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Washington DC, USA - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is championing her home state’s wine industry in an effort to defeat bill that would give states greater control over how Alcohol is distributed. The move is causing a battle on Capitol Hill as California winemakers are pitted against beer wholesalers and distributors. Pelosi and her wine caucus is working to stop the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness and by doing so, open the flood gate of out-of-state alcohol distribution via direct shipment.
Direct shipments of alcohol cut out the distributors and middlemen, allowing wineries to sell straight to customers who may have visited in person or browsed via the Internet. Wineries, in particular, have considered direct shipping across state lines a retail boon.
Many states enacted laws that either prohibited direct shipping or severely restricted it. “This legislation is urgently needed to help states defend against lawsuits that are motivated by economic gain … and are not in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of the public,” Nida Samona, the chairwoman of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, told a House panel recently. (To read Nida Samona's Testimony before the House CLICK HERE.)
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Michigan, USA - The Chaldean community in Michigan were stunned to learn two of their favorite shopping locations went up in flames yesterday afternoon. Both Kashat International Market and New Sahara Restaurant were completely destroyed by fire.
Firefighters from Oak Park, Ferndale, and Beverly Hills spent all day Wednesday trying to get the five alarm fire under control. Early reports indicate the fire started in an international market and spread to the New Sahara Restaurant next door.
Both businesses have been in the community for decades. “Almost every Chaldean family has eaten or shopped at those places,” says Alex Jabarow of Novi. “Sahara would often stay open until two or four in the morning as Chaldeans would close their business and visit for a late night meal. Those places have lots of history and meant a lot to many Chaldeans. Especially those who fell in love with their house sauce.”