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Three years ago, Massachusetts approved legalized gambling, after companies competed fiercely for regional licenses and millions were spent on real estate, planning, hiring and lobbying,
Come Tuesday, however, voters in the Bay State may decide they don't want gambling after all.
This week, voters are set to decide whether to repeal a law that hasn't even fully taken effect yet, amid a uproar from a coalition of grassroots organizations that want to end Massachusetts gambling bid before it even begins. Public opinion polls suggest the odds favor the casinos on ballot Question 3 by a nearly two-to-one majority, a reflection of what some say is a boon for the state's finances.
"You're losing a billion dollars a year," said Springfield mayor Domenic Sarno, referring to the amount of money which flows from Massachusetts to other states in gaming revenues, jobs, and taxes.
He said people have the right to oppose gambling, but when he asks them for other solutions, "Many times they'll say to me, 'That's not my problem.' I say, 'That's right, it's my problem."
"It's too good for the economy," said Marc Tassone as he ordered from the counter at Frigo's Deli in Springfield. That said, the language of the ballot measure could be confusing. A "Yes" on Question 3 would repeal the gaming law. On the other hand, a "no" on the measure means "yes" to gaming.
"No means yes to the casinos, right?" asked Tom Goodrow, an employee at Frigo's Deli in Springfield. And he's far from being the only one confused.
"We've democratized beauty," said Greg Hodge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a stunning day at the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach.
Hormel has created a custom motorcycle that runs on 100 percent refined bacon grease. The bike is part of a marketing effort to promote Hormel's Black Label brand, and an entire story around the marketing stunt from ad agency BBDO can be found at BaconBike.com.
Why a bacon bike?
"It was more like, 'Why wouldn't you do that?'" said Steve Venenga, Hormel VP of new products marketing. "I mean, it was such a great idea."
Food prices are high, but for the $100 watermelons and pumpkins Tony Dighera grows organically in Fillmore, California, demand is outstripping supply.
That's $100 wholesale, by the way. Retail is $200.
A wildfire burning through dense forest in California's Mendocino County has destroyed more than 11,000 acres and injured eight firefighters. The cost has reportedly topped $20 million.
That does not include the marijuana.
The Prancercise lady is back.
A year and a half after Joanna Rohrback became a viral video star with her odd exercise program and an outfit that defies description, she's returned with a new Prancercise video (plus a DVD) called "Fitness with Passion."
"This video goes a step beyond my original video, exploring the potential of getting fit along with a preferred partner, in a preferred environment, and even alongside preferred animals," said Rohrback.
The new video is different from the original in three ways: 1) Rohrback has a partner this time, Victor Cutino of the Peaceful Ridge Rescue for horses, 2) she actually gets to Prancercise with real horses, 3) more money was used in the production (a drone provides aerials, spooking the horses at one point).
It actually looks like a pretty good workout.
Here's one indicator the economy is improving: Your favorite seat in the house costs more.
Toilet sales have risen 28 percent since 2011, according to American Standard CEO Jay Gould, whose company is a leading manufacturer of toilets.
"We lost about a third of our overall business from 2008 until 2012," Gould said. "I'm happy to say now, over the past two years, we've been growing at double-digit rates."
Most of the company's $1 billion in annual sales are tied to home remodeling projects, and the company is now trying to capture one of the fastest-growing trends: smart toilets. This summer American Standard started selling the $4,200 AT200, a toilet with a heated seat that automatically opens, closes and flushes.
American consumers looking for a European experience can also use a retractable bidet wand. Competitors Toto and Kohler already sell smart toilets, and Gould said he thinks American Standard can sell $50 million worth a year.
I got to pretend this week. Pretend that I live in Malibu.
Now she wants to Water Board you. She's working with state water boards to urge Californians to conserve.
The resulting marriage of hot fame and dry earth is, well, a bad romance.
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Former college football coach Barry Switzer has turned a man cave in his Oklahoma home into a base for Coaches' Cabana.
Apeks Supercritical sells an extraction machine for medical marijuana users who prefer consuming oils over smoking the plant.