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Tiffany Kelly

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Posted on Nov 9, 2022   Updated on Nov 15, 2022, 6:20 am CST

Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Tiffany here, filling in for Andrew. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Today, we’ve got a couple of election stories, including one involving an election for bears. We also have stories on BookTok drama and a housing crisis.

Scroll down for our weekly Now Streaming column, where Michelle talks about the Enola Holmes sequel on Netflix. See you tomorrow!

— T.K. 

⚡ Today’s top stories


Inside election officials’ frantic scramble to fix the Fat Bear Week voter fraud scandal

Fat Bear Week, the National Park Service’s annual contest to crown the web’s favorite fat bear, was hacked. But officials there got it right.



People are blaming Colleen Hoover fans on TikTok for the demise of ebook piracy site Z-Library

Popular for its extensive archive of free textbooks, ebook piracy site Z-Library was shut down after going viral on TikTok.



Republican election officials plead with their base to not turn Election Day malfunctions into nefarious conspiracies

Issues with voting machines in Maricopa County, Arizona incited fears of a repeat of the 2020 election, backlash to which helped inspire the Capitol riot.



Locals band together on Instagram to fight a tourist-fueled housing crisis

Tellurneighbor, an Instagram page that was started in 2019 to support a citizens’ initiative ballot measure addressing the crisis, stepped up to advocate for those most affected. 


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⭐ ‘‘We show up to work this morning, and someone painted one of our cones like Patrick.’

👎 Tech worker shows off her welcome package—only to get laid off right after.

🍗 Popeyes blasted over price hike of Cajun-Style turkey ahead of Thanksgiving.

🍺 Ted Cruz mocked for his response to Pelosi attack after he gets hit in the head with a beer can.

👩‍🏫 Teacher says she got fired for ‘pushing back’ against school administration, sparking outrage.

🗑️ Woman exposes dumpster filled with unused Bath and Body Works bags.

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In case you haven’t heard of the term, “dunners” are big fans of Rae Dunn—whose ceramics with labels that appear handwritten are sold at stores like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods. 

One TikToker told a story about a former worker who told her that multiple physical altercations occurred between customers fighting over Dunn merchandise. 

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*First Published: Nov 9, 2022, 2:00 pm CST