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Teen wows shoppers with impromptu performance on thrift store piano

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 1:31 PM

Piano keys. (Photo: Stig Morten Waage/Flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/
Stig Morten Waage, Flickr
Piano keys. (Photo: Stig Morten Waage/Flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/(Stig Morten Waage, Flickr)

A teenager’s talent drew an audience at a Michigan thrift store when she started singing and playing a piano while waiting on her mother. 

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Another shopper caught Genavieve Linkowski’s impromptu performance and shared the video on social media Saturday, where it has been viewed more than 700,000 times.

"I turned my head and there were all these people out with their phones and they were all recording me," Linkowski told WJRT

Linkowski, 18, who hopes for a career as a singer, was passing time while her mother was shopping and started jamming on the aged, upright piano. A group of people gathered around as her voice carried through the store.

She was about to stop when the crowd asked her to continue.

“Really? Keep going?” Linkowski said in the video. 

She continued to play. 

She is been even more surprised since the video has gone viral. 

"Yesterday morning, one of my friends texted me and he was like, 'Oh, you're famous' and I was like, 'What?!'" she told WJRT. "And I'm looking and I was seeing all of this and I was just flabbergasted. Like, nothing like this has ever happened to me."

Man fatally hit by truck while trying to save his dog

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 1:14 PM

File photo  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Scott Barbour/Getty Images
File photo (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)(Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

A man who ran into traffic trying to save his dog Sunday was struck and killed when a semitruck hit them both.

The dog also died, the Colorado State Patrol said.

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The 39-year-old man from Tennessee was driving with a 37-year-old woman from Nevada when they had an argument, according to the Coloradoan. The woman, who was driving, stopped their Toyota on the side of Interstate 25. A dog, who was riding with them, managed to escape from the vehicle and ran onto the highway. The man ran across the road trying to save the dog when he was struck by the semitruck, according to the Denver Post.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi was not injured. The woman was taken to a hospital, according to the Coloradoan.

10 tips for Black Friday shopping

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

Black Friday 2017 Deals

The Thanksgiving turkey isn’t on the table yet, but retailers and shoppers are gearing up for Black Friday sales.

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Here are 10 tips on how to make the most of your Black Friday shopping:

1. Start tracking now

Gone are the days when being the person asleep in front of the store at 2 a.m. meant you were the most dedicated shopper. Black Friday is now a month of big deals.

Those prices shift throughout the holiday season, though, so if you really want to judge how good the sales are, you’ll need to track the deals leading up to Black Friday.

The same goes for Cyber Monday, which now stretches into a week of online specials.

2. Get a sneak peek at the ads

If you want to get the best deals, get a look at the ads. You might think they haven’t been released yet, but the retail industry has more leaks than Washington.

You’ll find tons of leaked Black Friday ad scans at bfads.netbestblackfriday.comdealnews.comgottadeal.com and theblackfriday.com.

>> Related: Black Friday 2017: Dell announces deals on laptops and more

3. Compare prices

While it’s tempting to grab the last one of a product on the shelf, take a minute and make sure you’re getting the best deal on it.

There are plenty of websites and apps to help you with this. Start with PriceGrabber.comPriceWatch.comShopping.comShopzillaGoogle Shopping and NexTag.com.

You may not be able to do direct model-to-model pricing, but you can at least see what the best deal available on all the 46” TVs, for example.

4. Figure out your priorities

On the big day, figure out what you want to buy, which store you want to hit first and the importance of each present. This helps put your “must haves” near the top so you’ll prioritize getting those first.

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5. Remember your usual haunts

If you’ve got a favorite retail outlet, you should be signed up for their loyalty program. (But don’t go as far as wearing their colors -- wearing red to Target on Black Friday is like putting their bullseye on your back).

If your store has a Black Friday shopping alert, it will help you get the first word on promotions, coupons and discounts. In some cases, you can even find out whether the products you want are in stock or eligible for a buy online/pick up at the store option. That’ll save you shipping costs.

6. Monitor the social channels

Retailers often use Facebook and Twitter for releasing deals and promotions. They can also give customers who like or follow them special alerts to Black Friday discounts and incentives.

>> Related: Black Friday 2017: 10 stores offering biggest Black Friday discounts this year

7. Put your phone to work

There are few days when your phone is more important than Black Friday, whether it’s coordinating with others in your party or comparison shopping.

Make sure you have some comparison-shopping apps such as ShopSavvyBuyViaFlippRetailMeNot and SlickDeals. You should also have apps from the stores you’re visiting.

8. Stick to your budget

Rule No. 1 of saving money during the holiday season is stick to your budget. But walking into a store on Black Friday is walking into a retail carnival, and impulse buying opportunities are everywhere.

Take a deep breath, focus on your list and try not to let the deals overwhelm you. A popular option is to try buying with cash, so you can see firsthand how much you are spending.

9. Beware the price match

While many stores usually have price-match policies, those can go out the window during Black Friday.

Check the fine print on their price-match policies. Also check the return and exchange policies to make sure that the store won’t charge a restocking fee for any item you bring back.

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10. Accessorize carefully

Those great deals on TVs get you in the door, but there won’t be deals on accessories such as HDMI cables.

If you know you’ll need an HDMI cable, look at discount online stores, such as monoprice.com or bluejeanscable.com.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about HDMI cables, but you can get a cable that is much more reasonably priced than the $35 for a 6-foot cable at a store.

>> Related: 10 ways to save money during the holidays

More Than 55 Stores Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving Day 2017

Energy drinks pose serious and scary health risks, scientific review shows

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 12:35 PM

What You Need to Know: Energy Drinks

Although energy drinks may provide the boost you need to make it through a long day, that extra push may come with far more negative side effects than you realized.

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Mental health problems, risk-seeking behavior, increased blood pressure, obesity, tooth erosion, adverse cardiovascular effect and kidney damage are some of the many negative health consequences linked to energy drinks, a recently published review of scientific articles on the topic has revealed. Furthermore, these risks are often hidden by clever marketing and a lack of regulation.

"The negative health effects associated with energy drinks (ED) are compounded by a lack of regulatory oversight and aggressive marketing by the industry toward adolescents," authors wrote in the article published in “Frontiers in Public Health.”

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According to one of the review's coauthors, the problems associated with the drinks are so numerous, even the researchers were surprised.

"The wide range of conditions that energy drinks can negatively impact was quite astounding," study author Josiemer Mattei, assistant professor of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told Men's Health.

Energy drinks contain excessive amounts of several key ingredients that lead to adverse effects, according to the review. The drinks' high amounts of sugar, caffeine and stimulants such as guarana all can cause a variety of negative health consequences.

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"The excess caffeine may contribute to cardiovascular outcomes, such as increased blood pressure," Mattei told Yahoo News.

Whereas caffeine has also been linked to health benefits, a recommended daily limit is 400 milligrams for adults. Energy drinks may contain more than 200 milligrams per ounce.

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Just as alarming as the high concentration of caffeine is energy drinks' high sugar content. The average 16.9 ounce energy drinks contains about 54 grams of sugar, significantly more than the recommended limit of 36 grams per day for men and 25 grams for women.

As the American Heart Association points out, "added sugars contribute zero nutrients but many added calories that can lead to extra pounds or even obesity, thereby reducing heart health."

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In addition to weight gain, excessive sugar intake can lead to range of conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Over time, consistent high blood pressure may damage blood vessels and nerves, which can lead to heart disease and kidney problems. 

On top of energy drinks' own negative effect, they are often combined with alcohol, compounding the health risks. The article pointed out that this trend also appears to lead to higher levels of alcohol consumption, especially among young people.

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"Researchers attribute this to the fact that consumption of ED masks the signs of alcohol inebriation, enabling an individual to believe they can still safely consume more alcohol, leading to 'awake drunkenness,'" researchers wrote. "As a result of this increased alcohol consumption, those who drink alcohol-mixed ED are more likely to experience severe dehydration and alcohol poisoning."

Despite the numerous health risks, aggressive marketing has led to rapid growth and popularity of energy drinks throughout the world. Sales have increased in the U.S. by more than 240 percent since 2004, and the industry is expected to reach $21 billion in the country by this year. As a result, the article's authors argued that more regulation and oversight is necessary to address energy drinks as a public health challenge.

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"Public health and policy action must be taken to mitigate the negative health effects and public health challenges associated with ED," researches noted, outlining specific steps the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) should take to properly label energy drinks. The authors also suggested that marketing should be regulated, specifically as it targets minors.

Pointing to the growing evidence reviewed in the article, the authors argued that energy drinks "should be considered a significant public health problem that warrants attention." 

Read the full study at frontiersin.org.

MONACO - MAY 29: Red Bull cans on display at the Red Bull Racing Energy Station at Monte Carlo on May 29, 2016 in Monaco. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)(Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Trader Joe's recalls salads possibly contaminated with glass, plastic

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

Green Cuisine recalled chicken products in salads sold at Trader Joe's. (Photo: KIRO7.com)
Green Cuisine recalled chicken products in salads sold at Trader Joe's. (Photo: KIRO7.com)

Green Cuisine, a California-based food supplier, is recalling more than 36,000 pounds of chicken and turkey salad products sold at Trader Joe's that may be contaminated with glass and plastic, according to officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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The problem was discovered when Green Cuisine received consumer complaints and notified FSIS Inspection Program personnel on Friday. The impacted ready-to-eat chicken and turkey salads were produced from Nov. 4 to 15.

FSIS has received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 10.5-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing "TRADER JOE'S White Meat Chicken Salad with celery, carrots and green onions" with a "Use By" date of November 10 - 21, 2017.
  • 11.0-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing "TRADER JOE'S CURRIED WHITE CHICKEN DELI SALAD with toasted cashews, green onion and a bit of honey" with a "Use By" date of November 10 - 21, 2017.
  • 10.25-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing "TRADER JOE'S TURKEY CRANBERRY APPLE SALAD TURKEY BREAST MEAT WITH SWEET DRIED CRANBERRIES, TANGY GREEN APPLES, PECANS AND SAGE" with a "Use By" date of November 10 - 21, 2017.

The products subject to recall were shipped to retail locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.