Morning Radar: Three things we're talking about this morning
Vows debacle: The New York Times wedding announcements (also known as the sports pages for women) are a guilty Sunday pleasure. She's only 25? She's keeping her last name? Great, if anachronistic fun. But a column celebrating one wedding in particular is drawing the ire of some readers. Was it appropriate for Carol Anne Riddell and John Partilla to agree to a splashy tale of their love affair, which saw both of them dumping their current spouses for each other?
The pair - she a TV achor, he a media salesman - were wowed by each other the first time they met. They then became friends, along with their spouses. "There were dinners, Christmas parties and even family vacations together," according to the piece. Then, the messy part: two divorces. And, eventually, a Nicole Miller gown and a wedding. As a blogger at Strollerderby asks, "Is there ever a good time to go so public with the story of leaving your family?" Is it tacky to crow about your own happy ending when you had to cause a lot of heartache along the way?
If the ex-spouses are looking for their own splash, they could follow Shania Twain's lead and marry the man whose wife stole her husband.
Now, that's a Vows column we're looking forward to.
No, really, DO NOT CALL: It's not just sleazy two-bit operators who are calling you during dinner to sell you something. The CRTC has hit Bell Canada with a $1.3 million fine for violating the do-not-call list. According to a piece in the paper today, it is the largest penalty the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has ever issued for violating its telemarketing regulations. On Friday, it also issued a $500,000 penalty to Xentel DM, a telemarketing company that was abusing an exemption granted to charities, writes Iain Marlow.
The CRTC has been flooded with hundreds of thousands of complaints about these types of calls, writes Mr. Marlow. So, was the whole do-not-call list a great big flop? Have you had any success with it? Or are you ready to throw your phone against the wall at least once a day?
Got a cold? Echinacea doesn't help, according to a new study. In the study of 719 people aged 12 to 80 with early cold symptoms, participants were randomly assigned to receive either no pill, a pill that they knew contained the herbal remedy echinacea, or a pill that could be either echinacea or a sugar pill. The remedy was no better than a placebo at soothing sore throats, sneezes or fever, according to the CBC piece. "Participants who received echinacea had a very slight - seven to 10 hour - decrease in the duration of their cold symptoms that could have been due to chance alone."
Do you rely on echinacea or another remedy when you have a cold? Do you think it works?