Teen Wants Hasbro To Make Changes To Easy Bake Ovens
A New Jersey teen started a petition asking toy company Hasbro to make its Easy-Bake Oven more boy-friendly after her brother asked for one for Christmas. Thirteen-year-old McKenna Pope started a Change.org petition over her 4-year-old brother’s love of cooking. McKenna says, “My little brother has always loved cooking. Being in the kitchen is his favorite out-of-school activity, and he yearns for the opportunity to cook on his own.” But the toy oven has long been marketed to girls and made in gender specific colors like pink and purple. Pope’s petition calls on Hasbro to drop its all-girl advertising so boys like her brother feel comfortable asking for the toy.
Congress Talking About Doing Away With Dollar Bills
Congressional auditors say that doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins would save taxpayers about 4.4-billion-dollars over the next 30-years. In the past five-years, the U.S. Mint has produced 2.4-billion one-dollar-coins. Most are stored in the federal reserve, and production on them was suspended about a year ago. A Government Accountability Office representative says though the one-dollar coin is unpopular, it could stay in circulation for 30-years, while paper bill have to be replaced every four-to-five years or so. The government is already considering changing the metals used in making our existing coins to save money. (Yahoo)
Missouri Couple with One of the Two Winning Powerball Tickets Comes Forward
A Missouri couple that holds one of the two winning tickets for last Wednesday’s (November 28th) record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot were introduced in a news conference on Friday. Mark and Cindy Hill, who live in the small town of Dearborn, won $293,750,000 before taxes, but that’ll be reduced to about $193 million because they’re taking the lump sum. The other jackpot winner, who bought the ticket in Fountain Hills, Arizona, hasn’t come forward yet. The Hills, who are both in their early 50s, have three grown sons and a 6-year-old daughter adopted from China. Mark Hill was a mechanic for Hillshire Brands, but has now quit his job, and Cindy was an office manager who got laid off two years ago. The couple plan to stay in their rural community, but do have some plans for the money, saying they want to give some to relatives for college education and other needs, to charity, and to the community, and one the more exciting side, Mark wants a red Chevrolet Camaro, Cindy wants a horse, and their daughter wants a pony. They also plan to travel, bringing a lot of relatives with them. Cindy Hill also expressed some nervousness, however, saying, “I’m grateful, but there will be some not-so-good stuff to go along with it.” She also stated, “You are going to get people coming out of the woodwork and some of them many not be too sane.”
The Election Over, Obama and Bill Clinton Hit the Links for Some Golf
Former President Bill Clinton was one of President Obama’s top surrogates during the presidential campaign — if not the top surrogate — and now that the election is successfully over for the Democrats, the two took some time to relax yesterday (December 2nd), hitting the links for a round of golf. Clinton and Obama were joined on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and longtime Clinton backer and strategist and former head of the Democratic National Committee Terry McAuliffe, who’s running for governor in Virginia next year. It was another golf outing by the current and former president in September 2011 that helped create the good working relationship during the 2012 campaign between the two men, who’d had a difficult relationship going back to Obama’s winning 2008 Democratic primary campaign against Hillary Clinton.