NYC Soda Ban Sued By Businesses, Beverage Groups Including National Restaurant Association

NEW YORK — Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city’s unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the industry views as unfair and undemocratic.

“For the first time, they’re telling New Yorkers how much of certain safe and lawful beverages they can drink,” said Caroline Starke, a spokeswoman for the business groups, whose complaint also faults the city for making the decision through an unelected board. The groups include the American Beverage Association, the National Restaurant Association, a soft drink workers union and groups representing interests ranging from movie theater owners to Korean-American grocers. Continue reading “NYC Soda Ban Sued By Businesses, Beverage Groups Including National Restaurant Association”

BIG APPLE BABIES

NYC Baby Names: Isabella, Jayden Most Popular Names For Third Straight Year.

For the third straight year, Isabella and Jayden reign as the most popular baby names in New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced the list of New York’s top names for tots on Tuesday and said more than 600 Isabellas and more than 800 Jaydens were registered in 2011.

Bloomberg added, “A baby born in New York City has a life expectancy 2.5 years longer than the national average in no small part due to our bold public health initiatives. This means we can expect to see many of the very popularly named Isabellas and Jaydens – like these two little ones with us today – more than 80 years from now.” Continue reading “BIG APPLE BABIES”