Costco Protects Sarah Palin; Teacher In Trouble for Hooter’s Trip

• After Sarah Palin had tomatoes hurled her way at a book-signing at The Mall of America, a Costco in Utah removed the fruit from its shelves when she visited. [Huffington Post via Yahoo! News]

• A lawyer with the Cochran Firm in Memphis has admitted that he bit part of a man’s nose off and swallowed it in a restaurant fight. [WMCTV]

• Boutique vineyards are springing up in Syria and Lebanon, bringing back an ancient tradition of wine-making. [CNN]

• A music teacher in Arizona whose class performed at a presidential inauguration event has been placed on leave after taking 40 students to Hooter’s. [MSNBC]

• The founder of a small chicken restaurant that became the Boston Market chain has died at 52. [MSNBC]

• An Ohio restaurant is offering a lifetime 25% discount to anyone with a tattoo of a grilled cheese sandwich. [Star Tribune]

• Australia’s most famous food critic won a landmark case against a restaurant trying to sue him for defamation after he slammed their food and they closed. [Earth Times]

• Scientists studying champagne say that every one of a bottle’s twenty million bubbles alters the beverage’s taste and smell. [WSJ]

• Maine’s attorney general is investigating allegations of price-fixing among some of the state’s lobstermen. [NYP]

• Working at German corporation BASF SE has one notable perk: access to the company’s 108 year-old wine cellar. [WSJ]

Costco Protects Sarah Palin; Teacher In Trouble for Hooter’s Trip