sui bespoke-dyed them in bubblegum pink, lemon yellow and purple for one of her collections. Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone and fashionable gay men started wearing them. Hush Puppies had been ushered out of intensive care and into rude new health. A brand that had always been comfortable was no less cosy - but now it was also fashionable.
Fast-forward to today, and while the cool kids of Manhattan have moved on, Hush Puppies has taken to heart the lesson it learnt: you must keep the core classic (the shoe equivalent of the classic jean, the trenchcoat, the plain white shirt), but you have to surround it with excitement and innovation to keep the customer coming in to see what's up and happening.
So for a brand that nearly died and is possibly astonished to find itself with a new lease of life, a 50th birthday is clearly well worth celebrating - and Hush Puppies is doing it in style. Like a casebook study from Harvard Business School, it's looking back to its archives and getting stylists to absorb the “story” of the brand, then refresh it, making sure that its historical roots are not forgotten. Rachel Fanconi, a British stylist who has helped such icons as Helen Mirren, Jessica Simpson and many others get their red-carpet looks together, has come up with a new range for women, while New York-based Phillip Bloch, whose best-known client is probably Halle Berry, was charged with revving up the men's collection.
Rachel Fanconi has come up with some very sassy numbers. Best of all are a couple of ankle boots: Divinity is all Victorian demure sexiness - little buttons and ribbons (£75, above), while Hadley is a slightly funkier suede bootie with a paisley-embossed heel and an organza ribbon-tie at the back (also £75). While the court shoes are perhaps slightly too retro for somebody like me who remembers them from first time round, younger customers may well take to open-toe, vintage-look court shoes such as Fallon (£60).
Meanwhile, for men Phillip Bloch has refreshed some classic brogues, giving them a slightly hipper look (£120 each) and, besides other casual numbers such as the loafers Hush Puppies was famous for, desert boots and deck shoes, he has also done some rather fabulous hip-hop trainers, using suede, patent and leather. The trainers come with exotic names - Pavo and Lynx - and cost £80 a time.
While the special celebratory ranges are going to be exclusively available at Selfridges later in the summer (Hush Puppies discovered way back in those troubled times that keeping outlets restricted was a good strategy for making themselves desirable), the spring and summer range is on sale now in all Hush Puppies' usual stockists all over the country. The prices are extraordinarily good and you'll find it does most of the coming summer styles: thong sandals, wedge sandals as well as easy, comfy court shoes.

Times Online- UK

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Thursday, April 17, 2008
April 17, 2008

MAGNA - A bank robber with a sweet tooth calmly robbed a Utah credit union using a semi-automatic handgun. The robber made sure to take advantage of the credit union’s free sucker basket before he committed the crime.On April 17, a male in his mid thirties robbed the Transwest Credit Union at 9024 west and 2700 south in Magna, Utah.After reviewing the credit union’s surveillance video, authorities say a man wearing tan khaki shorts, a blue jacket and a NYPD baseball hat can be seen calmly milling around the lobby and enjoying free suckers provided to customers.

After reviewing the credit union’s surveillance video, authorities say a man wearing tan khaki shorts, a blue jacket and a NYPD baseball hat can be seen calmly milling around the lobby and enjoying free suckers provided to customers. Several customers were making transactions with tellers while the man chose different flavors from the candy basket. When customers fished their transactions and left the bank, the man approached the teller line, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and loaded the firearm.The man then announced the robbery to staff and demanded money. Tellers complied with his requests. The man then fled the bank with both free suckers, and free money.


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Saturday, April 12, 2008
Paltrow's nanny says candy ends tantrums

Published: April 12, 2008 at 4:24 PM

LONDON, April 12 (UPI) -- Giving upset children candy to calm them down is a perfectly acceptable parenting method, says the nanny of U.S. film-star Gweneth Paltrow's youngsters.Rachel Waddilove, who has looked after Paltrow's daughter, Apple, and son, Moses, claims giving a screaming child sweets can be the most effective way to halt disruptive outbursts, the Daily Mail reported Saturday."It is a case of 'needs must' when you are out, so don't feel guilty about buying a treat or some sweets to placate your child," Waddilove writes in her latest parenting guide, "The Toddler Book: How to Enjoy Your Growing Child.""I don't think the No. 1 solution would be to give in to tantrums with sweets. But … if that's the only way you're going to get through the day, we'd never judge someone for doing that," said Carrie Longton, co-founder of the Mumsnet Web site for parents.
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Friday, April 11, 2008
Candy Bomber Halvorsen: "People had their doubts about the Airlift"
Published: 11 Apr 08 11:45
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Steve Kettmann spoke with the original “Candy Bomber,” US pilot Gail Halvorsen, about his memories of the unprecedented logistics feat that kept West Berlin free.

(10 Apr 08) Sixty years ago this month, Gail Halvorsen was an ordinary US military cargo pilot who had opted to stay in the service after World War II almost on a whim. He wound up flying air freight to various destinations in the Caribbean, but he felt he was leading a lonely and directionless existence. Halvorsen and his fellow pilots vaguely followed the news about the “food crisis” in West Berlin, where the Soviet Union had cut off all access to the outside world starting on June 24, 1948.

The blockade against the Western Allies threatened to crush a city that was already struggling against starvation. But Halvorsen wasn’t sent to Germany until that July, shortly after US President Harry Truman had vowed in a White House meeting to strengthen the then-brand-new Berlin Airlift “even if it takes every Piper Cub in the United States.” He became an anonymous member of an unprecedented logistics endeavour, as he and scores of other Western pilots began landing with precious food and supplies at Berlin’s Tempelhof airport like clockwork.

But Halvorsen had an unlikely inspiration that would end up making him famous. He had stockpiled his candy rations and had decided he wanted to do something worthwhile with them. So he started dropping chocolate, gum drops, and other candy out his plane’s window as a treat for the emaciated Berlin kids often huddled together on the edge of the airport. He even used spare handkerchiefs to rig up a little parachute for each load so the candy wouldn’t be squashed upon impact.

At first, Halvorsen was worried about being disciplined by the US military and so he kept his identity as the original “Candy Bomber” secret as long as he could. But to the children of Berlin he was an instant hit, and he soon began receiving bags of effusive thank-you letters, sometimes addressed to “Uncle Wiggly Wings,” for his habit of signaling to the kids he had arrived for another drop.

Halvorsen, now 87, recently visited Germany and talked to The Local about his experiences during the Berlin Airlift.

The Local: We think now about the Berlin Airlift and what a great moment it was for the United States and its allies and what an amazing logistics accomplishment it was. At the time, did everyone expect the Airlift to work?

Gail Halvorsen: More people had their doubts about the Airlift than had confidence about the Airlift. How do you feed two million people by airplane? The feeling was: You’re going to fail, and then it’s going to be worse than if we don’t do anything.

The Local: And you yourself?

Gail Halvorsen: I thought we were the best in the world. We had very experienced pilots at that time, because the ones that stayed in already had experience. I’d flown all over the world: South America, Europe and Africa. I thought certainly we could it.

The Local: What do you think would have happened if the Airlift had not succeeded?

Gail Halvorsen: If the Airlift had not succeeded, it was possible that Stalin with 100 divisions would be in West Germany today, because he had just taken Czechoslovakia, he had taken Hungary, and the reason he couldn’t get to West Germany was because West Berlin was in the way and he had to get rid of it, and so by starving the people he thought that he could – through whatever subterfuge – could make the allies leave Berlin. And a lot of people were thinking about doing it.

The Local: A lot of people thought if the Airlift did not succeed, the United States would have been forced to abandon Berlin?

Gail Halvorsen: If the US had left Berlin, the whole continent of Europe would be threatened. The Soviets would control West Germany, control the outcome, whatever happened it would never be reunified except as a Soviet state. The Soviets had made great inroads that some people don’t realize in the governments of France and Italy, and they had it all paved and you had more people in the West thinking that communism was a great idea and all he had to do was go one more step and Stalin would have had world power. I believe that, yeah.

The Local: For people in Berlin who lived through the Airlift, it remains a very emotional subject. What about it made the deepest impression on the people?

Gail Halvorsen: Because at one point they had to decide. The (West) Berliners had to make a decision. Many of them thought, “Well, we’re not going to make it.” Some capitulated, but percentagewise it was very low. And they had to make that soul-searching decision. We’re in it or we give our life. It was almost that critical.

The Local: Because of pressure from the Soviets?Gail Halvorsen: Yeah...when you make such a decision, you face life face to face. The rest of your life, it’s this way and that way and you never forget it. You remember, “What caused me to go this way? It was the Airlift.

The Local: It seems the Airlift is probably one of the most successful cases of winning hearts and minds. Attitudes about the United States have changed dramatically around the world in recent years. What can Americans do to bring back more of that good will that was there before?

Gail Halvorsen: That’s a really, really important question: What can we do? We’re (still) flying supplies into people that aren’t friendly. When the tsunami came along, we were down there with people that criticized us. We need to keep doing that and not forget the purpose, like the attitude of going into Berlin. Don’t go sour. Don’t go sour on what we believe.
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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Crayola marks 64-count box's 50th birthday with new colors

Crayola's 64-crayon Birthday box with new colors.
Last update: April 10, 2008 - 9:15 AM

Crayola this week is announcing eight newly named colors this year, which is the 50th anniversary of the crayon maker's iconic 64-count box.
But don't expect the new crayons' names to be much of clue about the hue.
Try these new names on for size:
Super Happy (yellow), Fun in the Sun (orange), Giving Tree (green), Bear Hug (brown), Awesome (dusty pink), Happy Ever After (blue), Famous (hot pink) and Best Friends (purple).
That famous box with the built-in sharpener in the back debuted in 1958.
This year's new names were determined with input from nearly 20,000 kids who went online and offered their suggestions.
"A collection of eight colors was created," Crayola said in a news release, "that draws on everything from kids wanting to play their part in protecting the planet to believing that they can become famous just like the everyday people who achieve stardom on reality shows."
Each of these new hues can be found inside the limited-edition 50th Birthday box. The new colors are also being offered as marks and colored pencils.
Over the past 50 years, more than 200 million Crayola 64 boxes have been sold. The 12.8 billion crayons inside would circle the earth 24 times.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008
04/09/2008 07:04 AM
A Candy That Reduces Tooth Decay More Than Regular Brushing

Reseachers have developed a candy that helps fight tooth decay. It actually mimics a component of saliva that can neutralize acids in the mouth. It is called CaviStat.
100 chldren were asked to brush their teeth twice a day and then take two of the Cavistat and another 100 were asked to just brush their teeth twice a day and take a sugarless mint.
The results were astounding after a year. The 100 who took the CaviStat had 61.7 fewer cavities than the control group. The mints are so designed to be chewed into the back molars where cavities might occur.

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Monday, April 7, 2008
JAMIE LEE CURTIS will celebrate her 50th birthday with a big breakfast party - because she can't stay awake past 8pm.The actress admits she has become "like a farmer" because she rises early and cooks up big breakfasts for her family - but by 6pm her energy levels are waning.She says, "By eight, you can't speak to me."Breakfast has always been my favourite meal... I'm gonna make all my friends get up early on my birthday and come over about eight o'clock in the morning with their kids."I'm gonna have like a carnival scene... and have breakfast and everybody will be gone by 11.30."

Also see: Jamie Lee Curtis
April 8, 2008

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Sunday, April 6, 2008
Candy binge leads to tummy ache for Memphis' Rose

April 6, 2008 wire reports

.SAN ANTONIO -- Memphis freshman sensation Derrick Rose had a stomach ailment that forced him to miss media sessions Sunday, but will play in the national championship game against Kansas on Monday night.

Rose received treatment from trainers instead of talking to reporters. Shortly after, the school released a statement settling any doubt about his status.
Teammates weren't too worried.
"He eats Gummy Bears and Starburst for breakfast, and Twizzlers and Honey Buns for dinner. That's why his stomach hurts," fellow guard Chris Douglas-Roberts said. "We tell Derrick the whole year, 'Stop eating so many Gummy Bears and Sour Straws.' But he can't. ... Nobody eats Gummy Bears more than him."
Sunday afternoon, Rose walked into a scheduled group interview with all the starters and coach John Calipari, then went over to Calipari and whispered something to him. They went into the hall together, then Calipari returned alone.
"He said his stomach was bothering him," Calipari said. "I told him to go back and see the trainer."

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Saturday, April 5, 2008
Student entrepreneurship sometimes seems to be thwarting healthful food choice efforts.

Jim Blaylock/Staff April 4, 2008

Evans High School freshmen Leighton Stringfellow (left) and Johnathan Newman use one of the school's vending machines.
Some youngsters are bringing candy to school, marking up the price and selling the black-market sweets for a profit, classmates say.
"They walk around, and people will buy it," said Johnathan Newman, 16, of Evans High School.
The going price usually is $1, said Evans classmate Leighton Stringfellow, 15, snacking on chips he bought out of a vending machine after school.
Those vending machines, however, are turned off during the school day, denying access to their chips, candy and soft drinks.
Margie Hamilton, Greenbrier High School's principal, acknowledged a few students could be selling candy, but the practice is prohibited.
"If they bring it in for their own ill-gotten gains, they lose it and they lose their proceeds," Dr. Hamilton said.
A second offense likely would result in an in-school suspension, she said.
Dr. Hamilton said unauthorized candy sales can be difficult to control because school organizations often sell candy to raise money.
She said the school is trying to come up with a way to identify candy being sold legitimately as a fundraiser.
Sandra Carraway, Columbia County schools' deputy superintendent, said the system does not have a specific policy against candy sales.
However, she said federal law prohibits schools from allowing vending machine or fundraising food sales during the school day to avoid competition with the federal lunch program.
Richmond County has a no-candy policy, Hephzibah High School Principal Veta New said.
"Sometimes we'll have a search and we'll collect candy," she said, adding that if the treats are for personal use she typically overlooks it.
About a year ago, Dr. New said, she had one young entrepreneur who was hawking candy, fruit drinks and other goodies out of a briefcase to make some easy money.
Students caught selling candy are written up, but it's not considered a serious offense, she said.
Brenda Smith, the principal of Paul Knox Middle School in North Augusta, said she was not aware of any illicit candy sales at the school, but the penalties could range from a verbal reprimand to an in-school or out-of-school suspension.
"Anytime you accept money from a child in any form, it has to be approved by the area supervisor," she said.
Although Sharon Carson, Greenbrier Middle School's principal, did not condone unsanctioned candy sales, she said it would be hard to eliminate sweets from school grounds altogether.
"Candy still is a great motivator for some kids," she said. "They just love it."
Such ventures also can apparently teach pupils a business lesson.
At least one Evans High student, who asked not to be identified, said he tried selling beef jerky but got out of the business.
"I was losing more money than I made," he said.
Staff Writer Greg Gelpi contributed to this story.

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Friday, April 4, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008

Happy Birthday, Peace Sign!
Apparently today is the 50th birthday of the peace sign. No kidding! According to Wiki:
This forked symbol was designed for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and was adopted as its badge by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in Britain, and originally was used by the British nuclear disarmament movement. It was later generalised to become an international icon for the 1960s anti-war movement, and was also adopted by the counterculture of the time. It was designed and completed February 21, 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist in Britain for the April 4 march planned by DAC from Trafalgar Square, London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England.The symbol itself is a combination of the semaphoric signals for the letters "N" and "D," standing for Nuclear Disarmament. In semaphore the letter "N" is formed by a person holding two flags in an upside-down "V," and the letter "D" is formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other pointed straight down. These two signals imposed over each other form the shape of the peace symbol. In the original design the lines widened at the edge of the circle.
I had no idea.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mom lectured after 2-year-old takes candy

BLACKBURN, England, April 2 (UPI) -- A Blackburn, England, woman said she was humiliated when a Woolworths store employee confronted her after her young daughter ate a candy from a pic 'n' mix bin.Aishah Khan, 23, said she was approached by an employee of the store after her daughter, Isra, 2, took a 40-cent piece of candy from a bin and ate it, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday."She's only 2. She didn't know that what she was doing was wrong and that when you look at the sweets you can't just take one," Khan said. "Then a member of staff came over and said, 'That's theft' in front ofall the other customers. I couldn't believe what I was hearing -- I was humiliated."If this man had come over politely and asked me to pay for it, fine, but it was like Isra had stolen something really valuable," she said. "The fact is he was making a song and dance over a 20p (40 cent) sweet. Obviously I agreed to pay for it -- but they went really over the top."
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

BUTTERFINGER® 'Name Change' an April Fools’ Day Prank to Celebrate Launch of New Butterfinger Comedy Network on Yahoo!
BUTTERFINGER Distributing Nearly 200,000 Free Limited Edition 'Finger Bars' Through Participating 7-Eleven® Stores
College & University Pressroom
GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fear not, BUTTERFINGER fans, the iconic candy bar with the crispety, crunchety peanut-buttery orange center is not changing its name to "The Finger" as reported earlier today. The April Fools’ Day prank was executed by the brand team to announce the launch of the new Butterfinger Comedy Network ( on Yahoo! Video today.
To celebrate clever humor and the launch of the Butterfinger Comedy Network, BUTTERFINGER is distributing nearly 200,000 free Finger Bars to consumers at more than 2,000 7-Eleven® stores in 10 major markets across the country. This will occur on the afternoon of April 1 only and while supplies last (one Finger Bar per customer). Participating markets include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Dallas, Boston and Miami. Consumers can view a list of the participating 7-Eleven retail locations at the Butterfinger Comedy Network on Yahoo! (
For consumers unable to find a Finger Bar in their area, a limited number of the bars are listed on eBay Giving Works, eBay’s dedicated program for charity listings, through April 8. All proceeds will benefit A Place Called Home, a dynamic youth enrichment center located in Los Angeles.
The Butterfinger Comedy Network features hundreds of the funniest videos from across the web and is a hub for consumers looking for the best of the best in online comedy, spoofs, pranks, standup, original segments and just plain crazy stuff. Users can watch, comment on and share videos in a best-in-class online video experience. The Butterfinger Comedy Network aims to be the gold-standard of what is funny online.
“BUTTERFINGER is a brand that truly celebrates clever, witty humor,” said Tricia Bowles, spokesperson, Nestlé Confections, a division of Nestlé USA. “This April Fools’ Day prank was an unexpectedly fun way to launch the new Butterfinger Comedy Network on Yahoo! and it's just a taste of what’s to come on this newly launched entertainment site.”

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Ga. lawmakers vote to outlaw sale of marijuana-flavored candy to minors

By SHANNON McCAFFREY - Associated Press Writer --

ATLANTA --Georgia lawmakers are once again pushing a bill that would ban retailers from selling to children lollipops, gumdrops and other candy flavored to taste like marijuana.
The Senate voted 42-3 on Tuesday to pass a measure targeting businesses that sell the candies with drug-inspired names such as "Kronic Kandy" and "Pot Suckers." Activists said it could be the first statewide ban of its kind.
A similar measure passed the House last year, and the two chambers must compromise on minor differences before sending the plan to Gov. Sonny Perdue.
This year the plan is being championed by a lawmaker with the most unlikely of names: Doug Stoner. That drew snickers from the chamber.
"I have no problem with the humor about my last name as long as it brings attention to the issue," said Stoner, a state senator and a Smyrna Democrat.
Marketers argue the treats are a harmless novelty and many advise retailers sell the candy only to customers 18 or older. They say the candies are flavored with hemp essential oil, a legal product which gives them the oily, grassy taste of marijuana.
Vote Hemp, a national organization that promotes the use of hemp products and tracks legislation, says the measure would make Georgia the first state to ban the sale of the candy to minors.
New Jersey lawmakers passed a resolution in 2005 urging the state attorney general to investigate the issue, according to the organization. The sale of marijuana-flavored candies has already been outlawed in the city of Chicago, Suffolk County, N.Y., Schaumburg, Ill., and parts of Alameda County, Calif.
Tom Murphy, the group's national outreach coordinator, called the Georgia measure "flawed."
"Vote Hemp understands the efforts of the Georgia General Assembly to stop the marketing and sale of marijuana-flavored candies, but we oppose (the bill) as it is currently written because it will damage the legitimate and legal hemp food industry," he said.
The proposal says the candies promote drug use and give children the "false impression that marijuana is fun and safe." It would ban the sale of "marijuana flavored products" to minors - anyone under 18 - and calls for a fine of up to $1,000 for each offense.
"The sale of marijuana flavored products, including lollipops and gum drops, which claim 'every lick is like taking a hit' is a marketing ploy that perpetuates an unhealthy culture and should not be permitted in the state of Georgia," it reads.
It was the third time a measure targeting marijuana-flavored candy has come up in three years. A similar measure passed the House last year but never reached a vote in the Senate. And a 2006 effort that would have banned all sales of the candy and threatened repeat offenders with prison time never reached a vote.
A group of high school students gathered in the halls of the Capitol to support the measure, warning that the treats could be a sort of "gateway candy" that encourages kids to try marijuana and other drugs.
"It tastes like the real thing, so they think the real thing is really cool," said Yasmina Pierre, a 15-year-old sophomore who said she's seen the candy sold on the streets.
"They're buying it because they're getting a sense: 'If I can buy this candy, I can do the real thing,'" she said. "If we don't stop it, who is going to do it?"
Associated Press Writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this report.

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Nestlé USA Announces Official Name Change for BUTTERFINGER® Candy Bar

Iconic Candy Bar Now Called “THE FINGER”

College & University Pressroom
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2008

GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nestlé USA announced today that after 80 years, it is retiring the name BUTTERFINGER and officially changing the name of the popular candy bar to “THE FINGER.” This change is effective immediately.

The renaming of the BUTTERFINGER candy bar reflects the results of a two-year comprehensive study conducted by the company into consumer perceptions of the "BUTTERFINGER" name. According to the study, an overwhelming majority of consumers identified the phrase with undesirable traits, such as being clumsy, awkward and lacking in physical coordination, skill or grace.

The name “THE FINGER” gives the candy bar a shorter, more contemporary name while acknowledging the long heritage of the brand. Finger bars are expected to begin appearing on store shelves throughout the month of April 2008.

"This is a momentous day for THE FINGER candy bar," said Nestlé Confections Spokesperson Robert Hall. "Changing the name of an iconic American candy bar is a decision we did not take lightly. We are proud to have listened to our consumers, and recent consumer testing validates their feelings. At no time did we want to imply that BUTTERFINGER candy bar was just for clumsy people."

Consumers and media are encouraged to visit THE FINGER's new Web site,, for more information about the name change.

BUTTERFINGER was first introduced in 1928 by the Curtiss Candy Company of Chicago, IL, with the brand name being originally selected by consumers through a public contest. Nestlé acquired the brand in 1990 and renamed the product THE FINGER in 2008.

About Nestlé USA
Named one of “America’s Most Admired Food Companies” in Fortune magazine for the eleventh consecutive year, Nestlé USA provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with LEAN CUISINE® to baking traditions with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®, Nestlé USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that enrich the very experience of life itself. That’s what “Nestlé. Good Food, Good Life” is all about. Nestlé USA, with 2007 sales of $8.25 billion, is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest food company — with sales of $90 billion. For product news and information, visit or

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