Fast-Food Workers to Protest Thursday in 150 Cities, Including Miramar and Little Havana (Video)

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Fast-food workers in 150 cities will protest tomorrow.
All over the country, fast-food workers, fueled by union organizers, have been coordinating carefully orchestrated strikes around the country.

In a David-versus-Goliath-style battle, the workers are calling on the the megacorporations they work for -- like McDonald's, Yum! Brands, and Walmart -- to up their wages to $15 an hour and allow them the chance to unionize.

Surprisingly, some monolith enterprises are OK with supporting a minimum-wage hike.

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Russell Brand Weighs In on Fort Lauderdale Homeless Feeding Restrictions

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Russell Brand weighs in on Chef Arnold's plight.
The story of Arnold Abbott, the 90-year old World War II veteran and civil rights advocate known as "Chef Arnold" has turned into a global phenomenon.

Abbott, who was cited numerous times by the City of Fort Lauderdale for feeding homeless people at outdoor sites, has caught the attention on a certain savvy actor across the pond.

Russell Brand devoted an entire segment of his online commentary show, The Trews, to the matter. In the eight-minute video, Brand talks about how Abbott, a "lovely old man," was cited for feeding the homeless.

See also: Arnold Abbott and Mayor Jack Seiler Face Off in Televised Debate

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Jimmy John's Issues Noncompete Clause to Its Employees

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This giant sub might become a bitter pill to swallow.

The lengths to which some companies go to protect their image can sometimes be, well, ridiculous at best. In the olden days, before chefs and foods became trendy and marketable, when mom-and-pop operations staked their claims and reputations on their family name, you found real quality control. Since larger culinary entities began their hostile takeover of American plates and palates, you'll find that quality isn't what it used to be. This has given over to some bizarre corporate paranoia.

It's bad enough that many of these entities barely represent hollow shells of what they purport to be -- Italian food chains that don't salt the pasta water, pizzamakers who want you to stink like their product -- the mind-boggling ideas that get green-lit in corporate boardrooms are at times too much to handle.

The food service industry has routinely been unkind to its employees, especially in these big-box companies. But Jimmy John's latest "idea" to keep itself above its competition, real and/or perceived, is laughable and incredibly sad all at once. Kinda like their J.J. Gargantuan sandwich.

See also: Eat for a Buck at Jimmy John's Customer Appreciation Day

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Could Ebola Kill Our Chocolate Supply?

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Could Ebola also cause a chocolate shortage?
Last weekend on a flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Chicago, a man felt queasy and fainted. As paramedics met him at the gate in the Windy City, rumors spread throughout the plane: The man had Ebola. He had just come from Liberia. He was contagious.

Of course, no one actually knew anything, and the man was most likely just airsick. And yet, a second health-care worker has contracted Ebola and flew on a Frontier Airlines flight to Cleveland.

Now, there's even more to get all panicked about. Ebola could essentially kill off our chocolate supply.

See also: Ebola Patient's Plane Went On to Stop in Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta

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General Mills Buys Annie's for $820 Million

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General Mills - large corporation General Mills - has just put in a $820 million check for that most savory and ethical of supermarket choices, Annie's Homegrown.

Hippies, anti-GMOers, and other health-minded folks everywhere set to wailing and weeping at the news.

Annie's Homegrown already screwed the pooch by putting up some desirable numbers like $204 million in sales last year, a 20% jump from '13. (Can you just feel Wall Street craving something delicious and ethical and good for you?)


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Chick-Fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Is Dead at 93

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S. Truell Cathy, Chick-Fil-A founder, has died.
S. Truett Cathy, the controversial founder of Chik-Fil-A, has died.

According to a statement issued by the chicken sandwich chain, Cathy died at 1:35 a.m. Monday, "peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones." He was 93.

See also: Chick-fil-A President's Antigay Comments Spark Social-Media Frenzy [Update:Chick-fil-A Issues Statement]


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Florida's 2014 Scallop Season Starts Early

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Scallop season usually begins on the first of July and runs through September 24 and has done so for a very long time. This past May, Gov. Rick Scott asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to expand the harvest by three days in an effort to boost the economies of the scallop fisheries in Florida's Big Bend region. Last year, he asked for the season to start two days early so tourists and locals could enjoy scalloping over the weekend. At least there's more transparency in intent this year.

The legal harvesting area runs northwest from Hernando County to the Mexico Beach Canal, and this year's FWC reports show that the scallop populations in the open harvest areas of St. Joseph Bay, St. Marks, Homosassa, and Steinhatchee have remained steady within the vulnerable numbers while the beds of the closed areas in St. Andrew Bay, Tampa Bay, Pine Island South, and Anclote have spiked lower in the vulnerable and collapsed populations. But marine biology is never a factor in politics.

These declines can be attributed to coastal development and impact on sea grass as well as overfishing the shark populations, which usually control the scallop-loving rays.

See also: Florida Scallop Season Starts Saturday, Two Days Early

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CityPlace Versus Brewzzi: The Troubles Continue

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While this story has all the potential narrative trappings of David and Goliath, the truth seems closer to the harried dealings of taking care of an elderly relative who has gone fully into dementia with a lawyer's number on speed dial. Last year, CityPlace had a dispute with Brewzzi concerning the language of its lease and took it to court. A settlement was quickly reached, and it has been business as usual for both entities ever since.

That is, until recently, when shoppers and patrons looking to get their lunch fix at the award-winning brewery/eatery found it barricaded by mall security and the lights turned off. As it turns out, CityPlace had not received the satisfaction it had sought and moved in that morning with the Sheriff's Department to try to evict the restaurant from the locale it has inhabited for the past 11 years.

See also: Boca Raton's Brewzzi Wins Silver At National Competition For Passionfruit Saison

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Should 83-Year-Old Home Be Torn Down for Dunkin' Donuts Parking Lot?

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Here's a tough one to analyze. On one hand, West Palm Beach's kitschy and charming Antique Row neighborhood will lose a building that's suited for the environment's d├ęcor, and on the other, a hazardous road condition could be improved. 412 Avenida Alegre, located behind the Dunkin' Donuts on 3501 S. Dixie Highway, was built in 1931 and from 2005 until February of this year was inhabited by Mary Johnson, was purchased by the Ocean 11 LLC, and could be torn down in favor of the doughnut shop's parking lot expansion plans.

This is the same shop that was witness last year to a police-involved shooting when Officer Gene Picerno, himself no stranger to legal troubles, fired a shot at a hammer-wielding suspect in the early hours of April 13. This is also the same neighborhood that saw former Supervisor of Elections Theresa "Madame Butterfly" LePore's brother Joseph pull a firearm on a taxi driver and police officer following an altercation concerning the use of his driveway as a u-turn site. Avenida Alegre is a dead end, and, as such, residents have long suffered the use of their driveways by Dunkin' Donuts' patrons.

See also: Best Local Girl Gone Bad Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2001 - Theresa LePore

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Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur to Speak at Darbster Event Tuesday

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Maybe it was the first time you saw the pink slime footage. Or perhaps it was the first time you saw a video about the grave realities of the veal industry.

Whatever the entry point was, something got you thinking about giving a damn about what you're putting in your mouth and the process of how it got to your plate. For many folks, a visit to a Farm Sanctuary (where rescued animals that were slotted for slaughterhouses live out their lives) is that very entrance.

With farm locations in California and New York, Animal activist, best-selling author and co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary Gene Baur will bring his personal experiences from the farm to a special speaking event and buffet dinner at Darbster in Boca Raton on Tuesday night.

See also: GMO Free USA Pushing Petition Encouraging Publix to Label GMO Products

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