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38 year old Fernando Batista Montero has been arrested in connection with a stabbing outside a Tice bar early Monday morning in which two cousins celebrating a birthday were stabbed. The incident occurred outside the Club Maguey. (Mag-Way) The two victims were hospitalized and are expected to be OK. Montero is facing two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

A broken pipe on SW 26th Street in Cape Coral has been flooding the streets for days. Yesterday crews repaired the pipe, and the flood waters rapidly receded.  Officials believe construction in the are may be to blame for the broken pipe. Crews will continue to work to repair the damage.

Some Sanibel residents are tired of the sound of gas powered leaf blowers are considering an ordinance to restrict them on the island, and they want council to do something about it. Council members are looking into limiting the hours that landscaping companies can use leaf blowers. The ban would only affect commercial use of leaf blowers.

 

Walgreens to Close 200 Stores in Wake of Quarterly Drop

 

As U.S. brick-and-mortar retailers continue to drop like flies, Walgreens officials have announced plans to shutter 200 stores as part of a cost-cutting measure. In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, the company said the closings are part of its plan to streamline costs by $1.5 billion. “We are undertaking a transformational cost management program to accelerate the ongoing transformation of our business, enable investments in key areas and to become a more efficient enterprise,” a statement released Tuesday reads. Walgreens previously announced plans to shut down 200 stores in the U.K. as well. In June, Walgreens — which operates more than 18,000 stores worldwide — revealed its quarterly net income had dropped by 24 percent. Is this the beginning of the end for Walgreens? Do you think brick and mortars will experience a resurgence some day?

 

 

Attendance Drops at Disney Theme Parks

 

While Disney is doing well in movie theaters, they’re apparently not doing that well at their U.S. theme parks.  According to their recent financial report, attendance at U.S. Disney Parks dropped over the summer.  Despite attendance being lower, Disney did report that spending was up 10% thanks to higher ticket prices.  Why haven’t you gone to Disney lately? Do you think Disney prices have gotten too high?

 

“Friends” Pop-Up Coming to New York

 

If you’re the superfan of “Friends” that you say you are then I know you’re making plans to visit the “Friends” pop-up when it hits New York City.  On September 7 New Yorkers, fans, and tourists will be able to check out nine rooms that look like they’re from “Friends.”  The pop-up, which is sponsored by Warner Bros, will give fans the chance to take a flick in front of Monica’s purple door, stand in Ross’ stairwell, and even layout in Chandler and Joey’s recliners.  If you’re excited about checking this out you might want to calm your excitement, tickets have already sold out. You can keep tabs online to see if spots open up.  How much of a “Friends” fan are you? Do you think you could beat someone in “Friends” trivia?

Study: Men Don’t Use Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags Because they Make them Look ‘Unmanly’

 

Homophobia is destroying the environment, research suggests. A new study published by Sex Roles reveals most men opt for environment-damaging plastic bags when shopping because they feel reusable bags look like purses — and carrying a purse makes them look “gay.” Pennsylvania State Professor Janet Swim says the results of the study don’t surprise her. “People may avoid certain behaviors because they are managing the gendered impression they anticipate others will have of them,” she says. What are some other things men are too embarrassed to do? If you’re a woman, what do you think when you see a man carrying what looks like a purse?