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Sampler Platter: Stinkers, beer waste as fish food, evil agribusiness

February 9, 2009 | 11:57 am

A Monday morning dose of news...

  • N.Y. Times visits faux trucker bar Stinkers in Silver Lake (three months after the L.A. Times, though we do have the home court advantage): Kitschy or cheesy? The writer's not quite sure.
  • Food industry under scrutiny at Berlin Film Festival as two anti-agribusiness docs share the spotlight:  "Food, Inc." and "Terra Madre" (Mother Earth). Reuters
  • Even pets are feeling the pinch. Animal food bank opens in Lawrenceville, Ga. Detroit Free Press
  • Starbucks, the chain that normalized the $3 cup of coffee, will start offering discount breakfasts: $3.95 for coffee and food. Triangle Business Journal
  • Can we turn beer waste into fish food? Yes, we can! 9News.com
  • British celeb chef Antony Worrall Thompson closes four restaurants; he's using his own savings to keep the other two running. Guardian

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: A pair of hipster skunks ironically drink their Schlitz tall boys at truck stop-themed Stinkers bar. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)