- Twinkies to Return to Shelves by this Summer—Hostess has found a buyer for several of its brands of snack cakes which includes Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Zingers. The winning bid still needs the approval of the bankruptcy judge overseeing the Hostess Brands case. This is part of a sell-off of Hostess Brands’s assets with several other transactions in the works including Drake’s to McKee Foods, and its breads (including Wonder Bread and Nature’s Pride) to Flower Foods. The winning bidder hopes to have Twinkies et al back on shelves by the summer, just in time for state fairs.
- New Pope Elected—After about a day and a half of the conclave, Pope Francis was elected as the new Pope, the first Pope to come from the Americas.
- 99% Sure it’s the Higgs Boson—Scientists at the CERN who discovered a new particle last year, after combing through data from many experiments, are achingly close to confirming the particle as the Higgs boson, which would go a long way in explaining why particles have mass.
- More Carnival Cruise Ships Malfunctions—About a month after the Carnival Triumph cruise dominated the news for stranding passengers at sea, 2 Carnival ships suffered malfunctions at sea this week. Passengers of the Carnival Dream will be flown home after mechanical problems were discovered after the ship docked at St. Maarten. Meanwhile those aboard the Carnival Legend will have their cruise cut short due to technical problems causing the ship to be unable to sail at optimal speed. Instead of visiting Grand Cayman, the Legend will immediately return to its homeport in Tampa Bay, Florida. Guests on both cruises will receive partial refunds and discounts on future cruises.
- CPAC 2013 Brings GOP Stars to Capitol—The 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference featured appearances by Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush among many others. The overall tone of some of the speakers in the wake of GOP losses from the 2012 elections was one of branching out and reaching voting blocs that have turned its backs on the Republican party as of late.
Jeb Bush: “All too often we’re associated with being anti-everything. Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker and the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they share our core beliefs because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party.”
Sarah Palin: “As conservatives, we must leave no American behind. And we must share our message of freedom and liberty to all citizens, even those who may disagree on some issues because there is solid common ground in fighting against government overreach and for independence. And those who disagree with us on some issues, they’re not our enemies, they’re our sisters and brothers. They’re our neighbors and friends.”
- March Madness Schedule Unveiled—Kansas, Gonzaga, Indiana, and Louisville snagged #1 seeds with Louisville #1 overall.
Looking Ahead to this Week:
- Barack Obama will make his first trip to Israel as President this Wednesday for a 3-day visit. Relations between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have grown a bit chilly over the past few years in regards to how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.
- The inaugural mass of Pope Francis will take place on Tuesday, drawing 6 sovereign rulers, 31 heads of state, 3 princes and 11 heads of government as well as an estimated 1 million people to the Vatican. Vice-President Joe Biden will attend but Pres. Obama will not as he will be busy with his trip to Israel.