Fla. man pays off $20K in gifts at Walmart

Published: Saturday, December 14, 2013 @ 8:21 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

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​When Greg Parady went into his local Walmart last Saturday, he was just planning to pick up some bikes for a Toys for Tots drive. Instead, he ended up making Christmas come early for nearly 80 strangers.

“He had heard a lady out in one of the aisles talking about how she needed to pay off her layaway, but she didn't think she was going to be able to take care of all of it this year, so he just walked back here and started in.” (Via WKMG)

The 40-year-old financial planner paid off the layaway accounts of six shoppers at the store — then paid off half of any account over $200.

Altogether, that added up to more than $20,000 worth of charges on 76 accounts.

“One woman told them the gift made it possible for her kids to have Christmas, while others had similar words of thanks.” (Via WESH)

The store assistant manager said one woman began to cry and had to sit down on a bench.

Parady’s business partner told WPTV: “I've known him for years, and he just does things because he feels like doing them. ... This is Greg's way of giving back to the community.”

Parady told NBC he didn’t intend to get so much attention, and he hopes it motivates other people to give in their own way.

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Psychologists discover why we call people wrong names

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1:28 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1:28 PM


            Psychologists discover why we call people wrong names

Has your parent ever called you by your sibling’s name or worse, the dog’s name? Psychologists have discovered why it happens. 

Inadvertently calling someone the wrong name, whether by a parent, close friend or even a partner, happens because of love, according to Quartz.

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The brain has a network that contains information about related people, places and things and when you call on that network, sometimes the brain activates related information along with wanted information, Quartz reported. 

“Your mom calls you by your sibling’s name because she loves both of you, and associates you with one another,” Quartz said.  

So the next time you get someone’s name wrong, you can tell them it’s scientifically proven to be out of love. 

Uber sexism under investigation after female engineer’s ‘slightly horrifying’ story

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 2:07 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 2:07 PM


            Uber sexism under investigation after female engineer’s ‘slightly horrifying’ story

Uber has launched an investigation into claims of sexual harassment after a former female Uber engineer wrote a blog post describing her time at the ride-hailing company as “strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying.”

Writer and engineer Susan Fowler wrote on her personal blog about her year at Uber as an engineer, calling the company “an organization in complete, unrelenting chaos.”

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She described an incident in which her new team manager propositioned her for sex, but human resources employees said it was the manager’s first offense, so they gave him a warning. But Fowler wrote, after talking with other women there, she realized that many had dealt with the same behavior from the same manager.

“It became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being ‘his first offense,’ and it certainly wasn't his last,” she wrote.

“The situation was escalated as far up the chain as it could be escalated, and still nothing was done.”

She described other incidents of sexism and said the number of women engineers dropped from about 25 percent of the 150-member team to fewer than 3 percent in the year she was there.

“What's described here is abhorrent and against everything we believe in,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a tweet on Sunday.

“Anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.”

Kalanick ordered an “urgent investigation” into Fowler’s claims, saying in a tweet: “There can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber.”

It was the latest public relations headache for Uber, which dealt with bad publicity recently when it gave lower-priced rides in New York during a taxi drivers’ boycott over President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Uber riders also protested after Kalanick’s decision to join Trump’s economic advisory council, which he has since decided against.

The Oscars 2017: What time; what channel; live-streamed; who is the host?

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:40 AM


            The Oscars 2017: What time; what channel; live-streamed; who is the host?

The 2017 Academy Awards – the crowning jewel in Hollywood’s annual self-congratulatory tour of award shows – is set for Sunday.

With nine films up for the Oscar for Best Picture, the favorite seems to be “La La Land,” the homage to Hollywood’s era of love story musicals. The movie is up for 14 Oscars, Best Picture and lead actor and actress nominations included.  

However, the night may likely be remembered more for its political slant then for the awards handed out, if other award shows this year are any indication.

Here are the specifics on the show – the time, channel and where it is being live-streamed.

What time: The show begins at 8:30 p.m. (ET) The red carpet coverage begins at 7 p.m.

Where is it being held: The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

What channel: ABC will broadcast the show live.

Live-stream: You can watch the awards ceremony on your phone or on other devices by going to abc.com or by using the ABC app.

The host: Jimmy Kimmmel is hosting the ceremony. It’s his first time. “Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host tweeted shortly after the news was announced in December. “And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible& sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear.”

Handing out the awards: Samuel L. Jackson, Kate McKinnon, Amy Adams, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron are among the presenters at Sunday’s ceremony.

Performances: Among the performers set for the show are Sting, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Justin Timberlake.

Oscar nominations: Below is a list of Oscar nominations.

BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

"Can’t Stop The Feeling" from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

"City Of Stars" from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

"How Far I’ll Go" from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Outback, Carrabba’s, Bonefish restaurants closing

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:33 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:44 PM


            Outback, Carrabba’s, Bonefish restaurants closing

Forty “underperforming” Carrabba’s, Outback, Bonefish Grill and Flemings restaurants will be closing by the end of the year, according to the company that owns them.

Bloomin’ Brands Inc. said on Friday that it will close the restaurants located in various parts of the country. Three restaurants were closed in the last quarter of 2016.

“Although 2016 was a challenging year for both Bloomin' Brands and the industry, we made real progress on our strategy to reallocate spending away from discounting toward investments to strengthen brand health, " Liz Smith, CEO of Bloomin’ Brands, said in a statement.

Bloomin’ Brands have not yet released a list of the restaurants that are to be closed.

The chain has more than 1,500 restaurant locations. The company recorded a net loss of $4.3 million, or 4 cents per share, down from a profit of $17.7 million in the same period a year ago.