Smaller turkeys may be hard to find as COVID-19 shrinks Thanksgiving plans
DETROIT — The [more intimate Thanksgiving gatherings expected this year](While there is no turkey shortage across the board, Brian Weberman, director of poultry for Kaps Wholesale, a distributor in Detroit’s Eastern Market district, said consumers can expect to face a harder time finding smaller turkeys.Most small turkeys are hens or female. Larger turkeys, those that weigh more than 16 pounds are male and called Toms. About 40 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation, an advocate for the turkey industry.“There’s no need for a 28-pound turkey,” W...
Detroit Free Press
Ford Explorer ranks among lowest scoring models in reliability survey
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. was hit with more bad news Thursday, thanks to the problematic launch of its Ford Explorer.Ford’s namesake Blue Oval brand placed 22nd in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports, down six spots from last year. The luxury Lincoln brand placed last at 26th, down 11 spots.The 2020 Auto Reliability Surveys are based on data collected from Consumer Reports members about their experiences with more than 300,000 vehicles. The survey findings were announced at an online news conference before the Detroit-based Automotive Press Association.Among new or r...
The Detroit News
Washington state stockpiles N95 masks as hospitals see demand rise in new coronavirus wave
SEATTLE — Sitting in a Washington state government warehouse are more than 30 million N95 masks — enough to provide every one of the state’s health care workers nearly 100 masks each.They’re sitting there even though nearly all of the state’s hospitals are reusing their N95s or otherwise conserving supply, as the nation faces a looming shortage and Washington’s COVID-19 cases spike to the highest levels in the pandemic.Does the stockpile represent careful planning by state officials for this surge, or a missed opportunity to provide about $90 million of needed masks?Some in the industry suppor...
The Seattle Times
How the pandemic changed home buyer and seller behaviors
The coronavirus pandemic, combined with low interest rates, spurred home buyers and sellers to change how they lived. The pandemic also changed some of their behaviors when they entered the market, according to a report the National Association of Realtors released Wednesday.Those buying homes after the start of the pandemic bought higher priced homes, purchased more often in the suburbs, and planned to spend fewer years in their new homes, according to the association’s nationwide survey of recent home buyers and sellers in July. Those selling early in the pandemic felt more urgency to sell a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Home bakers bought more butter, lifted profits at Land O'Lakes
Before even hitting peak holiday baking season, Land O’Lakes Inc. is having a banner butter year.The Minnesota-based dairy and feed cooperative reported limited third-quarter results Friday that reflected the shift in demand resulted from the global pandemic.While net sales for the quarter ending Sept. 30 were down slightly to $2.9 billion, profit skyrocketed on soaring consumer demand for dairy products. Land O’Lakes tallied net earnings of $66 million, compared to $12 million in the same period a year ago.That huge increase in profit was in large part due to Americans eating, cooking and bak...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Understanding the landscape of Facebook's dominance
Facebook clearly dominates social media.But showing how and what Facebook monopolizes is tricky, especially if you’re a regulator pursuing antitrust action against the company.The “Roadmap for an Antitrust Case Against Facebook” published by the Omidyar Network in June begins to make this case in the U.S. But more is needed.Properly defining the market Facebook dominates will be critical to the success of any federal effort to rein in the excessive power Facebook has over civic life and online display advertising.It should also help the public better understand why such a popular and useful we...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: Don't tread on our competitors and suppliers
As a new and growing social media platform, Parler has experienced firsthand some of the types of misconduct by Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google detailed in the recently released House Antitrust Report on Big Tech. You might think that if anyone would support the solutions offered by the House Democrats and Republicans — as well as the just-filed antitrust suit against Google — it would be us.Apple once threatened to remove Parler from its app store unless we agreed to remove from our platform member-generated content that it deemed offensive. The company will not permit us to implement part...
Tribune News Service
Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...
Months into pandemic, PPE shortage persists
ATLANTA — Back in March as the pandemic took hold, Atlanta pediatrician Joy Maxey’s two-year supply of high-filtering N95s masks was gone in weeks. Other critically needed equipment was quickly depleted, too. She couldn’t just pick up the phone and order more; her regular vendors didn’t have it. She had to spend hours daily trying to find the precious gear.Now, seven months after Georgia confirmed its first coronavirus cases, Dr. Maxey is still spending triple the time she used to getting her office enough protective equipment.Nationwide, that desperate shortage of personal protective equipmen...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
KC's largest healthcare insurance provider will return to Obamacare exchange in 2021
KANSAS CITY — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the area’s largest healthcare insurance provider, will return to the Affordable Care Act marketplace next year after leaving it in 2018.The insurer lost more than $100 million on its exchange plans from 2014 to 2017, calling the losses “unsustainable” when it announced in May 2017 that it was dropping out of the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.Blue KC had struggled to make more money on the exchange than it paid in claims. But the marketplace is more stable in 2020 and there is new need in the scores of people who have lost their jobs a...
The Kansas City Star