Overheard on CNN.com: Doughnut lovers' lament, washed down with a giant soda
A selection of sweets from Sublime Doughnuts in Atlanta, Georgia.
June 1st, 2012
08:56 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Doughnut lovers' lament, washed down with a giant soda

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been talking about a proposal to ban selling sodas and sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants and food carts. This move generated a huge amount of conversation from our readers, and we highlighted a selection of comments on the CNN Mash-up.

New York City seeks to ban big sodas from restaurants, food carts
Big Gulp? Meet Big Brother

Friday happens to be National Doughnut Day, and a few readers are tying the soda and pastry issues together.

omegaworks: "Didn't he (Bloomberg) just cut the doughnut this morning for National Doughnut Day? National Doughnut Day... we can't drink soda, but we can celebrate National Doughnut Day ... I guess doughnuts aren't fattening."

Bloomberg's signature is on a proclamation declaring June 1, 2012, to be "NYC Donut Day" in honor of the 75th year of this tradition, which honors dessert-serving Salvation Army volunteers during World War I. The proclamation is posted on a New York Times blog.

A special gift, then? (Krispy Kreme is also marking its 75th birthday this year.)

Top_News: "National doughnut day? I think I'll send 2 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts to NYC Mayor Bloomberg just for the heck of it. LOL"

And, for that matter ...

Jeff: "How am I supposed to wash down my 12-inch doughnut with this piddly little 16 ounce drink?"

The most-liked comment from the "Big Gulp" piece suggested giving the proverbial sibling something to do. Others said they think obesity is becoming too big a problem. FULL POST

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Overheard on CNN.com: Are we all 'zombies'?
Recent news events have got readers talking about what constitutes a zombie. Is there one within all of us?
June 1st, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Are we all 'zombies'?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, and we don't necessarily blame you in this case, you are probably familiar with a few recent and very gruesome incidents. Some readers are saying they seem straight out of a zombie apocalypse thriller, while others say the real horror is in making such comparisons. In some cases, it's hard to know what to say about these stories. (Not to mention the New Jersey man who stabbed himself repeatedly and then threw bits of his intestines at police officers.)

Face-attack suspect's mother: My son 'was no zombie'

Is "zombie" the appropriate term here?

rev: "If it walks like a zombie, growls like a zombie and eats human flesh like a zombie, well then, it's probably a zombie."

ma & pa: "If a word label is made up and talked bad about, people will begin to believe it exists. Put that label on anyone and that person is smeared while doing nothing deserving of it. Be careful to not label ... rather describe. Please. That makes facts easier to find."

Readers debated the mother's reaction and the police's proper action. FULL POST

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Hurricane forecasters raise 2012 predictions
Hurricane Irene rages on August 25 in the Caribbean Sea.
June 1st, 2012
02:07 PM ET

Hurricane forecasters raise 2012 predictions

On the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters at Colorado State University have increased their predictions for the number of named storms for the year but are still predicting a below-average number of storms.

Philip Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science are predicting 13 named tropical storms for the season, an increase of three from their forecast released in April. They say five of those storms will be hurricanes (with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or above), an increase from four hurricanes in their April forecast.

The forecast for a major hurricane, a Category 3, 4 or 5 storm with winds well above 100 mph, remains at two.

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June 1st, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Vanderbilt football coach in hot water over comment on assistants' wives

Vanderbilt University head football James Franklin is playing defense today after comments this week that he looks for assistant coaches based on how attractive their wives are, not on their experience.

Here's what he said on 104.5-FM "The Zone" in Nashville on Wednesday concerning his assistant coach hiring criteria.

"His wife, if she looks the part and she's a D-I recruit, then you've got a chance to get hired. That's part of the deal," Franklin said, according to CNN affiliate WSMV.

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June 1st, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee in the U.S.?

Across the United Kingdom this weekend, revelry will be in full swing for the Diamond Jubilee, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.

From big events like the Diamond Jubilee Concert, featuring Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John, to communities across the nation sharing lunches or picnics with their neighbors for the Big Jubilee Lunch, festivities will run from Saturday to Tuesday.

CNN's Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin and CNN International will have live coverage of the main events.

If you're going, we'd love for you to share your experience with us on iReport! Several folks have already shared their stories and photos with us, from working for Queen Elizabeth to meeting her at age 9.

But if you're not able to attend this most royal shindig because you're an expat, we'd like to know what you're doing for the big weekend. Perhaps you're gathering with fellow expats in your community to watch the festivities or enjoy a taste of home. Maybe a pick-up game of rugby or football is in order.

What makes you think of home, and how are you celebrating the Diamond Jubilee? What are some of the traditions you've brought along with you? And why does the Diamond Jubilee matter to you?

Share with us in the comments below. Cheers!

See all of our coverage of the Diamond Jubilee on CNN.com

'Zombie apocalypse’ trending as bad news spreads quickly
The victim and the body of the assailant in Miami's face-eating attack lie on a sidewalk last Saturday.
June 1st, 2012
11:28 AM ET

'Zombie apocalypse’ trending as bad news spreads quickly

The term "zombie apocalypse" has been lighting up the internet all week and has been among the top Google trends Friday morning.

On the Web's Urban Dictionary, here's definition No. 4 of zombie apocalypse: "The End of the World, when people who have died rise again in rotten corpses searching for blood and brains to strengthen them."

While we're certain the dead are not rising, the past week has seen some of the most disturbing instances of human behavior imaginable.

Overheard on CNN.com: Are we all 'zombies'?

A man in Miami happens upon a homeless man on the sidewalk and chews off 75% of his face in an 18-minute attack. The attacker's mother later says her son is not a zombie as portrayed in the media.

Authorities in Canada have launched a massive manhunt for a suspect after a severed hand was sent to Canada's Liberal Party, a foot to the Conservatives and a torso was stuffed in a suitcase and tossed in the trash of the Montreal apartment building where he lived.

A Maryland man admits to killing his housemate, cutting him up, then eating his heart and part of his brain.

A New Jersey man rips his torso open and throws bits of his intestines at police, according to the Bergen Record.

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It's National Doughnut Day
June 1st, 2012
09:02 AM ET

It's National Doughnut Day

Friday is the day America celebrates the doughnut.

National Doughnut Day originated with the The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 as a salute to the women who served doughnuts to U.S. soldiers during World War I.

The Salvation Army's "doughnut lassies" continued that service during World War II and cemented the doughnut's place in the American diet. If you want to try to duplicate the doughnut lassies' work in your kitchen today, The Salvation Army is providing their original recipe.

If you're not in the mood to celebrate National Doughnut Day in the kitchen, try heading down to your local Krispy Kreme or Dunkin' Donuts.

Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut to all customers at participating locations.

At participating Dunkin' Donuts, customers will get a free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage.

More for your snacking pleasure:

A glazed primer on National Doughnut Day

What to drink with your doughnuts

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June 1st, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Friday's live events

The race to the presidency now turns toward the general election in November.  CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - National Mall hearing - The future of Washington's National Mall is the subject of a House subcommittee hearing.  Will any additions or changes be made to the landmark?

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