March 5, 2012

Here's an Idea: Don't Eat

1 Movie Snack Lawsuit Claims Prices Unlawful

When Michigan attorney Kerry Morgan heard a client complain about the costs of movie snacks, his first thought was, Hey, it's private property, they can do what they want. But a little research gave him a toehold for a possible class action lawsuit (the kind where the attorneys get rich and the plaintiffs get $5 if they spend two hours filling out forms). Never mind that more experienced consumer protection lawyers are calling the suit "a loser" "that won't go anywhere." Morgan's client is Joshua Thompson, the client who complained to Morgan initially. Thompson paid $8 for some Goobers and a Coke, three times the normal price. But Thompson seems to be getting cold feet now and won't speak to the press, wanting to avoid "notoriety." Too late now, Joshua. Twitter is already all over you.

More at Detroit Free Press | Hat tip to Los Angeles Times | Posted 6 years ago by Mark

Tags: Movie Food, Movie Snacks, Movie Popcorn, Cinema Snack Bar, Joshua Thompson, Kerry Morgan, AMC Theaters, Rebecca Motley

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Safe Sex on Set

2 Condoms Now Required for LA Porn Actors

Actors in adult entertainment are required to wear condoms on film sets in Los Angeles, according to a new law. The law follows an ordinance signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that requires porn actors to use condoms in order for a producer to get a filming permit. This is happy news for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation which has lobbied for the regulation for years, saying it will protect adult film actors from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The organization is gathering signatures for a November ballot measure that would make condoms on adult film sets de rigueur nationwide. LA is the nation’s porn capital with as many as 90% of the country’s adult films made there, but some say the city may see an exodus of porn actors to locales where condoms are not required.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: NYC Creates Condom Finder App

Tags: AIDS, Aids Health Foundation, Condoms, HIV, Safe Sex, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Pornography, Porn, Los Angeles Adult Entertainment Industry, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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Hold the BPA

3 Campbell's Soup to Stop Using BPA in Liners

Campbell's Soup Company has announced that they're phasing out the use of BPA (bisphenol A) in the lining of their cans. According to TreeHugger, Campbell's hasn't given a timeline for phasing out the use of BPA, though the soup company claims they're already using BPA-free liners in some unspecified soups. Campbell's Tomato could represent a particular challenge since its acidity can easily break down packaging. BPA, a controversial chemical used in plastics and food containers, mimics human estrogen. A Harvard School of public health study linked BPA exposure in the womb to behavioral problems in young girls, but the FDA says the chemical doesn't pose a threat at low levels.

More at TreeHugger | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Behavioral Problems with BPA Exposure in Womb

Tags: Bpa Canned Food Linings, BPA Effects, BPA Effects on Unborn Kids, BPA Health Problems, Campbell Soup to Phase Out BPA, BPA in Can Lining

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Blood Flow Most Important

4 Artificial Heart Leaves Out Pulse

Two doctors have created an artificial heart that consists of two turbines that replace damaged myocardium, or heart muscle, to keep blood flowing throughout the body without the rhythmic pumping that produces a pulse. They hope that this design is a major step forward in developing a "perfect artificial heart" to manage terminal heart disease. Three humans and 50 cows were given these hearts. One person was very close to death but within 2 days of receiving the artificial heart, he could sit up and speak normally. Unfortunately, the man died of unrelated complications a little over a month after getting it. While no pulse would be a bad sign for most of us, the heart's job is to keep blood flowing through the body so it can deliver oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.

More at Y! Tech | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: New Drug Increases Cardiac Function

Tags: Artificial Heart, Heart Muscle, Myocardium, Pulse, Heart Beat

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