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July 4th, 2010
09:34 PM ET

Would you let ads run on your license plate?

From CNN Intern Rachel Gaynes:

The Golden State is exploring the use of digital license plates.  Drivers could opt in or out of the program. California Senate Bill 1453, proposed by State Senator  Curren Price (D), would transform rear license plates into billboards, featuring a screen that flashes advertisements after the vehicle has been stopped for four seconds.

Lawmakers hope the advertising profits will help alleviate the state’s $19.1-billion deficit. Officials say the plates could also be used to report vital information, such as driving conditions and Amber Alerts. Critics of the experimental legislation say the electronic license plates will pose a distraction to drivers.

The Senate and the Assembly of Transportation Committee voted unanimously to pass the legislation. In August, the bill  goes before the Assembly Floor for a full vote.

On CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon, State Senator Curren Price talked about his bill.

 

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July 4th, 2010
07:44 PM ET

From AIG To "King Of Pops"

By Dan Donahue, CNN Newsroom Writer

The first thing you notice about Steven Carse is that he's a pretty chilled-out guy. That may have come in handy at his last job, as an analyst for insurance giant AIG, but it's a literal necessity in his new role as the King Of Pops. When the 26-year-old Atlanta resident lost his job with the company that was "too big to fail," he put all his energy into a venture that's the antithesis of everything AIG's known for these days. No boss, no spreadsheets, no talk of derivatives. Carse and his brother bought a rolling cart and decided to sell handmade, gourmet popsicles at a busy corner in Atlanta. Only fresh ingredients from local farmers' markets go into Carse's creations. You won't find his flavors in your grocer's freezer–combinations like chocolate sea-salt, pineapple-habenero, and one of Carse's favorites, grapefruit-mint.

Word-of-mouth is spreading, and Carse has an eye towards expansion. He admits the benefits aren't as good as AIG's–he describes his insurance plan as "try not to get sick." And if anything, Carse is working longer hours than he ever did with the insurance giant. But getting canned was the best thing that could've happened to him. You can tell by the laidback smile on his face, and by the reactions of his customers when they try out-there flavors like strawberry-basil and discover, almost to their surprise, that they love it.

 


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
July 4th, 2010
07:17 PM ET

Finding Real Fashion Deals

Smart shopping takes time, skill and practice.   CNN's Fredricka Whitfield talks about ways to find real fashion deals with lifestyle expert Debra Shigley.

 


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
July 4th, 2010
07:10 PM ET

Choosing a Baby Name

There are some strange names out there.  In the U.S. parents can name their kids whatever they want.  But not so in other countries.  Around the world there are some strict rules about you can name your baby.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield and Karen Maginnis take a look at what's in a name in this week's chatroom.

 


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
July 4th, 2010
07:27 AM ET

Summer Camp Milestone for a Special Group of Teens

Former NBA player Mike "Stinger" Glenn has been holding a basketball camp for hearing impaired teens for the past 30 years. T.J. Holmes spoke to him about approaching this unique milestone.

Join TJ Holmes every CNN Saturday and Sunday Morning in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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July 4th, 2010
03:34 AM ET

Mentoring and Motivation

Look for Melissa Dawn Johnson's motivational minutes every CNN Sunday Morning with TJ Holmes.

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July 4th, 2010
02:22 AM ET

Tar Balls Drive Away Vacationers

Join Wolf Reynolds weekend mornings in the CNN Newsroom with TJ Holmes beginning 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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