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Black Female Exec, Roz Brewer, Makes History, Highlighting Long-Standing Problems in Corporate America

Rosalind Roz Brewer (Getty)
Rosalind ‘Roz’ Brewer (Getty)

*Starbucks executive Rosalind “Roz” Brewer has been tapped to head drugstore pharmacy chain Walgreens. As the company’s new CEO, Brewer will become the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company in the U.S.

Brewer served as Starbucks’ chief operating officer for a little more than three years. She will succeed Stefano Pessino as CEO March 15.

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Here’s How Fake Sneakers Are Affecting Companies Bottom Lines

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*No one would have thought 40 years ago that a pair of sneakers would be rare and valuable enough for someone to want to create a pair of fake ones.

However, in 2019 sales of counterfeit goods reached $520 billion, around 3.3% of all trade. Sneakers were a big slice of that pie, one NYC-based counterfeiter was caught smuggling $70 million worth of fake Air Jordans into the U.S.

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Horror! A Mother Uses Her Own Body to Shield Young Son From Flames 

*HEILONGJIANG, China – This is the moment a screaming mum whose clothes have even caught fire refuses to leave a burning house and uses her body to protect her child by cradling him in her arms on the floor.

Firefighters said the incident took place in the provincial capital of Harbin in China’s Heilongjiang Province earlier this month.

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Wait. What?! Denmark Launches Children’s TV Show About Man with An Extra, Extra Long Penis!

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Still from the first episode of John Dillermand. Photograph: DRTV

*(Via NY Post) – It’s a show about overcoming life’s most intractable — albeit bizarre — obstacles, really.

Denmark’s John Dillermand is a claymation cartoon man who, like anyone else, enjoys grilling, taking walks around town and eating ice cream. But some of those activities can be difficult for a man with a comically long schlong.

The new children’s show, launching on Danish public television network DR, is aimed at entertaining 4- to 8-year-olds, who producers think will get a kick out of watching the perils of having a protracted penis.

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Is Race Being Injected into Dispensing of COVID-19 Vaccines?

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COVID – Vaccine-Rollout-GettyImages

*(Via LA Times) – At the height of a pandemic that has torn through America’s communities of color with particular ferocity, health officials are engaged in a fraught exercise in fairness: how to nudge communities of color toward the front of the line for scarce vaccines while pretending that race and ethnicity have no influence on vaccine priority.

The country has been deeply divided over quotas and affirmative action since long before the current health crisis. Assigning vaccine priority on the basis of race or ethnic heritage would therefore invite debate, recriminations and legal challenges.

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When Squirrels Attack! Aggressive Rodents Terrorizing, Attacking NYC Residents: ‘Blood Everywhere’ – VIDEO

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*On top of the pandemic, folks who live in a Queens, NY neighborhood now have another problem: squirrels with bad attitudes. 

Denizens of the New York City borough’s Rego Park neighborhood

Residents say one particularly aggressive squirrel has jumped on them and bitten them in the past several weeks.

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Dictionary.com Names ‘Pandemic’ 2020 Word of the Year

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*OAKLAND, Calif. — Dictionary.com today announced it has named pandemic the 2020 Word of the Year. The choice encapsulates an unprecedented year in which the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted every sector of society and defined the context for all the many other consequential events of the year, including racial injustice, an economic downturn, climate disaster, political division, and rampant disinformation. And just as the pandemic upended life in 2020, it also reshaped language, requiring a new vocabulary for a new reality. The event drove not only record searches for new or unfamiliar terms, but a record in the number of related additions made to Dictionary.com. 

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America’s Most Generous Cities of 2020

America - money - generous citiesa difficult year for everyone, it’s also brought out the generosity in Americans.

A recent report on charitable giving shows that more people in the U.S. this year are reaching into their pockets to help others in need.

In fact, “total donations made through June equaled 47.3 percent of total giving for all of 2019.”

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