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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:24 PM
A screen grab from the Carpenters' video on YouTube.

Members of the Philadelphia Carpenters Union posted a seven-minute video to YouTube.com Thursday, championing their fight against the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

"We produced it to show what's been going on outside the convention center on and off for the last three months," said Martin O'Rourke, spokesman for Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters. "It's been harmful and not good for anybody. It's unfair."

The dispute heightened when leaders of two unions - the carpenters and Local 107 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters - failed to sign a new Customer Satisfaction Agreement by a May 5 deadline imposed by Convention Center management. The union contended it had until May 10 to sign – a contention Convention Center management disputes. The case is before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.


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POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014, 3:54 PM
Can I get a double shot of Bailey's with my venti, please? (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Our corner of the Twitterverse lit up like a java junkie sipping his morning espresso Friday on news that some Starbucks will start serving alcohol at night in addition to their normal line of legal stimulants.

"My Starbucks addiction is going to worsen!!" retweeted smadden_.

"Along with tea & free wifi? ill never leave" chimed in MinaSayWhat.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 2:50 PM
This product image provided by Roku shows the Roku 3. (AP Photo/Roku)

Good news, Roku owners. The streaming device finally has a YouTube channel of its own - after only two years of complaining by millions of users.

Now the bad news. Original box and Roku 2 owners will have to wait until next year to download the app, according to Roku's own blog. That's because the channel is only designed to work on the company's latest device, Roku 3.

Until then, you can still backdoor your way to YouTube videos on TV through free but clunky third-party apps like Plex. I use it and it's OK, but it does tend to buffer a lot with HD video.


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POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 11:17 AM

Come Jan. 1, the biggest remaining incandescent light bulbs on the market, 60- and 40-watt versions, can no longer be manufactured and sold in the U.S., under environmental and energy laws put in place by President George W. Bush.

Stores will legally continue to sell their surplus bulbs. But once that stockpile is gone, it's lights out for Thomas Edison's most-popular invention.

Sure, CFLs do a more efficient job at producing light and I certainly won't mind not replacing bulbs as often. But when I do, I'll forever fear dropping one and having to call in a Haz-mat team to clean up the mess.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 4:31 PM

The Daily Show's comedians do a better job than the New York Times explaining news of equity firm Blackstone's credit default swaps involving the gambling and horse racing firm Codere.


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POSTED: Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12:17 PM
Orville the Flying Cat

He spent the first half of his life struggling to survive, foraging for food in trash dumpsters and huddling with other ferals for warmth during some pretty harsh winters.

These days, Tom takes it easy. He's a lazy American housecat, which makes him one of the laziest creatures ever to walk the planet.

The rest of the world was talking yesterday about Amazon.com's proposed fleet of delivery drones, with some even comparing CEO Jeff Bezos to James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Meanwhile, I was fascinated by a report about Dutch artist Bart Jansen, who posthumously transformed his pet feline, Orville, into the world's first catcopter.




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POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 3:52 PM
Packs of cigarettes waiting to be purchased at a news stand. (AP)

So, Philly Mayor Michael Nutter couldn't convince enough state lawmakers to support his push to give the city the power to tax cigarettes.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is under no such limitation. In fact, Cook County, Ill. residents already pay the highest state and local tobacco taxes in the U.S. - $5 a pack ($3 local, $1.98 for the state).

And Emanuel wants to add another 75 cents on top of that. Fortunately, some fair-minded aldermen, the Windy City's equivalent of councilpeople, have cut it back to a 50-cent hike.


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POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 2:29 PM

Facebook will soon no longer look like it's hitching a ride on the information superhighway.

According to Business Insider, the social media giant will dump its iconic thumbs-up sign in a few weeks, in favor of a simple blue button with the word "Like" on it. Two icons enter, one icon leaves.

I'm not sure I agree with their logic; "Facebook has also made it easier for websites to include the Like and Share buttons side-by-side and says that it has seen an increase in the number of Likes and Shares throughout its testing of the redesign."


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