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Pedal to the metal: Divvy sets rider record in 2015

The busiest day for Divvy, the city's blue bike-sharing program, was the July 4 holiday, also smack in the middle of the Grateful Dead tour stop at Chicago's Soldier Field. Data for 2015 released by Divvy this week showed 24,814 rides were taken on July 4, setting a record for the most trips taken...

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia draws lifetime ban for failing third drug test

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has become the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time. The commissioner's office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for Boldenone. The 26-year-old was the...

Tasting the Wines of Chile’s Ritual, 2016 Releases

Headed up by well-known winemaker Rodrigo Soto, Chile’s Ritual is a new label that is producing sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and — uncommon for Chile — pinot noir. Soto recently took to a web chat with wine writers to prove that… Continue reading ? The post Tasting the Wines of Chile’s Ritual, 2016 Releases appeared first on Drinkhacker.

A Connecticut Lawmaker Says America’s Cheese Is As Good As Europe’s

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy pulled together a group of lawmakers to object to labeling laws that would prohibit non-Italian cheesemakers from calling their stuff "Gorgonzola," "Asiago," or even just "feta."

U.S. House Passes Bill to Ease Calorie-Labeling Regulations

The bill goes on to the Senate. The United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that will ease nutritional labeling requirements at American restaurant chains, reports the Associated Press. The bill passed, 266-144, andShow More Summary

Meteorologists union warns of more flight delays in Chicago because of cutbacks

The National Weather Service has scaled back a pilot program designed to reduce weather-related delays at Chicago, New York and Atlanta airports, and the union representing meteorologists is warning that delays will rise at O'Hare and Midway airports as a result.The National Weather Service Employees...

Canadian man Edgar Latulip cracks his own cold case after 30 years

For 30 years, Edgar Latulip didn't remember his own name or realize he was living 80 miles from home, where there were competing theories about how and where he had most likely died. No one had seen him since September 1986 when, according to local news accounts, Latulip disappeared from a Canadian...

Millennials Drank the Most Wine Last Year - and It Was No Two-Buck Chuck

If you're a millennial who loves wine, this might not come as a surprise to you. We, and by that I mean people aged 21 to 38, drank almost half the wine purchased in America last year. According to a survey by the Wine Market Council,...Show More Summary

Japanese Men Get All the Candy on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day in Japan has taken a few twists in translation, adding a gender-role shakeup that is completely foreign to the way the holiday is celebrated in the rest of the world.

'We are brothers': Pope Francis embraces Russian Orthodox leader in historic meeting

With a hug and an exclamation of "Finally!" Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that has divided Christianity. "We are brothers," Francis said as he...

The Samoa Martini Recipe Moms Need During Girl Scout Cookie Season

Post by Caroline Olney. As hard as it is to see a box of Girl Scout Cookies and not eat the entire thing immediately, we think we're going to have to this year. The reason? This absolutely mouth-watering Samoa Martini, of course. What else? Trust us, we wouldn't put the cookies down for anything less beautiful. Show More Summary

Brazil minister says no doubt Zika virus connected to microcephaly

Brazil's health minister said Friday that authorities were "absolutely sure" that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow to investigate the surge of cases that set off international alarms. Marcelo Castro made the remarks during...

As sales sag, department stores look to evolve

Less-than-stellar holiday sales — despite extra-long hours and extra-steep discounts — may be a wake-up call to department stores that they need a new approach. "What shoppers are looking for from department stores today is an experience, services and brands they can't get other places. There's...

Beer Friday #5

Getting ready to leave for the weekend, and this was always one of my favorite road songs. So let's have some beers, woowoo! Victory Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA, 5.5% A 5.5% "refreshing session ale"? No, guys, it damned well isn't. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Fed Up

Dale Finley Slongwhite.  Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food.  University Press of Florida, 2014. Yes, there’s a movie called Fed Up (in which I make a very brief appearance) but this book covers a quite different topic.  It takes a tough look at the impact of widespread pesticide use on farmworkers in the […]

Whole Foods’ New Chain Could Include ‘Tattoo Parlors’ and ‘Record Stores’

The natural foods juggernaut is trying to woo younger consumers with a new program that would work with local businesses to offer a whole range of non-food-related items.

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here’s A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.

It's a Snap: Your Chopsticks Are More Powerful Than You Know

Post by Caroline Olney. Mastering the art of actually eating with take-out chopsticks can be tricky, but we always thought the part where you open the package and break them apart was pretty easy. But then we realized we were doing it way wrong and... Show More Summary

11 Bizarre Food Gifts Your Valentine Doesn't Want

From a salami bouquet to an engraved bean plant, these gifts probably won't go over well. Valentine's Day is generally enough of a drag on its own, what with the pressure to snag a reservation, present an overpriced bouquet of flowers, and, uh, perform. Show More Summary

Yoga and Beer: An Unlikely Match

Namaste, now let’s raise a pint. Most yoga enthusiasts recommend drinking at least 8 ounces of water after class, not 16 ounces of craft beer. Yet, yoga classes followed by a pint of beer are becoming increasingly popular at breweries...Show More Summary

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