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Martin’s Food Markets brings “Bags to Benches” program to Richmond, Williamsburg, Va.

BY DSN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. — Martin’s Food Markets is donating 25 park benches made from recycled plastic grocery bags to Richmond and Williamsburg, Va., the supermarket chain said.

Martin’s, part of Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., also known as Giant-Carlisle, said the donation of benches to parks, schools and green spaces throughout the two communities was part of its "Bags to Benches" program. The chain also will donate 10 benches to the State Fair of Virginia.

"This is the second year in a row we have donated park benches made from recycled plastic grocery bags to deserving organizations in the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities," Martin’s regional VP Jim Scanlon said. "We are excited to work with State Fair of Virginia, Virginia State Parks and several local schools this year to not only help enhance local green spaces and assist with beautification efforts under way, but also to promote recycling efforts through Martin’s Bags to Benches program."

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Walgreens pays dividend for 316th consecutive quarter

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The board of directors of Walgreens on Wednesday declared a regular quarterly dividend of 22.5 cents per share, a 28.6% increase over the year-ago dividend. The dividend is payable Dec. 12 to shareholders of record Nov. 14.

Walgreens has paid a dividend in 316 straight quarters (79 years) and has raised its dividend for 36 consecutive years. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2007, Walgreens annual dividend rate has increased from 31 cents per share to 90 cents per share, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate of 23.8%, the chain reported.

 

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CDC: Condom use up among teens

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday reported that the use of condoms is up in teen males.

The report, “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth,” from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, found that 8-in-10 teen males used a condom, an increase of 9 percentage points from 2002. The study also found that 16% of teen males used a condom in combination with a female partner’s hormonal method, a 6 percentage point increase from 2002.

Other findings included:

  • 78% of females and 85% of males used a method of contraception. With a few exceptions, teenagers′ use of contraceptives has changed little since 2002, and the condom remained the most commonly used method;

  • One exception was an increase among males in the use of condoms and in dual use — the use of a condom combined with a partner’s use of hormonal contraceptive; and

  • Another exception was a significant increase in the percent of female teenagers who used hormonal methods other than the pill, such as injectables and the contraceptive patch. As many as 6% of teen females used a nonpill hormonal method in the latest survey compared to 2% in 2002.

The full report is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs.

 


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