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CVS giving away FREE 'healthy' candy bars


CVS is giving away free UNREAL candy bars on its Facebook page.

In case you've never heard of UNREAL bars, they are a healthier version of a candy bar with no corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils and no preservatives.

You have your choice of five flavors: candy coated chocolates with peanuts, candy coated chocolates, chocolate caramel peanut nougat, peanut butter cups or chocolate caramel nougat.

50-cent ice cream cones at Burger King


Burger King is offering up 50-cent ice cream cones right now, according to its Facebook page.

The deal is valid at participating restaurants nationwide.

It's soft-serve ice cream and available for a limited time this summer.

Free travel-size sunscreen from CVS Minute Clinic


CVS is giving away free travel-size tubes of sunscreen via its Minute Clinic Facebook page.

Click HERE to sign up for a completely free 2 oz. tube. The offer is available through Friday, Aug. 10, or while supplies last.

Print the coupon that shows up in your email in-box and take it to CVS through Aug. 26.

CVS offers high-value coupons to Facebook fans


CVS recently surpassed the one million mark in Facebook fans. In honor of that milestone, the company is offering its fans the opportunity to print a high-value coupon.

Take your pick:

  • $3 off a $15 purchase of health items
  • $3 off a $15 purchase of beauty items
  • a FREE 5x7 photo print
  • $2 off candy or beverage purchase

Jon Wurster travels light

Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster has had plenty of posed-with-the-Gods moments over the past quarter-century, playing behind Bob Mould, John Darnielle, Ryan Adams and other indie-rock luminaries. But he's in the midst of a pretty incredible 15 minutes right now, after bearing witness to last Monday's flight-attendant freakout at New York City's LaGuardia Airport.

Wurster had a first-class seat on the ill-fated RDU-bound flight, which was repeatedly delayed before finally being canceled after a series of altercations between flight attendant Jose Serrano and passengers. Wurster spent the five-hour ordeal posting dispatches about the unfolding fiasco via Twitter ("The plane is here but the crew isn't. I Know I can fly this thing. I've seen all but one of the Hindenburg movies.") and Facebook ("What followed was a tidal wave of drama including: cops kicking off passengers, passengers leaving in protest, Jose crying, children crying, Jose quitting and the flight getting cancelled. I did get two bags of nuts, so that was good.").

Wurster was quoted in the New York Post (which identified him as "drummer at the indie rock band Superchunk") and has since been called on to recount the story on outlets including The Today Show, CNN and Going Off Track. No doubt this will be fodder for another comedy routine -- or perhaps the rock memoir I keep pestering him to write.

Meanwhile, back in Rockville, Superchunk's next local show is July 12 at Cat's Cradle.

Sign up for free sample of bodycology lotion

This freebie is sure to run out fast: a free sample of bodycology Wild Poppy Nourishing Body Lotion.

Head over HERE to the bodycology Facebook page to sign up.

The form asks for the emails of four friends but I just skipped that and my request went through just fine.

Your sample should arrive in four to six weeks.

If you're not a Facebook user, try emailing the company and requesting a sample.

Freebie alert: Free sample of Finish dishwasher detergent


Heads up on a Facebook freebie that's bound to go quickly: a free sample of Finish dishwasher detergent.

Facebook exploring access for kids under 13; Should they?

Development at Facebook could lead to the social network site lifting its current ban on users under the age of 13.

The move would expand Facebook's market with an even deeper reach in to the youth population.

The WSJ says Facebook is testing buffers and parental controls. Consumer Reports reported last year there were 7.5 million children under the age of 13 using Facebook. Microsoft Research sponsored a study reporting that 36% of parents were aware that their children joined Facebook before age 13.

Is it a matter of being too young, or is it parenting issue? Nearly all of us know of adults that have difficulty curbing their Facebook participation. Can parents and Facebook protect them?

Freebie alert: Free sample of Garnier shampoo, conditioner

The folks at Garnier want you to try their new Sleek & Shine shampoo and conditioner, which they say will keep your hair sleek in 97 percent humidity.

Hmm. Wondering if they did their tests in North Carolina's steamy summer heat?

Johnston schools to regulate social media

Colin Campbell of the Clayton News-Star and News & Observer reports that the Johnston school board has approved new policies regulating student and teacher use of social media. The board wants principals to be able to crack down on bullying and other harassment.

Campbell reports that principals could discipline students for posted comments as if the student had made the comment at school. Also, teachers can't use social media to communicate with students, parents or co-workers. So a teacher cannot "friend" a student on Facebook. It will be interesting to see if other school systems follow Johnston's lead. --John Drescher

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