The Daily Talker
Mayor Tom Menino is expected to sign a bill banning smoking in Boston’s public parks. When it takes effect in a few months, anyone violating the ordinance could face a $250 fine.
The Boston Globe reports the ban would include cigarettes, marijuana, and electronic cigarettes in more than 250 parks, squares, cemeteries, and other open spaces managed by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
A manager at a Pizza Hut in Elkhart, IN says he was fired because he refused to open the restaurant on Thanksgiving.
Tony Rohr says in the ten years he worked at the location, it was always closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but when he was told that opening on Thanksgiving was mandatory this year he decided to take a stand. “I said why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they can have the day off,” Rohr said.
One of the floats in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is drawing controversy days before the parade even starts.
Animal rights activists say SeaWorld’s float is part of a crisis management plan after a documentary from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused the theme park of mistreating killer whales.
Federal regulators say rules banning the use of cell phones in airplanes are outdated, and it’s time to change them.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will will take up a plan to allow greater in-flight access to cell phones and mobile broadband at a meeting next month. Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the cell phone industry, says modern technology can deliver mobile services in the air safely and reliably.
The school committee in Lunenburg is standing by its decision to cancel the high school’s popular thanksgiving football game after racist graffiti was sprayed on the house of an 8th grade player.
At a meeting Wednesday night, players, parents, and community members all appealed to the committee that the whole team should not be punished.
A Walmart store in Canton, Ohio is getting a lot of criticism online over a food drive asking workers to donate to help fellow employees.
“Please donate food items so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner,” read one of the signs in a photo posted on Organization United for Respect at Walmart’s Facebook page. The post also asks, “Why can’t Walmart pay us enough so we can feed our families?”
A mother in Manitoba, Canada was charged a $10 fee after she sent them to daycare with a lunch that included roast beef, potatoes, carrots, an orange and milk.
The reason? The dayare said it didn’t include any grains as required by the provincial Early Learning and Child Care department. The daycare gave her kids Ritz crackers and sent home a note saying she would be charged a fine of $5 per child.
Some Boston Police officers are worried about GPS devices will soon be installed in cruisers.
According to the Boston Globe, department administrators say the system will mean faster response to calls. But some officers who spoke anonymously have concerns they’ll have to explain every move they make.
Mayor Menino is now weighing in on comments from comedian Bill Maher about the Boston Marathon Bombing.
A mother in South Dakota is getting praised — and criticized — after she blogged that kids who are being bullied should toughen up. “There was a time when kids got called names and got picked on, and they brushed it off and worked through it.”