Flunking Lunch

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If it's late November, then it's time for Turkey Day at Little Woods Elementary School in New Orleans, La. Each fall, for decades, students have dined on the same spread of turkey, Creole gravy, corn-bread dressing and sweet-potato pie. But this week they will add a few new rituals to their holiday meal. Some will poke and prod their turkey meat or smell it to check for rancidity; others plan to pass on the lunch altogether. Most everyone will try to banish the memory of last year's Turkey Day, which ended in a mass pilgrimage to the school nurse.

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