Month: December 2011

agony over missing: iraq war is over, but not for families of missing

Operation Iraqi Freedom ended last week, but for the families of the four Americans still officially categorized by the U.S. government as missing in Iraq, the ceremonies marking the war’s end by no means meant the end of their search. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ahmed Altaie and contractors Timothy Bell, Adnan al-Hilawi and Kirk von […] Read more…

st. nick of time: layaway angel donates $16k to needy families

By Kase Wickman and Karen Keller He’s the archangel of the layaway angels. When Dave Wilson heard about a new trend of anonymous donors paying off strangers’ holiday layaway balances at retail stores, he decided to find out if he could help a few families have a happier Christmas. He ended up paying off the […] Read more…

miracle on main st.: layaway angels swoop in

It’s a display of Christmas spirit that would warm even the Grinch’s withered heart. What began as a single good deed has grown into a wave of widespread giving. Anonymous donors are walking into retail stores around the country and paying off the layaway balances on strangers’ holiday purchases. It started with one woman at […] Read more…

flight fight: alec baldwin’s words with friends kerfluffle

Alec Baldwin has drawn fire from a flight attendants union and reignited debate about whether U.S. rules against using electronics in flight are too onerous, after being removed from an American Airlines flight for not shutting down his iPhone prior to takeoff. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents American Airlines’ more than 17,000 […] Read more…

the cain train’s final stop

On Dec. 3, 2011, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain announced that he would suspend his campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination. Six turbulent months of pizza jokes, staff shakeups, poll peaks and valleys and sexual harassment claims: Cain’s campaign, once a joke in political circles, turned out to be quite the thrillride. Below, see […] Read more…

lipitor goes generic

A generic version of Lipitor, the cholesterol-lowering medicine that has been prescribed to 17 million people worldwide, will start arriving in pharmacies today after Pfizer’s patent on the blockbuster drug expired yesterday. While Pfizer and the newly-authorized generic manufacturers engage in a tug-of-war for prescriptions, prices for the drug are expected to plummet. Pfizer has […] Read more…