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Dunkin' Donuts, Harpoon Brewery launch coffee porter beer

Love beer? Love coffee? We have great news for you.

Two New England staples, Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin', have partnered up to bring you a new taste for fall: the Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter.

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Starting this week, beer and coffee lovers across the East Coast can enjoy the taste of Dunkin's Espresso Blend Coffee combined with Harpoon's notable craft beer.

A balanced and smooth brew offering robust and roasty notes, Dunkin’ Coffee Porter was created by Harpoon as a tribute to all the days that Dunkin’ has helped the brew masters fire up the brew kettle.

At 6 percent ABV, Dunkin’ Coffee Porter is a malty tasting brew that has a smooth mouthfeel with aromas of espresso and dark chocolate.

Launched on Sept. 27 during Dunktoberfest, the aptly named introduction to Harpoon's annual Octoberfest event, beer lovers were able to taste the Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter a week before anyone else.

The new brew will be available throughout the fall, in both 12 oz. bottles and draft at select locations.

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“Our brands have such passionate, loyal fans, who start their busy day with a cup of Dunkin’ coffee and end it by enjoying one of Harpoon’s famous craft beers," said Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ U.S. chief marketing officer. "We’re thrilled to now finally bring the two together, partnering with one of the most respected craft breweries in the country to offer coffee lovers and beer enthusiasts alike a classic new taste to celebrate the season.”

“Dunkin’ has been there for us since the early days when getting the brewery up and running required a lot of beer, and even more coffee,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the company that’s helped fuel our success than to create something special for our fans by combining the taste of their favorite morning brew with one of ours.”

To find the closest Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter to you, visit Harpoon Brewery's beer finder on their site here.

General Mills bringing back Trix Fruity Shapes cereal

Trix has been for kids since it debuted in 1954. After Baby Boomers grew up with the ball-shaped, pastel-colored cereal, the company switched to brightly colored, fruit-shaped morsels from 1991 to 2006.

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Now, Trix is returning to its fruity shapes after selling the original cereal for more than a decade, General Mills announced Monday. The bright colors came back last year, and the fruit shapes are returning soon, the company said in its blog

“After bringing back the bright colors, our fans have not stopped telling us what they want next,” Scott Baldwin, director of marketing for General Mills, said in the blog. “We have heard from an overwhelming number of Trix fans who have been calling, emailing and reaching out on social media telling us that they want fruity shapes back. Kids of the ’90s can rejoice, their fruity shapes are back in Trix.”

General Mills said the Classic Trix Fruity Shapes cereal will return nationally to store shelves sometime in the fall.

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Dog electrocuted after stepping on pull box lid, police say

Members of a Florida family are grieving after their 6-month-old dog died after stepping on an electrified pull box lid in Sarasota, the Herald-Tribune reported.

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Lynn McDermott was walking Charlie Blizzard, a Great Pyrenees, on Saturday night. It had been raining, and when the dog’s wet paws touched the lid of the pull box, the shock sent the animal sprawling onto the ground. McDermott reached down to pick up the dog’s leash and also received an electrical shock, the Herald-Tribune reported.

A pull box is an underground container that holds the wiring for street lights. 

McDermott called 911 and began running down the street, the Herald-Tribune reported.

“I thought Charlie got off his chain,” said McDermott’s wife, Debbie. “I got out of my car and saw Charlie; I thought he got hit by a car. But there was no blood.”.

Debbie McDermott began CPR, and Sarasota County firefighters gave the dog chest compressions and an oxygen mask when they arrived, the Herald-Tribune reported.

Public Works Director Doug Jeffcoat told the newspaper that the metal lid became electrified because a faulty wire underground had come into contact with it. Debbie Debbie McDermott said no one from the city or the Florida Department of Transportation have contacted them.

“We haven’t gotten one call,” Debbie McDermott told the Herald-Tribune. “We haven’t gotten anything in the mail. This should have never happened to our puppy.

“People get 12 to 15 years with a dog, but Charlie didn’t die of cancer or old age,” Debbie McDermott said. “For your dog to be electrocuted because of someone else, that is profound. That shouldn’t happen.”

Company offering macaroni and cheese-flavored candy canes

Candy canes are going to have a cheesy twist this Christmas.

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Seattle-based Archie McPhee is selling macaroni and cheese-flavored candy canes, according to the company’s website.

The company’s website says the treat “will be a favorite of picky eaters.”

The candy cane will measure 5 ¼ inches in height and have yellow and white stripes.

"Macaroni and cheese has become a holiday family tradition in many parts of the country, so why not let our holiday candy reflect that?" the product description claims. “It’s like comfort food-flavored comfort food.”

A box of six canes sells for $4.95.

It's finally all right to use 'OK' in Scrabble

Ew, it’s now OK to twerk after defeating your bestie in Scrabble.

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The sixth edition of Merriam-Webster's "Official Scrabble Players Dictionary" added 300 words, including ew, bestie, twerk -- and even OK, CNN reported.

Be honest: Except for fanatical players of the popular board game, many may have believed that “OK” was OK to use in Scrabble. Well, it is now, officially.

"For a living language, the only constant is change," Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, told CNN. "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary evolves to keep up with English as it is used today."

New words in the update released Monday include "beatdown," which is an overwhelming defeat; "bizjet," a small airplane used for business purposes; and "frowny," which means showing a frown, NBC News reported. The internet terms listicle and sheeple also found their way into the Scrabble dictionary, CNN reported.

Some more exotic words now allowed are arancini, which are balls of cooked rice; and qapik, a unit of money used in Azerbaijan, according to NBC News.

"It's a way to keep Scrabble fun instead of contentious," Emily Brewster, associate editor at Merriam-Webster, told NBC News. "It's a great moderator in a game that can get pretty impassioned."

Sonic to be sold to Arby's owner Inspire Brands for $2.3 billion

Atlanta-based Inspire Brands is buying Sonic in a $2.3 billion deal that will dramatically boost its size and reach, the companies announced Tuesday morning.

Sonic, which operates a chain of 3,500 restaurants with hundreds of franchisees, has about $4.4 billion in revenues – more than half the $7.6 billion in sales racked up by Inspire.

In a statement, Inspire officials called Sonic “an ideal fit for Inspire’s multi-brand portfolio.”

They praised Sonic for its “unique brand positioning,” as well as its innovation – especially in its use of digital technologies – and its solid financial performance.

Inspire, which is one of the 10 largest restaurant companies in the United States, has branches in 16 countries. 

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The company was formed early this year as the umbrella corporate management of several chains, the largest of which is Arby’s, with 3,400 restaurants, and Buffalo Wild Wings, which includes 1,250 restaurants. It also owns Rusty Tacos, which owns 25 restaurants.

Inspire is majority-owned by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group, which has a series of franchises that generate $32 billion in revenues, according to the firm’s web site. Roark’s holdings include CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s, the Corner Bakery and FOCUS Brands, whose holdings include Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon and Schlotzsky’s.

The company has more than 150,000 employees. 

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The transaction is a stock deal based on a 19 percent premium to the closing price of Sonic stock on Monday, officials said. Inspire will pay $43.50 a share for the company.

Sonic is based in Oklahoma City and will continue to operate from there as a business unit of Inspire, officials said. Sonic, which calls itself “America’s Drive In,” is a 65-year-old chain.

Inspire has about $7.6 billion in sales, while Sonic has about $4.4 billion in revenues, according to the companies.

Doctors use 3D printer to save baby's life

At Children's Hospital of Atlanta, a baby boy is breathing a lot easier, thanks to a life-saving procedure involving a 3D printing machine.

Eight-month-old Amir is sleeping peacefully and breathing easy now, something he couldn't do when he was born.

"He was just a baby that, he would always cry," said his mom, Linda Long. "So we knew something was wrong with him, but we didn't know exactly what was wrong with him."

What Linda and Quantavious didn't know is that their son was born with flimsy airways and two holes in his heart. One day, at just 2 months old, Amir stopped breathing.

"That's my baby," said Long. "Don't know what to do but, I wanted to help him but I couldn't."

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Amir was rushed to Children's Hospital of Atlanta, to a team that knew they needed to work fast.

"The child at the time was about as sick as you possibly can be," said Dr. Kevin Maher, a pediatric cardiologist. "He was on a ventilator, sedated, medication to keep him paralyzed." 

Maher, a team of doctors, technicians and even engineers from Georgia Tech got involved, and came up with a big plan to help their tiny patient. They used a 3D printer to make small custom splints to repair his airways.

"They were able to use sutures to pull the airway open and then attach it to this custom made splint to hold the airway open," Maher said.

Then, they patched the holes in his heart. 

"The difference from the morning to the night was one of the most dramatic things I've seen in medicine," Maher said.

Doctors had to get rush FDA approval, as it was the first time this type of technology and surgery have ever been used in Georgia.

"It was really one of the more stunning things I've seen in my career," Maher said, "to take a child that was that sick and to really provide a treatment that otherwise did not exist."

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A treatment that has mom and dad looking forward to Amir's future.

"Hopefully we can get him home and eating and just like a regular baby," said Long. 

Doctors say Amir's prognosis looks good. The splints will stay in until the airways are strong enough to stay open on their own. Even though they had to get rush FDA approval for this surgery, Maher hopes one day it will be widely available.

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Parents feel pressured when making child safety choices, study says 

More than 90 percent of parents are overwhelmed when researching child safety products, a study released this week asserts.

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The study -- “Shifting Gears: How Becoming A Parent Changes Driving Forever” -- conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo Car USA and coinciding with Child Passenger Safety Week, said that 66 percent of parents are more stressed than last year, when that number was 57. Fifty-seven percent of parents are also more distracted than they were five years ago, up 12 percent from 2017, the study found.

The study also found that 92 percent of parents found it overwhelming to research child safety products, and that rises to 97 percent for first-time parents.

The results come from a survey that was conducted online in the United States by Harris from July 11-17, 2018. There were 1,083 parents age 18 and older who were polled, and these people had children under 18 living in their household.

Other results from the study:

  • Nearly 84 percent of parents surveyed believed that people are more judgmental about the way they care for their children, as opposed to 10 years ago.

  • The top concern regarding child safety involved the car seat. According to the study, 71 percent of parents found the number of models overwhelming, and 58 percent found research frustrating.

  • Buyer’s remorse is sometimes an issue, the study found. Once a car seat was bought, 32 percent wish they had bought a different model. That percentage increases to 41 percent among new parents and to 47 percent among millennial parents.

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