Whitefish in short supply At Passover
A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in a traditional recipe. Whitefish is used to make gefilte fish, a traditional Jewish dish that originated in eastern Europe. Markets in Chicago and Detroit were among those struggling to fill whitefish orders before the start of the eight-day celebration Monday evening, and a commercial fishing agency official said the shortfall extended as far as New York. "Everybody's pulling their hair out," said Kevin Dean, co-owner of Superior Fish Co., a wholesaler near Detroit whose latest shipment provided just 75 pounds of whitefish although he requested 500 pounds. "I've never seen it this bad this time of year."
Snack, don't snap at your spouse
A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger: It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives. That's because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose. In fact, it can make them "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman, lead author of the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers studied 107 married couples for three weeks. Each night, participants were asked to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing their spouse. The lower the blood sugar levels, the more pins were pushed, researchers found.
Train racing pooch Tie gets a home
The dog that raced a New York commuter train has a new home. New York's Animal Care & Control said Monday it got about 100 queries and three dozen applications for the energetic pooch, thought to be a shepherd-collie mix, and a new family for Tie was chosen from among them. The dog was rescued last week after running alongside a Metro-North Railroad train on a parallel track. About half a dozen trains had to slow down.
It's about time
Bitter court feud over sweet onions
No Vidalia onion will be harvested before its time. So says the agricultural commissioner who wants farmers to face fines for shipping one of Georgia's premier crops too early, potentially threatening their renowned sweet taste. A new rule prohibits packaging Vidalia onions for shipping before the last full week of April. A judge in Atlanta struck down the rule last month, saying Commissioner Gary Black overstepped his authority. But Black says he'll enforce the rule while the state appeals. Any farmer who ships onions before the official start date next Monday faces fines of up to $5,000 per bag or box and could be banned from selling onions under the Vidalia trademark.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.