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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A National Labor Relations Board judge has ordered NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to rescind disciplinary actions against five scientists who shared emails at work about a Supreme Court decision on background security checks for JPL employees. Administrative Law Judge William G. Kocol ordered JPL to purge disciplinary letters related to the case from the employee files of Dennis Byrnes, Scott Maxwell, Larry D'Addario, Robert Nelson and William Bruce Banerdt. The five were accused of violating rules against unsolicited spam and bulk email.
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NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Spam , beloved among Hawaiians, will be celebrated April 27 during Waikiki Spam Jam , one of Honolulu's biggest annual street festivals. Spam merchandise (such as T-shirts) will be sold, but the biggest draw is Spam itself. A dozen Honolulu restaurants that cook with the canned pork and ham product will dish up a variety of Spam-centric creations, including a Spam-on-a-stick frozen treat. A new offering for 2013 is Spam cheesecake. The festival stretches for several blocks along Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue from Lewers Street to the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most courageous politician in California - probably the nation - is a Berkeley city councilman, Gordon Wozniak. His gutsy act: proposing that the government tax email. Yes, sacrosanct, time-gobbling, out-of-control email. "I got a lot of nasty emails nationally," he says. "You are making Berkeley look really silly," one person wrote. Another called him "the epitome of a communist - you and all your commy liberal idiots. " Wozniak, however, is certified brainy - a retired nuclear scientist, a futurist who, he admits, may be ahead of his time about taxing email.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is still experimenting with a service which charges users to send messages directly to another user's inbox. If you are included in the test, this may have happened to you: You want to reach out to a long-lost college chum or just want to connect with someone you met at a party. A prompt flashes on your screen to pay a buck to make sure that person gets the message. The idea: A fee can be a powerful deterrent to spam and unwanted messages. Right now Facebook is testing different price points: $1, $10 and $15. The experiment only involves a limited number of Facebook users in the U.S. Still, questions are popping up all over Facebook and elsewhere about how it works and why sometimes users see a prompt and sometimes they don't.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on text message spam, announcing Thursday it has filed eight complaints against 29 defendants in courts around the U.S. The agency said the defendants bombarded consumers with more than 180 million text messages that often promised "free" $1,000 gift cards to popular retailers but then required consumers to pay for a subscription to a service, apply for credit or enter sensitive personal information before...
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Brace yourself. This is going to get weird. Brought back from the crypt by the website io9 , here is what is quite possibly the most disturbing commercial ever filmed. For breakfast food. And not just because of the nutritional implications. Any coulrophobics out there? Avert your gaze. Sugar Rice Krinkles seem to have been Post's competitor to Rice Krispies, except with a sugar coating, like Frosted Flakes. ALSO: Roy Choi [hearts] Spam David Lebovitz is scared Asks Europe: What to do with horse meat?
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Call it jumping the shark, or does Roy Choi love Spam enough to team with the brand and its "first ever spokescharacter" Sir-Can-a-Lot? Choi, he of the-food-truck-movement fame, is partnering with ham-in-a-can Spam for its latest social media promotional campaign, along with Sir-Can-a-Lot. Choi and Sir-Can-a-Lot will be featured in a Spam blitz on YouTube , Twitter and Facebook . Choi's Kogi BBQ was what Newsweek called "the first viral eatery," using Twitter to help customers track the food truck's location.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Lunch meat purveyor Hormel Foods is making a run at the supermarket's middle aisles, buying the Skippy peanut butter brand for about $700 million. The Austin, Minn., company, also known for its Spam canned ham, is acquiring Skippy from Unilever's U.S. operation, which also owns brands such as Vaseline and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Hormel, whose main strength is its domestic sales of Jennie-O, Farmer John and other lunch meats, is trying to expand its portfolio of products and boost its presence overseas.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Skippy, meet Spam. Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam canned ham, is buying the brand Skippy peanut butter from consumer products giant Unilever for about $700 million. The move comes as Austin, Minn.-based Hormel is beefing up (heh) its portfolio of meats such as Farmer John sausage and Jennie-O turkey and boosting its presence overseas, according to a Los Angeles Times report . The sale includes Skippy factories in Little Rock, Ark., and Shandong Province in China , CNN says . Hormel Chief Executive Jeffrey M. Ettinger told analysts in a conference call that he expected Skippy to become one of the company's biggest brands.
NEWS
December 31, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
New Year's Eve is typically rung in with a Champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres trays, but during Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter, our participants proved they really know how to have a good time. From burgers with Spam to spiny lobsters and rootbeer floats, here's a taste of what everyone's eating to welcome the new year. On the sweet side, Shulie Madnick of the blog FoodWanderings.com shared her recipe for polenta citrus sable cookie snaps; Olga Berman from Mango & Tomato shared her Russian sour cream cake recipe ; Jean from the blog Delightful Repast shared a recipe for gluten-free pancakes and syrup; and Geeky Foodie, aka @CharlieLima79 on Twitter shared a photo of a deep-fried pear filled with red bean paste.
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