Sam Brodsky

Digital Writer

Samantha.Brodsky@metro.us

What is lawnmower parenting?

Lawnmower parents are the talk of the parenting sphere — and not, so it seems, for a good reason. An essay published on Weareteachers.com late last month calls the parenting style a "troubling trend." And, penned by an anonymous writer, the post has since gone viral on...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 5:14 PM

Are Bert and Ernie gay?

Are Bert and Ernie gay? For years, people have wondered if Sesame Street’s best buds, created in 1969, are more than friends. As The New York Times points out, they "live together, share a bedroom and don’t seem shy about taking a bath in front of each other." Some fans even...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 3:01 PM

Does Starbucks deliver?

With mobile pickup orders and drive-thrus, Starbucks has made it incredibly easy to get your morning, mid-day or evening fix. And, we’ve now learned that Starbucks delivery is coming to Uber Eats. This Uber Eats Starbucks delivery is only being tested in 100 Florida stores right now,...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 11:39 AM

Check your phone: FEMA is testing out 'Presidential Alert' system

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be conducting a test of its Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) at the beginning of next month, in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission. This will be the first national WEA test of a new presidential...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 3:17 PM

5 Organizations to donate to for Hurricane Florence relief

As relief efforts accelerate, organizations are urging people across the country to give back to the Carolinas with Hurricane Florence donations.  By the time Florence, originally a Category 4, made landfall on the Carolina coast this past Friday, it was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane,...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 11:50 AM

Bob Evans recalls 42,000 pounds of pork sausage for potentially containing plastic

Sausage lovers, take note. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday that Bob Evans Farms is recalling over 42,000 pounds of pork sausage products for fear of containing "clear hard plastic." Original reports stated that the...

Friday, September 14, 2018, 5:10 PM

Fake Nike coupons with Colin Kaepernick offer large discounts to 'people of color'

In response to Colin Kaepernick being featured in Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, some critics started burning or cutting up their Nike gear. And others, specifically anonymous users on the bulletin board 4Chan, created racist, faulty Nike coupons with Kaepernick’...

Friday, September 14, 2018, 3:14 PM

Attention NYC: You can now get soft serve ice cream from a vending machine

Getting soft serve ice cream in New York City just got a whole lot easier — and cooler, might we add. In collaboration with artist Curtis Kulig and Mike’s Hot Honey, Bar Moxy at the Moxy NYC Times Square hotel has added a soft serve vending machine. That's a vending...

Friday, September 14, 2018, 12:35 PM

6 Things to know about Bekah Martinez's boyfriend, Grayston Leonard

Bekah Martinez's boyfriend, Grayston Leonard, is the reason why we didn’t see the Bachelor alumna in Paradise this year. She revealed her mystery man this past July, writing on Instagram, "my own private paradise." Martinez told PureWow at the time, "Now that we’re...

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 5:16 PM

Twitter responds to Insatiable being renewed for season 2

Even before Netflix released Insatiable on August 10, people were calling for its cancellation. Now, despite controversy and a slew of negative reviews, Insatiable season 2 is officially hitting screens 2019, the streaming site announced yesterday. Critics have penalized the show for fat-shaming...

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 1:10 PM

6 Things to know about Dr. Leana Wen, the new president of Planned Parenthood

On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood announced Dr. Leana Wen as their new president, the first physician to lead the non-profit in nearly five decades. Dr. Wen, 35, will take the place of Cecile Richards, who served as head of the organization for 12 years and announced her resignation in January. On...

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 11:32 AM

Could Hurricane Florence cause a real-life Sharknado?

Hurricane Florence, the most intense hurricane the Carolinas have seen in over six decades, is likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by Friday, reports the National Hurricane Center. And, news of a suspected sharknado attached to the storm is making rounds on social media. This...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 4:40 PM

Celebrate the next 10 birthdays with free Baked by Melissa cupcakes

Baked by Melissa is pulling a Willy Wonka. In honor of the bite-sized bakery’s 10th anniversary, 10 lucky golden ticket winners across the country will receive 100 cupcakes on their birthday for the next decade. Yep, that’s 10 years of one hundred free cupcakes to kick off your b-day...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 1:28 PM

Joy to the World: Amazon is selling live, full-size Christmas trees this winter

Amazon is opening a Christmas tree shop of its own this winter. Starting in November, you’ll be able to order full-size trees up to 7 feet tall from the commerce site. Wreaths and garlands will also go on sale that month. According to the Associated Press, this new service will include...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 11:20 AM

Subway is terminating the $5 Footlong

The era of $5 footlong deals has officially come to a close, Subway CEO Trevor Haynes tells USA Today. In 2008, Subway introduced its famous $5 footlong promotion — a 12-inch sandwich for just five dollars — as a way to compete against deals offered by competitors (McDonald’s...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 5:18 PM

Here's how to attend and live stream Mac Miller's vigil

A Mac Miller vigil will take place tonight in the artist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Miller died by apparent overdose this past Friday at age 26. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a death investigation near Miller's Studio City, California home. He was pronounced dead at...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 2:28 PM

We tried it: Cynthia Nixon's favorite (and unusual) bagel order

This Thursday, Cynthia Nixon challenges incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination leading up to November’s midterms. Politics aside, she’s already got him beat in one category: breakfast. Behold, the Cynthia Nixon bagel (the talk of NYC). The Sex and the City alumna and...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 11:18 AM

Who has the most Instagram followers in the world?

Instagram is the virtual world of too-pretty-for-their-own-good meals and even prettier selfies that we all love — and, more accurately at times, love to hate. With 1 billion monthly users as of June 2018, there seem to be infinite accounts to follow. And, it's easy to assume that...

Monday, September 10, 2018, 5:50 PM

5 Things to know about former CBS Corp. head Les Moonves

Les Moonves has resigned from his role as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of CBS Corporation, "effective immediately." Six different women, four of whom worked with him professionally, accused Moonves of sexual harassment in a New Yorker exposé published this past July. ...

Monday, September 10, 2018, 3:47 PM

5 Things to know about Nia Franklin, the new Miss America

Miss America 2019 was crowned last night in Atlantic City. It was the first time in history that the annual competition, hosted this year by Carrie Ann Inaba and Ross Matthews, did not have a swimsuit portion. This 92nd Miss America title went to Nia Franklin, representing New York. Franklin, 25,...

Monday, September 10, 2018, 11:19 AM