The New York City ban on sales of sugary drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces is set to take effect in March. But the beverage industry is challenging the rule in court. In today’s action, the industry is requesting a stay on the ban of large size drinks until the lawsuit can be resolved.

The opening statements touched on Big Gulps, National Doughnut Day and the plight of a fictional pizzeria proprietor named Sal. And that was before the lawyers began arguing about Sabrett hot-dog stands. The fight over Mayor Michael R.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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