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New England legend Necco Candy Co. has shut down

The iconic Necco Candy Co., maker of the Necco Wafers and candy hearts, a Valentine’s Day staple, abruptly closed its doors on Wednesday at its Revere, Mass., plant, stunning workers and candy heart enthusiasts everywhere.

The owner of the company behind chalky, colorful confections such as Necco Wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant and hasn’t said if candy production will resume.

The plant’s owner, Round Hill Investments LLC, recently had purchased the company for $17.3 million at a May bankruptcy auction, according to NECN. The plant had been expected to stay open until November.

Round Hill did not identify Necco’s new owner. The closure came as a shock to the close to 230 workers at the plant who say they were told to pick up their final paychecks Friday.

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Stop everything and look at these sweet newly hatched penguins

The weather is terrible, but not everything is: The New England Aquarium has welcomed four little blue penguins, and as the resident crazy penguin lady, I felt obliged to tell you.

Just try to tell me their wee faces aren’t making your day better. All together now: Awww!

Little blue penguins, also known as fairy penguins, are the smallest of the 18 different penguin species in the world. Their name is derived from their blue hue and their diminutive stature.

Maine leads crusade to get lobster emoji, claws itself to victory

After months of effort, Maine’s hard work has paid off: A lobster will be among the latest batch of emoji, coming soon to a smartphone near you.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, made the announcement on Wednesday via Twitter, and his excitement was palpable.

Maine, led in this case by King, for months has been pleading its case to the Unicode Consortium, aka the Emoji Boss, asking for a lobster emoji. The organization announced on Wednesday that the next round of new emoji will include “images like a ‘hot face,’ a pirate flag, a mosquito, and, yes, a lobster,” according to Boston Magazine.

This past September, King sent a letter to the organization, making a detailed case for an official lobster emoji. In it, he cites the animal’s cultural significance, its role in the Maine economy, and the demand for the lobster image as demonstrated by Google searches and use of the hashtag #NoLobsterEmoji. “A new lobster emoji would fill a necessary and unique void in the current Emoji List, and, should it be added, appears destined for significant usage by lobster fans around the world,” he wrote. “Neither the existing crab nor shrimp emoji can be effectively used to represent a lobster, which has a distinctively different profile.”

A petition had also been circulated on Change.org calling for the lobster’s addition to the emoji canon, which garnered more than 5,000 signatures.

The emoji is due to arrive later this year.

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