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Rotten tomatoes? Farmworkers sue Palm Beach over protest ban

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A U.S. farmworkers coalition is suing Palm Beach, alleging the wealthy town’s ordinances effectively bar the group from its constitutional right to hold a protest near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, representing about 40,000 field workers, wants a federal judge to allow a planned demonstration March 12 near the home of Wendy’s Company board chairman Nelson Peltz. At issue is the company’s refusal to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement…

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Tampa Bay area McDonalds workers protest unsafe work conditions

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This afternoon in Tampa, approximately 70 fast-food workers, many McDonalds employees, and their allies held a demonstration protesting health hazards that they say they’ve incurred on the job. It’s the latest effort by activists behind the “Fight for $15” campaign to get fast-food workers a higher wage and the right to join a union, primarily funded by the Service Employees International Union. Blue Reiner works at the McDonalds at Fletcher Avenue and 22nd Street in Tampa. He says he has…

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NYT on Sriracha: An All-American Sauce

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From the Editorial Notebook: I was disillusioned when I read in The Times that Sriracha sauce was invented in Los Angeles. I always assumed that the garlicky, tangy chili sauce I squirt with abandon on most of my food came from an exotic hamlet in Vietnam. Memories of prior disappointments came flooding back. As a teenager living in Mexico, I was sure Tabasco sauce was domestic. It’s hot. It shares a name with a big Mexican state. Depending on who…

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