Cablevision Drops Food Network; Quarter Pounder Inventor Dies

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is up in arms about Cablevision dropping HGTV and Food Network. He recently twittered: "Bang away at Cablevision... can't believe there [sic] not showing Food Network," after the channels were dropped in a fee dispute with owner Scripps Network. [NY Post]

An upstate New York resident has a kitchen faucet that spews fire. The well near Fred Mayer's home became polluted three years ago with natural gas. Now, explosive vapors run from his tap along with the water that he can ignite with a lighter. [NY Daily News]

Al Bernardin, inventor of McDonald's' Quarter Pounder, has died of a stroke at age 81. The vice president of product development at the burger chain also helped create the fish sandwich, french fries, and hot apple and cherry pies. [Chicago Tribune]

The Kraft-Cadbury takeover saga is far from over. Kraft is preparing to sweeten its hostile 10 billion pound ($15.9 billion) takeover bid for the British confectioner in the next two weeks, although the company wouldn't say by how much. [Reuters]

What is the world's healthiest food? Micronutrients: they are cheap and necessary to children and pregnant women. In Honduras, they are often added to such common foods as salt, sugar, flour or cooking oil. [NY Times]

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