Flights from Newark might have come to a halt during last week's snowstorm, but some hardcore food workers kept stranded passengers and airport employees fed. The Star-Ledger features airport food workers Sandra Vasquez, who dug her car out of the snow twice in one day and carpooled her stranded co-workers to their jobs, and Uddin Kutub who pulled 20-hour shifts. "They are the unsung heroes of last week's crippling blizzard: the food vendors of Newark Liberty. More accustomed to bored or restless fliers killing time before their flight with a slice and a Coke, the men and women of the airport's food courts, many of them immigrants, students or both, rose to the occasion when called upon to feed the storm's tired and hungry refugees."
Infidelity and divorce are great for cutting a state's cost! Greenville Online reports that the state of South Carolina spent only $39,000 on groceries at the governor's mansion from July, 2009 through June, 2010. That probably has something to do with First Lady Jenny Sanford and her four sons moving out of the mansion after Governor Mark Sanford's dalliances in Argentina. Previous governor Jim Hodges was criticized for his $147,000 food spending in 2002, which he credits for his successes in office. "Hodges told The News he used the mansion and dining there for economic development and to promote education reform and reading improvement. He drew a sharp contrast with Sanford and his accomplishments. 'The results speak for themselves,' Hodges said. 'The unemployment rate was much lower than it is now, job creation efforts much stronger, and student test scores significantly higher.'"
ABC New Radio has the scoop on the government's next food target: synthetic food dyes that might be bad for kids. The FDA will begin hearings in March to examine the safety of synthetic food dyes and their possible connection to hyperactivity.
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