Archive for September, 2009

Criminals’ Stuff Sold on eBay
September 29, 2009

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Came across a interesting story on newslite.tv about a police department that’s auctioning criminals belongings.  And they’re doing it on ebay!  It’s not like bidders are buying stolen goods.  The items were bought with “ill-gotten gains” so the sales go back to a public fund benefit the community.

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What Brings Us Together
September 27, 2009

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Is it okay to feel sorry for Detroit?  The latest cover story in Time magazine shows the Motor City like an old combustion engine that’s dried out, rusty, and in need of a total rebuild.  I’m not a Detroit historian, but it’s apparent you can’t blame the city’s problems completely on the demise of the US auto industry, or the most recent economic crisis.  For a long time, Detroit has been a punchline as America’s armpit.  In the 1970’s comedy/parody film “Kentucky Fried Movie,” the evil foreign leader Dr. Klahn sentenced one man to beheading, and another man to something worse… wait for it… Detroit.  But not all is lost for Motown.  The Time cover story, “The Tragedy of Detroit,” optimistically suggests the city can once again build something America wants.  And next to that dramatic headline on my coffee table was an inspirational Sports Illustrated feature on how the Detroit Tigers baseball team is unifying the city and bringing hope to the hopeless.  At first, I found it ironic to receive these contrasting covers in my mailbox in the same week.  Then I considered both publications are owned by the same company, Time Warner.  Not such a surprise anymore.  What struck me the most is that, while politics and religion seem to divide us, perhaps the two strongest cultural icons that unite us are tragedy and sports.

World’s Largest Gummy Bear!
September 24, 2009

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They come in many flavors like Cola, Pineapple, and… Green.  A company called Candy Ship is selling them for about $40 bucks.  They’re 12,ooo-plus calories.  That’s about a week worth of meals!!

Guinness Beer turns 250 years old!
September 24, 2009

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Best Companies for Working Mothers
September 23, 2009

To our surprise, no television stations were honored.  Anyway, here are the top 5, according to Working Mother magazine.

Abbott Laboratories of Abbott Park, Illinois.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System in Virginia.

Deloitte LLP in New York.

Discovery Communications of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Ernst & Young of New York.

The article we found, published by Yahoo, says “the top companies offer such programs as on-site or back-up child care, career guidance, pipelines for women’s advancement, parental leave, and job sharing.”

You can read the rest of the Top 100, by clicking here.