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McDonald’s Is Phasing Out Hi-C Orange and People Are Pissed

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• Hi-C Orange Lavaburst, the beverage that calls to mind elementary-school-era juice boxes, inexplicably still has a huge cult following — and those rabid drinkers are pissed that McDonald’s will soon discontinue the drink, dropping it from its soda fountains. The fast-food chain announced yesterday that it’ll replace the delightfully-orangey-liquid-sugar drink with a new option called “Sprite TropicBerry.” People are predictably angry on Twitter.

• The Fight for $15 movement, which sees many hospitality workers advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage, will get a boost from 23 Democratic Senators in a bill that will soon be introduced in the Senate. The Raise the Wage Act will be introduced by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and has the backed of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), among others. The proposal hopes to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, but of course, will face opposition by both parties, Republican and Democratic, in Congress.

• Speaking of minimum wage and labor practices, Alexander Acosta was officially confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday as the new Secretary of Labor. He had been President Donald Trump’s second choice for the role, after fast-food CEO Andy Puzder faced strong public condemnation post-nomination and eventually withdrew from consideration.

• A Portland, Oregon pizzeria is hoping its 101-cheese pizza stunt will set a world record: In their attempt to break the current world record (which stands at 99), Scotty’s Pizza Parlor threw more than 100 different types of cheese on one pie.

• Guy Fieri’s opening a new restaurant in Richmond, Virginia.

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