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9/28: Talking Points

September 28, 2011

It's September 28, 2011, and here's what people are talking about on this Wednesday afternoon:

1. The owner and several employees of a gaming company that leased video poker machines are under arrest. Accusations include illegal gambling and money laundering. (Athens Banner-Herald)

2. Postal workers rallied next to Congressman Broun's office Tuesday in support of House Bill 1351. They believe the bill will help the USPS out of debt and ward off massive layoffs and closings. Online commenters have plenty of opinions about the state of the postal service and whether proposed cuts are justified. Congress is expected to take up the bill on Friday. (Athens Banner-Herald)

3. What will it take to jumpstart the economy? Two professors of economy and finance believe they have some answers. (USA TODAY)

4. With so many people out of work, Hallmark has released an encouragement card that's designed to support those who have lost their jobs. (Hallmark)


5. Big tech news from Amazon. The online retailer has revealed a competitor to the iPad called the Kindle Fire. The Android-based tablet is smaller and cheaper than the iPad, and is designed to capitalize on Amazon's dominant digital sales market of e-books, movies and music. (Bloomberg)

6. Cantaloupe contaminated with listeria have sparked the deadliest outbreak in more than a decade. It's been traced to a Colorado farm. At least 16 people have died and more victims are likely. The AP reports it can take longer than four weeks to get sick. (AP)

7. Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has recalled thousands of pounds of ground beef on fears it's contaminated with E. coli. Kroger-brand ground beef; Butcher's Brand beef and generic label beef, produced Aug. 23, are all included in the recall. Georgia is listed as one of 12 states that received distribution of the generic beef. (WSJ)

8. An Emory student is in trouble for allegedly charging thousands of dollars to take the SAT for other students. While cheating isn't a crime, he's accused of falsifying ID's and criminal impersonation. (WSB-TV)

9. George Clooney's ex, Elisabetta Canalis, was bounced from "Dancing with the Stars" last night. Rob Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari, Ricki Lake, Carson Kressley, Nancy Grace, David Arquette, J.R. Martinez, Chynna Phillips and Hope Solo remain in the competition.

10. It's the final day of the regular season and the Braves and Cardinals are tied for a playoff spot. Understandably, fans aren't thrilled the race is so close. (Athens Banner-Herald)

11. And who can resist video of two, tiny bear cubs playing in the middle of the street? Not us. This is one of those that's guaranteed to bring a smile. Awwww. Smile


What big stories, events or entertainment are YOU following today? Tell us what has you talking on this Wednesday...



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