December 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK Santa, it seemed, was difficult to escape in parts of this snow-coated city Saturday. He was eating a burrito at Chipotle. He was getting money out of the ATM. He was buying Gatorade at Walgreens. But most of all, he was drinking at various bars throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of SantaCon, an annual Santa-themed bar crawl. SantaCon has occurred for years, but after a few particularly rowdy parties, the event has gotten the city in a tizzy. Many New Yorkers this year expressed concerns about the level of booziness at SantaCon, which draws 30,000 people to New York and has been known to feature Santas puking, shouting and urinating publicly all over town.
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October 29, 2013 |
Jesse Bracamontes is one of the legions of Sriracha hot sauce fans who squirts the bright red paste of peppers, garlic and spices on all manner of foods: pizza, take-out Chinese and even a plain bowl of noodles. But when the pungent Sriracha smell wafts into the frontyard of his Irwindale home, he says his nose runs and he feels a little sick. "It feels a little like pepper spray," he said. Bracamontes lives a short walk from Sriracha's bustling new plant in Irwindale, which can produce up to 200,000 bottles of the hot sauce each day. The company moved there last year in response to heavy global demand.
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October 28, 2013 |
It's well known that a spoonful of Sriracha, an Asian hot sauce made by Huy Fong Foods, can burn your mouth. But in Irwindale, where the hot sauce's production facilities are, residents are complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by a powerful, painful odor that the city says appears to be emanating from the factory during production. The smell is so aggressive that one family was forced to move a birthday party indoors after the spicy odor descended on the festivities, said Irwindale City Atty.
October 10, 2013 |
Dancing around an obvious question, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie showed some rather deft footwork earlier this week. In a debate Tuesday night against his overmatched Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, the Republican faced the inevitable query about his ambitions beyond winning reelection to a second term in November. As in: What about that all-but-declared bid for president in 2016? “I can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Christie said. “I can do this job and also deal with my future.
October 4, 2013 |
Faced with continuing criticism over their decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, international soccer leaders have concluded a two-day meeting by deciding to put off any immediate decisions. Qatar was a controversial choice from the start, if only because the Persian Gulf can be oppressively hot in summer. More recently, there have been reports of widespread labor violations in that country. After meeting in Zurich, members of FIFA's executive committee said Friday they will begin a consultation process to further examine moving the summertime tournament to a winter date in 2022.
October 4, 2013 |
ATLANTA -- This was a game the Dodgers could have won. They could have boarded their charter flight to Los Angeles on Friday night with a commanding lead over the Atlanta Braves in the National League division series. Instead, the Braves' 4-3 victory meant the best-of-five series was tied at one game apiece, leaving open the unsettling possibility that Clayton Kershaw could be forced to pitch on three days' rest for the first time in his career. BOX SCORE: Braves 4, Dodgers 3 In the aftermath of the loss at Turner Field, many of the questions the Dodgers faced were related to Manager Don Mattingly's ill-fated decision in the seventh inning to intentionally walk roster filler Reed Johnson to face former All-Star Jason Heyward.