Shoppers Jam Stores

It’s Black Friday, and the National Retail Federation estimates that up to 134 million Americans will go bargain-hunting during the traditional kickoff to the Christmas shopping season.

Economic experts are watching closely this year to see whether consumers are feeling confident enough to hit the malls in a big way. Many predict shoppers will remain selective and tight-fisted, but will spend more than they did last year as the economy crashed.

Reuters has a nice analysis of the annual event here.

You won’t find me out there fighting those crowds. As far as I’m concerned, Black Friday should be called National Leftovers Day.

  • Shasta County Public Health has announced free swine flu shots for children on Dec. 5. The vaccines will be offered from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at these high schools: Enterprise, Central Valley, Anderson and Burney. The vaccines will be available for children aged six months to 18 years, and to caregivers of those under six months old.
  • A new study finds that, if nothing is done, the number of Americans suffering from diabetes will double in the next 25 years. And the cost to treat them will triple. Full story here.

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Steve Brewer

is the author of CUTTHROAT and 17 other books. Read more of his columns at http://stevebrewer.blogspot.com/, or follow him on Facebook.

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