Is 5 the New 1?

The dollar value menu disappeared long ago from high-cost urban areas, but the new $5 menu may have some staying power. Even in notoriously expensive Manhattan, a recent trip down 23rd Street showed a Subway, a Quizno’s, and a Boston Market offering $5 meal options.

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McDonald’s McCafe Line Exceeding Expectations

McDonald’s highly publicized rollout of its McCafe specialty coffee line is more than halfway to completion and winning over coffee lovers along the way. More than 7,000 — or a little more than half — of U.S. stores now sell the espresso-based drinks, and the chain expects to meet its mid-2009 deadline, said Danya Proud, spokeswoman for the company.

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Specter Will Vote To Block Union Bill

Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), the only Republican senator who did not actively oppose the Employee Free Choice Act in the previous Congress, said yesterday that he will vote to block it this year, dealing a blow to the pro-labor legislation.

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