Cheat Sheet: November 17-18–Weekend Roundup

Hostess declares bankruptcy 

Facing a significant strike by bakers, Hostess Brands–the maker of Wonder Bread and snack icons such as Twinkies and Ho Hos–announced Friday that it is asking a bankruptcy court for permission to close. The move would put the 5,000 members of the bakers' union, as well as more than 13,000 other employees out of work. However, Hostess has plans to auction its assets to the highest bidder, which could keep its most popular products on the market. (Source)

Alleged Twilight mass shooting plot discovered

Police in Bolivar, Mo., say that they have foiled a plot by a 20-year-old man to orchestrate a mass shooting this weekend at either a screening of the new Twilight movie or a Walmart. Police arrested Blaec Lammers, accusing him of purchasing assault rifles and more than 400 rounds of ammunition. (Source)

Elmo Accuser Retracts Recantation

Sheldon Stephens, the 23-year-old model who received a $125,000 out-of-court settlement from Elmo voice actor Kevin Clash last week, is now recanting his original recantation. As part of the settlement last week, Stephens released a statement saying the relationship “was an adult, consensual relationship.” However, Stephens is now saying that he was “pressured” into signing the settlement and that he is looking into returning it. (Source)

Walmart Workers Plan Black Friday Protests

Walmart workers are planning a series of strikes on Black Friday.  The planned series of 1,000 protests on and before Black Friday was organized by the United Food and Commerical Workers union. Walmart CFO Charles Holley said in a Nov. 15 earnings call that he was “not aware of any major disruptions that are going to happen Black Friday." (Source)

Va. lifts lane closures for the holiday

The Virginia Department of Transportation is making an effort to allow Thanksgiving travelers to reach their destinations more quickly. Most lane closures on major highways will be suspended from noon on Wednesday until noon Nov. 26; however, long-term construction zones will remain. (Source)

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