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ICE CREAM FOR POTHOLES

FRANKLIN, Mich. (AP) — Instead of screaming at potholes, how about chilling with ice cream? A suburban Detroit business is scooping up some for people who have had their driving disrupted by potholes in recent weeks. The Detroit Free Press reports Farmhouse Coffee & Ice Cream in Franklin is offering a free scoop of Ashby Sterling Ice Cream’s “Michigan Pothole” for those who have replaced a tire or fixed other damage due to a pothole. The newspaper says to get a scoop, bring in a receipt from Feb. 1 and beyond detailing the repair. The promotion runs until March 25. The ice cream flavor is described as “thick black tar fudge and chocolate ice cream with chunky chocolate cookie asphalt pieces.” Meanwhile, road crews have stepped up efforts to patch roads that have been caused by fluctuating winter temperatures.

LONG HAUL

WAYLAND, Mass. (AP) —Firefighters from Wayland, Massachusetts, are being praised for going to the aid of a woman about 800 miles away in Wayland, Michigan. She had mistakenly contacted them via Facebook in a panic to say her son was choking. The Massachusetts fire department’s Facebook page is not monitored 24 hours a day, but firefighter Patrick Walkinshaw happened to be looking at it at about 10:30 p.m. when the woman, who did not have access to a phone, sent her desperate plea to the wrong Wayland Fire Department. While one Massachusetts firefighter did a search for the woman’s address, another stayed with her on Facebook, and a third called the Michigan community’s fire department, which sent an ambulance, and which managed to save the boy

PLASTIC FANTASTIC

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The “world’s first” plastic-free supermarket aisle is being unveiled in Amsterdam. More than 700 products will be available without plastic packaging in the aisle, which is being set up in a new metro-sized pilot store of supermarket chain Ekoplaza. Included in the display will be meat, rice, sauces, dairy, chocolate, cereals, fruit and vegetables, and other items. Sian Sutherland, co-founder of environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, which came up with the idea, called for other markets to follow suit.

L’OREAL TO LABOR

LONDON (AP) — A transgender former L’Oreal Paris model, who was fired by the cosmetics giant for saying “all white people” are racist, has been appointed to an advisory panel by the British Labor Party. Munroe Bergdorf has been asked to sit on an LGBT+ advisory board in an unpaid position. Last year, Bergdorf made headlines when she called on people to boycott L’Oreal after being let go for a Facebook post relating to the killing of an anti-racism demonstrator who was opposing a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. She had written that white people’s “entire existence is drenched in racism. She clarified her comments in an interview with the Guardian newspaper, saying she had written an “epic three-parter” on how “racism is a social structure and how, if this is the case, what can you do to combat racism?”

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