Restaurants Change Their Tune on Music to Lure More Customers. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin have crooned through the speakers of Olive Garden dining rooms for years. Lately, though, diners at the Italian chain also have been hearing Adele, David Bowie and U2. Central Florida casual-dining restaurants are undergoing musical makeovers as they try to attract more cash and customers. Read more at restaurantnews.com.
Second Meningitis Outbreak Erupts In Southern California. The University of California, Santa Barbara is experiencing a meningitis outbreak a lot like the earlier this year. The California university a fourth case of meningococcal disease on Monday. Like the outbreak at Princeton, this outbreak involves type B meningitis, a form of the disease that isn’t covered by the vaccine approved for use in the U.S. Read more at npr.org.
What’s causing all these peanut allergies? It wasn’t until I had kids that I realized how serious peanut allergies have become. Fortunately my own children don’t have allergies, but many of their friends do, and there are nut-free policies everywhere we go. I brush their teeth carefully and wash their hands to remove all traces of peanut butter after breakfast. Read more at treehugger.com.
These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes. Oakland High is a “closed campus.” That’s done in the interest of safety and security and to cut down on school-skipping. It means kids can’t leave during school hours without parental consent, especially at lunchtime. But it doesn’t stop several students from breaking out. Inside the cafeteria the lines are long, and complaints about the food are as plentiful as the fence jumpers. Read more at npr.org