A former accountant for the Abbey of Gethsemani is accused of stealing more than $1 million. But he says he was targeted for revealing details of what he says were sexual affairs inside the monastery.
Turns out a lot of people had always wondered why black olives come in cans, but green olives come in jars. Since, of course, one wondering leads to another, our Facebook and Twitter have been alight with questions...
The science: What made black olives in jars so good for botulism? Why don’t green olives have the same problem?
That, plus the low-oxygen environment, makes a black olive in a sealed-up jar so good for botulism. Unless you kill the bacteria with high heat.
Hey, wait a minute! You can heat up a glass jar to 240 degrees. Home canners do it all the time.
True! Thanks for pointing that out. I bet I know what you’re asking next…
So, why don't the black olives come in jars?
Turns out, we may owe Mort Rosenblum an apology. He guessed that it was because green olives are prettier. He was half-right.
We turned here to Kristin Daley, vice president for corporate development at the Musco Family Olive Co.-- one of the two big olive canneries in California.
Daley says black olives are darn cute. Their brine, not so much.
“The brine is so dark that it’s barely translucent,” she says. “It’s not very attractive. So there’s not a huge benefit to putting the product into a glass jar.”
And, she says, there are costs: Jars are heavier, so shipping them is more expensive. And there’s more waste from breakage.
At this point, you may be wondering: Why is the brine so dark?
Because the olives got cooked in it, says Eric A. Johnson, a bacteriologist at the University of Wisconsin who specializes in botulism — or, as he calls it for short, “bot.”
“The heat treatment for bot spores is gonna decay some of the tissue,” he says.
"We are going to protect not only the kid that is bothered in school, but when you leave school and go home, we're going to protect you as a city," says the sponsor of a bill in Carson, Calif.
In Rwanda, nearly two-thirds of Parliament consists of women, a trend that developed after the country's genocide. Cuba is third, with women making up 50 percent of its legislators. The U.S. is 99th.
The health problems of agricultural workers are the most under-counted of any industry in the U.S., researchers say in a new study. Federal agencies fail to report 77 percent of those injuries.
From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Friday, May 9:
In Washington, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology holds a hearing titled, "Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life 'Gravity'."
The Labor Department releases its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for March.
The Commerce Department reports on wholesale inventories and sales for March.
On this date in 1961, then FCC chairman Newton Minow referred to television as a vast wasteland. Today you can watch TV on your Smartphone.
Here's an opportunity to thank those married to the nation's men and women in uniform. It's Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Always the Friday before Mother's Day.
And Mother's Day was declared a national observance 100 years ago by President Woodrow Wilson. Make those brunch reservations.
A new film We Are The Giant follows six people during the Arab Spring. Tell Me More's Celeste Headlee speaks to co-producer Razan Ghalayini and activist Maryam Al Khawaja.
Many people considered Sammy Davis Junior the greatest entertainer of his era. His daughter Tracey Davis shares stories from her book Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father.
Baby polar bears slurp milk that's 27 percent fat, and adults dine on seal blubber. Scientists think bears' adaptation to a high-fat diet might lead to better ways to treat human obesity.