June 2nd, 2011
06:03 AM ET

On the Radar: Dietary symbol, Garrido sentencing, civil unions

Three things you need to know today.

The food pyramid will be replaced

Dietary guidelines: First lady Michelle Obama and several other officials will unveil a new food icon Thursday to replace the food pyramid, the symbol that showed us what a healthy diet looks like.

The new symbol "will serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food  choices," the White House said.

Obama will be joined by Agriculture  Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin during the event at the auditorium in the Department of Agriculture.

A statement released by the Department of Agriculture said the new icon will be "an easy-to-understand  visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits." An individual familiar with the new guidelines told CNN last week the new icon will be a plate.

The move is part of Obama's push to fight childhood obesity.

Garrido sentencing: Two decades after kidnapping Jaycee Dugard in front of her California home, Phillip and Nancy Garrido will be sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

The married couple pleaded guilty in late April in El Dorado Superior Court to the kidnapping and sexual assault of Dugard, whom they held captive from age 11 through age 29.

They abducted Dugard when she was 11, and held her in a hidden compound on their home's grounds in Antioch, California.

Dugard was snatched from the street in front of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, in 1991. Authorities found her in 2009.

Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender on parole at the time of his arrest, is accused of fathering two daughters with Dugard during her captivity.

Illinois civil unions: Thirty couples will participate in civil union ceremonies Thursday in Chicago's Wrigley Square at Millennium Park as the city celebrates the first day such unions are allowed in Illinois.

The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act, allowing same-sex unions in the state, became law on Wednesday, allowing couples to obtain their licenses from a county clerk's office. Under Illinois law, couples must wait a day after obtaining their civil union licenses before the ceremonies may be performed.

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    June 3, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    I am surprised Michelle Obama didn't put fried chicken on there and liquor, that is the staple food sources for the hood.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
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