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Starbucks Hopes a Lower-Sugar Frappuccino Will Make People Love the Beverage Again

Plus, CNNgo is pulling ‘Parts Unknown’ episodes that feature Asia Argento, and more food news to start this short work week

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  • In France, long known as the capital of Western cuisine, residents of Marseille are fighting to save their local McDonald’s. Mickey D’s is planning to close a location in the north Marseille neighborhood of Saint-Barthélémy, per the Telegraph, but locals see the restaurant as a job provider and “center of community life.”
  • Amazon founder and obscenely wealthy person Jeff Bezos knows how to party like a celebrity. Sources tell Page Six the gazillionaire was spotted in the VIP area of Miami’s famous Nightclub LIV at the Fontainebleau over the weekend. The club reportedly is a regular host of famous faces such as Drake, Kanye West, Diddy, and assorted Kardashians.
  • California Democrats called for a boycott of beloved burger chain In-N-Out after it was discovered the West Coast icon donated $25,000 to the state’s Republican party. But, as the New York Times reports, it’s doubtful progressive-minded In-N-Out fans will give up their double-doubles anytime soon.
  • For California libs who are worried about their In-N-Out habit, rest easy. The chain also donates to Democrats, according to the Washington Post.
  • What has been uncrusted may indeed become crusted again, reports Jezebel.
  • It seems nobody wants to visit Lexington, Virginia, after Donald Trump and his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, publicly criticized the local Red Hen restaurant for refusing to serve Sanders. The city’s tourism board is planning to increase spending in an effort to overcome the controversy, reports the Roanoke Times.
  • The Trump administration’s persistent crusade against immigrants, both documented and undocumented, has resulted in some turning down aid from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for fear of retaliation. “The big concern for all of us in the WIC community is that this program is really about growing healthy babies,” Douglas Greenaway, president and chief executive officer of the National WIC Association, tells Politico. “When any population that’s potential eligible for this program is either driven away by changes in regulation or legislation or simply by political rhetoric inducing fear there are huge personal consequences to those babies and their families.”
  • CNNgo, the news network’s online streaming platform, has pulled episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown that feature actress and director Asia Argento, reports Buzzfeed News. Argento, a vocal leader of the #MeToo movement, has been accused of sexually assaulting actor Jimmy Bennett when he was 17 years old. Bourdain, Argento’s boyfriend at the time of his death in June, reportedly paid off Bennett in an attempt to keep the allegations from going public.
  • Jay Rayner, the British restaurant critic who is famous for his scathing reviews of bad meals, has announced he will publish a another book featuring his harshest critiques. Wasted Calories and Ruined Nights: A Journey Deeper Into Dining Hell is set for an October 4 release.
  • Going vegan is the response to a man’s midlife crisis, according to new research published by the Telegraph.
  • And finally, here is a tennis fan at the US Open dipping her chicken fingers in a soft drink. SB Nation notes the commentators who spotted this dining decision on camera where rightfully appalled.

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