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Kids get served alcohol at Olive Garden and Applebees

Is serving an alcoholic beverage to a child at a sit-down restaurant an easy mistake to make? After all, a wait staff handles hundreds of orders in a day, and accidents happen.
Twice over the past month, at two popular restaurant chains, two kids got a little extra surprise in their cups, reported Time. The restaurants said they are providing safeguards against children receiving alcoholic beverages.
On March 31, at an Olive Garden in Lakeland, Fla., a 2-year-old was served alcoholic sangria, not orange juice, reported USA Today. Then, tuesday, at an Applebee's in Madison Heights, Mich., a 15-month-old boy's sippy cup was supposed to be filled with apple juice but was filled with margarita mix and alcohol.
After these incidents, the two restaurants started devising plans to prevent drunk little kids in the future, reported Time.
Applebees said it has switched to pouring apple juice from single serve containers while at Olive Garden, sangria will be mixed to order individually instead of in batches, reported Time.

Southwest Airlines grounds plane after cabin rips open

Brenda Reese awoke from a "gunshot-like sound" as her Southwest Airlines plane cruised at 36,000 feet on Friday, reported the Associated Press. When she looked up, she could see the sky through a hole torn in the cabin roof.
After a sudden descent and loss of cabin pressure, passengers scrambled for oxygen masks as the 737 Boeing made an emergency landing.
One passenger saw a flight attendant and another passenger pass out from a lack of oxygen, hitting their heads on the seat in front of them, reported the Associated Press.
Nobody was seriously injured, Whitney Eichinger, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines told the New York Times Saturday.
"You can see completely outside," Reese told The Associated Press. "When you look up through the panel, you can see the sky."
The plane had substantial visible damage to its nose and that at least one dead crane was stuck to the front when it landed, reported CNN.
Reese said passengers applauded the pilot after he emerged from the cockpit following the emergency landing at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station/International Airport, reported the Associated Press.

Groupon now offers real estate

A Chicago real estate firm teamed up with the online discount company, Groupon, to offer clients rebates on property purchases.
Dream Town Realty is the first real estate company to offer a residential real estate deal through Groupon, reported the Kansas City Star.
The deal was that Dream Town Reality would pay their customers $1,000 at the closing of a home worth at least $150,000 if they purchased a Groupon coupon for $25 this week, reported United Press International. The offer will run for a week.
The coupons apply to both traditional and distressed properties, reported the Kansas City Star.
With this new deal, Groupon is expanding its range of offerings, reported United Press International. "Our big picture is we're really an emerging company," said Dream Town founder and President Yuval Degani. "What we're trying to do is acquire new customers."

Traffic fatalities at lowest level since 1949

Traffic fatalities dropped 3 percent in 2010; the lowest it has been since 1949 despite an increase in the number of miles Americans drove last year.
Since 2005, fatalities have dropped 25 percent, from a total of 43,510 fatalities in 2005, according to the Department of Transportation.
The decline corresponds to the slow recovery of the national economy and that people drove less during the recession, reported USA Today.
Public awareness campaigns, safer road design, and improved vehicle safety are other reasons for the decrease in fatalities, Barbara Harsha, director of the Governors Highway Safety Assn., told the Los Angeles Times. The Governors Highway Safety Assn. is a non-profit organization that represents state highway safety offices.
Roy Lucke, director of research at Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety said that a change in the attitude of the American people also led to the decline, reported the Los Angeles Times. However, distracted driving is on the rise, Lucke said, as people continue to text and call while in the driver's seat.

Geraldine Ferraro, who became the first female presidential nominee, died Saturday at the age of 75.
She died in Massachusetts General Hospital from a blood cancer she had been battling for 12 years. She was surrounded by family and friends, reported CNN.
Ferraro is survived by her husband of 50 years, her three children and their spouses, and her eight grandchildren, reported Fox News.
In 1984, Ferraro accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president of Walter Mondale's political party, and made American history as the first female nominated for national office by a major party, reported the New York Times.
In the end, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan won 49 of the 50 states, the biggest landslide in almost half a century, reported Fox News.
Even though the Mondale campaign lost, Ferraro had removed the "men only" sign from the White House door 64 years after women won the right to vote, reported the New York Times.

Sheen fired from "Two and a Half Men"

Warner Brothers Television fired Charlie Sheen from its hit sitcom, "Two and a Half Men" on Monday after the actor's recent meltdown, which included drug use and threats to sue CBS.
Sheen, 45, entered a rehabilitation program in January, which caused a halt in the show's production, CNN reported. Also during this time, Sheen ranted about the show's co-creator Chuck Lorris and threatened to sue CBS for shutting down his show.
According to Variety, Warner Brothers sent a detailed letter to Sheen confirming the termination, even though the actor still has one more year left on his contract.
The New York Times explained that neither Warner Brother nor CBS commented on whether an effort would be made to continue the show, which still has another season in its contract with CBS.
Warner Brothers will decide on the fate of one of the highest-rated programs on television at a later time, a spokesman told the New York Times.

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