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Good week, Bad week

Good week for: Company loyalty, Leadfoots, The word ‘literally’; Bad week for: Jay Leno, Jeff Fleming of Reno, Witches and seers

Good week for: 

Company loyalty, after 92-year-old Rose Syracuse of Brooklyn retired from her job at Macy’s after 73 years—the longest-serving employee in the company’s history. “This was my first job, and I didn’t go anyplace else,” said Syracuse, who started with the store when FDR was president and credit cards didn’t yet exist. 

Leadfoots, after the Texas Transportation Commission approved an 85 mph speed limit for a stretch of road near Austin, topping the previous national record of 80 mph for highways in southern Utah and western Texas.

The word ‘literally,’ which Vice President Joe Biden used nine times in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, including literally twice in one sentence. 

Bad week for:

Jay Leno, after the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show took a 50 percent pay cut as NBC cut the show’s annual budget. Now he only makes $15 million a year.

Jeff Fleming of Reno, Nev., who got so sick of people hitting his home next to a golf course with errant shots that he allegedly blasted one duffer with a shotgun, causing minor wounds. “I’m not really sure what finally set him off,’’ said police Lt. Keith Brown.

Witches and seers, after eBay banned the sale of “metaphysical services,’’ such as magical potions and lottery number predictions. “We want a trusted marketplace where buyers have a consistently great experience,’’ said eBay official Devin Wenig, noting that potions, prophecies, and spells were “not meeting that bar.’’

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