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Daily Dose - Hep A at Jerry's Deli, California's economic ranking, National Board of Review awards

December 2, 2010 -- I've long been a fan of Jerry's Deli. I grew up going to the one on Ventura Boulevard where my mom and I would often order "The Yummy" -- a ridiculous sandwich made of cream cheese and jelly, grilled and topped with powdered sugar. MMMMMM!

It's always been delicious and Jerry's is always a great place for people-watching. That's why I was especially saddened to hear that an employee of Jerry's Deli in Westwood has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
Los Angeles County Public Health officials have issued a "Health Alert" for the popular eatery near UCLA. 
Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding says that if you ate there on November 18, 21, 23, or 24, you should get tested. Hear what he had to say:

Fielding says people must get their shots within 14 days of exposure in order to reduce or prevent illness. Signs and symptoms include: yellowish eyes or skin, nausea, and vomiting.
Again, this Health Alert is only for folks who ate at Jerry's Deli on those specified days. No other cases have been reported yet. Here's hoping that no one else is ill!


A bit of good news... Even with all our budget troubles, California is still not too shabby when it comes to its economy. Despite three years of recession, we still would have the world's eighth largest economy if we were a separate nation.

That's what the folks at the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy are reporting. The center looked at last year's U.S. Commerce Department estimates for gross domestic product, which valued all goods and services produced in the state at $1.9 trillion.

Compared to data compiled by the World Bank, California is ahead of Brazil's $1.6 trillion economy.

We'd be the 11th largest when using a method that compares purchasing power across countries. Texas is the next largest state with a $1.1 trillion economy, followed closely behind by New York.

One of the industries that makes our economy so big is Hollywood, of course. And today, the award madness may just have officially begun.

The National Board of Review has chosen "The Social Network'' as the best film of the year. The NBR is widely considered a harbinger of the Academy Awards.

The NBR gave four awards to the film, including best director for David Fincher; best adapted screenplay to Aaron Sorkin and best actor to Jesse Eisenberg best actor.

The National Board of Review, a group of film historians, students and educators was founded in 1909. NBR President Annie Schulhof said she expects ''The Social Network'' will "stand up over time and appeal to many generations.''

Lesley Manville was named best actress for her performance as a desperate middle-aged secretary in 'Another Year." Best supporting actor went to Christian Bale, who plays Dicky Eklund, the junkie former boxer and older brother to Mickey Ward in "The Fighter.'' Jacki Weaver won best supporting actress for her role in the Australian drama ``Animal Kingdom.'' And Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jeremey Renner and Jon Hamm were awarded best ensemble cast for their work in "The Town."

See the full list of winners here.