The Daily Populous

Saturday February 4th, 2023 morning edition

image for A Chick-fil-A restaurant's traffic got so bad that city officials ordered it to be demolished and plan to build a new drive-thru-only location

One city recently ordered the chain to demolish and rebuild a restaurant to address traffic woes.

Chick-fil-A's snaking drive-thru lines, which frequently spill into city streets, are notorious throughout the US.

In one North Carolina city, the problem is so vexing – and potentially dangerous to pedestrians – local officials ordered the chain to demo the restaurant and start over.

The city's solution to the restaurant's traffic-clogging line was to add more drive-thru lanes and eliminate the dining room.

But city planners say the restaurant's new design prevents cars from backing up onto the main road.

The two drive-thru lanes wrap the restaurant, according to the proposal approved by the Charlotte City Council last month.

But, the chain and the city devised a traffic drive-thru plan to prevent cars from spilling into State Street, one of the city's main thoroughfares. »

Michigan woman who walks to work finds $15K in plastic bag, returns it to police

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As she was walking up to the building, she saw a plastic bag on the ground and inside the bag she could see piles of money.

Although she was in need of a vehicle-- her car broke down last year -- Gordon contacted police and returned the money immediately.

Once the $25,000 goal is met, the campaign is going to work with a local car dealer to purchase Gordon’s new car. »

Chinese spy balloon changes course, floating over central United States-Pentagon

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Ryder said the U.S. military would not specify where precisely the balloon was positioned over the central United States, saying he didn't want to get into an "hour-by-hour" cycle of updates.

"The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is," Ryder said.

Still, the Chinese spy balloon has taken a flight path that would carry it over a number of sensitive sites, officials say. »

U.S. reports blowout job growth; unemployment rate lowest since 1969

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The BLS also incorporated new population estimates in the household survey, from which the unemployment rate is derived.

As such, the unemployment rate of 3.4%, the lowest since May 1969, is not comparable to December's 3.5% rate, though it was not impacted by the new population controls.

The economy continued to show resilience despite 450 basis points of rate hikes since last March. »

New rules would limit sugar in school meals for first time

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New rules would limit sugar in school meals for first time.

FILE - Second-grade students select their meals during lunch break in the cafeteria at an elementary school in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 12, 2022.

“School meals happen to be the meals with the highest nutritional value of any meal that children can get outside the home,” Vilsack said in an interview. »