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Sue's Morning Stretch: Thanks for shopping Black Friday

Shop, feed the hungry, be amazed by the latest in mommy wars.

  • First numbers coming in from Black Friday/Thursday/weekend aren’t great, aren’t horrible, are just OK. That’s the assessment Mellody Hobson gave on “CBS This Morning,” where she said traffic was up, but it looks like sales were down 4 percent. Thanksgiving Day sales were up 27 percent, which, when you think about it, isn’t that surprising. After all more stores were open earlier, so those diehard bargain hunters were there on Thursday. And for all those tsk-tsking about the Thanksgiving weekend shoppers: this weekend can be 20 to 40 percent of a retailer’s profits for the year, so it is important not only to them, but to our economy.
  • There were a lot of food drives before Thanksgiving, and many of us are patting ourselves on the back for giving. Well, if you can give more, do. Rev. Marilyn Pagan-Banks, executive director of A Just Harvest in Rogers Park, told “Good Morning Chicago” they are getting calls “all the time because of the cuts” in food stamps that our leaders in Congress passed. The greatest country in the world, yet we let our people go hungry. Sure doesn’t sound good. Here’s what you can do to help.
  • There’s never a drought in the ways women LET other women make them feel bad about themselves, is there? The latest comes via “GMA,” when Caroline Berg Eriksen, a Norwegian new mom — purported to be the most popular health blogger in that country — posted online a photo of her post-delivery belly looking flat and — more unbelievably — taut 3 days after giving birth. The 26-year-old, who gained 22 pounds during her pregnancy, said she worked out 5 to 6 times a week until she was 25 weeks along. “GMA’s” Dr. Jennifer Ashton reminds women that while we should applaud women whose bodies snap back into shape we “shouldn’t bash the women who can’t achieve that.” Ashton did tell GMA team that in 10 years of birthing babies she’d never seen a mom look like that 3 days later. I like how George Stephanopoulos, father of two, diplomatically was quick to say while he wasn’t calling her a liar, her type of abdomen after a birth is “very rare.” — Sue Ontiveros