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Daily Talker: Fewer Kids Eating School Lunches

This week, thousands of people who oversee what meals are served to your kids at school are in Boston for their annual conference. Members of the School Nutrition Association will be sampling recipes and discussing healthy alternatives to popular foods, as well as how to lower costs.

But the organization has come under fire in recent months. After initially supporting the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which required more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, and less sodium, sugar, and fat, it has turned against the new rules.

07/14/2014

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Daily Talker: Two Men Accused Of Leaving Pets In Hot Cars

Days after it took effect, a Rhode Island man is the first to be charged under the state’s new law making it a crime to leave an animal in a hot car.

Johnstown Police say David Rodriguez left a black poodle in his car in the parking lot of a BJ’s Wholesale Club for more than an hour Monday. When police got there, the temperature was 124 degrees inside the car.

07/11/2014

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Daily Talker: Battle Over Parking Apps Coming To Boston

Finding street parking in Boston is rarely easy. Now, a company wants to change that, and the city isn’t happy about it.

Haystack Mobile Technologies started in Baltimore, offering a free app allowing people to sell the parking spaces they’re using to others. The Boston Herald reports it is holding a launch party Tuesday to begin offering the service in Boston.

07/10/2014

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Daily Talker: Somerville’s Crackdown At The Crosswalk

Somerville is cracking down on drivers who don’t stop at crosswalks, with officers handing out plenty of $200 tickets.

In the crosswalk sting, police used a department employee who kept walking across the street. Drivers who did not stop for the employee were pulled over and ticketed.

07/09/2014

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Daily Talker: Sleeping Yankee Fan Sues ESPN For “Mental Anguish”

A Yankees fan is suing two ESPN announcers for $10 million, saying they mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.

Andrew Robert Rector admits in court documents he “napped” during a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 13, but says commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed an “avalanche of disparaging words” against him. The suit says they used words like “fatty” and “stupid.”

07/08/2014

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Daily Talker: Are Prosecutors Being Too Tough On Tsarnaev’s Friends?

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in the case against Azamat Tazhayakov, the first of the four friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to face trial.

Tazhayakov is charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly agreeing with another college friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, to remove Tsarnaev’s backpack from his dorm room after learning he was a suspect in the bombing.

07/07/2014

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Daily Talker: Fireworks Show Moved Because Of Arthur Threat

Because of the threat from Tropical Storm Arthur, Boston will be celebrating the 4th of July a day early.

Organizers of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular are moving the show to tonight. It’s the first time since 1992 that the festivities have been rescheduled. Performer schedules and contracts are preventing the show being moved to Saturday.

07/03/2014

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Daily Talker: Do You Agree With The Supreme Court Birth Control Decision?

The White House says women’s health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that women should make personal health decisions for themselves, and that the Obama administration is looking into how many women could be affected by the decision. He said Congress should take action to assist women affected by the decision.

07/01/2014

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Daily Talker: Facebook Manipulates News Feeds For Psychological Study

Many Facebook users are having very emotional responses after learning that the social media company manipulated the news feeds of more than a half a million users as part of a psychological study.

For one week in January of 2012, Facebook randomly selected users to change how many positive and negative posts they saw, to see how emotions can be spread on social media.

06/30/2014

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Daily Talker: Health Care Companies Want To Know What You’re Buying

Your doctor, hospital, or insurance company want to know more about you — like whether you stop paying for a gym membership, go to a fast food restaurant, or buy a pack of cigarettes.

According to Bloomberg News, some hospitals are starting to use information collected by data brokers to create profiles on their current and potential patients. The goal is to identify who is more likely to get sick, so they can intervene ahead of time.

06/27/2014

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