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Far East Movement Throw First Pitch At Dodgers Game

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Far East Movement are a lucky bunch of guys!

They got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a recent Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium.

The guys also snapped a picture with Matt Kemp, the Dodgers' pitcher. We really like their chains. Kind of a Flavor Flav feel.

And near the bottom right you can spot

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Starbucks Opens First Healthy Juice Shop

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Evolution Fresh

The evolution has begun. For Starbucks, at least.

The popular chain has opened their first business venture that doesn't revolve around coffee. Evolution Fresh is a juice shop that caters to customers seeking products that will help them live a healthier lifestyle, as the president of Starbucks Channel Development said:

"Our customers are looking for a healthier lifestyle. Juice and nutrition is no longer a fad. It's a full-blown trend."

According to sources, the first shop has opened near Seattle in Bellevue, Washington and the menu features a variety of fresh squeezed juices, along with vegan and vegetarian food selections.

As you'll notice in the picture above, the shop has very little to do with Starbucks. In fact, the only mention of the biggest brand in coffee is a menu offering of Starbucks Pike Place Roast for $1.95. Despite the fact that Evolution Fresh will always be the younger sibling of Starbucks in our mind, the company believes their new health and wellness chain is "a brand concept that stands on its own."

One thing this place does have in common with the familiar coffee franchise is the signature price. One hand-crafted juice will cost your wallet $7.99. Will U give Starbucks' new juice a shot?

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Starbucks Is Boosting Prices!!!

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Starbucks prices increase

Stupid inflation.

Starbucks has announced it will be raising prices by an average of 1% on Tuesday in the Northeast and Sunbelt regions of the U.S. because coffee, milk and fuel could cut into profits this year.

Cities like New York, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas and Albuquerque can expect prices for 12-ounce "tall" brewed coffees and latte drinks to go up by 10 cents.

We don't think that is a deal breaker for most people. However, we know somebody, somewhere is pretty pissed right now.

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Walmart May Or May Not Become A Major Healthcare Provider

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Walmart is making MIGHT be making moves to become a major healthcare provider!

Sources reported that the largest retailer in the U.S. sent out a request for potential partners last month that would help the chain become "the largest provider of primary care services in the nation." According to the document from the company:

"Walmart intends to build a national, integrated, low-cost primary care healthcare platform that will provide preventative and chronic care services that are currently out of reach for millions of Americans. Walmart intends to do this in an affordable and accessible way while maintaining or improving quality outcomes. Walmart seeks partners who have a care model or capability that can help dramatically drive down the cost of care, while maintaining or improving quality on a national level."

Shoppers could have expected services including simple physicals, urine tests, and vaccinations, but now we're not so sure.

Since the story broke, Walmart is DENYING their healthcare expansion plans and have called the document that outlines their plans "overwritten and incorrect."

In a recent statement, the senior vice president & president of Walmart U.S. health & wellness said, "We are not building a national, integrated, low-cost primary care health care platform."

Hmm…guess we'll have to wait and see what Walmart has up their sleeve!

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David Beckham Replaces Jamie Oliver As Spokesman For UK Supermarket

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David Beckham supermarket campaign

Out with the old, in with the new!

David Beckham has replaced Jamie Oliver as the face of UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s for a reported $8 million!

Not a bad way for David to bring home some extra bacon to the Beckham's $165 million empire.

Joining Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, Beckham will be an ambassador for Sainsbury's Active Kids campaign and promote its sponsorship of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

As a father of four children, the L.A. Galaxy soccer player was impressed by the company's commitment to kid's health, explaining:

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This Monkey Might Cure AIDS

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This Monkey Might Cure AIDS

SRSLY!

Sooty mangabeys (yep, real name) are a monkey species found on the western coast of central Africa who's unique immunity to SIV, a relative of HIV, has intrigued medical researchers for decades.

Now we know just how their immunity works.

Sooty mangabeys are able to avoid the chain of events that cause the immune system to break down, thanks to a unique type of T cell called a central memory T cell.

These sooty mangabeys might well offer a new way to help cope humans cope with HIV infection and avoid AIDS.

The key will be better understanding the mechanisms of their central memory T cells and figuring out how they avoid activating CCR5, which is the main reason why their immune systems are able to survive these infections essentially intact.

[Image via Yerkes NPRC.]

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People Eating HEALTHIER At Restaurants

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Yes! Such awesome news!

It looks like our nation's focus on educating people on the benefits of a healthier lifestyle is paying off!

America's favorite eateries, including Denny’s, IHOP, Friendly’s, Sizzler and Applebee’s, are reporting unusually high numbers of healthy meals purchased.

Applebee's has reported their top-selling entree in January and February of 2011 was a sirloin and shrimp meal from their diet menu.

Applebee's president, Mike Archer, says although consumers often demand healthier options, most continue to order the junk food, but there is change in the air, explaining:

“I’ve been in the restaurant business for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this. We’re seeing a sea change in consumer behavior.”

The same goes for breakfast joints like IHOP. President Jean Birch says:

“I’ve been in the restaurant business for 25 years, and we couldn’t have given away healthier food in the early part of my career. Now, not only are people ordering them, but some are deciding not to go somewhere if they don’t have healthier items on the menu.”

IHOP is even setting a healthier example at an early age by switching the side dish for kids meals from french fries to a fruit cup.

"You don't even see fries pictured on the kids page," says the companies president.

Creating a healthier America will never happen over night, but it looks like it's been happening over the last couple years and will continue to happen with major restaurant chains leading the way.

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