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Kevin Kamenetz
Are Balto. Co. residents lovin' it?
Are Balto. Co. residents lovin' it?

By most measures, McDonald's has been a fantastically successful company, particularly at providing inexpensive burgers and French fries quickly to its patrons. In 1955, the U.S. fast-food chain sold hamburgers for 15 cents each. Today, a cheeseburger costs $1 which is, relative to inflation, 31 cents cheaper than its cheese-less forebear of 60 years ago. Yet the company is losing young customers, perhaps its most important constituency, right and left. The value of its stock on Wall Street is in decline. Sales dipped 30 percent in the third quarter of last year, and employees are protesting low wages and modest benefits. Americans are still eating fast food, of course, but they are...