The burger: The biggest news to come out of McDonald’s since all-day breakfast is the recent advent of the fresh beef patty. Yes, there’s a reason why McD’s burgers have such grey-ish hockey pucks at their center – the patties are frozen when they hit the grill. But thanks to a “Commitment to Quality” initiative at fast-food chain, there’s a new burger on the menu. Make that burgers: the fresh beef patty is available on all Quarter Pounder options, as well as the “Signature Crafted Recipes” burgers; versions include white Cheddar-bacon-barbecue sauce, and white Cheddar-gaucamole-pico de gallo-buttermilk ranch. (Note to self: now that it has been adapted by a corporate monolith that rang up nearly $23 billion in sales in 2017, “crafted” has been officially rendered meaningless as a culinary bellwether). Who would have thought the word juicy would earn a place in the McDonald’s lexicon? But … [Read more...] about Our food critic reviews McDonald’s new ‘fresh’ beef – and kinda, sorta likes it
Yes option review
In honor of the on-going NBA playoffs, the week’s edition of the Health Wonk Review will examine the top 16 health policy posts written over the past two weeks. The worthy authors have shown terrific vision and an ability to make slam dunk arguments (groan). The authors’ raw talents and athletic intellectual abilities are so overwhelming, even my own nominee was relegated to the lottery. You may support the arguments of some authors more than others, but at least we can all agree that the playoff-bound authors are smarter than this guy. Without further ado, here are your playoff-worthy posts: EAST The Notwithstanding Blog notes that although many wonks see salary-based physician payment as a happy medium between fee-for-service and capitation payment, these salaried physicians still may maintain significant conflicts of interest. The Incidental Economist wonders whether the Affordable Care Act is just an excuse for income redistribution. Will a robot soon replace your … [Read more...] about Health Wonk Review: NBA Playoffs Edition
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Well Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Ties When Washington decided to embrace marijuana, it felt as if the electorate had conspired to legalize arson, or dropped the drinking age to 14. ByNeal Thompson June 15, 2018 My older son was in eighth grade when he got home from a day of skateboarding, glassy-eyed and dopey, and fell asleep on the couch. For two hours. My wife and I sniffed around him as he snored, and barked at the same time: “Pot?!” It was the end of our family’s innocence and the start of a yearslong battle against substances. Our job as parents got even harder when the law turned against us. In 2012, with our boys on the verge of high school in Seattle, the state of Washington approved Initiative 502, which would begin to phase in legalized marijuana. It was as if the electorate had conspired to legalize arson, or dropped … [Read more...] about A ‘Just Say No’ Dad’s Struggle in the Land of ‘Just Say Yes’
A dozen people sat at a table in a rec center in south Minneapolis, debating the city’s comprehensive plan as a giant fan roared nearby. A city staffer explained the rising burden of rental prices on poor residents, and gently pushed a central theme of the draft plan — that the city must build more homes in more places — to a group peppered with skeptics. “If you just let the market promote density, that doesn’t necessarily trickle down to affordable housing,” said Lara Norkus-Crampton, a south Minneapolis resident. “If it was just density that provided affordable housing, then Hong Kong and New York City would be the most affordable places on the planet, and they’re not.” Norkus-Crampton’s view cuts to the core of the debate as the city takes public comment on a comprehensive plan that will be finalized before the end of the year. It would be a bold experiment, allowing fourplexes the same size as a large home in every … [Read more...] about Does density promote affordability? Economists say yes, Minneapolis residents are skeptical
Spring ball is in the rearview mirror and an important summer is approaching for the Hokies, who are entering season three under Justin Fuente. Where does Virginia Tech stand in all of its position groups? Let's take a look.If you missed any previous entries, go read them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers | Tight ends | Offensive lineToday: Defensive lineFollow me on Twitter and Facebook.Burning questionThe starters seem set, but do the Hokies have depth on the defensive line?Depth chart best guessTackle1. Ricky Walker, r-Sr.2. Vinny Mihota, Sr.3. Jarrod Hewitt, r-So.4. Xavier Burke, r-Jr.5. Darius Fullwood, r-Jr.End1. Trevon Hill, r-Jr.2. Houshun Gaines, r-Jr3. Emmanuel Belmar, r-So.4. Zion Debose, r-Fr.5. TyJuan Garbutt, r-Fr. OR Nathan Proctor, r-Fr.What we learnedThat, outside of depth concerns, there isn't all that much to worry about on the … [Read more...] about Spring review: The starters seem set, but do the Hokies have depth on the defensive line?