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Thievery is never the right option. But in this case, it may be a case of justifiable spreadicide.

Thieves in the central German town of Bad Hersfeld made off with 5.5 tons of Nutella from a parked trailer late Sunday night. The sticky-fingered crooks' booty is worth about $20,710, though no word on whether that's an accurate street value.

Germans news reports say that this is not the first mass food theft in the area. Thieves also walked off with "several tons" of Red Bull from the same spot and a truckload of coffee in the same town.

From The Local:

Seven pallets loaded with jars of Nutella were stolen from a truck trailer parked in a disused railway station in Niederaula north of Fulda in central Germany some time between Friday afternoon and Sunday night.

When asked whether someone might be stealing the ingredients for an enormous breakfast, Hessian police spokesman Manfred Knoch told The Local: "That's what it looks like."

Of course, this is hardly the first time people have been driven to steal Nutella. College students in New York were making off with/eating at least 100 lbs. a day.

AP, UPI contributing

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 19, 2012.

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Cargill Floor Supervisor Lucas Harrington, left, and Cargill Food Mill Supervisor Craig Miller "guard" the two turkeys at West Rockingham Ruritan Park, that are bound for the White House Monday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2012, in Rockingham County, Va. The turkeys, which were grown by Rockingham County poultry farmer Craig Miller, are expected to be pardoned by President Barack Obama Wednesday, and live out their days on George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. (AP Photo/The Daily News-Record, Nikki Fox)


• Mayor Emanuel swears there's nothing wrong and that the Gold Coast is perfectly safe after a pair of incidents - a stabbing and an accused robber allegedly trying to run over a cop - in the area this weekend. It's true that in a big city, occasionally crime will happen even in nicer parts. Still, there are a million reasons I'd never step foot in the area and it has nothing to do with crime. [Sun-Times]

• Meanwhile, the Mayor is also saying that the pension crisis could throw a big wrench into the city budget. [WBEZ]

• Ex-county commissioner Joseph Moreno is in talks for a plea deal over accepting bribes. A Chicago politician taking a bribe? No, this just can't be true. [Sun-Times]

• So Hostess may not be closing after all as a judge told both sides involved to sit down and work out over a couple of Ho-Hos. So don't go paying $5,000 for Twinkies on eBay just yet because while that's a perfectly sane thing to do anyway, it may not be necessary. [Sun-Times]

• The family of a Maine West High School student have filed a lawsuit claiming the student was sexually assaulted during a hazing incident related to making the school's soccer team. [CBS 2]

• Just a day after opening, an Evergreen Park BBQ restaurant had a car drive through its front. Now that it has that out of the way, it can move on with its grand opening when it reopens tomorrow. [NBC 5]

• Jason Campbell! Colin Kaepernick! It's Monday Night Football on ESPN! [NFL.com]

• The United Center is hoping to entice the DePaul Blue Demons with a deal that includes free rent. Other parts of the deal include free skeeball but a promise to end all parties by 2 a.m. and to take out the trash when they're done. [Crain's]

• Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten as the conference shuffling continues. Now word if the Big Ten will rebrand itself or add another division alongside Legends and Leaders called "Mediocre Pretenders." [ESPN]

• BRIGHT ONE: Neil Steinberg breaks down Garry Willis' analysis of Mitt Romney's campaign. [Sun-Times]

• FINALLY: Forget any kind of financial woes, don't mess with a city's Christmas tress. At least, that's what the city of Birmingham, Michigan found out given the outcry following the revelation the city has optioned for a cheaper, reusable 35-foot tall artificial tree. On the bright side, no sap hands! [Detroit Free Press]

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 15, 2012.

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• Proving it doesn't matter who's in the mayor's chair and they'll cave anyway, the Chicago City Council voted 46-3 to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 2013 budget. Aldermen Robert Fioretti (2nd), Scott Waguespack (32nd) and John Arena (45th) were the only ones who didn't give their rubber stamp to the mayor. Meanwhile, the lone "not present" vote belonged to Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) making the whole "shirking legislative duties" thing an all-in-the-family affair. [Sun-Times]

• Attorneys for victims of torture in the Jon Burge case claim Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez shouldn't be involved in reviewing these cases since she was at the office when the original cover-ups were occurring. It's shocking a Cook County political figure or official would be accused of having a conflict of interest. [WBEZ]

• Twinkies may not be around for us all to eat in the post-apocalypse after all. [ChuffPo]

• Prentice Hospital got a reprieve from the wrecking ball thanks to an order from a Cook County judge granting the building temporary landmark status. Chicago residents should expect to wake up one morning sometime in mid-January and find two giant bulldozed X's where the hospital stood just the night before. [Sun-Times]

• Mitt Romney is not bitter at all about losing the election. Nope, not all. Nuh-uh. Not one bit. [Gothamist]

• The CTA, though, backed off on presenting its budget today as a result to ongoing union negotiations. If those negotiations turn sour for CTA head Forrest Claypool, more service cuts and fare hikes could be coming because the agency hasn't otherwise found a way for riders to make their commutes even more miserable than they already are. [Sun-Times]

• First Threadless, then Obama's re-election, so what's next for one of Chicago's brightest tech minds? My money is on "weather machine." [Crain's]

• Brian Urlacher criticized the NFL for shoddy equipment but he also reiterated he'd lie to team personnel about having a concussion creating a Möbius strip of inexplicable logic. [Tribune]

• Nate SIlver says Chicago is better than New York. His wizardry will brook no argument from me. [Chicagoist]

• A retired chaplain in Glen Ellyn discovered he's now $1 million richer thanks to a two-month old lottery ticket he found cleaning his desk. I cleaned my desk today and found only a banana peel. [Daily Herald]

• FINALLY: Star Wars action figures and dominoes were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. In other news, there is a National Toy Hall of Fame. [MSN]

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 13, 2012

Embattled and invisible congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is no longer a patient at the Mayo Clinic and the federal probe into misuse of campaign funds may be spreading to his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson. [SUN-TIMES]

Speaking of Jackson, Jr., if he's ousted or steps down, Sam Adam, Jr., who has famously defended both R. Kelly and former governor Rod Blagojevich, has expressed an interest in running for the seat. [SUN-TIMES]

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell will change her not guilty plea in connection to a $53 million embezzlement charge to guilty tomorrow. [CBS 2]

A non-profit has filed a lawsuit over the strict guidelines in the city's food truck ordinance. [CHICAGOIST]

Controversial Cook County judge Susan McDunn, who claimed she was being ruined by secret lawsuits including powerful Chicago figures, has stepped down from her position. [SUN-TIMES; previously]

Those fancy-pants new CTA rail cars are debuting on the Red Line this week, just in time for no one on the South Side to be able to use them next summer. [ABC 7]

With the "fiscal cliff" looming, some Democrats have growing interest in a Romney campaign pledge as a way to raise taxes on the rich through deduction caps. [NY TIMES]

A gay marriage bill is high on Rahm Emanuel's Springfield agenda. [SUN-TIMES]

The renowned BBC finds itself mired in the middle of its largest scandal ever. [REUTERS]

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has been accused of murder but he tells Wired he's been framed. [GIZMODO; WIRED]

One goat, two giraffes missing in Lakeview. [WBEZ]

Porn star Jenna Jameson has to pony up almost $100,000 to a Naperville theater for pulling out of a planned appearance. [DAILY HERALD]

As if Mitt Romney needed another reason to be jealous of the Obamas, First Lady Michelle gets Downton Abbey episodes early. [POLITICO]

Bright One: Andy Ihnatko looks at the big tech FAIL the Romney campaign faced on Election Day and how the Obama campaign side-stepped the same fate. [SUN-TIMES]

And Finally: The Word of the Year is "GIF." [YAHOO NEWS]

The Day In Photos

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An Armenian military scout eats a live fish during a performance devoted to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of formation of the reconnaissance troops of the Armed Forces at Qanaqer military unit in Yerevan on November 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYANKAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images


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An Armenian military scout breaks blocks using a sledge hammer during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of formation of the reconnaissance troops of the Armed Forces at Qanaqer military unit in Yerevan on November 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYANKAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images


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An Armenian military scout eats a live snake during a performance devoted to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of formation of the reconnaissance troops of the Armed Forces at Qanaqer military unit in Yerevan on November 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYANKAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images


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An Armenian military scout eats a live frog during a performance devoted to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of formation of the reconnaissance troops of the Armed Forces at Qanaqer military unit in Yerevan on November 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYANKAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Image

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