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THERE ARE LIMITS

“We believe that her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward,” said Parisa Khosravi, CNN International’s senior vice president for newsgathering, on announcing that correspondent Octavia Nasr had lost her job by revealing via Twitter that she was upset over the death of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, a member of Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group.

WARMITUS

Beware. Sound the alarms. Get out the face masks. Climate change makes people sick, says the Union of Concerned Scientists - including researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NOAA - which will reveal all at a Thursday press conference to address “the serious effects of climate change on public health.”

Indeed, among the many to speak: Purdue University earth sciences professor Matt Huber, who will offer evidence that climate change “could make parts of the Earth - including the eastern half of the United States - essentially, uninhabitable because of heat and humidity.”

FAT AND HAPPY

They must be many miles from the alarmists. And the food police. The Orange County Fair, which opens next week in Costa Mesa, Calif., proudly announces the addition of the Heart Attack Cafe to its roster of visitor features. The eatery specializes in spirited deep-fried fair fare. On the menu: the new deep-fried Klondike Bar, deep-fried butter (don’t ask), deep-fried cheese quesadillas and, of course, the regulars: deep-fried Twinkies, Oreos, S’mores and frogs’ legs.

Chocolate-covered bacon returns, a spokeswoman says, along with the Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich, Colossal Curly Fry Cones and the new 11-inch-wide Belly Buster Burger.

POLL DU JOUR

  • 85 percent of Americans have heard of the federal government’s food “pyramid” guidelines; 71 percent have not used it.
  • 77 percent of Americans are trying to lose weight.
  • 77 percent are not meeting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for physical activity.
  • 69 percent are “changing” the amount of food they eat.
  • 63 percent are changing “the type” of food they eat.
  • 19 percent are tracking their calories.
  • 12 percent can accurately estimate the calories they consume daily.

Source: International Food Information Council Foundation 2010 Food & Health Survey of 1,024 American adults conducted in April and May.

Standing by for murmurs, asides, cumbersome press releases at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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