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April 2012

Recall of the Week: Expansion of Lenovo desktop computer recall due to fire hazard

By Rita R. Robison M70z Lenovo is recalling about 13,000 ThinkCentre M70z and M90z desktop computers. About 50,500 were previously recalled in March of 2012. A defect in an internal component in the power supply can overheat and pose a fire hazard, the firm and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety... Read more →

Got drugs? Get rid of unused medicines at drug Take-Back Day

Today, April 28, is National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day. Law enforcement, public health, and environmental professionals recommend take-back programs as the safest and most responsible way to dispose of old and leftover medicines to protect your family and to protect the nation’s waters. Some communities, pharmacies, and law enforcement are paying... Read more →

Baby boomers need to fight internalized agism

In the popular culture and throughout society, the message is loud and clear: Young is good, old is bad. Although baby boomers experienced women's liberation and gay rights, they have anti-aging messages ingrained into their psyches, says Carol Orsborn, CEO, FierceWithAge, Spirituality for Grownups. These messages are economically, socially, and... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Gas grills by One World Technologies due to fire and burn hazards

By Rita R. Robison One World Technologies is recalling about 87,600 gas grills in the United States and 1,400 in Canada. The regulator on the grill can leak propane gas, which can ignite, posing fire and burn hazard to consumers, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said... Read more →

Boomer consumer journalist wins awards from state organization

By Rita R. Robison It was fun yesterday to go to the awards luncheon for the Washington Press Association. I received the following awards: First Place for Consumer Affairs – “FDA Misses the Mark on New Sunscreen Requirements” Second Place for Consumer Affairs – “FDA Action on Sunscreen Too Little,... Read more →

Seven deals and free items for Earth Day

Mount Rainier National Park Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. If you’re interested in finding good prices or free items, offers these possibilities are available to consumers. Free reusable bag from Target Target is giving away one reusable Target bag per shopper on April 22. Go to your nearest... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Office Depot chairs due to fall hazard

By Rita R. Robison Office Depot is recalling about 307,000 Brand Biella Leather Desk Chairs in the United States and 12,000 in Canada The weld connecting the seat plate to the gas lift can fail, causing the chair to separate from the base. This poses a fall hazard to consumers,... Read more →

Free shipping was my best consumer experience this week, while loss of my strawberry patch is upsetting

By Rita R. Robison I was able to get free shipping from a firm that hasn’t offered any coupons or deals. That cheered me up. However, when the weather turned nice, my weeds bloomed. My best consumer experience: Free shipping from New York firm Since I have allergies, I order... Read more →