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Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 10:59 PM
— From the $5 footlong to Jimmy John’s Vito, America has a lofty list of sandwich shops that tout the best thing between sliced bread. Despite their claims, a national site has proclaimed that the sub sandwich seventh heaven can be found at the deli of a popular grocery store.
Even though Florida is renowned for its Cuban sandwich, popular in Tampa and Miami, Thrillist, a culture and entertainment website, recently lauded a sandwich first introduced in Lakeland, Florida.
The best sandwich in America is served up at Publix locations across the country, according to a recent post by Thrillist. The simple sub sandwich during any lunch hour on the East Coast down to the South causes a bit of a pile up in the Publix deli section. The sandwiches are such a hit they’ve garnered a dedicated Facebook page.
“The sandwich is not fancy, but that is precisely the appeal. Instead of being showy, they are always high-quality and reliable,” Thrillist writer Jason Diamond wrote.
According to Thrillist, the story behind how the Pub Sub came to be is quite practical. The grocer’s owners saw the sub as a new way to make money in the 1980s in light of the popularity of Subway and Quiznos.
The grinder is offered with Publix’s house deli meat or (for a bit more) you can get cuts from the popular Boar’s Head brand. The bread is baked in-house, and customers often top each one with fresh vegetables−lettuce, tomato, cucumbers and black olives− from the grocer’s produce section.
Ariello Castillo, a native Floridian and reporter for Major League Soccer, compared the delight of the sub to the overall pleasantry of visiting a Publix supermarket.
"If you're getting a Publix sandwich, it also means you're visiting Publix, which in my humble opinion is one of the best developments of late capitalism," Castillo told Thrillist. "For the most part, everything in a Publix − largely regardless of neighborhood − is shiny, clean, abundant, and well-air-conditioned. It can be both aspirational and soothing."
What’s America’s favorite Publix sub? The chicken tender sub, according to Maria Brous, Publix's director of media and community relations.
Heard enough to convince you?
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:16 PM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Camels were once prized across the Middle East for transportation, for use in war, for food and even as companions, as guides and partners. Now they’re prized for a whole different set of reasons, including their beauty and racing abilities, and are celebrated at annual camel festivals across the region.
But it was a little surprising when news reports began surfacing that at least 12 camels have been disqualified from a camel beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia after their handlers were caught using Botox on them.
Because a “perfect pout” is so valuable, camel owners will go to great lengths to ensure their camel has the proper assets, including “a full, droopy lip and large features,” The National reported.
“They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw,” Ali Al Mazrouei, 31, a regular at Gulf camel festivals and the son of a top Emirati breeder told the online site.
“It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it’s like, ‘Oh look at how big is that head is. It has big lips, a big nose,’” features the camels are prized for. They’re also prized for small ears and some handlers have been known to take matters into their own hands and perform plastic surgery on the ears to achieve a perfect ear.
It’s no wonder camel handlers are so serious about the appearance of their beasts and willing to risk disqualification to enhance their features: $57 million is at stake in prize money at this year’s festival.
Some 300,000 visitors have attended the second annual festival since it started in early January. It runs through the end of the month.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:53 PM
CAMPBELLSBURG, Ind. — A 14-year-old Indiana boy was accidentally shot and killed by his older sister Sunday as they and their father prepared to go target shooting.
Rex William Pruett was shot at his father’s home in Campbellsburg, a small Indiana town located about 50 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. Rex, a seventh-grader at Orleans Junior-Senior High School, died a short time after his father rushed him to a hospital.
“The father received a phone call and, while he was on the phone, the daughter, in what appeared to be unintentional, shot her brother with a .22-caliber revolver,” Indiana State Police spokesman Chad Dick told The Times-Mail in Bedford.
Officials at the boy’s school, where his sister is a ninth-grader, said that extra counselors were brought in Monday to help students cope with the tragedy. Police investigators waited to release the boy’s name until those measures were in place.
“The first-period teachers had a written statement to read about the incident and then, for any students that need additional help, we have counselors standing by,” Orleans Community Schools Superintendent Gary McClintic told the newspaper.
Chris Stevens, principal of the siblings’ school, showed a news crew from WAVE 3 News in Louisville Rex’s locker, which was adorned Monday with photos and letters from his classmates.
“This does remind you quite a bit of Rex,” Stevens told the station. “There were a lot of tears and a lot of smiles today.”
Stevens said that faculty members and administrators have made it clear to students that the shooting was accidental. When Rex’s sister returns to class, they will offer her their support, he said.
Family and friends also offered the girl their support on Facebook, where she described her younger brother as “such a sweet little boy.”
“Much love, Rexy, much love. We will all keep you in our hearts,” the girl wrote.
Stevens described the rural community as one in which guns are part of everyday life.
“In our elementary, at the sixth-grade level, we have a gun safety course that all of our students are allowed to go through,” Stevens told the news station.
McClintic, who said he taught Rex’s father when he was a teacher, described the boy’s family as a good one that had been involved with Orleans’ public schools for multiple generations.
“It’s hard on the community, just as much as it is on the school,” McClintic told The Times-Mail.
Johnny Henderson, pastor of Lost River Missionary Baptist Church in Claysville, said that Rex and his family attended services there the morning of the shooting.
“He was an outstanding young man,” Henderson said.
The pastor said the Pruett family needs support, not criticism over the shooting.
“They need support and people to pray for them for peace and comfort,” Henderson said. “They still have a hard time going forward. They still have a funeral to go to.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 4:53 PM
— Adolescence is thought to end at about age 18, but a group of scientists wants to extend it to 24, according to a new report.
Researchers from hospitals and research institutions in Australia recently conducted an experiment, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, to determine the span of years that should define adolescence.
Traditionally, it is the period between childhood and adulthood, or generally from age 10 to 18. However, the researchers believe the biological and societal shifts over the last several decades indicate the need for an extension of adolescence.
“Adolescence is the phase of life stretching between childhood and adulthood, and its definition has long posed a conundrum. Adolescence encompasses elements of biological growth and major social role transitions, both of which have changed in the past century,” they said.
Young girls and boys develop earlier than previous generations, they noted. For example, many preteens begin menstruating at 10, while their parents and grandparents started at 14.
They also pointed out that the adolescent brain does not stop developing until a person is in their 20s and that wisdom teeth now generally grow in at 25.
Furthermore, young adults are getting married later in life. It’s more common for youth to settle down in their 30s as opposed to their 20s. And they’re leaving the nest later, too, which is expected by parents and society, they said. Analysts used the United States as an example, because insurance companies are now allowing adults to keep their kids on policies longer.
“Rather than age 10–19 years, a definition of 10–24 years corresponds more closely to adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase and would facilitate extended investments across a broader range of settings,” the authors wrote.
Researchers believe the extension will encourage governments to better frame laws meant to protect youth and help young people on their journey through adulthood.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 4:30 PM
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — A 14-month-old baby girl is dead and a 3-year-old girl is clinging to life after deputies said their mother put them in the bathtub and walked away.
The incident happened Tuesday at a home in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Deputies arrived and started CPR immediately, authorities said.
Deputies quickly blocked off the road to begin an investigation. Deputies roped off the home with crime scene tape.
Deputies say the 911 call came in around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. The mother claimed she put the two kids in the bathtub and walked away, and when she came back, they were under water.
Authorities say any possible charges will not come until their investigation is complete.