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Socialista Back in Business; 2nd Avenue Deli Still Delivers

Socialista, now rid of that pesky hepatitis-A problem, is once again hosting celebs like Sting and Josh Hartnett. [NYP] Conflict-of-interest alert! The soon-to-be-new president of the Obesity Society had to step down after drawing criticism for his paid consultant work for the restaurant industry, for whom he produced a puzzling affidavit asserting that posting calorie info on menus could have a negative effect on obesity. [NYT] Good news: The 2nd Avenue Deli still delivers anywhere in town. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]

Did Ashton Kutcher Pick Up Hepatitis at Socialista?

If you ordered a drink from Socialista on February 7, 8, or 11, beware of hepatitis A! According to the New York City Health Department, the bartender who worked those nights has the liver ailment, which "is spread by putting something in one’s mouth (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated with traces of fecal matter from an infected person." So who was celebrating his 30th birthday there on February 7? Unlucky Ashton Kutcher. The actor, and anyone else who may have been served at Socialista on those dates, can get a free vaccination at P.S. 41 in Manhattan. Good catch by the Wall Street Journal Health Blog. Looks like Rupert Murdoch is influencing even health stories. Hepatitis A Crashes Ashton Kutcher’s Birthday Party [Health Blog/WSJ]