Many people would consider Debbie and Chico Jimenez's efforts to feed the hungry a praiseworthy cause. But the Daytona Beach police have a different opinion.
The retired couple began their ministry, "Spreading the Word without a Word," nearly a year ago to help those in need. Each Wednesday, the Jimenezes provide hot dogs, chicken, pasta salad, and other food to more than 100 homeless residents of the Daytona Beach community. After local residents complained that the homeless were publicly urinating at Manatee Island Park, where the Jimenezes distribute food, police allegedly issued a warning to the couple, who continued their mission. The Jimenezes then received two citations each as well as a number of fines.
"They were told... that if they come back there, they would be cited and they could risk going to jail," Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told NBC News. "There is a segment of the homeless population that is homeless by choice... they are sex offenders, substance abusers, and bank robbers."
The Jimenezes claim they were never warned to stay away from the park and plan to dispute their citations in court. "How can we turn our backs on the hungry?" Debbie Jimenez told NBC News. "We can't." Meghan DeMaria
At a holiday weekend event in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton warned that the U.S. must be "fully vigilant," since China is "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America" in an effort to win the rise to global eminence. On Monday, China caught wind of Clinton's accusation and simply shrugged it off. The country apparently wasn't too concerned that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination was spreading the rumor that it was "stealing commercial secrets, blueprints from defense contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information — all looking for an advantage."
Beijing's seemingly blasé response to the accusations was a departure from reactions past. Previously, China has been outraged at U.S. claims that it supports information hacks. This time, however, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying simply said that both the U.S. and China have assumed a "constructive spirit" to address the issue. "China and the U.S. have taken a constructive spirit and approach to strengthening dialog and cooperation to jointly face various challenges in line with the interests of both sides in a way that is conducive to peace and prosperity in the region and the world," Hua said at a news briefing.
Clinton's remarks come just three months after the U.S. government discovered a federal database breach that is believed to have disclosed 18 million social security numbers. The U.S. government suspects that China is responsible for the attack. Becca Stanek
This is perhaps "the most important bikini ever," said Meredith Lepore at Food and Wine. Each suit ($167) in the debut swimwear line from Spinali Design of France features a removable sensor to help sunbathers avoid overexposure to UV rays. The waterproof sensor monitors temperature and sun conditions, adjusts its calculations to the wearer's skin tone, then sends an alert to her smartphone whenever it's time to apply more sunscreen. The customer can also choose a "valentine" alert, encouraging her partner to rub on more lotion.
Beginning in September, the city of Chicago will level a 9 percent "cloud tax" for online entertainment services like Netflix, Spotify, and Hulu — basically, any "paid television programming" or "electronically delivered music."
Previously, the same tax applied only to real life entertainment, including movie tickets and sports events. When applied to online services, it will be collected based on billing information which locates users in Chicago's jurisdiction.
The tax expansion is expected to collect some $12 million annually, but it's a revenue increase which appears negligible in light of the city's tens of billions of dollars in debts and pension obligations. In May, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Chicago's credit to junk status. Bonnie Kristian
The overwhelming "no" vote pushes Greece closer to a potentially messy exit from the eurozone common currency union. It also sets up possible global market chaos and presents a fresh headache for the White House, which has had little success pushing for a deal that would prevent a Greek exit.
Some in the administration fear that if Greece leaves it could lead to the eventual collapse of the entire eurozone, a destabilizing event that could crush markets and damage a U.S. economy that is growing at only around 2 percent a year and is vulnerable to outside shocks. [Politico]
Edward Luce adds this at the Financial Times:
Although the Greek economy is only the size of the state of Oregon — and its population the same as that of Ohio — a full-blown default would weaken growth in America's main trading partners. In addition to dampening U.S. export growth, a Grexit could spill over into global markets. Nobody can predict how or to what extent. But the risk of Grexit contagion weighs on the U.S. Federal Reserve. The biggest question over its return to normal interest rates sits in the Aegean. [Financial Times]
On Sunday, Greek voters decisively rejected a European bailout referendum. And now, a "Grexit," or Greek exit from the eurozone, seems more likely than ever for the debt-saddled nation.
Wolfgang Piccoli, the managing director at Teneo Intelligence, told CNBC that the likelihood of a Grexit is now 75 percent, up from 15 percent. Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse agree with that 75 percent figure. Others are guessing the chances could be even higher: Oxford Economics Ltd. believes the possibility is closer to 85 percent. "Exit now is the most likely scenario," Barclays analysts warned in a report.
Citigroup, however, reminded readers of its report that a Grexit could still take many months. And as Goldman Sachs says, there are still ways for Greece to strike a deal with its creditors and remain in the eurozone. Jeva Lange
Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives was Shark Week's highest-rated program in history and its least scientifically accurate. The 2013 "documentary" featured a 100-foot, 80-ton "serial killer of the seas" that's actually been extinct for millions of years. And yet when the "Super Bowl of the ocean" kicked off on Sunday, there was not a fake shark in sight.
That's because the Discovery Channel has decided to kick it old school. When the annual Shark Week began 28 years ago, its purpose was to educate people on sharks, not perpetuate the animals' false man-eating reputation. The Discovery Channel's newest head of development and production, Howard Swartz, told Mashable that he pushed the show to return to its roots. "This year we're focusing quite a bit on research and science, more so probably than we have in the past," Swartz said.
So, if you're one of the 40 million viewers expected to tune in this week, expect the same quirky titles, but without the quirky spin on the facts. Becca Stanek
Oreos' latest creation certainly isn't double stuffed. The cookie company's newest cookie, "Oreo Thins," is a slimmed-down version of its classic cookie that's meant to offer adults a more "sophisticated" indulgence without sacrificing the on-point cookie-to-cream ratio. Even better news? With a slimmer profile comes fewer calories. While three regular Oreos have 160 calories, four Oreo Thins have 140 calories.
But don't let the cookies' name or the slightly reduced calorie count fool you — these Oreos might be slimmer, but they're definitely not diet food. Rather, the whole point of the new cookie creation, according to the company, is to cast the cookie as all grown up. Oreo Thins aren't made to be twisted open or dunked. "If regular Oreos are like pancakes, then Oreo Thins would be like crepes," an Oreo spokeswoman explained to The Associated Press.
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Oreo Thins will be available in U.S. stores beginning July 13, and they'll sell for the same price as regular Oreos. Becca Stanek