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Drug Stores and Methamphetamine

Drug Stores and Methamphetamine

In recent years, law enforcement has been tracking the growing methamphetamine problem in the United States, which has steadily moved West. One of the key components of the problem is the accessibility of a key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, which had been available in over-the-counter medications.  States, mostly in the West and Mid-West created laws that forced cold medicines containing these ingredients off retail shelves and behind the pharmacy counter. How have drug stores responded to the laws intended to reduce the sale of medications containing pseudoephedrine?

October 25, 2007

Monsanto Facing More Cancer Lawsuits

Monsanto Facing More Cancer Lawsuits

Monsanto has been targeted in a potential class-action lawsuit over the damage one of its plants did to a West Virginia town between 1949 and 2004. The company is accused of releasing the cancer-causing chemical dioxin into the atmosphere at levels that exceed EPA standards by a factor of more than 500.

October 22, 2007

Give One, Get One

Give One, Get One

One Laptop Per Child brings cheap, powerful, energy efficient computers to children in poor or developing countries. Now Americans have the opportunity to buy a great first computer for their kids, and donate one to a child in need, all for $400.

October 22, 2007

Hail Down a N.Y. Green Cab

Hail Down a N.Y. Green Cab

The classic NY yellow cab is an American battleship type clunker called a Crown Victoria. Ten miles to the gallon is their top performance and their exhaust outgases is pretty much 19th century industrial London vintage. They were also illegal to change, as in get a new brand of car for the yellow cabs, as entrepreneur Jack Hidary learned when he and a NY City Council member teamed up to get green hybrid cars into the yellow cab pool.

October 22, 2007

Citigroup Funds Environmental Destruction and Fuels Scandal

Citigroup Funds Environmental Destruction and Fuels Scandal

With 1,400 branches in cities all over the world, Citibank's signs are as ubiquitious as they appear innocuous. But behind the label is parent corporation Citigroup, which Forbes magazine calls the "world's largest company." The financial giant has a habit of bankrolling bandits and fueling scandals. Citigroup played a role in the collapse of corporate titans Enron, Dynergy and WorldCom. It hid the assets of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet. And it sold high-interest subprime mortgages to African-Americans and Latinos at a rate far higher than to whites.

October 21, 2007

Buy It

Don't Buy It

  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.
  • Altria? Formerly known as Philip Morris
  • Numerous ethical problems with largest maker of household products in U.S.
  • Racial profiling and discrimination
  • Unethical marketing of baby formula in developing nations