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    September 22, 2014

    St. Louis County Police Offers Class On How to "WIN WITH MEDIA" After Police Shootings

    For police, Ferguson presents what's known as a "teaching moment." Surely, there are lessons to be learned. But where to start? Perhaps a case study of the opaque investigation into the killing of an unarmed black teenager? Crowd control measures that don't deepen tensions between residents and l ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    October 12, 2012

    Ten Apple Scandals We Hope to See in Upcoming Dierbergs Ads

    Dierbergs has an ongoing love affair with its own fruit and vegetables. Over the summer we chronicled its ballsy challenge aimed at other grocery stores' cherries -- bigger! cherrier-er! -- but when we took the time to measure the cherries in a highly scientific random sampling at our dining-room ta ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012
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    October 17, 2011

    Cops Collar Chicago Woman for Clobbering Hubby With Cupcakes

    Ian Froeb​The cupcake. Delicious individually portioned treat. Food trend that has jumped the shark and nuked the fridge. And, now, weapon.The Chicago Tribune reports on a Chicago woman arrested after throwing cupcakes at her husband:

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    January 5, 2011

    Butt-Dial Launches SWAT Action

    ​Here's a tale that puts your unfortunate drunken butt-dial to Grandma from the bar into perspective. Outside Chicago yesterday, a woman got a call from her husband on his cell phone that terrified her into thinking he was in a hostage situation at the school where he works. She heard scary, seemi ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Chuck Berry New Year's Show Ends Early Due to "Exhaustion"; Legend "Home Resting Comfortably"

    Erin KinsellaChuck Berry at Kiener Plaza, July 29, 2010​Chuck Berry's New Year's Day concert in Chicago ended prematurely, after he slumped over a keyboard and had to be helped from the stage. "Chuck had played a bit of very spotty piano earlier in the set during 'Let It Rock,' so when he he ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    How to Eat Your Christmas Tree

    Chef Rene Redzepi thinks it's a shame that Christmas trees are used for a few days then discarded, so he writes in the New York Times that perhaps we should considering eating our Christmas trees. "Maybe for us Westerners the Christmas tree becomes, if only briefly, like a beloved pet. And who would ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Americans Eschew Fruits and Vegetables, Find Way to Delivery Sundaes.

    Eat your fruits and vegetables, already! A Centers for Disease Control study shows that American adults still aren't eating enough vegetables, and they're decreasing their fruit consumption. Only 34% Americans eat more than two servings of fruit a day. Maybe it's because a Chicago pair has found a ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Americans Drink at Home and Keep it Cheap

    It's not that Americans are drinking less. They're just drinking at home. The Chicago Tribune said that two of the city's marketing firms found that 90 percent of drinkers drink at home, compared to 77 percent who drink at bars and restaurants. Twenty-eight percent of home drinkers have started goin ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Illinois Law Aims to Unite Farmers with Schools and the Poor

    Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed into law legislation to create a database for farmers to connect with schools and low income residents.. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The Farm-to-School database will create an electronic database on the state Department of Agriculture Web site that allows s ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Dog Shooting "Trend" Reaches Chicago Suburbs

    Image sourceCharles Clements shot and killed a neighbor who failed to keep his dog off Clements's perfectly-manicured lawn.​It's a truism that when you have three similar incidents, you get a full-blown trend. First there was the shooting of two "aggressive" dogs in a marijuana raid in Columbi ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 2.10

    ​ Is it racism -- or just lunch? (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal)Fruit wasted from Sacramento-owned citrus trees. (Sacramento Bee)American winemaker suing over misrepresented grapes. (The Independent)Don't be a Valentine's Day amateur; keep your dinner reservations. (Detroit Free Press)Concerned ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.9

    Health officials destroy over $1,000 worth of local fruit over business license dispute. (Chicago Tribune) ​ USDA kills never-functional livestock-tracking program. (Des Moines Register)Brooklyn high school students flock to food justice class. (New York Times)Need sandwich assistance? There' ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.25

    ​ A look at the industrial methods to make meat safer. Urinating on the steaks isn't mentioned. (Chicago Tribune, Canton Rep)A-B InBev and unions reach agreement in Belgian brewery strikes. (Wall Street Journal)New generation of winery ends, turns to vegetable production. (New York Times)A e ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.6

    ​ New food trend for vegetarians - eating meat. (Newsweek)Detroit's industrial wasteland turning into farmland. (Chicago Tribune)Fishermen lost at sea a reminder of the hard life of commercial fishing. (Newport News Daily Press)Florida beer delivery company celebrates first anniversary. (St ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.5

    ​ Trans-fats now illegal in California. (KPBS)Big meat processors fighting bacterial contamination with ammonia. Yum! (ABC News)Did you miss last weekend's World Series of Beer Pong? (Chicago Tribune)New beverage trend offers chilling without the baking. (Indianapolis Star)

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    December 29, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12.29

    ​ 2009: when food became a part of youth culture. (Los Angeles Times)Poultry company Pilgrim's Pride out of bankruptcy protection under Brazillian beef company's partial ownership. (ABC News)Alton, Illinois, elementary school boosting classroom produce consumption. (Chicago Tribune)Adult-ons ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.22

    ​ Pennsylvania wine kiosks take the pesky human interaction out of wine purchasing. (The Patriot-News)Professor researches underground tunnel farming. (Chicago Tribune)Leave cookies and beer for Santa. (Philadelphia Daily News)Crabbing is hard work. (The Atlantic)

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    December 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12.9

    ​ Wealthy countries leasing land in Ethiopia for farming. (Washington Post)Do industrial farms violate greenhouse gas laws? (The New York Times)U.S. pork not good enough for Russia. (Reuters)Why Stilton isn't made in Stilton. (The Wall Street Journal)Chuck E. Cheese as Fight Club. (Chicago T ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 11.16

    ​ Butchering gets hip in new Brooklyn shop. (New York Daily News)How to lie when the food sucks. (Chicago Tribune)Manufacturers must prove caffeinated alcoholic beverages are safe. (Los Angeles Times)What's for dessert? Passion fruit and Viagra. (Associated Press)

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    October 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 10.13

    ​ The American Academy of Family Physicians  receives a grant from Coke to teach consumers about healthy soda consumption. (Chicago Tribune)Cuba decreases state-funded lunches that feed one-third of the population. (Christian Science Monitor)Small coffee and tea farmers already feeling ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.8

    ​ Food (and other) bloggers risk FTC fines if they don't disclose paid product reviews. (Wired)Ruth Reichl speaks on Gourmet's closing. (The New York Times)The beef bait and switch - is it really Kobe? (Miami New Times)Food-bourne illnesses might be the price of convenience. Here's the top t ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10.7

    ​ South Dakota town deals with 44 tons of rotting bison meat. (Associated Press)Cheesemonger refuses to sell unpasteurized cheese to pregnant customer. (BBC)Stars of Discovery Channel's The Deadliest Catch give Florida seafood industry a boost. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)Medical professor/pa ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10.2

    ​ Coke changing labels to make calorie counts more obvious. (MSNBC)New dinner party trend - share the work and the expense. (Chicago Tribune)Americans aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables. Michelle Obama to tackle the issue on November 10th episode of Sesame Street. (U.S. News and Worl ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.17

    ​ Nobel Prize-winning agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug has passed. His crop innovations saved an estimated 245 million people from starvation. (The Times)Woman charged with criminal trespass for using coffee house WiFi without making a purchase. (Newark Advocate)USDA launches "Know Your ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9.15

    ​ How did Slow Foods USA do with its Labor Day Lunch-Ins last week? ( redefines "natural" meat. (The Atlantic)Colorado's oldest microbrewery celebrates 30 years. (The Colorado Daily)Adventures in home cheese making. (Baltimore Sun)Butcher shop closes after 119 years. This is no ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9.9

    ​ Chin up, Loser! How to dine out alone without feeling like a fool. (The Detroit Free Press) Chrissie Hynde backs new soy-based faux meat product. (Los Angeles Times)Craft beer in cans gains popularity, especially in Alaska. (National Public Radio)Julie and Julia prompts a look at wome ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 8.28

    ​ Three companies in California charged with selling unpasteurized cheese, while several New York restaurants busted for serving kangaroo meat.  (Los Angeles Times, Grub Street)Life in California's San Joaquin Valley, where over half of America's produce is grown, is downright Steinbeck ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 8.20

    ​ Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, a memoir by New York Times food critic Frank Bruni, hits bookstores today. The book discusses Bruni's history of eating disorders, which aren't uncommon in the food industry. (Detroit Free Press, San Francisco Chronicle)A new Illinois law ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8.12

    ​Dr. Marion Nestle explains the current food safety legislation. (The Atlantic)High shipping costs lead to innovations in plastic wine bottles. (Chicago Tribune)Chefs confession their fast food habits. (Esquire)Grocery store meat cutters get educated in culinary methods, while a mobile slaught ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    The Morning Brew: 7.28.09

    How nanotechnology could impact the food we eat. (Boston Globe)A case study in how food-safety practices break down, from Panera. (Chicago Tribune)A review of the latest entry in the Eat This, Not That! series. (Washington Post)

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    July 2, 2009

    Chicago Tribune Acknowledges Existence of St. Louis Louis thinks about Chicago a lot. It's bigger. It thinks it's better. Its National League team is our baseball team's most deadly rival.But to Chicagoans, the National League team's most deadly rival is the American League team across town. When Chicago bothers to consid ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Reporter Eats Five Denny's Grand Slam Breakfasts, Lives

    Here at Gut Check International Headquarters, we just can't get enough of the hoopla surrounding the free Grand Slam breakfast offer at Denny's. Even today, two days after the fact, we find ourselves thinking about it, dreaming about it, wondering if -- no, when -- it will happen again.But we clearl ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.9

    In today's news: climate change, Chicago going vegetarian (?) and a new jet for Starbucks.

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    December 9, 2008

    A Strange Wind in Chicago: Blago Arrested, Tribune Going Bankrupt, Cubs Still Spending Like Crazy

    You know, as a Cardinal fan, I'm always happy when bad things happen to the Cubs. I know, I know, I shouldn't feel that way, but I just can't help it. When black cats charge the field, I find myself laughing and cheering for the cat. When a Cubbie fan reaches out and plucks victory away from an outf ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.2

    In today's news: Stevia, a new artificial sweetener; the CDC on microwaved moves; a three-year organic diet; and whale meat in Japan.

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    November 23, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 11.24

    We've just upgraded our blogging software, so if anything looks wonky or doesn't work, please bear with me as I learn what I'm doing! An investigation into allergy warnings and the lack thereof on Whole Foods products. (Chicago Tribune) Unsurprisingly, the current economic downturn is bad news for ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.25

    The FDA's decision to allow irradiation of lettuce and spinach merely continues the debate about the topic. (Chicago Tribune) A new study finds that half of all food produced is wasted. (AHN) If this had happened ten years ago, I would have been so screwed: Pepperoni-pizza Hot Pockets are recalled ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8.19

    The Department of Justice wants more info on InBev's planned takeover of Anheuser-Busch. (AFP) Controversy about potential grape-mixing in another Italian wine, vino nobile di Montepulciano. (Chicago Tribune) God help us all: The Food Network is working on a show described as a cross between eatin ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 6.19

    Officials name the Chicago restaurant (two locations of a chain) responsible for a cluster of cases in the outbreak of salmonella in tomatoes. (Chicago Tribune) To combat inflation, Mexico freezes the price of 150 staple foods. (BBC News) After an error forced a revote, the House and Senate once a ... More >>

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    May 27, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 5.27

    Could Anheuser-Busch stave off InBev's takeover bid by buying a Mexican brewer Modelo? (Times) Fears that some of the labs that inspect food imports could be in cahoots with the importers to mislead the FDA. (Chicago Tribune) Even waiting for food handouts can be dangerous in Myanmar. (New York Ti ... More >>

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    May 5, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 5.5

    As if Somalia didn't have enough problems: Now there are food riots. (AFP) Meanwhile, confusion in Congress over how to pass emergency food aid. (Chicago Tribune) Another meat recall: 286,000 pounds from a company called Gourmet Boutique. (AP) This guy has designed his coffin to look like a Pabst ... More >>

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    January 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.29 A look at the debate over labeling meat from cloned animals in the larger context of food labeling. (Chicago Tribune) Various opinions on whether you should eat those energy bar food-like substances. (Not to give my own opinion on the matter or anything.) Seriously, th ... More >>

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    December 4, 2007
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    October 18, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10/18

    Food costs rose 0.5% in September, according to a new report from the Department of Labor. (Chicago Tribune) The FDA has issued warnings to fewer food suppliers this year than any year since 2001 -- but the numbers don't tell the whole story. (Bloomberg) A new study sugges ... More >>

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    October 15, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10/15

    How badly did ConAgra mishandle the recall of salmonella-tainted Banquet pot pies? Very badly, say critics. (AP) Meanwhile, some FDA inspectors complain that their workload is overwhelming. (Chicago Tribune) And from the Not Really Surprising But Still file: cooks, server ... More >>

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    April 10, 2007

    Behold, the Cubs!

    Cardinals homers: The end is near. It's a week into the baseball season and already folks are making World Series predictions, with the New York Yankees and Mets enjoying the best odds (4/1 and 11/2, respectively) to play into late October. The Cardinals, for the record, are at 14/1 to repeat as ch ... More >>

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    April 10, 2007

    Behold, the Cubs!

    Cardinals homers: The end is near. It's a week into the baseball season and already folks are making World Series predictions, with the New York Yankees and Mets enjoying the best odds (4/1 and 11/2, respectively) to play into late October. The Cardinals, for the record, are at 14/1 to repeat as ch ... More >>

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