National Doughnut Day 2017: Where to snag free treats

Are you ready for National Doughnut Day?

The “holiday” is set for Friday, and we bet you’re wondering where you can snag a free or discounted doughnut. (Right?)

Well, it depends on where in the country you live, as not all these chains have locations everywhere, but it’s worth looking up and seeing where your closest free-doughnut options are. Also, if you have a favorite local store, look it up on social media: it appears many mom-and-pop shops and smaller businesses are running deals and promotions of their own.

For now, let’s talk about the big players and what they’re offering Friday:

Dunkin’ Donuts
Receive a free classic doughnut with any beverage purchase.
Do I have one near me? Let’s check.

Tim Hortons
Get a free classic doughnut with the purchase of a hot or iced coffee. You must mention “National Donut Day” to redeem the offer.
Do I have one near me? Let’s check.

Krispy Kreme
Snag one free doughnut of your choice; no purchase necessary.
Do I have one near me? Let’s check.

Cumberland Farms
You can grab a free doughnut if you buy any size Cumberland Farms coffee or a Chill Zone beverage. This is valid from 5 to 10 a.m. only.
Do I have one near me? Let’s check.

Duck Donuts
With any purchase, receive a free doughnut of your choice. Also, receipts printed Friday will feature an exclusive BOGO coupon for a half-dozen, redeemable Mondays through Wednesdays until Aug. 31. 
Do I have one near me? Let’s check.

National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, USA Today said. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June.

Also, please note: All of the deals mentioned are at participating locations only and while supplies last. So that means hint, hint: Go early!

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Examining issue of veteran homelessness on Memorial Day

When the city of Fort Lauderdale abruptly cleared dozens of homeless people out of Stranahan Park earlier this month, two of those displaced were homeless veterans Trinidad DeLeon and Michael Rayburn.

“We’re distraught,” DeLeon said. “We’re confused.”

Added Rayburn, “All of the sudden, they came in and started bulldozing.”
 
For Greg Crompton, veteran homelessness is a personal issue.

The Army veteran, who is recently homeless, spent Monday trying to raise awareness among the revelers at Fort Lauderdale Beach for those who served.

“I want to see all veterans being treated fairly and the sacrifices they made to be honored — that’s all,” Crompton said.
 
But Lorraine Wilby, CEO of the Task Force Fore Ending Homelessness, said federal programs under President Barack Obama drastically reduced the problem over the past few years.

“As of last month, (the) number was 434 veterans in Broward County (who) were off the street and into their own apartment,” Wilby said.

Despite the strides, Wilby said, there are still about 130 homeless vets on the streets currently.

At St. Christopher’s Church in Fort Lauderdale, Pamela Newman spoke with Local 10. Newman, a U.S. Army veteran, has been living in a car with her husband, John, for about three years.

Her seven-year career ended when she was accidentally shot in her foot.
 
“Do you think America is taking care of its veterans well enough?” a reporter asked.

Said Newman, “No, because a lot of us are sleeping on the streets.”

Newman said she hopes to get housing soon after getting a veteran’s voucher recently.

Her husband said it’s something she deeply deserves.

“They say they’re going to get all the vets off the street,” John Newman said. “They’re not. She’s right there. If that’s the best we can do for our vets, this country needs to cry.”

Wilby said she’s concerned that major cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget could negatively affect homeless veterans, but that has yet to be seen.

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Parking tickets issued to those visiting Hyatt family Christmas light display dismissed

Parking tickets handed out last year by Plantation police to those who parked along Old Hiatus Road to see the Hyatt family Christmas light display have been dismissed, attorney Sabrina Visram, of the GMV Law Group, told Local 10 News on Friday.

Some in the community told Local 10 that they believed the city was trying to get revenge on the Hyatt family after a judge threw out a lawsuit filed by the city, which claimed that the massive light display and the crowds it attracts were a nuisance.

“We weren’t there for 15 minutes, and a whole line of cars had tickets on them. (It) must have been 30 that we saw,” Chris Keefe, who got a ticket after seeing the lights, said in December.

There are signs that say “no parking” on the road, but neighbors said those signs went up only after the Hyatts started their battle with the city and have never been enforced until last December.

Visram said her firm handled the tickets pro bono and said they have all been declared invalid.

The city was ordered earlier this year to pay councilmember Mark Hyatt and his wife, Kathy, $15,000 in litigation fees after its failed fight to stop the family’s extravagant holiday display.

The city also intends to lower the Hyatts’ code enforcement fines from $7,000 to $1,400.

Horace A. McHugh, Plantation’s chief administrative officer, said the legal battle has cost the city more than $434,000.

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Target recalls Easter toys due to ‘serious ingestion hazard’

The retailer Target is recalling more than 560,000 water-absorbing Easter egg and dinosaur toys due to a “serious ingestion hazard,” the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. The recalled products include Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino Egg products.

If swallowed, the toy can expand inside a child’s body and cause “intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and could be life threatening,” according to the announcement. Surgery is required to remove the toy, the release said.

The commission also warns medical professionals and consumers that if the product is ingested, it might not appear on an X-ray.

Consumers should look for model number 234-25-1200 on the back of the packaging of Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs and Easter Grow Toys products, according to the safety commission website. In addition, the model number for the Hatch Your Own Dino Egg product, 234-09-0016, is inside the packaging of the product.

No injuries or incidents have been reported, according to the announcement. The products should be immediately taken away from children and returned to any Target store for a refund.

The toys were sold in Target stores nationwide from February through March for $1.

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