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Papa John's Ousted CEO: 'It Just Doesn't Taste as Good'

John Schnatter says he's eaten 40 pizzas in the last 30 days

(Newser) - The ousted founder of Papa John's is feeling angry, disappointed—and possibly bloated. In an interview with WDRB , John Schnatter said he has eaten 40 Papa John's pizzas in the last 30 days, and it's not as good as it was when he was running the company.... More »

20 Injured When Pizza Place Explodes

2 are seriously hurt in Florida blast

(Newser) - Twenty people were injured after a vacant pizza restaurant exploded in a South Florida shopping plaza Saturday, according to police. The blast sent debris flying along a busy road in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, the AP reports. The restaurant was destroyed, and nearby businesses were damaged.... More »

First, Impossible Burger. Now, Impossible Pizza

Little Caesars is first national pizza chain to offer a faux-meat topping

(Newser) - The meat-substitute movement has entered the world of pizza. Little Caesars is the first national chain to offer a faux-meat topping—Impossible Sausage, reports Business Insider . It will be available on the $12 Impossible Supreme Pizza in select locations for a trial run, per Fortune . The plant-based "sausage" comes... More »

Nigerian Official Makes Bizarre Pizza Claim

Involving British Airways

(Newser) - It made the BBC's list of legitimate stories that you might mistake for April Fools' pranks: Nigeria's minister of culture last week made the bizarre claim that some Nigerians are ordering pizza from London via cellphone in the morning and that the pies are then flown in via... More »

He Refused to Go Back to Prison—Until the Pizza Arrived

Florida suspect nabbed after 4-hour standoff

(Newser) - "Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust." That's according to Florida's Pensacola Police Department, whose promise of pizza convinced a suspect to surrender Tuesday, thereby ending a four-hour standoff. Cops responding to a report of a possible battery arrived at a home around 10am... More »

Pizza Delivery Man Bush Implores 'Both Sides' to End Shutdown

George W. fed his own Secret Service detail while calling for end of shutdown

(Newser) - As the country awaits President Trump's "major announcement" on the partial government shutdown, an ex-president got to work feeding those affected by it. USA Today reports on a Friday Instagram post from George W. Bush, showing him delivering pizza to his Secret Service detail; nearly 6,000 Secret... More »

Science Solves How to Make Great Pizza at Home

If you can follow directions, an electric oven will do fine: scientists

(Newser) - Not all scientific research takes place in labs. Just ask food anthropologist Sergio Grasso and physicists Andrey Varlamov and Andreas Glatz, who had the tough job of sampling Margherita pizzas across Rome in the lead up to their paper , "The Physics of Baking Good Pizza." The pizzaiolos of... More »

Papa John's Lays the Blame at the Feet of Papa John

Company blames founder for 10.5% sales drop

(Newser) - Sales were way down at Papa John's outlets across the country in July—and "Papa John" himself is the reason why, the company says. President and CEO Steve Ritchie revealed Tuesday that sales were down 10.5% in July, and said "results have been challenged by recent... More »

Sports Teams Dropping Papa John's Like It's Hot

Source says founder John Schnatter regrets resignation

(Newser) - Papa John's founder has stepped down as chairman and been kicked out of his office at company headquarters—but the company is still experiencing fallout from John Schnatter's use of a racial slur . Since the former CEO admitted using the n-word during a conference call, numerous professional and... More »

Papa John's Is Now Papaless

Founder John Schnatter resigns as chairman

(Newser) - Papa John's says founder John Schnatter has resigned as chairman of the board. The company made the announcement late Wednesday, hours after Schnatter apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May, the AP reports. The apology came after Forbes cited an anonymous source saying the... More »

Can't Stop Eating Snack Food? Here's Why

Yale researchers have found that the fat-carbo combo creates a powerful chemical reward

(Newser) - Yes, that donut is delicious–practically irresistible. And here’s why. Yale researchers have found that foods that combine fat and carbohydrates create a powerful reward in the brain, reports USA Today . The investigators recruited 206 volunteers and gave them a small amount of money to bid on various foods... More »

Cops: Pizza Worker Tampered With Shredded Cheese

NC manager discovered what cops suspect was rat poison before any customers were affected

(Newser) - Customers at a North Carolina pizzeria may have dodged a close one last week. The News & Observer reports an employee at Fayetteville's Primo Pizza was arrested Wednesday and accused of mixing what cops believe was rat poison in with the shredded cheese. Per a Fayetteville Police release , a... More »

ICE Detains Pizza Guy at NYC Army Base

Pablo Villavicencio, who's married to a US citizen and has no criminal record, is set to be deported

(Newser) - Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio says he'd delivered food to Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton many times before. But last week, the 35-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant found himself detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the US Army base. Now he faces deportation, the New York Times reports. CBS News and... More »

Bitcoin Used in 2010 to Buy 2 Pizzas Now Worth $82M

The cryptocurrency has gone up in price just a bit since then

(Newser) - Hallmark may need to update its official list of holidays . Tuesday was Bitcoin Pizza Day, or what Business Insider calls "the most celebrated day in crypto," marking the eighth anniversary of when programmer Laszlo Hanyecz made what's thought to be the very first purchase with bitcoin. That... More »

Missing Phone That Prompted Brawl Found Soon After

In the meantime, 20 people went at it in a pizza restaurant

(Newser) - Before instigating a brawl over a missing cell phone at a pizza restaurant it's probably best to see if it's waiting for you in the lost and found. Someone likely learned that lesson this weekend in the Bay Area city of Newark, Calif., where at least 20 people... More »

Pope Turns 81, Gets a Kid's Dream Meal

Pope Francis was treated to a 13-foot pizza for his birthday Sunday

(Newser) - Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle on an extra-long pizza at the Vatican to the delight of children, reports the AP . Francis, who turned 81 on Sunday, then told the children, who use a Vatican health service, to "eat all four meters (13 feet)" saying it will... More »

Finally, Pizza Officially Recognized as Art Form

It's part of the 'intangible cultural heritage of humanity'

(Newser) - The city of Naples, often in headlines because of its garbage woes and mafia violence, is celebrating international recognition of its tastier side, the AP reports. UNESCO on Thursday added the art of the Neapolitan pizza maker, or "pizzaiuolo," to its list of "intangible cultural heritage of... More »

Papa John's Apologizes for Founder's NFL Remarks

Company slams neo-Nazis, says it believes in the right to protest

(Newser) - Papa John's Pizza has walked back founder and CEO John Schnatter's claim that NFL player protests are behind falling pizza sales . In a series of tweets Tuesday, the chain apologized to anyone who found the remarks "divisive," and said it was open to ideas from all,... More »

Pizza Delivery Arrives at Space Station

Astronauts' diet gets a little upgrade

(Newser) - Astronauts got a mouthwatering haul with Tuesday's Earth-to-space delivery—pizza and ice cream —when a commercial supply ship arrived at the International Space Station two days after launching from Virginia. Besides NASA equipment and experiments, the Orbital ATK capsule holds chocolate and vanilla ice cream for the six... More »

'Rotten Scam': NYC Food Fest Flops

State probe launched into the 'Fyre Festival' of pizza

(Newser) - Pizza lovers are blasting a Brooklyn food festival that apparently wasn't what it was sliced up to be. Fans who trekked to a "shady parking lot" for the New York City Pizza Festival on Saturday say they paid up to $75 for tickets, only to receive slices that... More »

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