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Hallmark rolls out Presidential campaign cards

BY Doug Desjardins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Hallmark will provide a humorous take on the presidential campaign season with cards that feature the image and voices of the candidates and other key politicians associated with the election.

The cards will feature images of Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and Pres. Bush and deliver an irreverent look at what they’re saying and doing with some sound cards using the actual voices of the candidates.

“The political humor line has been one of our best-selling lines since we launched it last year,” said Steve King, editorial director at Hallmark. “It’s part of our commitment to being timely, relevant and humorous.”

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Safeway raises $9.7 million for muscular dystrophy

BY Doug Desjardins

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway customers and employees helped the supermarket chain raise $9.7 million to help fight muscular dystrophy during an August fund-raiser.

Safeway raised the funds through donations made at checkout registers in 1,700 Safeway stores in the U.S. and Canada. A portion of proceeds from some products sold in stores was also donated. With the August funds, Safeway has raised nearly $42 million for muscular dystrophy with its month-long fundraisers.

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Walgreens offers consumers advice in case of evacuations

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has published a short list of suggestions for anyone in areas affected by potential hurricanes, such as Tropical Storm Gustav, which, at press time, was heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to turn into a hurricane.

While the advice was simple, it may make a big difference for prescription medication takers who have to be evacuated:

  1. Fill the medication only after arriving at a safe location.
  2. Carry the medication in a waterproof bag.
  3. Keep a written record of all prescriptions in an “important papers” file.

Walgreens emphasized in step 2 that all prescription bottles should be taken, even if empty. The information on the bottle label will help any pharmacist refill the medicine. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so Walgreens reminded consumers to protect it from extreme weather conditions.

The company also reminded consumers that Walgreens’ patients could register online at Walgreens.com and print out prescription information directly from their patient profile. Walgreens operates 6,356 drugstores in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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