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April 26, 2014

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Bulldog beauty pageant features tiaras, tutus and slobber
Bulldog beauty pageant features tiaras, tutus and slobber
April 23, 2014

These beauties will have you drooling.

Fifty canine contestants competed in the 35th annual Beautiful Bulldog pageant, a slobberfest that takes place at Drake University's campus in Des Moines, Iowa.

This year's title went to Lucey, an 18-month-old pooch.

"She's is very docile, and she doesn't get really excited," her owner, Tiffany Torstenson, told The Associated Press. "Every room we go into, she's in that room. She likes to sleep in the bed, and hog the bed. And she loves cheese."

Torstenson, a breast surgeon, thinks Lucey will make a perfect therapy dog and will start training to become one, she told The AP.

The pageant held Monday originally began as an effort to find a dog to represent Drake's mascot, the bulldog.

In addition to "most beautiful," other awards include "farthest from the dog house," "best dressed," "congeniality," and "Porterhouse people's choice."

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Yes! We Have No Bananas? It Could Actually Happen
Yes! We Have No Bananas? It Could Actually Happen
April 23, 2014

Banana lovers take note: The world's supply of the fruit is under attack from a fungus strain that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

"It's a very serious situation," said Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of Panama disease, called TR4, that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. supplies of the fruit and Latin American producers.

"There's nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading," he said in an interview with CNBC.

While there are nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas, the most popular is the Cavendish, which accounts for 45 percent of the fruit's global crop -- and the one Americans mostly find in their supermarkets.

The Cavendish became a favorite in the 1950's because it was found to be resistant to strains of Panama disease that hit the then-preferred Gros Michel variety of banana.

But now the Cavendish, which makes up about 95 percent of global banana exports, is dying from the fungus strain Ploetz found. The strain has hit the banana crop in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The worry is that it will spread to Central and South America -- where the U.S. gets the vast majority of its bananas.

The problem has gotten so bad according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, that countries that grow bananas have been warned to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention in order to tackle what it calls "one of the world's most destructive banana diseases, and threatens the income of millions of people."

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Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-Income Housing In Philly
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-Income Housing In Philly
April 23, 2014

Jon Bon Jovi is showing some brotherly love to the less fortunate in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, he attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless.

Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership provided the lead gift for the $16.6 million complex in the Francisville neighborhood. The project also received public funds.

Residents will have access to social services provided by Project HOME, a group dedicated to ending homelessness. The four-story building includes retail and office space.

Bon Jovi is a longtime advocate for affordable housing in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and many other cities. The New Jersey native once co-owned the Philadelphia Soul arena football team.

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IRS Awards Bonuses to 1,100 Who Owe Back Taxes
IRS Awards Bonuses to 1,100 Who Owe Back Taxes
April 23, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.

George's report said the bonus program doesn't violate federal regulations, but it's inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.

"These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance," George said. "However, while not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS's charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration."

Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits.

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NYPD's Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force
NYPD's Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force
April 23, 2014

The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support today, but things haven't exactly gone as planned. Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD - but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for.

While it's hard to say if the force used in many of the pictures tagged with the #myNYPD hashtag is justified or not, the overall sentiment is clearly one in defense of citizens against an overly brutal police presence. Either way, there's little doubt that the anti-police co-opting of the #myNYPD hashtag is picking up mainstream attention - it's one of the top trending items on Twitter right now. It's a lesson in social media that the department is likely not to forget anytime soon.

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Show more urgency in home food delivery
Show more urgency in home food delivery
April 23, 2014

Are supermarkets becoming more like the U.S. Postal Service?

It's a harsh question, we know. Yet The Lempert Report has seen grocers abdicate significant volume to alternate channels through the years, simply because they were slow to identify consumer trends and serve up what people want, when they want it, and how they want it.

Sounds similar to the Post Office losing ground to UPS and FedEx.

And history is ready to repeat itself once more - if supermarkets collectively fail to compete in the online delivery field.

We've written repeatedly about Amazon and AmazonFresh efforts to shape an effective and profitable online food delivery model - as well as a bevy of approaches from Instacart, Google and ShopRunner, plus Peapod, FreshDirect, Walmart and other chains. Fact is, however, the grocery channel is sluggish on this matter. Most food retailers haven't revealed what they may do - even though it seems increasingly clear to us this service will be essential soon, especially to please urban consumers.

If supermarkets prioritize online delivery and click-and-collect strategies and infrastructure today, they may well reap competitive advantage in a growing sector. IBISWorld predicts 9.5% annual growth for online grocery shopping to $9.4 billion in 2017, up from $6 billion in 2012.

That sounds a lot better to us than waiting to partner with the Post Office. According to an account in Food Logistics, Nagisa Manabe, the chief marketing and sales officer for USPS, told the PostalVision 2020 Conference that home refrigerators will automatically reorder foods by 2020, and the Post Office, collaborating with grocers nationwide, could deliver those foods.

She is an accomplished marketer with food in her background. Yet six years seems an eternity in this space, which will be much further refined by 2020. We urge the Post Office to detail its food-delivery plans much sooner than that, in order to be considered as a serviceable partner with supermarkets. Meanwhile, grocers must prioritize this today in ways that make sense for their trading areas.

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From Andrea Metcalf - Healthy Eating: When Organic Isn't Worth It
From Andrea Metcalf - Healthy Eating: When Organic Isn't Worth It
April 22, 2014

Due to an incredibly cold winter, prices are bound to increase on fruits approximately 7 percent this year. While being health conscious to avoid chemicals and pesticides by buying organic fruits and vegetables can be warranted, there are many foods that may not require an organic purchase only.

By buying these items from the "fresh" vs. "organic" section of the grocery store, you're sure to save a few dollars.

Save Money and Skip Organic On These Fruits And Vegetables

Asparagus
Avocados
Bananas
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kiwi
Mangos
Onions
Pineapple
Peas

Healthy eating can be simple. Try to opt for lean proteins with each meal and think of the 4-3-2-1 rule: Four servings of fruits or veggies at breakfast, three at lunch, two at dinner and at least one serving of protein with each.

Remember eating a diet with at least 9-11 servings of fruits and vegetables can help you lose weight and give you more energy.

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Dream Big America - This Week's Contestants!
Dream Big America - This Week's Contestants!
April 22, 2014

Here are this week's contestants for Dream Big America...

Brett Byman from Nobl

Alexa Nigro from Scough

Connor Hall from HallExchange

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Deals Today From ESPN Magazine, Kmart And More!
Deals Today From ESPN Magazine, Kmart And More!
April 22, 2014

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KMart Shoe Sale. Buy One Pair, Get One for $1!

If you're feeling like it's time for some new shoes, head over to KMART.COM. There's a Buy One Pair, Get One for $1 Sale running now with a large selection of tennis shoes, dress shoes, boots, sandals and more.

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