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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New Coke, from 1985, makes comeback with 'Stranger Things'

NEW YORK (AP) — New Coke is making a comeback as part of a Coca-Cola's partnership with the Netflix drama "Stranger Things." The companies announced the venture on Tuesday. New Coke was considered one of the biggest marketing mistakes when it was launched in 1985. Changing Coke's formula didn't sit well with customers and the new version was dropped after 79 days. Coca-Cola agreed to resurrect it for a limited run after Netflix told the company season 3 of "Stranger Things" would be set in the summer of 1985. The company had to retrieve the New Coke recipe from its safe. Workers also had to recreate the logo and the slightly different Coke red for the cans from more than three decades ago. Coca-Cola will release a limited number of New Coke cans Thursday as part of a "Stranger Things" package.

Alabama Public Television won't run 'Arthur' gay wedding

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Public Television has chosen not to air an episode of the PBS children's show "Arthur" because it included a same-sex wedding. The episode "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone" aired nationally on May 13, showing Arthur attending the wedding of his teacher and partner. APT showed a re-run instead.AL.com reports that APT director of programming Mike Mckenzie defended the decision by saying parents trust that their children can watch the station without supervision. The station had previously pulled an episode of "Arthur" in 2005 when a character had two mothers. Misty Souder, a substitute teacher from McCalla, Alabama, says she's disappointed. She says that she's using this to teach her 9-year-old daughter about the importance of standing up for minority groups.

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