Thomas Perl decided to step in when his daughter, Tori Perl who lives with an autism spectrum disorder, couldn’t find anyone to go to her senior prom. Thomas never attended his own senior prom in high school and wanted his daughter Tori to have that experience. Thomas tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “This is the big one before she graduates. I just wanted her to go and experience this with someone that she will go have a good time with.” Tori, who was diagnosed with ASD in the 7th grade, attends Batavia High School in New York. The senior prom had not crossed “he and his wife Anna’s mind” Thomas states, until a family friend called to let them know they had an extra dress that Tori could wear in the event she wanted to go to the prom. Thomas went all out for the senior prom, including all of the prom preparations from Tori getting her hair done to finding the corsage. The school administration, which normally prohibits dates over 20, made an exception for Tori when she spork with the assistant principal.
Walmart (NYSE: WMT), which is currently America’s largest employer, has begun the process of closing 17 of its stores across the United States and in Canada. What might first look like downsizing as a result of a competitor or the ugly truth behind e-commerce affecting brick and mortar stores is actually something else; cannibalization. Recent data suggests that the main reason for downsizing is Walmart is competition against itself with stores that are too close together. The findings were made by Placer, a data analytics firm that uses location analytics to examine where the stores were closing. It turns out that in some of the store closings were competing with not one, but two other Walmarts such as the Walmart supercetner in Dallas TX which was fighting for foot traffic against two other Walmart stores. Another example comes from Louisiana, where a Lafayette Walmart was seeing competition foot traffic with a close-by Walmart in Carencro. Placer’s analysts said, “Walmart’s strength has led to a rapid expansion of stores throughout the country, that in some cases, ended up putting stores into direct competition.” The brick and mortar retail giant operates over 5,000 combine retail locations n the US alone and shoppers Read more…
Donuts on demand or Dunkin’ on demand are two phrases that you might be thinking about now that Dunkin’ Donuts (NASDAQ DNKN) is patterning with Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) to bring you sweet treats and coffee on the go. The coffee and donut chain is beginning to rollout a nationwide delivery program where, starting Monday, more than 400 Dunkin’ restaurants in NYC’s five boroughs will offer delivery through Seamless, GrubHub’s NYC brand. Stephanie Meltzer-Paul, Dunkin’ U.S. vice president of digital and loyalty marketing, tells Yahoo Finance that the goal is to have delivery available in one-third of its locations by the end of the year. If the goal is met, that would be more than 1000 Dunkin’ restaurants. In the test market, which was held in select stores in NYC, Boston and Philadelphia, the average ticket was two times the normal ticket, which should ultimately serve as a boost to Dunkin’s same-store sales. For those that have used Seamless in NYC or enjoyed on-demand delivery with Grubhub in other locations, this is exciting news that could be bringing your afternoon fix right to your home, office, or other location.
An eight year old boy was bitten on the leg in what is now the third shark attack this month off the coast of North Carolina. The boy, whose name was not released at the time of publication was in the water just off Bald Head Island when the shark attack occurred. Village officials, while they did not see the shark, determined the boy was bitten based on an assessment of first responders and the wounds that the boy sustained. The puncture wounds to the leg are not considered life threatening and the child was transported to a local area hospital right after the incident.
Mizkan American Who Produces Ragu Recalls Pasta Sauces That May Be Contaminated with Plastic Fragments
Three different Ragu sauces have been recalled by Mizkan American because they may contain plastic fragments. The recall, which was done so voluntarily, affects the following Ragu Sauces: RAGU Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 45 oz. Cap code: JUN0620YU2Best Use By Date: JUN0620YU2 RAGU Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz.Cap code: JUN0520YU2Best Use by Date: JUN0520YU2 RAGU Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 oz.Cap code: JUN0620YU2Best Use By Date: JUN0620YU2 RAGU Old World Style Traditional, 66 oz.Cap code: JUN0420YU2Best Use By Date: JUN0420YU2 RAGU Old World Style Meat, 66 oz.Cap code: JUNE0520YU2Best Use By Date: JUN0520YU2 Consumers who have purchased the affected sauces can receive a coupon for a replacement product by contacting Mizkan American’s Customer service Hotline at 800-328-7248.
Another US Tourist has died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Leyla Cox, aged 53, died of a heart attack while traveling in the Dominican Republic for her birthday. Her son, Will Cox, is searching for answers about his mother’s death and is being told by officials that all of the country’s toxicology machines are broken. Will Cox appeared on Fox and Friends to answer questions, saying that everything he is being told so far changes on a daily basis. He also reports that there were no health conditions that would lead to the ‘heart attack’ that officials are claiming what caused Leyla Cox’s death. Will Cox has confirmed he is suspicious of his mother’s death and that his suspicions were confirmed when he was told that entire country’s toxicology machines are broken.
Southwest Flight 1388 was bound for Chicago from Louisville and Kat Pitman was just settling into her aisle seat when her iPhone buzzed. Looking down, Pitman saw an Airdrop Request from someone with an NSFW take on Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’. The Airdrop contained a pornographic image. “It was just very explicit. It just shocked me,” the 40-year-old frequent flyer said in an interview with USA TODAY. Immediately following the Airdrop, Pitman disabled Airdrop, preventing people to wirelessly send photos, videos and documents to nearby phones. However, she flipped it back on to take a screenshot of the sender’s name and received two additional Airdrop requests, one with a video and one with another graphic photo. Pitman, unsure of who the sender was and worried the sender may be in her row alerted the flight attendants who immediately announced over the intercom for “Mr. Baggins” to immediately stop Airdropping. Pitman said, “There was no question. They weren’t like, ‘What’s AirDrop?’ They just took care of it. They continued to check on me during the flight and as I left the flight. I just was incredibly impressed.’’ Southwest spokesperson Chris Mainz confirmed that a passenger on board Flight 1388 did Read more…
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) tweeted Monday Morning that he “just deleted my Twitter account.” The tweet went live at 12:51AM early Monday Morning. Musk then changed his user title to “Daddy DotCom” There was no response from Tesla when asked for a comment. Many Twitter Users took to the platform to point out the irony of Musk’s comment. Tom Hardwood @tomhfh says, “how you be tweeting then Elon?” with another user Emilio @emiliosantanaf saying, “incorrect. u just tweeted” At the time of the Tweet, Musk had 27M+ Twitter followers.
Ruiz Food Products Inc., producer of El Monterey Frozen Breakfast Wraps, is recalling nearly 250,000 pounds of the burritos due to customer complaints about ‘small rocks’ inside the burritos. At the time of publication, there was one potentially related injury involving the contaminated breakfast burritos according to the FDA Website. Ruiz Foods is investigating how the foreign material got into the breakfast wraps. Three customers so far have reported finding the rocks in the burritos by Friday, when the problem was first reported to the USDA. The affected dates and lots of the egg, potato, bacon and cheese sauce breakfast wrap are: LOT 19017, Best Used By 01/17/2020 LOT 19018, Best Used By 01/18/2020 Customers who bought the breakfast wraps should discard of them immediately or return them to the store where they were purchased.
There are two exceptions in shunning your 401k plan: You’re paying a very high effective tax rate and you’ve confirmed that your retirement tax rate will be less; or your employer matches some part of your contribution. Other than those two exceptions forget it. The first step in determining whether you should stay or leave your 401k plan is to calculate where you are in the progressive marginal tax system. There are three mitigating items that can lower your tax bill: exemptions, deductions and tax credits. (And based on your income you may or may not be able to take advantage of these items.) Once you’ve determined your tax bracket you can weigh the restrictions of your 401k against the tax savings of your contributions. Many middle class Americans are paying a blended tax rate of 18%. A $1,000 contribution saves $180 and over 30 years that tax savings totals $5,400. But when you take a distribution from your 401K, you pay ordinary income taxes on the distributions and those distributions figure in the calculation on the taxes you’ll pay on your Social Security benefits. Those annual taxes during retirement will exceed the tax deductions you saved during your working Read more…