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Shopping Around Brings Steep Prescription Drug Savings, Report Finds

Written on April 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm, by

Prescription drug prices at U.S. pharmacies can vary widely, and failing to shop around could result in people overpaying by as much as $100 or more a month on average, depending on the drug, a new study finds.

Researchers at Consumer Reports called more than 200 pharmacies across the United States to get retail prices (out-of-pocket costs) for a one-month supply of five popular medicines that have recently gone generic.

The medicines were: the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone); the antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram); the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin); the blood thinner Plavix (clopidogrel); and the asthma drug Singulair (montelukast).
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Let’s go antiques shopping in Richmond

Written on April 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm, by

In this city of beautiful old homes are beautiful old things to furnish them. It’s a great place to go antiques shopping.

On a recent trip to Virginia’s capital we trolled West Broad Street for possibilities and found The Galleria Antiques & Interiors.

Now about seven or eight months at this location, owner Jim Strickland has been in the antiques business for 14 years – first in Willow Lawn Shopping Center, then Carytown, then the Libbie and Grove area.

His current store shows a practiced hand. Furniture is arranged in room-like settings, dressed with elegant accessories, lit by chandeliers and lamps.

“I have museum-quality stuff at bargain prices,” he promised.
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Gabby Giffords watches Mark Kelly fire Glock 9

Written on April 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm, by

Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, still engages in target practice — with the same type of weapon used to shoot his wife.

A CNN report showed Kelly shooting at water bottles and pots with a Glock 9 in the backyard of Giffords’s mother’s house. Giffords watched from a porch, cheering him on.

“This is the same kind of gun Gabby was shot with,” Kelly said. “A Glock, a 9-mm Glock, but in that case it holds 33 rounds. This, when it’s full, holds 17. He shot 33 rounds. Every round hit somebody, we think.”
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How Rolex Runs on Autopilot

Written on March 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm, by

If there’s a branding equivalent of reaching nirvana, Rolex has done it. The 108-year-old brand is so famous, so coveted, it’s virtually synonymous with the luxury watch category, if not success itself.

Hyperbole? Permit us this: Rolex’s Oyster model—introduced in 1926 as the world’s first waterproof watch—has graced the wrists of everyone from Winston Churchill to Che Guevara to Eminem. Ian Fleming put a Rolex Submariner on the wrist of a character named James Bond, and an early Submariner 5510 fetched $98,500 at a Christie’s auction a few years back. Fashion trends come and go, but Rolex’s clean, utilitarian designs have outlasted all. Rolex’s precision movements can’t print money—or maybe they do. The brand is now worth more than $6.5 billion.
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World watches as pope makes historic move

Written on March 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm, by

The world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics awoke on Monday to the stunning announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down from the papacy at month’s end.

The 85-year-old pontiff noted that “strength of mind and body” are required to perform the duties of the job, and that he lacks the strength to continue. Many who have seen the pope in the past year, including Davenport Diocese Bishop Martin Amos and Peoria Diocese Bishop Daniel Jenky, said he appeared tired. Some have said the pontiff was unengaged during recent appearances.
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Small-business health exchange mandate will go to D.C. Council

Written on March 14, 2013 at 11:35 am, by

A District board is moving full steam ahead with a controversial plan to require small businesses in the city to purchase their employee health insurance through a government exchange.

The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with the small business exchange mandate. The board accepted a recommendation that small businesses currently carrying employee insurance would not have to use the exchange until 2015. But individuals, new small businesses and currently uninsured businesses would have to use the exchange starting Jan. 1.
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County pushes for local tobacco taxes

Written on March 8, 2013 at 11:32 am, by

Oregon legislators will hear the pros and cons of higher tobacco taxes for the second time this week at a public hearing scheduled for Friday in Salem over a proposal to empower local municipalities to raise local cigarette taxes.

House Bill 2870 is a top priority for Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, who mentioned it in his State of the County speech as an example of the county’s willingness to stand up to powerful interests.

Oregon voters overwhelmingly shot down a proposal to increase the cigarette tax by 85 cents back in 2007 as the tobacco industry spent $12 million fighting the measure.
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Cities Weigh Taking Electricity Business From Private Utilities

Written on March 1, 2013 at 11:35 am, by

Across the country, cities are showing a renewed interest in taking over the electricity business from private utilities, reflecting intensifying concerns about climate change, responses to power disruptions and a desire to pump more renewable energy into the grid.

Boulder, Colo., for instance, could take an important step toward creating its own municipal utility, among the nation’s first in years, as soon as next month. A scheduled vote by the City Council comes after a multiyear, multimillion-dollar study process that residents, impatient with the private electric company’s pace in reaching the town’s environmental goals, helped pay for by raising their own taxes.
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Dump fake bags and watches in exchange for real deal

Written on February 26, 2013 at 11:30 am, by

Dubai: If you’ve got more fakes than you know what to do with, here’s a chance to redeem yourself.

A Dubai-based woman is challenging owners of fake watches, bags, wallets, scarves, shoes and fashion jewellery to a unique competition that can earn them a pre-owned genuine designer bag if they dump their fake items.

Hadeer Soliman, a 29-year-old Egyptian who runs The Closet, an online shop for consigning and selling pre-owned and new designer handbags and accessories, said: “We believe it is a total waste of money to spend thousands on fake handbags or accessories while you can buy pre-owned authentic stuff at the same price. So we came up with this ‘Say No To Fake’ campaign to raise awareness.”
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Fashion replicas

Written on February 19, 2013 at 11:23 am, by

I thought I’d take a look at the replica industry and the paradigm shift in language for it to be acceptable to buy ‘replicas’ as distinct from the ‘imitations’ and ‘counterfeits’ of yesteryear.

Even softer than ‘replica’ is ‘influenced by’ and the most delicate, ‘referenced by’, although I most often hear this said in thick irony at fashion shows.

When I was young, of course there were copies. In fact my dad came home from Hong Kong with a non-Rolex and said he got it for fun at a street vendor calling out, “Copy Watch! Copy Watch!” with trays of fake watches for a few dollars.
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