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Talk of the day: kwik-e-mart stuff just the ticket on ebay

By Times Wires
Published August 21, 2007


As Apu, the owner of the Kwik-E-Mart store in The Simpsons, would say, "Thank you, come again." Fans of the TV series have been doing just that, bidding up Kwik-E-Mart mementos for sale on eBay that are left over from a promotion for The Simpsons Movie. In July, a dozen 7-Eleven stores were transformed into Kwik-E-Marts, with employees wearing the green and blue uniform shirt that Apu wears. On the shelves were products that are familiar to Simpsons viewers: Squishees (replacing Slurpees), Buzz Cola, Krusty-Os cereal, and Bart Simpson's favorite comic book, Radioactive Man. During the stunt, fans came in droves, snapping pictures and waiting in long lines; some stores hired extra security staff. But now that it is over, some people are selling their loot. A search on eBay for "Kwik-E-Mart" yields more than 180 items, from a $1.99 Squishee cup to a $200 Kwik-E-Mart shirt.

Winn-Dixie is certified kosher

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., the grocery store chain that emerged from bankruptcy in November, said its two dairy plants have been certified kosher, expanding its selection of such products to more than 1,000. Brands of Winn-Dixie milk, ice cream, orange juice, tea and Chek soda will display the certification symbol on their labels, the Jacksonville-based company said Monday in a statement. The dairy plants were certified by the Orthodox Union, a kosher trademark organization. Last year, Winn-Dixie joined with Star-K, another certification organization, to begin informing customers and employees about its kosher offerings, the statement said.

Dogs crack DVD piracy in Malaysia

Malaysia gave a hero's sendoff Monday to Lucky and Flo, honoring the two DVD-sniffing dogs with medals as they ended a six-month assignment that netted 1.6-million illegal movie discs. The two black Labradors looked puzzled when a multitude of press photographers' flash bulbs went off as Malaysia's deputy trade minister S. Veerasingham placed medals around their necks. "What they have helped us achieve in such a short time is remarkable," said Veerasingham. "Malaysia is committed to wiping out piracy and pirates. We will go after them very fast." The world's first dogs trained to identify optical discs by the scent of their chemicals, Lucky and Flo were loaned to the Malaysian government in March by the Motion Picture Association, a U.S.-based watchdog. The dogs also unearthed three DVD replicating machines and 97 compact disc burners, worth $6-million. Twenty-six people were arrested during the raids. Movie pirates were reported to have placed a bounty of $29,000 on the dogs, prompting them to be kept under close guard.

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