Monday, May 5, 2008

Monday Morning One Liners

NY Times writes on NYC's current supermarket crisis, referencing the Key Food in the Bronx as a poster child for the crisis.

Here's a multimedia slide show put together by the Times.

Some 10,000 New Yorkers were asked: "How many servings of fruits and vegetables did you eat yesterday?" In nine of 12 Bronx neighborhoods, more than 15 percent answered, "None." The Solution? More Green Carts...Nelson Eusebio, executive director of the National Supermarket Association, insists that the 400 markets he represents are being unfairly targeted. "People [here just] don't eat as much vegetables as in suburbia," he said. "It has nothing to do with us." 500 'Green Carts will be rolled into the South Bronx starting this July...

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said yesterday it shared almost $1.2 billion with its U.S. hourly associates through profit-sharing and 401(k) contributions, stock purchase plan, and associate merchandise discounts for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2008.
Bashas' will cut its Administrative staff by 100.

Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption, according to officials from the union and the Obama campaign.

Amazon.com is suing New York over a new law that requires out-of-state online companies to collect sales tax from shoppers in New York. "We are challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted legislation in New York," Amazon spokeswoman Patricia Smith said. Officials estimated the state would gain about $50 million by requiring Internet giants such as Amazon.com to collect state sales tax. New Yorkers are currently on an honor system to report their online spending when they file state tax returns. The State Legislature and Gov. David A. Paterson passed the law as part of the 2008-09 budget.

From the WFP

Albany Times Union (Jochnowitz et al): Place your bets

After helping Democrats in some high-profile Senate contests, the influential 1199/SEIU health care union has decided to bet on Republicans, who still hold a 32-30 majority in the chamber, according to a person close to the union. The union will provide resources exclusively to the GOP this fall, the person said. Union leaders, joined by key health care industry figures, met Friday with Sen. Bruno to discuss how to help the GOP hold control. The union ruffled feathers in February when it was revealed it had donated more than $250,000 to the Working Families Party in less than two months.

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