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Sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G at Chick-Fil-A

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In the cluck of controversy, a political activist organized a new-style love-in called "National Same Sex Kiss Day" encouraging couples to kiss at Chick-Fil-A on Friday night at 8 p.m. 

The Atlanta-based fast food chain's CEO Dan Cathy recently ruffled feathers with his statements in opposition to gay marriage.

Please enjoy the free samples below from restaurants across the country. Words and pictures from the Chick-Fil-A kiss-off will be updated.

 

 

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Thousands protest Walmart grocery store planned for Chinatown

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Demonstrators sporting labor union tshirts and signs marched through Chinatown to protest Walmart's move to L.A.'s Chinatown.

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Musician Ben Harper poses in front of union members at the Walmart protest in Chinatown

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Demonstrators sporting labor union tshirts and signs marched through Chinatown to protest Walmart's move to L.A.'s Chinatown.

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Congresswoman Judy Chu spoke to protesters of Walmart's move into Chinatown at L.A.'s Chinatown Gateway.

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Demonstrators sporting labor union tshirts and signs marched through Chinatown to protest Walmart's move to L.A.'s Chinatown.


A loud, organized, colorful crowd met at the L.A. State Historic Park for a brief rally, and then marched into Chinatown down Broadway to protest a Walmart grocery store planned on Caesar Chavez Avenue.

Many sported labor union tshirts and signs complained that Walmart's treatment of workers and low wages would disturb the unique charm of Chinatown. 

"The cultural and historic nature of this neighborhood must be saved," Congresswoman Judy Chu told the crowd who had marched to the Chinatown Gateway. "When Walmart comes into town it destroys local businesses that cannot compete with its megapower," she added. 

Chu then asked the crowd, "What would happen to landmark businesses just down the street here like Phoenix Bakery and Wonder Bakery if you could just go down to Walmart and get a cake for $1.99? What would happen to Columbus Pharmacy, that's just down the street too - and it's been there for decades — if you could go to Walmart and get Brand X aspirin for 50 cents cheaper? The sad truth is Walmart's model is to destroy small businesses, and we can't let that happen."

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Judge orders release of officer names in UC Davis pepper spray incident

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In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident.

The Sacramento Bee reports on a ruling Tuesday that will require UC Davis to make public the names of police officers involved in last November's pepper spray incident during a campus protest of budget cuts and tuition increases.

The order by Alameda Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo -- in response to a lawsuit filed by the newspaper and by the L.A. Times -- reverses an earlier decision to allow the report to be released without revealing names.

The union representing campus police argues that state law prohibits disclosing names, and that officers could be targets for harrassment.

The report was deemed separate from any internal affairs investigation, however, and therefore it is subject to release under the California Public Records Act, Grillo concluded.

Names will not be immediately released. The judge is allowing time for the union time to file an appeal and stayed his order through July 27.

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