McDonald’s Playlands Breed Germs; Mitrice Richardson’s Body Exhumed

• You don’t know what’s lurking beneath those colored balls: Turns out McDonald’s playgrounds are nasty places infested with gonorrhea and meningitis. [HuffPo]

• Amid the Hellish scenarios predicted for Carmageddon (including our Mayor’s offer that it will be “an absolute nightmare”) this weekend comes a beacon of light in the form of oh-so-many Carmageddon discounts and dining specials. [WSJ]

• The body of Mitrice Richardson, who went missing and was later found dead following an arrest for not paying an $89.51 bill at Geoffrey’s, was exhumed yesterday for further investigation. [CNN]

• What’s on the minds of Southern California’s billion-dollar-profiting grocery store chains as a union dispute brews? The rising cost of providing health care to employees and competition form non-union retailers. [KDAF]

• The following staples will continue to climb in price, say experts: wheat, corn, meat, dairy, and coffee. So basically everything involved in the American diet. [SF Gate]

• Because of some paperwork issues coupled with the Minnesota government shutdown, MillerCoors beers may soon be barred for sale in liquor stores and bars of that state. That means no Blue Moon either. [HuffPo]

• Nestle has invested in a company that makes kiwi-based constipation cures. How glamorous! [Reuters]

• Eataly thinks that for some reason President Obama will take them up on an invitation to toast his 50th birthday on August 4 with a fancy Barolo at the Italian megamarket. Well, they’re giving him till the end of 2011, so it could happen. [DNA Info]

McDonald’s Playlands Breed Germs; Mitrice Richardson’s Body Exhumed