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• Published reports say that a hospital in Scotland has been forced by public pressure to abandon a program that gave younger patients coupons that can be used at McDonald’s. Public sentiment deemed the initiative inappropriate since it essentially was sending children with health problems to restaurants that are contributing to childhood obesity levels.

• Catholics in Omaha, Nebraska, will be able to eat corned beef this St. Patrick’s Day without concerns about sinning, according to local press reports.

Their original concerns emanated from the fact that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year – and during Lent, a religious season during which observant Catholics are prohibited from eating meat on Fridays.

However, the local archbishop offered a general dispensation this week, saying that Catholics can eat corned beef next Friday without fear of sinning; instead, the bishop said, Catholics should skip eating meat on Saturday, March 18.
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