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THIS JUST IN: North Carolina Town Council Approves Street Named After Local Klansman

THIS JUST IN 2America has been doing so well lately.

We elected an African American President and both of our most recent administrations had female Secretaries of State. Much of the country is also standing behind Native Americans as they take on Daniel Snyder, owner of a certain Washington football team, and whatever flacks he can afford.

And just when you get comfortable resting in the warm embrace of Lady Liberty, she belches, loses her composure, and drops you into Hudson Bay.

Welcome to Fair Bluff, N.C. where the town council recently approved a street to be named after a man with a dubious distinction — a former Ku Klux Klan leader convicted in 1952 for his role in a local flogging.

Ah, yes.

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THIS JUST IN: Goldman Sachs Thinks Walmart’s Reign Is Coming To An End

THIS JUST IN 2When the humble folks who run Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas (and NOT the equally famous “People of Walmart“) read the story that inspired this headline, they almost certainly voiced expletives and other things we can’t write in this post because Mediabistro insists that this is a family show.

According to this article from HuffPo, a research note published by Goldman Sachs analysts predicted the slow but certain demise of big chain box stores like Walmart and Target — and slapped the companies’ stock prices around a bit in the process.

Now, it’s going to take much more than that topple that king of the discount mountain.

The article, however, did pull out some plastic guns to blow holes in that argument…

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THIS JUST IN: Super-Hungry Supermodel Busted for Stealing Food

THIS JUST IN 2The modeling industry has a terrible reputation and it seems a legion of finely tuned, hipster publicists couldn’t correct that.

What with serial airbrushing on covers of the beautiful people, only a certain — shall we say, homogenized-type person — has a future on certain publications and whatever the hell those people wear during “Fashion Week.”

However, the most detrimental stigma to the world of modeling is eating disorders. People to need a waif, or possibly a refugee, to fit in and get noticed. Like I always say, “Stereotypes become a type for a reason.”

And then a model gets caught lifting food at a NYC bodega because she had the munchies. However, it’s what she stole that made news.

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THIS JUST IN: Study Says ‘Cheap, Fast Food Could Contribute to Obesity’

THIS JUST IN 2I know, right?!

I mean in this world of microwavable news and drive-thru headlines, you would think this country would not have missed this before now. Fret no longer, fellow Americans. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has put those fears to rest, thanks to its latest press release.

In this “groundbreaking” release, the ACS cites a review that says fast food and its dastardly inexpensive price points are to blame for obesity.

Reasons for this rise in obesity have been suggested in the review, such as “snack food, automobiles, television, fast food, computer use, vending machines, suburban housing developments, and portion size.”

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THIS JUST IN: ‘Judgment Maps’ Are Now a Thing

THIS JUST IN 2We all have our favorite map apps, with most of the debate placing Google Maps and Apple Maps in the coliseum in a fight to the death. Hopefully, first up in homicide will be that bimbo scolding me with “recalculating.”

Anywho, while GPS makers try to keep their products relevant, there is another kind of maps quickly populating Web browsers across this great land of ours — JudgmentalMaps.com.

These annotated maps take a comedic, but arguably realistic, slant on how to get about town. How many times have you been new in a city and wondered where are the places to avoid? Well, this is the map for you.

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THIS JUST IN: Equifax Sued by ‘God’

THIS JUST IN 2As a refresher, why do we do this column in PRNewser?

At PRNewser, we love the random tips and toolslisticles and ancillary research. However, we’ve noticed certain stories trending in the news recently: crap that just can’t be grouped with anything else other than, well, other crap.

So, you see, at times there are PR stories that don’t fit snugly in a cushy box. And this particular tale could be terrible PR: not for the big guy upstairs but for the big credit bureau downstairs.

No, this isn’t a joke. No, this isn’t a slap on the church wrist. This is real — “God” is suing credit authority bureau Equifax for taking his name in vain by refusing to believe that it’s real.  Read more

THIS JUST IN: Cannabis Sales Creating Some High Times for U.S. Business

THIS JUST IN 2If you watch the news, you may recall there was this mild kerfuffle about legalizing the hippie lettuce.

And in Seattle and Denver (where they smoke so much weed that with a good southern and western front, the entire state of Idaho is baked for about 10 days), it was permitted.

People were happy rolling more joints than burritos. Hipsters would sit on the City Hall steps in makeshift Hookah lounges. And the police would just mosey on by, while considering a trip to get some waffles from some reason.

Then, this report from the Marijuana Business Daily (yes, that’s a thing) offers some reasons on why marijuana may be legalized nationwide in a couple of years. In fact, 8 billion of them. Read more

THIS JUST IN: Phi Kappa Tau Disbanded Over ‘Rapebait’

THIS JUST IN 2Whelp, as if you needed another reasons to encourage your son to stray far from fraternities, here’s news from Georgia Tech University.

As is the case with most pubescent-angst filled frat houses, the university’s council just wrapped up a months-long study on Phi Kappa Tau’s “frat practices.” Following said study, the university’s chapter of Phi Kappa Tau was forced to disband.

Based on its investigations in the case, the Office of Student Integrity (OSI) found multiple instances where the chapter violated the rules set forth by when it was originally placed on probation Nov. 1, 2013.

Oh yeah, “Rapebait” was the unfortunate nickname of the frat’s social chair. So, that’s classy.

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THIS JUST IN: MSNBC Really Performed a ‘Chappelle Show’ Sketch

THIS JUST IN 2It’s not like MSNBC doesn’t know they are dead last in national news ratings. In fact, I hear the only people that watch that network are the hosts mamas and Al Sharpton’s barber to make sure his perm is holding up under those lights.

Seriously, the network sucks and if it weren’t for Rachel Maddow, I don’t even think MSNBC management would watch. To wit, the beleaguered network needed some punch, some oomph, something completely wrong.

So, the higher-ups call upon Toure, host of “The Cycle,” to pedal his ass where no one would think — “Chappelle’s Show.” And what transpired is so hard to believe. You know, if there wasn’t video … and there is after the jump. Read more

THIS JUST IN: Grilling BBQ Is Gonna Kill You

THIS JUST IN 2This can’t be good PR for the beef and barbecue industry, everyone that sells barbecue and fried foods, and the aficionados of all things thereof.

I should know — I am one of those beloved people, equipped with the XXL grill in the backyard, devotee of BBQ sauce drizzling on my “Kiss the Cook” apron, and full of the proclivity to purchase a fried artifact every now and again. However, when I stumbled upon this story from Slate, I didn’t hurl my “I Heart BBQ” friends card out of my window (I am a Texan after all) but I did think twice about buying a Turkey Leg recently.

So that counts for something right? I mean, we could be talking cancer here. How? Find out after the jump…

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