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“We find that very encouraging,” said Dr. Schuchat, noting that the flu hasn’t been in the headlines as it was last year during the swine flu global epidemic.

In a survey of adults and children, a third reported getting vaccinated, 15 percent said they would definitely get vaccinated and an additional 25 percent said they probably would, she said.

Flu usually peaks between January and March, but was widespread a year ago because of swine flu. So far, flu activity nationwide has been low except in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia.


Alternative hummus nixed by students

PRINCETON | Princeton University students have voted down a referendum on hummus.

It was a quirky vote about a chickpea dip that delved into international relations.

The student group Princeton Committee for Palestine wanted university-run stores to sell an additional brand. The group says that Sabra, the only brand currently offered, supports human rights abuses.

The university’s Undergraduate Student Government announced Friday that measure was defeated in voting this week 1,014 to 699.

Sabra is based in Queens, N.Y., and Richmond, Va. It is owned by PepsiCo and the Israeli food conglomerate Strauss Group. Strauss contributes money to support troops in the Israeli Defense Forces. Some say they have abused the rights of Palestinians.


Restaurateur Elaine Kaufman dies

NEW YORK | Elaine Kaufman, the colorful restaurateur whose East Side establishment, Elaine’s, became a haven for show business and literary notables, died Friday at the age of 81.

Ms. Kaufman died at a Manhattan hospital of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and pulmonary hypertension, according to a statement issued by the restaurant’s representative.

Ms. Kaufman was a veteran waitress and cafe manager in Greenwich Village when she bought a small bar-restaurant near the corner of Second Avenue and 88th Street in 1963.

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