PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland bakery is being accused of racism for selling an Oreo cupcake they named “Mr. President.”
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that customers have been leaving Yelp reviews criticizing Fat Cupcake for its “Mr. President” pastry. The cupcake is described as an Oreo Cookie baked inside white cake with cookies n’ cream buttercream.
Owner Anjelica Hayes says she is black, so the cupcake cannot be racist. She said they originally named the cupcake because it was so good they wanted it to hold public office. She later found out President Barack Obama’s favorite cookie was the Oreo.
For now to avoid the controversy Hayes has renamed the cupcake “the Professional.” She said the cupcake is still the most popular item at the store despite its name.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — It’s a twisted crime: Someone stole the Pretzel Chef trailer, a food truck that operates in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The Pretzel Chef is a fixture at summer events such as the Tanana (TA-nah-naw) Valley State Fair, selling pretzels in various flavors, including a pizza pretzel.
Co-owner Michelle Hajdukovich (heye-DOOK-oh-vich) tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the white, 14-foot trailer had been parked for the winter.
It has a concession window taking up most of one side, and inside, two ovens, cheese pumps, a cooler and a cash register.
The loss is estimated at $30,000.
Hajdukovich says the trailer looks like a “toy hauler” that could be used for carrying four-wheelers or snowmobiles. She says she hopes the thief will abandon the trailer once it’s found to be a food truck.
CHERRYVALE, Kan. (AP) — Police in the tiny town of Cherryvale, Kansas, looking to track down the owner of an abandoned gram of crystal meth have taken their case to social media.
A bag with methamphetamine was found Sept. 29 at a convenience store in the southeast Kansas community of 2,300 people. So Cherryvale police politely posted about it on the department’s Facebook page.
The post reads: “We are very concerned and would like to find the owner so please notify us and describe the packaging and we will see what we can do for you.”
It’s been shared nearly 1,700 times. But Police Chief Perry Lambert says no one has come forward as the owner of the illegal stimulant – though he says he’s hopeful.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — It turns out a 93-year-old bridge deemed structurally deficient isn’t so weak after all.
Demolition crews triggered explosives Tuesday to bring down the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock, but the structure’s arch and bridge deck remained upright.
Arkansas highway department spokesman Danny Straessle says the blasts weakened the bridge, but that workers will likely have to find some “mechanical” means to complete the job. Crews have floated a crane into place near the structure and plan to hoist a worker into the air to inspect the blasts’ impact.
The detonations were supposed to sever the steel arch and bridge deck and cause a controlled collapse. Three other implosions are planned during a six-month period to bring down the old bridge and put up a new one.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise.
McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.” The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change.
The burger chain’s decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings. The reports have forced police in some areas to respond.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A bald eagle that somehow managed to get wedged in the front grill of a Florida car was freed unharmed after a passing motorist noticed the bird just after Hurricane Matthew roared past the area.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says a resident of the Fleming Island area south of Jacksonville noticed the bird peering out of a passing car Saturday in the storm’s aftermath. The resident urged the motorist to pull over.
The sheriff’s department says rescue personnel and deputies were able to work the bird free. It was taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Jacksonville but authorities say the eagle appears to be unharmed. Photos posted of the eagle on the sheriff’s office Facebook page show it standing on two feet in a cage.
LANDAFF, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire wedding got a dose of unexpected drama when the groom’s mother went missing for several hours.
State police were told Sunday afternoon Philameana Guerino hadn’t been seen for hours. The 72-year-old Massachusetts woman was in Landaff, New Hampshire, to attend the wedding and had gone for a walk in the woods.
Several troopers responded with conservation officers from New Hampshire Fish and Game and a K-9 unit. The state police also used a Reverse 911 call through the Grafton County sheriff’s office to notify residents in a 5-mile area.
Guerino was found an hour and a half later. She had gotten lost on her walk.
State police say on their Facebook page the wedding was delayed several hours but the bride and groom “definitely have a story for the future.”
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Packers tight end Jared Cook got an unappetizing surprise in his order of chicken wings last week – a fried chicken head.
Cook said he found the head Tuesday as he was at home, eating a carry-out order from Buffalo Wild Wings. He said Friday that he was eating his first wing when he saw the head and “immediately spit my food out.”
He returned his order to the restaurant for a refund. The story got attention Friday after he posted a picture of the head on Twitter.
The restaurant chain said in a statement: “Buffalo Wild Wings takes food preparation, service and quality extremely seriously and we are looking into this situation. We’ve reached out to Jared Cook and our suppliers for more information.”
Cook said when he returned the food, the workers apologized and said that his discovery meant his food was fresh.
“That doesn’t make it any better,” Cook said.
He said he will probably not return to Buffalo Wild Wings, but he was not sure he will be able to give up wings overall.
“Seeing as how it’s one of my favorite foods, I don’t see how I can give that up,” he said. “My wife is a vegetarian and she’s strongly encouraging I become one now. … I think it’s good advice. Eventually I will become one but not right now.”
The picture on Twitter shows the chicken head with a fork in it. Cook said that after he found it, he called his wife on Facetime and pretended the chicken head was talking to her – and she was pretty grossed out.
“I was just talking in a high, squeaky voice, ‘Why did they do this to me?'” he said.
Cook did not practice Friday and was listed as out for Sunday night’s home game against the New York Giants.
For most restaurants, closing during a major storm would only seem sensible. But when a Waffle House shuts its doors, even disaster specialists take notice.
In light of Hurricane Matthew, 25 Waffle House locations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have shuttered. Thursday evening, Waffle House announced on Twitter that all restaurants between Titusville and Fort Pierce, Florida, would not be up and running during the hurricane, after previously promising to continue operations. It updated the list Friday to include even more storefronts.
Waffle House has such a notorious record of staying open during natural disasters that the Federal Emergency Management Agency unofficially analyzes the chain’s activity to know how severe a storm is. The closure of even one location is significant.
FEMA’s “Waffle House Index” monitors House closures, focusing on the aftermath of storms and other disasters. Following Hurricane Irene in 2011, for example, only one Waffle House in Virginia was closed the day after 22 locations lost power. That signaled to FEMA where to concentrate its resources.
People seem more affected by Waffle House’s announcement than any made by local officials. Fox News host Todd Starnes tweeted, “Folks, when they shut down the Waffle House — it’s time to leave town.” Another Twitter user wrote, “You know it’s serious when Waffle House shuts down.” After Waffle House reported more closures this morning, Scott Klein, deputy managing editor at ProPublica, said that FEMA’s “Waffle House index” for Hurricane Matthew had moved to red.
Key Largo, FL – The presidential debate wasn’t the only political debate held on Sunday.
The title of Top Pumpkin was also up for discussion in the Florida Keys.
Creative artists of all ages participated in the annual ‘Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest’ on Sunday in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
The contest was staged by the Amoray Dive Resort near Elbow Reef, which is about six miles off Key Largo.
Divers were challenged to keep the hollowed-out, naturally buoyant pumpkins from floating while they carved their works of art.
This year’s theme was politics, and featured democratic presidential nominee “Howl-ary Clinton” and republican nominee “Donald Trumpkin.”
But a whimsical jack-o-lantern — featuring large round eyes and outstretched hands — representing undecided voters won top honors.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A Twin Falls police officer made a strange discovery when the person he pulled over offered a driver’s license from his wife’s stolen purse and wallet.
The Times-News reports that Twin Falls Police Sgt. Ryan Howe on Monday pulled over a vehicle he believed was connected to his wife’s stolen credit card and was proven right.
Howe’s wife reported that someone broke into her car and made off with her purse, wallet, credit cards, driver’s license, phone charger and more on Sept. 26. Throughout the course of the investigation they identified two suspects who often drove a Pontiac G6.
Howe pulled over the car on Monday for excessive tint and found that one of the suspects removed his license from a wallet identical to the one that was stolen.