Day: July 6, 2016

That burp you just heard was Gannett digesting yet more newspapers

Courier-Journal parent Gannett Co. just got even bigger. The media giant said today it had it completed its previously announced purchase of North Jersey Media Group, including The Record and Herald News papers, and their affiliated digital properties.

GANNETT EARNSWith this latest purchase and the CJ, Gannett owns or operates 109 other dailies in 34 states and Guam, plus the U.K.’s Newsquest with more than 150 newspapers and other media brands.

Stars are just like us! They eat KFC and Taco Bell, according to professional booty Kardashian

Realty TV star and newly cast MILF Kim Kardashian orders extra-crispy chicken wings with a biscuit at KFC, while “just lets loose and gets both a soft and hard beef taco” at Taco Bell, according to Australia’s News.

“Fast food is def one of my guilty pleasures,” Kardashian wrote on her website, pointing out she’s on the Atkins diet but still has cravings. “I go very rarely, but OMG I love it so much when I decide to indulge.”

And yet! Kardashian, 35, and all of 5’3″ tall, has lost 7 lbs. in the last two weeks, and she’s not stopping there, says E Online. She’s aiming to lose even more in order to get down to at least 120 lbs.

She was fit enough to appear in singer Fergie‘s new barely-safe-for-work “M.I.L.F 4” video, an appearance that sparked a controversy over her too-tiny-to-believe waist. “It’s called ‘styling,'” Kardashian harrumphed on Instagram, “not Photoshop.”

Related: Gorge on all the latest Kardashian news., and more of Us magazine’s stars are just like us.

Forget about extra-crispy Col. Sanders; here comes another DC Comics’ superhero version — a bucketful of them

Produced with KFC itself, the newest comic in the series is “The Crisis of Infinite Colonels,” wherein the KFC founder we know must defeat the evil Col. Sunder from Earth-3.

Harland Sanders

“To pull it off, he teams up with a whole host of Colonels from across the DC multiverse, like Bizarro Colonel, Steampunk Colonel, and the one and only Col. Arla Sanders from Earth-11,” says The Verge.

The comic echoes the current KFC campaign of multiple Sanders’ impersonators, including the most recent: professional tanner and actor George Hamilton.

Last October, DC and KFC teamed up for “Kentucky Fried Chicken Presents: The Colonel of Two Worlds.” Based in the Los Angeles area’s Burbank, the 82-year-old publisher is best known for its Superman, Batman and other characters.

Sanders launched his iconic Kentucky Fried Chicken chain in 1930 from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Ky., during the Great Depression. He died in 1980 at 90 years old. Read more about KFC and corporate parent Yum.

At Georgia Papa John’s, a big weapon for a pathetically small ($27) haul

The latest crime news across the world of 48,000 restaurants.*

Papa John’s

Crime scene tapeIn Conyers, Ga., southeast of Atlanta, a 20-year-old man was charged with armed robbery, and two others are also facing charges, after they allegedly robbed a Papa John’s delivery man at gunpoint of pizza and drinks last Thursday.

The victim said he was walking to the door of the delivery address at 11:20 p.m. when he heard someone come up behind him. The suspect — later identified as Damon Maurice Moody — had a dark-colored gun and told the driver to set his hot bag and drink bag on the ground. The driver complied, and the suspect grabbed the bags and ran off, according to the Newton Citizen. The total cost of the items taken was $26.92.

Taco Bell

In Wisconsin’s Racine County, a 42-year-old Illinois woman was charged with drunk driving and forgery after she tried to buy $49 in food from a Taco Bell with a counterfeit $50 bill, says the Racine County Eye.

* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants in five countries. With that many locations, crimes inevitably will occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.

Amazon sweetens Prime Day with extra-speedy delivery; no criminal charges in Edsel Ford II’s domestic violence arrest; and KFC India says ‘friendship utni kamal ki hoti hai!’

A news summary, focused on 10 big employers; updated 10:01 a.m.

AMAZON customers in more than 25 U.S. metro areas will be able to get near-immediate delivery of more than 500 items during the e-commerce giant’s second annual Prime Day, a 24-hour extravaganza of extra savings over the retailer’s usual discounts set for July 12. Louisville isn’t one of the eligible cities; the closest is Cincinnati. 😦 Amazon also announced yesterday that first-time Prime Now customers will get $10 off their order when they use the 10PRIMENOW promotional code on orders placed between today and July 12. They will also receive another code later for another $10 off Prime Orders placed later in the month (Cnet and press release).

Prime Day is a big deal in Louisville. The retailer employs 6,000 workers in the Louisville area at mammoth distribution centers in Jeffersonville, and in Bullitt County’s Shepherdsville. Plus, one of Amazon’s biggest shippers is UPS; with 22,000 workers at its Louisville International Airport hub, it’s the city’s single-biggest private employer.

FORD family scion and director Edsel Ford II won’t face criminal charges after being arrested for suspected misdemeanor domestic violence involving his wife Monday night at their Grosse Point Farms home, according to several news media reports this morning. 

Edsel Ford II
Edsel Ford

Ford, 67, great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, spent the night in jail after his arrest, but was released yesterday after the city prosecutor’s decision to not bring charges, according to the Detroit Free Press. He was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. Monday after police were called to the suburban Detroit home he shares with wife Cynthia Ford; alcohol was involved.

Late last night, Cynthia Ford issued a statement denying the incident amounted to domestic violence. “I stand behind true victims of domestic violence and I am not one of them,” she said, the Free Press said in a separate story. “My husband and I ask that you respect our privacy and that of our family. We are working in the right direction to heal from this experience and move forward.”

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