Lansdowne Pub Beats the Rap; Dunkin’ Sweetens Franchisee Relations

• Lansdowne Pub has been cleared of responsibility for August bar brawl resulting in manslaughter charges. [Herald]

• Dunkin’ Donuts CEO is trying to to improve relationships with franchise operators. [Herald]

• Over 60 percent of restaurant workers don’t stay home when they’re sick, finds a new study. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

• In the midst of the recession, doughnut business is booming. [Time]

• McDonald’s is now denying any plans to eliminate health insurance. [USA Today]

• Cookbook author and chef Nathalie Dupree is running for Senate in South Carolina. [The Caucus/NYT]

• A phone number on a box of Chad Ochocinco-branded cereal was supposed to send callers to a charity hot line, but instead, sent them to a sex line. [NYT]