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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.25 million trucks for software error

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) said Friday it would recall more than 1.25 million pickup trucks worldwide to address a software error linked to reports of one crash death and two injuries.

The error code could temporarily disable the side air bag and seat belt pretensioner deployment during a vehicle rollover spurred by a significant underbody impact, such as striking onroad debris or driving off-road, the Italian-American automaker said.

The company will reprogram computer modules in the affected vehicles to address this error.

The recall covers 1.02 million 2013-16 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups, and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 pickups in the United States, 216,007 vehicles in Canada; 21,668 in Mexico; and 21,530 outside North America, the automaker said.

Fiat Chrysler said the recall would begin in late June.


Grilling Good Eats

By Mike Thayer

Grilling Good EatsSome people call it grilling, others call it BBQ (I’ll talk about the difference later), but to borrow a snippet from the United States Postal Service creed, rain or shine, snow or sleet… you can deliver great grilled eats on any given day! It’s true, sunny days are optional. Anytime is grilling season, even if there’s a foot of snow on the ground where you live! Any day is a great day to light the charcoal, fire up the gas grill, load up the smoker, take the lid off the portable Weber, heck, rub two sticks together - it doesn’t matter how - put some meat on the fire!

Don’t forget the tongs…..



Carb Check Diet: Growing Carb Friendly Veggies

 Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

When it comes to growing veggies that are carb friendly, think salad.

Most veggies that you would put on a salad are on the lower side of the carb-count chart.

RadishesSo if you're wondering what to grow in your garden that won't bust your carb-count for the day, what you like on your salad is for the most part a safe bet.  Lettuce, some cherry tomatoes, a few radishes, slices of cucumber and some chopped up celery for crunch will make for a nice side salad and only cost you about 9 grams in carbs.  And not only is a salad refreshing as well as a nice change of pace, these good carbs give your body the fiber that it needs.  Fiber is a must to help your body operate efficiently.

Veggies you might love on your salad but come at a high carb price are:  Avacados, carrots, onions and peppers.  If you're watching carbs, these are sadly, a no-no.

I love to garden and this spring I've planted a lot of carb friendly salad garden veggies.   I've planted broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, lettuce (of course), radish and tomato.

Non-salad veggies to consider growing in your garden include garlic, zucchini and other varieties of squash.  And something I love on a salad but can't grow in the garden, fresh white button mushrooms, they too are a low carb veggie.

Have some fun by grow a salad garden.  You'll enjoy eating the harvest even more!

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Paul's Discount Iowa City Weekly Update: May 10, 2017

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Exercise: It's a 'Must Do' if you're serious about keeping that lost weight off

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

You don't need to exercise to lose weight.  Sure, it helps speed up the process, but you can indeed effectively lose weight - and I'm talking significant weight loss - without exercise.  If you don't eat bad carbs, you WILL lose weight, no exercise required.

But adding light to moderate exercise to your daily routine is a good thing.  I'm not however, talking about how it can speed up your weight loss, I'm talking in terms of how it greatly aids in keeping that lost weight off.

When I first started my Carb-Check Diet, I simply did away with eating so much bread, pasta, rice, chips - all those bad carbs.  I dropped over 40 pounds without any real exercise effort in about five months.

But then the holidays came up, all those tasty treats being offered by family and friends....  Despite some pretty good discipline, it was tough to totally lay off of those bad carbs and sweets.

Enter, exercise.

It doesn't take much, even if you're entering your diet from couch potato status.  That was my starting point.

Start out slow and build, 30 sit-ups in the morning, 30 counter-top pushups, walk a mile after work.   The next day, add 5 more to your sit-up and pushup count and so on.  When you've got that exercise habit developing, you'll find yourself adding more to your routine, trunk twists, leg lifts, standing squats.....   I now exercise throughout my day.  Whenever I have a bit of idle time, even at work, I might do 50 counter-top pushups or some standing squats.   Doing some laundry?  Knock out 50 stomach crunches.  On a break at work?  Do some trunk twists.   And yes, you've heard this next one before, don't park close to the store, park far away and walk!  It really does help!  You don't have to set aside large blocks of time to exercise, you can do simple but effective exercises throughout the regular course of your day.  Exercising in little pieces like that may not provide you with cardio, but it will help you with toning muscles and toned muscles means your body burns calories more efficiently.  Translation:  Your body gets better at burning calories as fuel, rather than storing calories as fat.

Added benefit:  When I started this diet, I was taking a 40 milligram pill daily to regulate high blood pressure.  Dieting without exercise and dropping that first 40+ pounds led to my high blood pressure medication being reduced to 10mg pills.  By adding regular, light exercise to my daily routine, I am pleased to report that I am no longer on high blood pressure medication at all.  Be sure to check with your doctor! 

So even though I "Fell Off the Wagon" a bit over the holidays - eating bad carbs - I didn't gain any weight back, I benefited from light exercise.  It's easy, add a few sit-ups, pushups and walking to your daily routine!




Bumble Bee agrees to plead guilty in tuna price fixing scheme

The company has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of cans and pouches of tuna in the U.S., the Justice Department announced on Monday.

Bumble Bee will also pay a $25 million criminal fine.

"[We] will continue to hold these companies and their executives accountable for conduct that targeted a staple in American households," Andrew Finch, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's antitrust division, said in a statement.


Box office report: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 wins

Summer movie season is blasting off, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 beating out The Fate of the Furious for the top spot at this weekend’s box office.

The Marvel sequel — which follows 2014 surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy — proved to be a crowd-pleaser both at the domestic box office, where it pulled in an estimated $145 million, and the international one, where it’s earned an estimated $282.6 million so far. This carries the film past the estimated $400 million mark worldwide.

But while GoTGV2 has already out-earned its predecessor by an estimated $50 million, it hasn’t performed as well as similar Marvel sequels 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which earned $191 million and $179 million respectively in their first weekends out.