Competitive Eating = Athletics?

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Competitive eating might have athletic merit. Why else would participants be so skinny? Or able to invade the stage during a contest? A BBC report looks at the tricks and politics of competitive eating.

County officials shut down a small food business in Portland, Oregon, for lacking a business license. A really small business -- they closed a 7-year-old's lemonade stand because she lacked a $120 business permit. The Oregonian profiles scofflaw Julie Murphy, who risked the public health with her 50 cent cups of Kool-Aid lemonade. Outrage continues. "[Michael] Franklin is also organizing a "Lemonade Revolt" for Last Thursday in August. He's calling on anarchists, neighbors and others to come early for the event and grab space for lemonade stands on Alberta between Northeast 25th and Northeast 26th."

Starbucks has probably paid for its business licenses and, according to Reuters, will soon sell drinks made from unroasted green coffee beans. Starbucks is calling the fruit-flavored iced drinks "Refreshers," and is using them to separate itself from McDonalds' McCafe.

Throw away your $50 tubes of white or black truffle paste made by Marky's; they've been recalled. The USDA issued the recall because the pastes, sold from February 2009 until last month, might have been under-processed thanks to faulty equipment.

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