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February 23, 2007, 4:42.05 pm ET

The New York City Health Department shuts down KFC-Taco Bell in Greenwich Village overrun by rats.  The following is a statement by parent company, Yum Brands:

"This is an isolated incident at a single restaurant at 331 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village, New York and it is totally unacceptable. The restaurant is closed and we will not allow it to be reopened until it has been sanitized and given a complete clean bill of health. We want to assure our customers that nothing is more important to us than food safety and their health."

Hall of Evolution
February 11, 2007, 5:28.32 am ET

The American Museum of Natural History unveils its new Hall Of Human Origins:

"The new Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History, a permanent exhibition hall that presents the remarkable history of human evolution from our earliest ancestors millions of years ago to modern Homo sapiens.  The innovative Spitzer Hall of Human Origins explores the most profound mysteries of humankind:  where we came from, what makes us human, and what lies ahead for our species.  It combines, for the first time in a major exhibition of its kind, a wealth of mutually reinforcing evidence from two seemingly disparate fields of science—the fossil record and genomic data—to present a sweeping and comprehensive story of humanity’s origins and progress."  
                                                                - American Museum of Natural History

                                                                                            Photos: AMNH

Cold Snap
February 8, 2007, 5:06.09 pm ET

You know it's cold when 20 degrees feels warm.  But it looks as though the arctic cold that put the city in a deep freeze with sub-zero temps is finally breaking.  

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