A special edition of 30 Second Pitch. We want to help a handful of ex-walmart employees find work. Lori Poulsen, Shawn Ray and Gabriel Stewart weren't laid off. They and a colleague were fired from a Utah store-after tearing a gun away from a suspected shoplifter.
Here's the play-by-play from the police report: A customer apparently stashed a laptop in his clothes– then made a break for the front of the store. But he didn't make it. He yanked his gun *after he was escorted to the loss prevention office. The workers lept into action, ripping away the gun and holding him until police arrived. But the employees were let go a week later, for violating company policy- which tells employees to withdraw if a gun comes out.
A Walmart official tells us- "Our associates are trained on this policy to help avoid situations that put our customers & associates in jeopardy." "...simply, we cannot condone associates taking matters into their own hands."
So that brings us to Thursday’s 30 Second Pitch: There's three of them– Gabriel Stewart, Lori Poulsen, and Shawn Ray. The fourth person Justin Richins landed some temporary work!
If you are interested in hiring any of them here’s their contact information:
-Unnoticed Cubicle Death
51-year-old Rebecca Wells went to work on Friday and died while sitting at her desk, and no one noticed until Saturday afternoon. A security guard found Wells slumped in her chair at the LA County Department of Internel Services. Authorities don't know the exact time of her death but say she had been dead a full day. We also don't know yet how the woman died but authorities don't suspect foul play. Via KTLA
A 61-year-old grandmother gave birth to her own grandchild! Sounds like a scene from a movie, but its actually true. According to the Chicago Tribune, Kristine Casey served as a surrogate for her daughter Sara. The doctor who delivered the baby said the delivery wasn't complicated, but the emotional context of the delivery was extremely profound. Via Chicago Tribune
A couple of radio producers may have stumbled on the recipe in photograph. Its a whole complicated story about how the alleged recipe may have been found, but what's most important is what's in it. According to these producers, the secret ingredients are alcohol, orange oil, lemon oil, nutmeg oil, coriander, neroli and cinnamon. Coca-Cola is denying that the recipe reveals the secret formula. Via CNN
Hidden Space Object
There is a HUGE hidden heavenly body right here in our solar system. Evidence is mounting that either a brown dwarf star or a gas giant planet is lurking at the outermost reaches of our solar system...far beyond the planet Pluto. According to the British paper The Independent, the object is four times the size of Jupiter. Experts say the presense of such a massive object could explain a barrage of comets from that direction. Via CNN
According to the UK's Bolton News, one man sent a text message to another. The message was supposed to include the word "mutter". Instead the auto-correct software changed the word "mutter" to "nutter". And in some contexts the word "nutter" can be extremely derogatory. Via CNET
You can now fulfill your life long dream of getting married in a McDonalds. According to Reuters, the service was launched in January in Hong Kong. For about $1300, you get an apple pie wedding cake, gifts for your guests, pink invitation cards with golden arches, a pair of balloon wedding rings and a wedding gift. Via McDonalds
On today's Big I we're highlighting the Jeopardy! IBM Challenge that pits humans against a supercomputer. After round 1, IBM Watson is tied with Brad Rutter.
Click here to see the clues from Round 1.
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Click here to check out the Jeopardy! IBM challenge webpage.
Click here to read the CNN article on Round 1.
Click here to check out the article from WIRED Magazine on Human Brain Computing.
Since the revolt in Egypt began in late January, CNN's Don Lemon has been talking to Egyptian-American journalist and i-Reporter Nancy Mousa. See their conversations through the weeks from the demonstrations to the departure of President Hosni Mubarak.
Looking for love online? Dating website, okcupid.com crunched a lot of data to determine what are the most appealing photos its users feature on their profiles? Like going shirtless, guys? It works, says CEO Sam Yagan, because its shows women there is stuff there to flaunt. Yagan gave CNN's Don Lemon okcupid's other tips to improve online looks and get your dating profile pics noticed for Valentine's Day and beyond.
KKK leader & Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest could soon be recognized on a specialty license plate in Mississippi. The NAACP is opposed. The Sons of Confederate Veterans support it. Click here to read up on the story.
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