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Yum? Great Lakes Provide Lampreys for Queen's Pie

England needs them for Elizabeth's jubilee dessert

(Newser) - The slimy eel-like creature known as a sea lamprey happens to be the special ingredient in a traditional English pie that will be cooked up for Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her reign in June, reports the Detroit Free Press . But the animals are endangered and... More »

Murdoch Pie-Thrower Convicted of Assault

Jonathan May-Bowles pleads guilty in 15-minute hearing

(Newser) - The man who tossed a shaving-cream pie in the face of Rupert Murdoch on live TV has been convicted of assault and causing harassment, the AP reports. Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, owned up to the pie-throwing in court today. After the 15-minute hearing, May-Bowles, a standup comic who also goes by... More »

Smackdown by Murdoch's Wife Steals the Show

A glimpse into the life of Wendi Deng

(Newser) - When a protester launched a pie at Rupert Murdoch today , his wife leaped to his rescue, pushing others aside before bashing the assailant on the head. Where did 42-year-old Wendi Deng get such guts—and such reflexes? Born in China, she grew up at a tough time in the country’... More »

Anti-War Activist Pies Sen. Levin

Student arrested after pieing senator over 'war crimes'

(Newser) - Sen. Carl Levin was served with a pie in the face by a Michigan State student activist during an informal Q & A session held in a local deli yesterday. The 23-year-old, who tossed the pie after a fellow anti-war protester made a speech criticizing the Democratic senator over "... More »

Comic Soupy Sales Dead at 83

Always willing to take a pie in the face, he battled a variety of illnesses

(Newser) - Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, died tonight at 83. A longtime friend said Sales died at a hospice in New York, which he entered last week as... More »

Michelle Obama Walks the Walk on Fitness, Health

First lady joins administration's push for more positive habits

(Newser) - The Obama administration's push for better fitness and nutrition starts at the top, with the gym-rat president and garden-planting first lady setting the bar high for a nation of couch potatoes. It's all about moderation, Michelle Obama tells Prevention magazine. "My message to women: Do what makes you feel... More »

'Piegate' Nabs Homemade Treats

Pa. food inspectors crack down on sale of non-commercial goods

(Newser) - Homemade pies are under siege in Pennsylvania, as state inspectors crack down on commercial goods not baked in approved kitchens. The "piegate" affair started at a small-town fish fry, where the desserts are part of the Catholic parish's Lent fundraiser, reports the Wall Street Journal. Safety codes require use... More »

Shame On You, America: Give Pie Some Respect

A Salon writer spends a few thousand words saying that

(Newser) - Plenty of people like pie. But they don’t love it the way they should, says Vincent Rossmeier of Salon. “For too long, pie has played the ugly stepchild to that flamboyant diva of desserts, cake,” he argues. “Sure, plastered with enough frosting and chocolate-ganache implants, cake... More »

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