Rachel Ray Goes Royal for Mardi Gras; South Bay Thieves Target Top-Shelf Liquor

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• Rachael Ray will serve as the grand marshal of the Fat Tuesday Krewe of Argus parade in New Orleans. [Nola]

• Police in the South Bay are searching for two men who have robbed high-end bottles of tequila, champagne, cognac, and other liquor from at least ten stores. [KTLA]

• Maywood Bakery, which has provided traditional roscas for 30 years on January 6th, Three King’s Day, lost its first batch and had to turn customers away yesterday before fixing the problem. [L.A. Times]

• Scientists testing fast food soda fountains found that almost half of the 90 sodas tested contained “feces bacteria.” [KTLA]

• Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, maker of a diet drug Alli, is producing a film about “healthy eating.” [N.Y. Times]

• Ralph’s and Food-4-Less raised $177,000 for breast cancer research. [PR Newswire]

• A former British drug czar has created a substance that mimics the feeling of being drunk without causing a hangover. [Daily Mail via The Awl]

• A fourteen month old baby in China is surprisingly healthy after sticking a chopstick up his nose and into his skull. [CNN]

• Florida’s unusually cold winter could be bad news for the nation’s supply of winter strawberries. [NYT]

• The FDA seized a million dollars worth of food from a Tennessee Chinese food warehouse after finding “rodent excrement, urine, hair and blood” during an inspection. [Nashville Post]

• A Kansas City woman did thousands of dollars in damage to a McDonald’s after being served an unsatisfactory hamburger. [Fox via Eater National]

Rachel Ray Goes Royal for Mardi Gras; South Bay Thieves Target Top-Shelf Liquor