5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • In some parts of Germany, it's required by law for parking lot owners to assign at least 30% of their carpark to female-only spaces. The car spots are bigger than usual to allow women more room to maneuver their vehicles. Some think it's practical while others have deemed it sexist. German tabloid Bild suggested it was discrimination against men. The concept of women-only car parks isn't new, with Austria, Switzerland, and China all embracing the gender-specific car space. — The Washington Post
     
  • Hillary Clinton has promised to help undergraduates pay tuition at public colleges without needing loans. The plan would still require a family contribution, putting the onus on the parents to take out a loan, but about $175 billion in grants would go to states that "guarantee students would not have to take out loans to cover tuition at four-year public colleges and universities." With $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt and about $8 million of them in default, some education analysts said "they believed her debt relief ideas would have a chance in a Republican-led House and Senate because anxieties about high tuition cross party lines." — New York Times
     
  • Late Australian actor Heath Ledger's joker diary has been revealed in a new documentary. In a short clip from the German series Too Young to Die, his father, Kim Ledger, flips through the diary Heath kept while preparing to play the Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight, with images of The Clockwork Orange, hyenas, joker playing cards, and old Batman comics. "He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel … for a month or so, to sort of galvanize the upcoming character in his own mind," he said. — NME
     
  • With both Netflix and Microsoft offering compelling maternity leave programs, now comes Adobe's offer of a whopping six months' paid leave. From November 1, the software company will increase its paid time off for moms to 26 weeks, which consists of 10 weeks of medical leave and 16 weeks of parental leave. Non-primary caregivers will receive four weeks at full pay, and those who have to take care of a sick family member will also be entitled to four weeks of paid leave. — Money
     
  • In response to customer feedback, Pepsi has revamped its popular diet drink without aspartame. The soda giant says it has replaced it with another artificial sweetener, and while the taste isn't the same, Seth Kaufman, a senior vice president at PepsiCo, says, "The drink should still be familiar to fans of Diet Pepsi." Diet soda sales have plummeted across the board, with many consumers concerned about the health effects of aspartame. The new cans will be on shelves this week and marked with the words “Now Aspartame Free” above the Pepsi circle logo. — Yahoo

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