Aug. 23, 2018
STOLEN M&M CHARACTERS
Police issue bulletin for stolen M&M character statues
HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey State Police are tryinging to find two statues of M&M candy characters stolen from a children's concert over the weekend.
Police have issued an all-points bulletin for the 3-foot-tall statues, which were stolen during a children's concert in Holmdel on either Sunday or Monday. The statues were reported missing Monday from the PNC Bank Arts Center where the concert took place.
State police were tongue-in-cheek about the theft, saying they were "fairly certain" the statues didn't melt like chocolate.
Anyone with information is asked to contact state police.
Tweet over deli packaging gets gov's attention, and a change
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A supermarket customer's tweet on stickers placed over the opening of bagged deli meats got the attention of New Hampshire's governor, and a change.
NH1 reports Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith recently took to Twitter to ask that the company, Market Basket, not put the price tag stickers over the zipper of the meat bag. He said it's impossible to open it without destroying the bag.
Gov. Chris Sununu responded, saying he has to re-bag cheese every time because of the problem.
Market Basket answered that it would speak to its deli departments about it.
On Tuesday, both Smith and Sununu tweeted that the stickers were moved to the bag itself.
Sununu said he was celebrating with grilled cheese for dinner.
Woman uses Tinder to prank dozens of men into dating contest
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman has used the Tinder dating app to prank more than 100 men into showing up for a date that turned out to be a "Hunger Games"-style competition.
The New York Times reports that the woman identified as Natasha Aponte invited dozens of Tinder contacts to meet her in Manhattan's Union Square on Sunday for what they thought was a one-on-one date.
Instead, a woman who says she was Natasha told them they had to compete for a date with her.
She disqualified the men who were under 5-foot-10 and those named Jimmy, a name she dislikes. Then she asked the remaining contestants to perform pushups and footraces.
The stunt reportedly was videotaped by Rob Bliss, the man who shot a widely watched catcalling video in 2014.
GROWING UP DIGITAL-TEENS AND SCREENS
Study: Many teens - and parents - feel tethered to phones
NEW YORK (AP) — Parents lament their teenagers' noses constantly in their phones, but they might benefit from taking stock of their own screen time habits.
A new report from the Pew Research Center says two-thirds of parents are concerned about the amount of time their teenage children spend in front of screens.
But more than half of teens said they often or sometimes find their parents or caregivers to be distracted by screens when trying to have a conversation with them. And more than a third expressed concern about their own screen time.
The study surveyed 743 U.S. teens and 1,058 U.S. parents of teens from March 7 to April 10. The margin of error is 4.5 percentage points.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Let's go surfing now, everybody's learning how," the Beach Boys have been telling us in song since 1962.
And if you haven't started listening by now — and you live in California — perhaps it's time you did.
On Monday surfing became the official sport of California.
So grab a board, catch a wave and again as the Beach Boys like to say, find yourself, "sittin' on top of the world."
"I am stoked that surfing is now California's official sport," declared Al Muratsuchi, state assemblyman and a dedicated surfer dude himself, after Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature to the new law Muratsuchi wrote and shepherded through the Legislature.
While the law acknowledges that surfing, like so much other California stuff, actually came from somewhere else — in this case Hawaii — it also makes the case that California revolutionized the art of shooting the curl and hanging 10.
Officials say the Golden State is the heart of the surfboard building industry and the place where the wetsuit was invented.