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• Manhattan’s Tonic East restaurant will pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the eatery discriminated against blacks wearing hip-hop clothing and urban wear to a Super Tuesday event for Barack Obama supporters. [NYT]
• Office procrastinators might have to look for a new method for wasting time: Scrabulous is under fire. [DealBook/Alley Insider]
• Airborne, the cold-relieving drug of choice for many cube dwellers around the city, will pay $23.3 million to settle claims of false advertising. Says one critic, “Airborne is basically on overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that’s been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed.” Holy wow. Anyone want to come together and ratchet this up to class-action against “second-grade teacher” founder Victoria Knight-McDowell? [CNN]
You Can Get Jennifer 8. Lee’s New Book at Amazon NYTimes.comNew York Times staffer Jennifer 8. Lee has written a book. It’s called The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. It’s about the origin of Chinese food in America and how it has morphed and changed over the years and how it all ties in with the Chinese-American experience. We know, doesn’t that sound familiar? It must be because we read the giant discourse on the history and origin of the fortune cookie that Lee wrote for today’s dining section which discusses the origin of the fortune cookie in American and how it has morphed and changed over the years and how it ties in with the immigrant experience. The fortune cookie, the author’s Website tells us, is “the key to the central mystery in Jennifer 8. Lee’s delightful and sumptuous quest.” Really? That’s the central mystery? We sure hope it’s not, because if it is, we already know the ending. (Spoiler! The fortune cookie was invented by the Japanese!) But alas, this is not the first time Jennifer 8 Lee has written about the subject of her book in the paper, although it is the first time she’s been credited as the “author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, to be published in March.” In fact, ever since she sold her proposal, she’s been conducting what could, to a cynical eye, look like a buzz campaign within the paper’s very pages. Wait, you ask, are we making the shocking suggestion that Jennifer 8. Lee is self-promotional?