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Combo Plate: Martha to the rescue, reader photos, deadly brew and more

September 7, 2010 | 12:09 pm

Martha -- The Hallmark Channel is re-branding itself to focus on home and lifestyle improvement and cooking shows. And who's going to help them? Who else? Martha Stewart.

-- The psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms," can improve mood and reduce anxiety and depression in terminal cancer patients, according to a new study.

-- "Top Chef"-er Stephanie Izard's got the hottest restaurant in Chicago with Girl & The Goat. Or, as a Trib headline for the three-star review puts it, it's the "goat-to" restaurant choice.

-- Check out reader photos of California wine country destinations. Makes you want to jump into a hot air balloon...

-- Illegally brewed alcohol is common in sub-Saharan Africa. But the potent poison can cause blindness or even death. The government has decided that the only way to prevent fatalities from tainted illicit alcohol is to force the backyard brewers out into the open.

-- And two stories flagged by our friends over at Food News Journal:

-- You gotta grab kids' attention somehow in the battle against childhood obesity. How about putting calories on school menus? That's what they're doing in Montgomery County, reports the Washington Post.

-- And finally: This is just wrong, wrong, wrong: New York City restaurants are allegedly posting phony grades in the wake of a sanitation crackdown, says the New York Daily News. [Via Food News Journal.]

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--Rene Lynch
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“The Martha Stewart Show,” which previously ran on NBC-owned stations, will move to the Hallmark Channel on Monday. Credit: Anders Krusberg / "The Martha Stewart Show"