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Published: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 @ 11:19 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 @ 11:19 AM
A mother saved a McDonald’s Happy Meal for six years and recently shared images of the non-decomposed chicken McNuggets and fries.
Jennifer Lovdahl of Anchorage, Alaska, purchased the Happy Meal Jan. 8, 2010, according to a receipt still attached to the box.
“It's been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all,” Lovdahl, who works at a chiropractor's office, wrote in a Facebook post Feb. 3. “It smells only of cardboard. We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this ‘food’ is.”
However, documenting non-rotting McDonald’s menu items isn’t unique. In fact, the restaurant chain addresses the issue in the “Why doesn’t your food rot?” section of the frequently asked questions.
“Actually, it can. Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form," according to the restaurant. "Without it, food will simply dry out – sort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to make croutons for stuffing. You might have seen experiments which seem to show no decomposition in our food. Most likely, this is because the food has dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur."
A number of experiments have subjected McDonald’s and other fast food to decay tests as well. Buzzfeed placed burgers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr. Wendy’s, Umami burger, In-n-Out and Jack in the Box in a glass jar for 30 days and examined them for decay.
Serious Eats conducted an exhaustive experiment comparing multiple aspects, including patty size and bun, of McDonald’s burger with a homemade version. They found that even a homemade burger made of similar proportions will not decay in a temperature-stable and moisture-controlled environment.
Still, Lovdahl might not be far off when she wrote this:
“The box will decompose before the food does.”
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:42 PM
— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its warning to include all types of romaine lettuce. The warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
The CDC also asks consumers to “not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.”
Additionally, the CDC suggests that consumers throw away any romaine lettuce in the home, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
At least 31 people have been hospitalized, including three who developed a type of kidney failure, according to the CDC.
No deaths related to the outbreak have been reported.
The CDC has not yet identified the grower or a common brand, and is urging people not to eat chopped lettuce from the Yuma area.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary, but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Most people get better in five to seven days. Infections can be mild, but can also be severe and even life-threatening.
People started reporting illnesses that are part of the outbreak between March 22 and March 31.
DNA fingerprinting is being used to identify illnesses that are part of the same outbreak. Some people might not be included in the CDC’s case count if officials weren’t able to get bacteria strains needed for DNA fingerprinting to link them to the outbreak.
To reduce your risk of an E. coli infection, you can:
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:49 PM
ATLANTA — A man convicted of murder Friday left a courthouse in Atlanta, before the verdict could be read.
Verlaine Laguerre, 26, was found guilty in the killing of Matthew Hardeman, who was 19 at the time of his death.
After a long legal battle, Laguerre and Prentice Baker were convicted of Hardeman’s murder Friday and sentenced to life in prison, plus five years. But Laguerre didn't show up to hear the verdict.
“I was just fearful. Just fearful. I just said, ‘Lord have mercy,’” Gloria Hardeman said.
She said that she still has faith that the system will bring complete justice for her and her family.
“I hope the system continues to work to capture him, that he won’t do no harm to himself or nobody else,” Hardeman said.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said Laguerre's whereabouts are unknown at this time and he is considered a fugitive.
After so many years of waiting, Hardeman said she will have to wait a little longer to see the man who killed her son behind bars where he belongs.
“It’s been a long time. Praying and crying. Praying and crying, but like I say, we held on,” Hardeman said.
On Oct. 15, 2011, Hardeman and Laguerre got into a physical fistfight outside Hardeman’s Lakewood Terrace home in southeast Atlanta.
Police said it all started because of "dirty looks" between the two. At the end of the fist fight, Laguerre took off, telling Hardeman he was coming back with his "red eye," referring to his gun.
Shortly after the fight, Laguerre came back with his accomplice, Prentice Baker. When Hardeman appeared, Baker opened fire, hitting him multiple times. Laguerre also shot Hardeman with an assault rifle. Police say a third man, who hasn't been identified yet, also fired shots. In total, Hardeman was shot 50 times. His family found him dead in the front yard of their home.
“He wasn’t just but 19, and he hadn’t begun to start his life, and it’s hurting me dearly," Gloria Hardeman said Friday night.
Matthew Hardeman made a name for himself as a high school football star at Avondale High School in DeKalb County. He then went to Cal State Fullerton on a football scholarship.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:16 PM
— Just two days after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, her granddaughter Lauren Bush Lauren and her husband, David, welcomed Max Walker Lauren to the family.
According to a Facebook post from Barbara’s Bush son Neil Bush, Max was born on Thursday. Arriving two weeks before his mom’s due date, the baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
Neil shared the news Friday morning and spoke about his mother’s passing as well as recognizing the moment as part of the circle of life:
“Maria and I were so blessed to spend lots of time with mom and dad during mom's last weeks and we are so grateful for the condolences and the outpouring of love expressed towards her by many, many friends. Barbara Bush was loved by everyone. She lived a remarkable life blessing family, friends, and total strangers around the world. Mom left on her own terms. In the final hours she was comfortable, loving, surrounded by family, holding hands with dad. Maria and I will always be grateful for being able to say a proper goodbye to our wonderful mother. And then two days later, yesterday morning, two weeks before her due date, Lauren Bush Lauren gave birth to a beautiful 7 lb 8 oz baby boy Max Walker Lauren. The circle of life. God is good.”
Bush’s daughter Lauren is married to the son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Lauren and David were married in 2011 and had their first son in 2015.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:17 PM
COVINGTON, La. — A Louisiana woman with a history of identity theft faces 10 years in prison after she was convicted Wednesday of stealing another woman’s background to land an executive position with a six-figure salary.
Cindy T. White, 41, of Slidell, was found guilty of identity theft over $1,000, according to a news release from the office of 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery. It took jurors just 15 minutes to find White guilty of the charges.
Montgomery said in the news release that White used information stolen from another woman’s LinkedIn profile to beef up her resume in September 2015, when she applied for an executive-level position with Diversified Foods & Seasonings. NOLA.com reported that the company, based in Covington, was founded by the late entrepreneur Al Copeland.
White also used the other woman’s Social Security number and driver’s license number when applying for the job, the news release said.
She was initially hired as a human resources manager, a position with a $95,000 annual salary, Montgomery said. Five months later, she was promoted to senior human resources director, a job with a $105,000 salary.
Company officials became suspicious a few months later when they noticed that White had trouble with duties that she should have been able to perform based on her alleged educational background. Her resume listed a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a master’s degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
“That’s not this person,” prosecutor Casey Dieck said in court, pointing at White. “This person stole the victim’s hard work and used it to get a six-figure salary and benefits to boot.”
Officials at Diversified Foods & Seasonings also noticed that White delegated a large number of tasks assigned to her, Montgomery said in the news release. They took a closer look at her personnel file and found discrepancies in it.
Company officials called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in April 2016.
Investigators determined that White lifted her educational background directly from the LinkedIn profile of a woman with a similar name, Montgomery said. They also discovered that she obtained the woman’s driver’s license and Social Security numbers from an unnamed online site.
A look at White’s real background revealed that this was not the first time she had stolen someone’s identity, the news release said.
White, a former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office employee, was arrested in New Orleans in 1997 on suspicion of theft, forgery and malfeasance in office after she was accused of stealing a co-worker’s identity and emptying the woman’s bank account.
She was caught when she was spotted in surveillance photos and identified, the news release said. She pleaded guilty that September to two counts of forgery and received probation.
Her probation was terminated in 1999 when the court was sent information that White had died, Montgomery said.
White also had a 1998 conviction in Jefferson Parish for attempted theft of goods.
Prosecutors argued that White, who admitted to St. Tammany Parish investigators that she used the victim’s identity to get the job, fraudulently collected $56,209 during the seven months she worked at Diversified Foods & Seasonings. Her defense attorney argued that she earned the salary she received.
Dieck denied the defense claim, Montgomery said in the news release.