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Underground Night Market

In San Francisco at midnight, smells waft through the air, music is blared, and bouncers abound, the New York Times reports.
According to the New York Times about 2,500 "foodies" participate in the underground night market to encourage and help young food vendors.
The underground night market began in 2010, through the company ForageSF and is attracting some of the most talented chefs in the area, Public Works reports.
"I want something savory and awesome," David McDonald, who estimates that he spends 40 percent of his income on dinners, told the New York Times. "I want food that will put me in a coma before I go to sleep."
Public Works explains that the market is more than just food because it holds live performances and is a social experience.
"When I was their age I was doing drugs and going to rock shows," Novella Carpenter, an urban farmer and author said. "That's not their culture," she continued. "Their culture is food -- incredible yummy-tasting food."

Obama plan to reduce U.S. budget deficit

Obama plans to lay out a plan later this week in hopes of creating a long-term deficit plan, CNN reports.
Sunday, Obama's senior advisor told the New York Times, that programs such as Medicare and education may take a hit, while the goal is to extract more from taxes of wealthy Americans.
According to CNN, this decision is a result of pressure from conservative parties.
"We've had to bring this president kicking and screaming to the table to cut spending,"Eric Cantor, leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, said on "Fox News Sunday," NY Times reports.
According to the NY Times, Obama's senior advisor indicated that Obama will try and end tax cuts to those with incomes over $250,000.

Saturday, Sidney Lumet, the 86-year-old director of classic movies such as "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon," and "The Verdict" died in his Manhattan home the New York Times reports.
According to CNN, Lumet's daughter Jenny Lumet, told CNN that he died of lymphoma and was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
According to the New York Times, while Lumet never won an Oscar, he received more than 40 Academy Awards nominations.
Lumet is survived by his wife Mary Gimbel, his 2 daughters, stepdaughter, stepson, 9 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
"While the goal of all movies is to entertain," Lumet once wrote, "the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing."

Trace levels of radiation found in American milk

In Spokane Wash., milk samples tested positive for the presence of radioactive iodine from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan the New York Times reports.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle these levels showed radioactive Iodine-131, which is still 5,000 times below levels of concern set by the FDA.
Liquids that are measured for radioactive material are measured in pico-curies per liter. The sample of milk in Washington found 0.8 pico-curies, which according to the New York Times would need to be 5,000 times higher to be of concern.
"Radiation is all around us in our daily lives, and these findings are a miniscule amount compared to what people experience every day," Patricia Hansen, senior scientist at the FDA told the San Francisco Chronicle.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle,the city of Spokane is located 300 miles off the coast of the Pacific ocean.

Hollywood icon, Elizabeth Taylor, dies at 79

On Wednesday, Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor died at 79 after being hospitalized 6 weeks ago for congestive heart failure, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to the New York Times, she appeared in 50 films and received 2 Academy Awards.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Taylor was well known for her beauty and had 5 marriages.
""I'm more of a man's woman," Taylor once said, as the Los Angeles Times reports. "With men, there's a kind of twinkle that comes out. I sashay up to a man. I walk up to a woman."
She is survived by her sons Michael and Christopher Wilding, her daughters Liza Todd, and Maria Burton, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, the New York Times reports.

Pinetop Perkins, blues master, dies at 97

On Monday in Austin, Tex the blues legend and last surviving member of the Delta bluesman died at 97, the New York Times reports.
According to the Boston Globe, Perkins was having chest pains, and when the paramedics finally arrived, they were not able to revive him.
Perkins was born in Belzoni Miss. and spent much of the 1950's and 1960's touring with Ike Turner and Water's band, the Boston Globe reports.
"I grew up hard," Perkins said in a 2008 interview with No Depression. "I picked cotton and plowed with the mule and fixed cars and played with the guitar and piano."
In 2005 Perkins won the lifetime achievement Grammy and in 2007 he won a grammy for best traditional blues album, the Boston Globe reports.
While Perkins has no survivors, B.B King told the Boston Globe that he was saddened by the loss of his friend.
Hugh Southard, Perkin's agent of 15 years, told the Boston Globe, "two cheeseburgers, apple pie, a cigarette, and a pretty girl was all he ever wanted."

On Tuesday, 2 federal marshals and a St. Louis police officer were shot and wounded by the suspect, who was shot and killed, they were trying to arrest on assault and drug charges, the Star Tribune reports.
According to the Star Tribune, when the officials searched the house of the suspect, Carlos Boles, 35, they were greeted by shots from his gun.
All three of the officers received medical attention, the New York Times reports.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay described the incident to the Star Tribune as,"a tragic example of what our law enforcement officers go through, the risks they take."
This is not Boles' first run-in with the law, as he was previously charged with first-degree assault and felony charges of marijuana possession, the Star Tribune reports.
"Right now, we're just praying for the officers who are injured and hope that everything works out well," St. Louis Police Department, Chief Don Isom, told the New York Times.

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