[VIDEO] REWIND: In Honor of National Fried Chicken Day, Weepy Activist Storms California Restaurant, Delivers a Heartfelt Speech

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An animal activist was caught on camera making an emotional plea to diners at a restaurant in California.

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Kelly Atlas, from Oakland, who works with Direct Action Everywhere, was filmed as she tearfully asked people eating in a San Francisco eatery to think about where their food comes from.

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Atlas can be seen walking into the restaurant, and addressing patrons, as the atmosphere falls quiet…

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National Fried Chicken Day is observed on July 6 every year in the United States. In observance of this day, some people consume various preparations of fried chicken. Fried chicken has been described as an “American restaurant staple”.

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Some fried chicken restaurant locations such as Church’s Chicken and KFC, and other restaurants such as Grandy’s locations, offer special price reductions on National Fried Chicken Day.

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[VIDEO] Katherine Timpf Goes to Starbucks

I Actually Went to Starbucks and Asked About Racial Issues — Here’s What Happened

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Nothing was solved.

Katherine Timpfpage_2014_200_timpf  writes: Since Starbucks launched its “Race Together” initiative — encouraging customers to have conversations about racial issues with its employees — there have been a slew of Internet think pieces about what’s right or wrong about it.

Some people said it was an awkward and a dumb idea. Other people said those people were racists. So — I decided to go out and see for myself what it would be like if I actually did what Starbucks was telling its customers to do. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Cinematographer Eddie Marritz: Magic Mushrooms and the Healing Trip

Eddie Marritz, a cinematographer and photographer in remission from small-cell carcinoma, was a participant in one of N.Y.U.’s Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety research studies. Marritz, and the researchers, take us through the experience.


Los Angeles on Fire, Freeways Shut Down: ‘It Looked Like a Bomb Had Just Exploded’

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The cause of the blaze was not yet known, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was on scene as well as an accelerant-sniffing dog to help arson investigators determine whether it was intentionally set.

The fire early today in downtown Los Angeles engulfed an area the size of a city block, closed freeways and roads, burst windows of nearby buildings and melted freeway signs.

“When they came out of the quarters they could see it was fully engulfed. It was a building under construction in the framing phase. Almost 1 million square feet and a city block.”

“It looked like a bomb had just exploded,” said L.A. fire Capt. Rick Godinez.

Flames could be seen for miles from the fire that broke out in the DaVinci apartment complex at about 1:20 a.m. The blaze closed roads and freeways, including the 110 North, which won’t open until at least 10 a.m., officials said.

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The blaze damaged nearby buildings, including one that houses city agencies.

“There are windows blown out all the way up the side of our building,”  said Building and Safety spokesman Luke Zamperini.

More than 250 firefighters battled the blaze at the apartment tower under construction in the 900 block of Fremont Avenue, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz said. The building had 1.3 million square feet of floor space, and officials said two-thirds of it was consumed by flames.

“First is shut down and Temple is shut down. Downtown is basically shut down.”

The bulk of the fire was put out in 90 minutes, but firefighters were continuing to deal with hot spots well into the morning, according to LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas.

There were no injuries reported. The cause of the blaze was not yet known, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was on scene as well as an accelerant-sniffing dog to help arson investigators determine whether it was intentionally set, said Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main. Read the rest of this entry »


Tiny Houses: Big Idea to End Homelessness

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Advocates tackling the nation’s homeless problem are thinking small

Linda Federico-O’Murchu  reports:  In Austin, Texas, a village of 200 tiny houses is being built for the homeless. In upstate New York, Rochester Greenovation has designed a prototype for small-scale individualized shelters. “Homeless No More Survival Pods” have been built in Utah, micro-pods in Florida, miniature homes in Wisconsin and mini mobile houses in California.

“I think this is a solution for now…Our first house cost $5,000 to make, and we did it without asking for government help.”

The “Tiny House Movement,” once an architectural component to a downsized life, is now becoming something much bigger: an escape from chronic homelessness.

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“This is a plan that could revolutionize the housing movement in the United States,” declares Alan Graham, 58, a Texas activist who says his self-founded organization, Community First, has already lifted 100 homeless people off the streets.

“Now, I can roll my house down the street. Now the police don’t give me a hard time. I keep my house clean and I have no problems.”

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Neighborhood 3D Printing Store Opens in Oakland

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MakerBot has a retail store in Manhattan.  And UPS is testing in-store 3DPrinting services in five locations. But how many neighborhoods or Main Streets have a small-biz, 3D printing/digital fabrication retail store?  One that not only prints but teaches classes and sells printers?

The answer is… not very many.  According to MAKE contributing editor, Anna Kaziunas France, there is Deezmaker in Pasadena; The Color Company andiMakr in London; The 3D Printing Store in Denver; and the GetPrinting3D Retail Store in Evanston.

As of yesterday, HoneyBee3D in the Montclair district of Oakland, Calif. can be added to this list.   Read the rest of this entry »