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JUNE 13,  2010

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) - The bride wore white. The guests wore orange smocks. A southern California couple were married Saturday in front of more than 100 guests at a Home Depot store where they work. The wedding party for 56-year-old Carolyn Weatherly and Audwin Mosby, who's 55, marched down an aisle of light bulbs, grills and paint to the outdoor garden section, where a wedding arbor and stage had been built from the store's lumber and supplies.

I understand that the weddings at Staples are more elegant.


JUNE 12,  2010

MANILA, Philippines, June 11 (UPI) -- Philippine President-elect Benigno Aquino says U.S. President Barack Obama told him in a phone call he has finally won his oft-reported battle against smoking.

In an administration of few victories, this is major news.


JUNE 11,  2010

Forget about it:  General Motors has apparently learned.  There was such a backlash against an internal memo, leaked to the press, calling for an end to the term "Chevy," for Chevrolet (see yesterday's SNIPPET), that the car maker has backtracked:  "In a press statement issued just before noon Detroit time, the company said Thursday's debate 'over a poorly worded memo on our use of the Chevrolet brand is a good reminder of how passionately people feel about Chevrolet. It is a passion we share and one we do not take for granted.'  Further, the statement said: 'We love Chevy. In no way are we discouraging customers or fans from using the name. We deeply appreciate the emotional connections that millions of people have for Chevrolet and its products.' "

Our great national nightmare is over.


JUNE 10,  2010

DETROIT, June 10 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. employees should no longer refer to Chevrolet automobiles as "Chevys," sales and marketing officials said in an internal memo.  Alan Batey, vice president for Chevrolet sales and service, and Jim Campbell, GM vice president for marketing, said in a memo issued Tuesday to employees at the corporation's Detroit headquarters "consistency" is important for the Chevrolet brand -- and it would be helpful in that regard to stop referring to Chevrolets at Chevys, The New York Times reported.   "We'd ask that whether you're talking to a dealer, reviewing dealer advertising, or speaking with friends and family, that you communicate our brand as Chevrolet moving forward," the memo said.

Oh, right.  Everyone will now start saying "Chevrolet moving forward."  There's GM imagination for you.


JUNE 9,  2010

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) -- In the latest development in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida, Governor Charlie Crist is coming under fire for removing the pro-life section of his campaign website. This comes on the day the legislature sent him a bill that would allow women to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion.

It's so sad to see a man just ditch his convictions in order to win an election. Crist would have been far wiser to withdraw, stay a Republican, and fight another day.


JUNE 8,   2010

LONDON, June 7 (UPI) -- Documents released by the British Ministry of Defense revealed about 100 service members classify themselves as pagan and 30 practice Wicca or druidism.

And we thought they had the "don't ask, don't haunt" policy.


JUNE 7,  2010

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - An Australian restaurateur fed up with the waste left by diners has ordered her customers to eat everything on their plates for the sake of the Earth or pay a penalty and not return.

Why do I think we'll see an "out of business" sign on this establishment within a week?







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