Shoppers stormed retail stores this past weekend, and now on Cyber Monday, many are clicking their way to more purchases.
"I am definitely a price-based shopper," said Sarah Kelly, a 28-year-old Washington, D.C., resident who bought a KitchenAid mixer Monday morning as a holiday gift. She also bought shoes, clothes and other presents after waking early to search for online coupons and shipping offers. "I only purchase if the shipping is free," she said.
Bloomberg ran quite a story, yesterday. It stems from a Freedom of Information Act Request that yielded the details of previously secret borrowing from the federal government to the biggest banks.
The bottom line, reports Bloomberg, by March of 2009, the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion "to rescuing the financial system, more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year." The lending began in August of 2007.
Shopping for the holidays is moving right along , and Kentuckians are again being urged to buy local. Such purchases are good for the local economy and the environment. December has been designated by the state as ‘Give a Gift in Kentucky Month.” Many of those gifts are bought at the Kentucky Artisan Center, just off I-75 near Berea. Since its opening eight years ago, center executive director Victoria Faoro says the diversity of gifts has grown.
The acclaimed, eccentric, and very polarizing British film director Ken Russell has died, after a series of strokes at the age of 84.
The director of Tommy, Women In Love and Altered States, Russell was known for a florid style and fascination with sadomasochism that earned him condemnations and a cult following. His adaptations of classic literature and over-the-top biopics ranged from perverse to merely provocative — and an indelible nickname: "Kinky Ken Russell."
The U.S. military has spent more than $42 million to test every service member's brain to find out who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that military leaders are refusing to carry out the testing program as Congress ordered. Partly as a result, the program that was supposed to fix things has hardly helped any of the troops.
With property owners in Lexington paying the bills, city officials are fighting to keep the cost of a half-billion dollars in sanitary sewer improvements under control. Lexington residents first saw fees levied on their sanitary sewers in the mid 1980’s. They’ve increased over the years,..most recently, in 2009 and again in 2010. Division of Water Quality Director Charlie Martin suspects it’s just a beginning and more rate increases are likely over the dozen years it will take to upgrade Lexington’s sanitary sewers.
The first big shopping weekend of the holiday season has come and gone. It’s also a busy season for thieves. Police remind shoppers there are steps they can take to protect themselves. Lexington police spokesman Bige Towery says social networks are fun, but they can also provide useful information to criminals. “Checking in on Facebook…we let everyone know where we are…and we’ve got to be very careful about that because as soon as you check in somewhere, you’re letting everyone know that your friend or perhaps based on your privacy settings everyone know that your not at home,” said Towery.