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Soup in the News

(Archive Dateline: September 1999)

Date Item
Belgrade Beta news agency, via BBC
The Yugoslav Red Cross reports that the number of users of soup kitchens in Yugoslavia have increased from 14,000 to 100,000--thus increasing the aid given by international organizations in the area.
Itar-Tass News Agency
Ruslan Maisigov reports from Ordzhonikidzevskaya, Ingushetia, across from Chechnya, on the refugees from the Russian bombing-- which they call "a commercial war"-- who seek the shelter of tents, first aid, and the comfort of soup being served in the refugee camps.
Agence France Presse
Under the direction of businessman Alaa al-Sayed, Cairo opened its first permanent soup kitchen, called "the people's table." This act of charity, which al-Sayed vows will last his lifetime, is an extension of a tradition whereby rich Egyptians provide meals for the poor during the holy month of Ramadan.
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
Jill Rosen and Jon Burstein report on the escalating war between two Jewish delicatessens in South Florida, with Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House accusing Flakowitz of hiring away its employees and stealing its recipes for chicken soup and other trade secret delicacies.
AP Online
William Foreman reports from Tungshih, Taiwan, on the assembly line of women chopping cabbage, carrots, and shiitake mushrooms for enormous vats of soup that were generously ladled out to anyone in need who survived the devastating earthquake--7.6 on the Richter scale--and aftershocks that that struck the island.
CNN Newsroom
Jim Hill reports on commercial fishermen in Hawaii engaging in the controversial practice of "finning" sharks they've caught--then throwing their helpless bodies back in the water--keeping only the tendrils of the fins that are used in shark fin soup...and that sell for between $18 and $70/pound, depending on type and size.
Sunday Telegraph (London)
Matt Bannerman reports from a remote and very flooded corner of the upper Amazonian rainforest that while pirahna soup does not taste good, it has heroic aphrodisiac properties.
AP Worldstream
Francine Parnes reports on Los Angeles notorious "Trashy Lingerie store," catering to Hollywood stores, which features in his window display a jungle scene of mannequins clad in safari bras and panties making soup out of a hunky male in a large soup pot.
The Orlando Sentinel
Ivan Roman, San Juan Bureau, reports on the long-awaited welterweight boxing title between Puerto Rican Felix "Tito" Trinidad and Mexican-American Oscar De La Hoya in Los Vegas, noting that, in the opinion of Puerto Ricans, Tito has the edge because right before the fight he will be eating the Chicken and Pigeon Soup his mother sent.
New York Daily News)
The Lauren Stanley Gallery has mounted an exhibit "American Soup Ladles: 1800-1900" to commemorate the essential character of soup in 19th century suppers in the United States.
South Wales Evening Post
The Waunarlwydd Choir from Swansea staged a 24-hour singing marathon to raise money for its Easter 2000 tour of Canada, pausing only briefly and between songs to sup on "lashings of soup."
The Gloucester Echo
Cyclist Brian Hayward, back in Greet, England, after a 800-mile bike ride through France, reports that villagers waited by the roadside--as they did during the Tour de France--to feed the bikers soup and give encouragement.
Copenhagen Post
A 47-year-old woman died of liver failure after eating a homemade soup prepared with toxic mushrooms. She was one of 7 people who were hospitalized after eating the "green fly" mushroom.
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