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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'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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POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 8:53 AM
The former Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia is now part of Mondelez. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)

UPDATE: My colleague from The Inquirer, Joe DiStefano, has the full skinny on the closing. Read his post here.

Many know the former Nabisco/Kraft factory on Roosevelt Boulevard by its cookie smell, or as the marker for the on-ramp to Interstate 95. And now its latest owner, Mondelez International, is reportedly taking the highway south - all the way to a new factory in Mexico.

As many as 300 workers may be laid off, the Oreo maker told employees yesterday in an emergency meeting, reports If true, that means Philadelphia brand cream cheese, which was actually invented in New York and now made in Baltimore, may soon be the only remnant of the city left in the company's holdings.

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POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013, 10:14 AM

I could hardly believe what I read this morning. A website called Blowfish has named Blue Moon the best domestic beer. That's just ridiculous.

The Belgian white ale rip-off might be domesticated, but it's far from the best in my book. Give me Victory's Golden Monkey or Hop Devil any day over that. If I want a Belgium in a blue label, I'll shell out $12 for a bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve.

Growing up, I thought the best U.S. beer I ever had was regular ol' Coors. But that was in the '70s - long before the craft beer revolution, back when Coors was still probably brewed with Rocky Mountain water.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 2:27 PM

Does all this talk about the U.S. debt ceiling have you confused? Learn what you need to know in less than 5 minutes with these two video primers.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 1:06 PM

More than half of the folks who serve fast food meals in America earn so little, that they rely on Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit program to make ends meet, Reuters reports.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and public benefit programs show 52 percent of fast-food cooks, cashiers and other "front-line" staff had relied on at least one form of public assistance between 2007 and 2011, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Illinois told the news service.

In August, workers protested outside McDonald's, Burger King and other restaurants in 60 U.S. cities, demanding a "living wage" of $15 per hour.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 2:29 PM
Does this giant, black hula hoop inspire you to greatness or is it a big zero in your book? (Dai Sugano / Bay Area News Group / MCT)

At some point in the lengthy design process of Apple's proposed new headquarters, why didn't somebody sit CFO Peter Oppenheimer down, tape his eyelids open and stick an ipad to his face playing a video of "The Hudsucker Proxy"?

That's because the giant black circle Apple wants to build in Cupertino, Calif., looks like it was inspired by something Tim Robbins drew on a napkin. "You know... for kids!"

I'm not so sure the ghost of Steve Jobs will haunt its endless hallways, even if he was a fan of circular logic. This mostrosity seems more like one his buddy, Larry Ellison, might envision for the most wealthy company on the planet.

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