SUN, MON, December 9, 10, 2012

                                         SEASON'S GREETINGS

COUCH SPUDETTES -- The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has notified Baby Matters, makers of "Nap Nanny" infant recliners, to recall their product until design changes are made to reduce infant injuries.   Seems the beer and snack dispenser can short circuit the TV remote to create a shock hazard.
NAME GAME -- British retail giant Tesco will abandon its bold experiment to crack the U.S. supermarket business with 200 "Fresh 'n' Easy" convenience stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.  Blamed for the failure is the U.S. economic downturn, rising farm prices, and the store's name -- which some mistakenly thought referred to hookers.

HELLO GOODBYE -- David Mamet's new play "The Anarchist" starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger which opened on Broadway December 2 will close December 16.  The good news -- producers will save a bundle since Sherwin-Williams has agreed to take their paint back which hasn't dried on the scenery yet.

WITH SPRINKLES -- The Dover, Delaware Office of Highway Safety cited 1800 motorists for cell phone violations during their two-week "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other" campaign.  The campaign was designed after last summer's successful "Radar Gun in One Hand, Donut in the Other" campaign against speeders.
CHEATNISTA -- Responding to threats of a massive boycott, Starbucks has agreed to pay British taxes on all profits made in the UK, something they had been avoiding thanks to creative accounting.  Wouldn't be a problem for them, though.  They'll just use the extra profits from their new $7, 16-ounce "Grande."

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