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Pico-Union Candyman is Murdered; Food Changed Our Lives This Decade

• Fereidoun Kohanim, a 72-year-old Pico-Union 98-Cent store shopkeeper beloved for giving candy to kids, was shot in the back of the head while trying to fend off armed robbers and died yesterday. [L.A. Times]

• Dairy farmers are excited about a small rise in milk prices that will come in January. [Recorder Online]

• Fewer schools in California are offering breakfast to students compared to last year. [Times-Standard]

• A 52-year old man walked into a Detroit diner with a five-inch knife stuck in his chest, ordered coffee and waited for the ambulance. [MSNBC]

• A review of food safety at the nation’s airports reveals dangerous violations and improper storage that has caused illness. [USA Today]

• One study says that increased foodie-ism, the rise of organics, and the Food Network were among the fifty things that changed our lives this decade. [AP]

• 2009 was the year that Southern Italian salumi ‘nduja went mass market, “making it the Lady Gaga of pork products.” [NYT]

• Danny Meyer is just one of the many restaurateurs using menu psychology to try to influence diners’ orders. [NYT]

Pico-Union Candyman is Murdered; Food Changed Our Lives This Decade