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- Diet Sodas' Glass Is Half Empty
Joanna Stepka is the soda industry's new nightmare. The 33-year-old Rhode Island resident began drinking Diet Coke in kindergarten, graduating to three cans a day by adulthood. She quit in August after her gym trainer told her artificial sweeteners are unhealthy and make people fat even if they don't have calories. For a while they helped: Diet soda's share of consumption rose from 26% to 31% between 1990 and 2010, according to Beverage Marketing Corp., even as many consumers complained about the taste.
- Sonic Apologizes for Offensive Chiefs-Redskins Sign
The controversy began after a Sonic location in Belton, Missouri, put up a sign on Sunday that encouraged pro football team the Kansas City Chiefs to "scalp" the Washington Redskins, and passerby Delores Schilling snapped a pic of the sign and posted the following tweet. Yahoo Shine could not reach a Sonic representative for comment, however, on Sunday, Patrick Lenow, vice president of public relations at Sonic, told NBC News, "The remarks posted on this message board were wrong, offensive and unacceptable ... In a misguided effort to support his football team an independent franchise owner allowed passion to override good judgment. "Unfortunately, these types of stereotypes are more common than not, because much of what's believed about American Indians is learned from fictional Hollywood movies," Tim Johnson, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve and associate director for museum programs at the Smithsonian Institute, tells Yahoo Shine. "People may assume certain things about American Indian culture perhaps because of a lack of visibility or because there's a puzzling idea that society at large can define American Indian culture better than American Indians themselves," says Johnson.
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