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August 2016

Facts and figures for Labor Day this year

Labor Day is a holiday that recognizes the social and economic achievements of American workers. It was established in 1894. What’s happening on Labor Day 2016 and who are American workers today? Travel More than 3.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day... Read more →

Labor Day: Tips for shopping and learning about the holiday

Labor Day is coming and we have to think about summer ending and school starting soon. If shopping is one of your favorite Labor Day activies, the report, “Best Labor Day Sales” by WalletHub, a personal finance website, provides helpful information. And, if you’re like me and enjoy holiday information,... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers contemplate the past and future

Carol Cassara of Heart•Mind•Soul calls this week’s boomer blogger roundup the “End-of-Summer Edition.” What? I want to be in denial about summer ending. I want the glorious days of summer to go on and on. But, they never do. They always, always, always give way to fall, then the dreaded... Read more →

‘Step-iT’ activity wristbands recalled by McDonald’s due to skin irritation and burns

McDonald’s is recalling about 29 million “Step-iT” activity wristbands in the United States and about 3.6 million in Canada. The recalled wristbands can cause skin irritation or burns to children. McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of problems, including seven reports of blisters, from wearing the wristbands. The recall... Read more →

It’s Women’s Equality Day

Ninety-six years ago today, after decades of struggle and advocacy, women finally won the right to vote with the certification of the 19th Amendment. It took about a year after Congress approved the 19th Amendment for the required two-thirds of states to ratify the amendment and grant women’s right to... Read more →

Be careful if you’re thinking about applying for Costco’s new Citibank credit card

When I went to Costco on Saturday, a salesman who wanted me to sign up for Costco’s new credit card from Citibank approached me. Thinking it was the only credit card you could use at Costco now, since American Express is no longer accepted, I asked for details. He pointed... Read more →

Environmentalists ask EPA to set drinking water standard for hazardous chemical

Environmentalists are asking the Obama administration to set a national standard for hexavalent chromium, a toxic chemical of concern in North Carolina. Erin Brockovich, an environmental health advocate, and Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection to quickly to set a national... Read more →

Watch out for fake charities saying they’re raising money for Louisiana flood victims

If you’re like me, your phone is ringing and ringing with the IRS, Microsoft, and other scammers calling again and again. However, if something new comes up, a caller asking for a donation to flood victims in Louisiana, be careful. Scammers exploit tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.... Read more →