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Man Aims To Set World Record Of 10K Hugs In 24 Hours In Downtown
David Parsons (Photo courtesy of Hug4Wishes)
Timed appropriately with National Hug Day, a local man is hoping to set a new Guinness World Record for most hugs given during a 24-hour period. The hugs don't only benefit the embraced, they also benefit a nonprofit dedicated to children battling cancer relapse. David Parsons of
Trader Joe's Raises Price Of 'Two Buck Chuck'
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Attention cheap wine fans: the price is going up on Trader Joe's famous "Two Buck Chuck" for the first time since it debuted over a decade ago. Until now, Californians have only had to fork over $1.99 to pay for a bottle of the wine whose low price was made possible in part by a glut of
1.1 Million Tweets During Inauguration
Twitter peak at 12:08p - 27,795 TPM - "We cannot mistake absolutism for principle...name calling as a substitute for debate" #inauguration— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) January 21, 2013
Did you watch the inauguration yesterday? If not, did you tweet about it? Because 1.1 Million tweets came in during the inauguration. The highest
Obama Makes History By Citing Gay Rights in Inaugural Address
President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013.
President Obama made history in his inaugural address today mentioning the word "gay" and the issue of gay rights for the first time in a speech at the presidential swearing in. "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," Obama said in his address on the Capitol steps after his swearing in. [ABC News]
Unpopular Full-Body Scanners to Be Removed From Airports
After years of complaints by passengers and members of Congress, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it would begin removing the controversial full-body scanners that produce revealing images of airline travelers beginning this summer. The agency said it canceled a contract, originally worth $40 million, with the maker of the scanners, Rapiscan, after the company failed to meet a Congressional deadline for new software that would protect passengers’ privacy. Since going into widespread use nearly three years ago, the scanners have been criticized by passengers for being too invasive and are the subject of lawsuits from privacy groups. The removal of the Rapiscan scanners does not mean that all full-body scanners will be removed from airport security checkpoints. A second type of full-body scanner does not produce revealing images. Instead, it makes an avatar-like projection on security screens. The T.S.A. said those machines, which should be in airports by June, will allow quicker scans than those using X-rays. [NY Times]