Sideline Chatter: What are chances that buying it turns you into hunka hunka burning love?
Need a little good-luck charm, or maybe just a fashion accessory to set off your blue suede shoes?Elvis Presley’s rhinestone-studded jockstrap — complete with the initials “EP” on the waistband — is expected to hit $36,000 on the Paul Fraser Collectibles auction block.“Extravagant. Absurd. Sexually potent … pure Elvis Presley,” seller rep Daniel Wade told the London Daily Mail. “I’m sure the new owner won’t be able to resist wearing it out on a Saturday night.”No word on whether it comes with a return-to-sender guarantee.———Headlines— At Fark.com: “Viewers who successfully complete 64-hour Der...
The Seattle Times
While Pakistan combats COVID-19, a locust swarm is devastating food supplies
Migratory Locust. Image by Sergio Boscaino via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.Like many countries around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Pakistan's economy and highlighted issues with inequality, regional conflict and growing unemployment. For Pakistan, these issues are compounded by an army of locusts that has been ravaging the food supply since June 2019 — threateninginfrastructure already made fragile by the effects of the pandemic.Swarms of desert locustsmade international headlinesafter arriving in Pakistan from Iran in June 2019. According tothe Food and Agricultural Organizations of the Uni...
Low-cal craft beer becomes vital during quarantine. We taste 18 and pick the winners and losers.
First, let’s get the thing that needs to be said out of the way: These beers come with an asterisk. They are what they are. And what they are is low in calories and low in carbohydrates.If you want big, flavorful beer, this generally isn’t the place to look. If you want beer that doesn’t pile up quite as quickly at your waistline while tasting better than most options ending in “light,” this is indeed the place to look.Spurred by the continuing success of Michelob Ultra Light and the hard seltzer category — both of which grow at phenomenal rates — craft beer low in calories and carbs was alrea...
Diabetes Quick Fix: Five spice-pork and rice stir-fry
Five-spice powder is the base for this sauce that glazes the meat and vegetables with an aromatic and exotic flavor. It is a blend of many spices, usually, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed and Szechwan peppercorns. It can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. You only need a little for this recipe, but I like to keep it on hand to sprinkle on cooked vegetables, over rice or in salad dressings to create unusual flavors.Chinese recipes need a few extra minutes to assemble the ingredients, but take only a few minutes to cook. This stir-fry dinner is ready in less than 10 minu...
Tribune News Service
Danny Westneat: No, we're not all in this together — look at what's happening in two Washington cities
Quarantine fatigue is bringing an end to our lockdown, whether we’re ready or not.All 50 states now are reopening, no matter what’s going on with the virus. This anxiousness to get back to regular life and work, which you can feel bursting on the suddenly crowded streets of Seattle, may have been baked into the timeline centuries ago, when the word “quarantine” was coined by the Italians.It’s a mashup of “quaranta giorni,” or “forty days.” Thursday marks Day 59 we’ve been cooped up since Washington’s March 23 shutdown order. No wonder we got restless.The good news is that, in King County, whic...
The Seattle Times
All this food with nowhere to go. Restaurant distributor finds new demand in supermarkets, carryout and home delivery
CHICAGO — Eugene Lam, vice president of Chicago Oriental Wholesale Market, watched COVID-19 shutdowns deflate demand from his biggest customers: restaurants, airlines, casinos.But orders at the food service distributor founded by his parents 27 years ago perked up in other areas.Supermarkets, normally 20% of his business, became 40% as their orders doubled and shifted to include more shelf-stable products and cleaning supplies. Restaurants offering carryout, particularly in the medical district, became a focus. The company, based in an industrial zone between Pilsen and Chinatown, struggled to...
Cooking with CBD oil can help with anxiety, sleep issues, other conditions, proponents say
Let’s be blunt: Florida’s marijuana business continues to grow. Pot proponents were attempting to get recreational use on the ballot for 2022 as of this writing. And we’re continuing to hear more about cannabis-sourced products.CBD is over-the-counter. You don’t need a card for it. It doesn’t get you high. But many folks — and an increasing number of studies — say it’s useful in treating everything from aches and pains to acne. And its absorption rates apparently rise when you put it in the food.They do it every day at Fort Myers’ Seed & Bean Cafe and Market, where co-founder Cole Peacock has ...
As coronavirus loomed, Worthington pork plant refused to slow down
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A week before JBS idled its pork plant here, it was clear that meatpacking plants had become clusters of the virus.Sixty miles away, the Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls had shut down with nearly 300 workers testing positive for COVID-19. Plants in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Colorado also closed because of outbreaks.But until April 20, JBS was running the Worthington plant, which can slaughter as many as 21,000 hogs a day, at full tilt.Van-loads of workers commuted from Sioux Falls every day, some of them apparently sick. Employees skipped shifts out of illness or fear. Dozens ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Wisconsin judge's 'regular folks' remark shows how pandemic exposes classism
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ order for state residents to stay at home to contain the coronavirus.During the course of arguments, Chief Justice Patience Roggensack was commenting on a spike in COVID-19 cases at a meatpacking plant when she observed, “These were due to the meatpacking, though. That’s where Brown County got the flare.“It wasn’t just the regular folks in Brown County.”That regular folks remark has reverberated across the country, with critics seeing it as a class-based “othering” — a case of a privileged person looking down at memb...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study: Just one sugary drink a day can increase risk of cardiovascular disease
Another study concludes that just one sugary drink a day can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.Last year, researchers in France found even one small glass of soda or sugary juice can increase your chances of getting cancer or having heart problems.Now, in a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, California researchers have found one serving daily of a sugary soft drink is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.Sugar-sweetened beverages were defined as “caloric soft drinks, sweetened bottled waters or teas, and fruit dr...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution