SAD SACKS -- The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban plastic bags in grocery stores and supermarkets. Most supermarket chains will offer paper bags for a quarter each while those in upscale neighborhoods like Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Malibu will provide leather-trimmed canvas Gucci bags for $389.99.
TILE TRIAL -- The trial of former assistant Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky on charges he molested minors in the team's shower room is about to get underway. Hucksters are already setting up booths outside the courthouse to peddle souvenirs and collectibles -- items like soap-on-a-rope carved in Jerry's image, and rubber skid-resistant "Jerry's Kids" bathmats.
PAIR PRESSURE -- At the national headquarters of Hooters Restaurants in Atlanta, executives have been trying to come up with novel marketing ideas for their 430 locations that tie in with popular holidays. So far, the strategy has paid off. On Mother's Day, they offered customers free chicken wings and sales soared. They wanted to follow up on that success and offer free breasts on Fathers Day but decided they already do.
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