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THURSDAY, March 17, 2011

Claiming it’s way ahead of Coke in reducing its carbon footprint, Pepsi has unveiled a new environmentally-friendly bottle made entirely of switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and orange peels.  Or, as frequent flyers often refer to it, “Dinner in Coach on Delta.”

Lately, National Public Radio has accepted the resignations of several high-ranking executives.  NPR is more than happy to say goodbye to anyone who makes them look wimpy.  Unlike public television which won‘t let you go even if you beg.   Dying won’t even do it.  Take Lawrence Welk --  dead for a quarter century and still on every Sunday night.

The White Rose Shopping Mall in Denbighshire, Wales removed mug shots of convicted criminals after customers complained the photos made them nervous. Shop owners got the idea after a jewelry store owner displayed a photo of Lindsay Lohan in a circle with a line drawn through it.

This week marks the 60th “Running of the Brides” at Boston’s Filene's Basement when  packs of June brides risk cuts and bruises while riffling through thousands of cut-rate wedding gowns.  Top seller this year is the “Kate Middleton,” which comes with a CD of Amy Winehouse singing “Some Day My Prince Will Come.”

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber has announced that he plans to re-cleat and attempt a comeback.  What’s with all the geezer comebacks?  First Brett Farve and now Tiki.  Times have a way of changing.  Wasn’t that long ago more players were coming out of the closet than retirement.
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