Friday, April 20, 2012

Starbucks to Stop Using Crushed Bugs

Starbucks has announced that they will stop using the "crushed bug" dye that colors their strawberry frappuccinos, raspberry swirl cake, and red velvet whoopie pie.

The company had been receiving lots of grief over the last months, since it had been discovered that the Cochineal dye Starbucks had been using, is made from the juice of crushed beetles.

Cochineal dye is also used in many foods and cosmetic products. Many lipsticks and shampoos use it. Yogurt's often do as well.

Starbucks will begin using lycopene, a tomato-based extract. They expect to be completely switched over, in all stores, by the end of April.

Remembering: Columbine

April 20, 1999, two teenaged gunmen start shooting outside of Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colorado. The boys were students at the school, and went through the school shooting people randomly. Hardest hit was the library.

By the time the shooting stopped the gunmen had shot and killed themselves. Before doing so, they had killed twelve students, one teacher, and wounded twenty-four more.

The victims that they killed were: Cassie Rene Bernall (17), Steven Robert Curnow (14), Corey Tyler DePooter (17), Kelly Ann Fleming (16), Matthew Joseph Ketcher (16), Daniel Conner Mauser (15), Daniel Lee Rohrbough (15), Coach William 'Dave' Sanders (47), Rachel Joy Scott (17), Isaiah Eamon Shoels (18), John Robert Tomlin (16), Lauren Dawn Townsend (18), and Kyle Albert Velasquez (16).

Coach Sanders, was possibly the biggest hero of the event. He is credited with clearing out the cafeteria, of more than one hundred students, before the gunmen could get there. He was in an upstairs hallway making sure students were secured and safe in classrooms, when he was shot from behind.

The Columbine library was torn down, and rebuilt as an atrium. A memorial stands near the school, with dedications to each of the thirteen victims.