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October 16, 2015

Dr. Bob's Brake Repair is a full service auto brake center, conveniently located across from the SaveABunch Shopping Plaza on Route 44 in Anytowne, PA. In business since 1980, Dr. Bob has been keeping families safe for over 35 years.

With over 100 brake pads in stock, Dr. Bob can often provide same-day appointments for a variety of foreign and domestic cars, trucks, and SUVs. With five operational work bays and multiple certified technicians, you can enjoy a free cup of coffee while you wait for your "Speedy Pad Swap: Right the First Time!" service in our clean and comfortable customer area. All pads and maintenance are backed by an iron-clad 24 month or 24,000 mile warranty, so you can be rest assured of your overall brake health following service.

When in need of a comprehensive brake overhaul. Dr. Bob has you covered. Dr. Bob's technicians will perform a 9-Point Brake Health Diagnostic Evaluation to check for leaks, excessive wear, and other common problems. Often, rotors can be resurfaced at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new parts and service. In the event that more work is required, many varieties of brake shoes, rotors, calipers, wheel cylinders, and brake lines are in stock. Most uncommon parts can be ordered and received in as little as 24 hours. Most major replacement parts carry an additional manufacturer's warranty.

Dr. Bob's Brake Repair is also an authorized Hertz Rental Center, so when in need of transportation during longer appointments, you can easily rent a vehicle for work or school.

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Fox News Anchor Launches Lawsuit Over Hasbro Hamster

October 16, 2015

Harris Faulkner contends that her career is damaged by Littlest Pet Shop Toy

A $5 million dollar lawsuit was filed on September 1, 2015 in a United States District court in New Jersey by lawyers for the Emmy Award winning Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner against toy company Hasbro, Inc. for the marketing of a toy with her namesake.

Court documents allege that Faulkner put Hasbro "on notice" in early 2015 for the use of her name on a Littlest Pet Shop character without her permission, but that Hasbro did not respond nor did the company stop marketing the big-eyed hamster who sports a butterfly on her head. In the suit, it is stated that the toy harms her "professional reputation".


Trademark Infringement, Personal Insult and a Choking Hazard


The 15-page suit, filed by Faulkner's Attorney Paul J. Halasz, states: "The packaging for the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll includes a “TM” symbol after Faulkner’s name which, according to the packaging’s language, falsely signifies that Hasbro claims a United States trademark interest in Faulkner’s name, when it in fact owns no such interest, registered or otherwise."

The manufacturers of toys with small parts in the United States are compelled by law to state that they are a danger to infants and small children. Concerned that a toy which shares Faulkner's name could be construed as a celebrity endorsement for such a product, the lawsuit states, "The packaging also contains a warning that the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is a 'CHOKING HAZARD'. By its unlawful actions, Hasbro has implied—falsely—Faulkner’s association with, approval, and endorsement of Hasbro and/or the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll...Through these actions, Hasbro has caused substantial commercial and emotional damage to Faulkner."

The lawsuit continues, "Hasbro's manufacture, sale, and distribution of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is extremely concerning and distressing to Faulkner...Further, Hasbro's portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting."

Further, the lawyers state that there is clear physical resemblance between Harris and the hamster, stating similarities in the "tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup"

Halasz also states in the suit that the purpose of the filing is to recover damages, "for direct and contributory acts of unfair competition in contravention of § 43 of the Lanham Act and for violation of her right of publicity pursuant to New Jersey’s common law."


Pet Pawsabilities


Other toys in the Hasbro "Pet Pawsabilities" line of characters, to which the toy Harris Faulkner belongs, carry names such as: Dawn Ferris, Pepper Clark, Ripley Davis, and Sugar Sprinkles. Many of the characters in this line also appear in a Littlest Pet Shop animated television show for children, including Benson Detwiller, the animal packaged with the Harris Faulkner hamster toy. To date, neither of the Harris Faulkners have made an appearance in the cartoon.

While neither Faulkner nor Hasbro have yet addressed the media on this lawsuit directly as of this publication, the toy in question no longer is listed on Hasbro's website. It is still available through several online and brick and mortar retailers.

 

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Six 80's Rock Anthems your Kids Should Know by Heart

October 16, 2015

Generation X has grown up. You've traded in your denim and leather for khakis and hoodies, likely have less hair, and have children of your own. Chances are, your children are now teens and at the age you were when you were banging your head and holding up a lighter at a concert. While you really don't want them to see pictures of you with your chain wallet or Madonna-esque stacked silver and rubber bangle bracelets over lace gloves, you probably still long for their musical tastes to be more in line with your own.
 
Rock anthems of the 80s were powerful and fun. In the days before digital auto-balance, boy bands, and mp3 files, albums and cassette tapes were played loudly and reflected the massive talent of epic guitar solos, drum solos, and vocalists. While culture does change and evolve, kids are still kids. They recognize talent and still just want to have fun.
 
Therefore, if they have not yet been introduced to the music that moved an entire generation, the time is now. After all, some of it is already being played on the oldies stations. There are many songs that are worthy of being passed down to the next generation. Short of listing the discography of an entire decade, choices needed to be made to decide upon the top eight that your offspring should not go another moment without committing to memory.
 
"Promises in the Dark" - Pat Benatar
 
This little gem was on Pat Benatar's Precious Time album from 1981. There were few women who made it huge in the hard rock scene in the early 1980s, but Benatar did it in a big way. While some of her later songs spent more time on the charts, "Promises in the Dark" is a timeless and solid rock song about being afraid to love again. Benatar rose to fame on her talent, without stunts or bad behavior to garner attention. Parents of girls can even use her as a role model who worked her way to the top.
 
"Metal Health" - Quiet Riot
 
Quiet Riot had already existed since the early 1970s without widespread notice, until this song blasted them to national fame in 1983. People continued to bang their heads for about another decade, and today's kids certainly need to know the history of the art and culture of head-banging. This metal song was followed with "Cum on Feel the Noize", which reached even greater popularity. That follow-up was a piece of rather naughty fun that today might be considered slightly inappropriate to introduce to kids.
 
"I Wanna Rock" - Twisted Sister
 
Rock anthems based on the need for speed and freedom that existed in the 80s were truly written for kids looking for a way to triumph over daily existence of life and school. You may even choose to show them the video, and use it as a reminder that teachers were even more of a drag when you walked to school uphill both ways.
 
"Crazy Train" - Ozzy Osbourne
 
Okay, admittedly this infamous and iconic 1981 hit probably wasn't Ozzy's best song. Yet, it not only allows for an impromptu history lesson about the Cold War, but is also a true powerhouse of an anthem. You can introduce this one to your kids with confidence that Ozzy is still cool, and can use it as an opportunity to relay how you were cool enough to like Ozzy when he was a controversial figure.
 
"Love Song" - Tesla
 
This love power ballad was released in 1989, near the end of the hard rock and heavy metal popularity. If you knew nothing else released by Tesla, you will remember lead singer Jeff Keith singing the hopeful and passionate "I know" at the end of this song. This song embodies the cultural tone of the late 80s, and is an excellent illustration of the full sound of hopeful youth before the flannel, grunge, and angst of the 90s. What better message came out of the 1980s than "love will find a way?"
 
"Home Sweet Home" - Mötley Crüe
 
Mötley Crüe had success in the 1980s, but nothing compared with what they did in 1985. Despite personal issues within the band, "Home Sweet Home" had everyone who didn't know how to remotely play the piano learning the simple yet sublime opening notes. This song is as 80s as they come, and your children probably should have been singing "I'm on my way, home sweet home" at least six months before they mastered their ABCs.
 
If they roll their eyes the first time you play these songs, keep trying. Eventually they will be sneaking onto the Internet to download the mp3 like the good little metal heads you are raising them to be. Not only is it a solid bonding experience to share your music and the memories of these songs, but when your child approaches you and asks, "Hey, what album has that Freewill song by Rush so I can download it?" you will smile and know you've become an epic parent
 
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