Former Vinsetta Garage manager guilty of embezzling; Dr. Kahn blasts fast food in hospitals


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Berkeley - A former manager of Berkley's Vinsetta Garage has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 from the popular eatery, news sources say. WXYZ reports that employee, Jeffery Wells, was vacationing in Europe when his crimes were uncovered.

Wells had worked at the Woodward Avenue restaurant for years and had gained the trust of owner Curt Catallo, who told 7 Actions News that he had been considered a member of the business family.

"It's really heartbreaking that we've given him this trust and he turned it against us," Catallo told the news station.

Wells is scheduled for sentencing March 30.

Detroit - Noted local cardiologist Joel Kahn has taken to the editorial pages of the HuffPo to shame hospitals across the country that have contracts with fast food chains like McDonald's, Wendy's, and Chik-Fil-A.

In his Feb. 8 opinion piece Kahn points to a recently-released report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that used public records laws to find out the menus from 24 hospitals and then rate them on their abilities to provide access to healthful food. The organization also obtained contracts between a few fast food restaurants and hospitals, in which chains are urged to push sales of junk food in order to boost revenue for the medical centers.

Kahn, who practices medicine at Detroit Medical Center  - and who recently launched GreenSpace Café, a plant-based restaurant in Ferndale - applauded the committee's findings, saying the study reveals the less-than-stellar records of providing nutritious dining options within their campuses.

Using a scoring system, Kahn says, the committee found that C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor ranked among the three best in the nation. He also notes that the DMC, where he works, has a Wendy's onsite.

Kahn hopes that by exposing shortcomings in hospital nutrition efforts, that will push CEOs to change their policies on healthy food access.

"When it comes to the majority of hospital food that even a 5th grader would identify as unhealthy, I suspect non of the people are fooled. They are just trapped without options. It is times for hospital CEOs, administrators, and medical staff to take responsibility and become the teachers of health and nutrition that medical centers should be."

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