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|Ford products lead list of safest cars|
WASHINGTON â" The insurance industry has named dozens of new cars and trucks, led by Ford Motor Co. and its Volvo subsidiary, to its newly released annual list of the safest vehicles, helped by the increased use of anti-rollover technology. Ford and Volvo had 16 vehicles in the 2009 model year on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's list of the safest new cars, followed by Honda Motor Co. with 13 vehicles.
| Season of big-box trees |
CHICAGO â" As Christmas traditions go, this one's big. Every year, the Proeber family traipses through the fields of central Illinois searching for the perfect Christmas tree before breaking out the saw, tying their selection to the roof of their car and hauling it back to their living room.Tobacco growing again
MOUNT STERLING, Ky. â" Lindsay Pasley is an eager young man in what used to be an older man's game â" tobacco farming. He recently took 20 tons of his early prepared leaf to Clay's Tobacco Warehouse in Mount Sterling, due east of Lexington in the Appalachian foothills, where he said he earned enough to "have a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas."E-mail sows gift card confusion
An ominous e-mail has made the round of in-boxes recently, warning shoppers not to purchase gift cards from a long list of stores because, it claims, they are failing. The e-mail says in part: "Stores that are planning to close after Christmas are still selling the (gift) cards through the holidays even though the cards will be worthless January 1. There is no law preventing them from doing this."Shop like you shrimp ... locally
You heard it every day during the presidential election: We have to help Main Street as much as we help Wall Street. For once, those national politicians sounded like they actually had a clue â" apparently one side effect of full-scale economic meltdown is brief moments of clarity.
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