This Week in Boomer History: Remember the Bicentennial?

Notable events from our shared experience On July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison of the Doors joins Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix as rock icons who die at age 27. Sam Walton and his brother, Bud, open the first Walmart store (called Wal-Mart Discount City) in Rogers, Ark., on July 2, 1962. Today, the company is the world’s largest public corporation and, with over 2 million employees, the world’s largest private employer. Ernest Hemingway, 61, shoots himself to death July 2, 1961, at his home in Ketchum, …

More Help On The Way for Long-Term Unemployed

More than 300 companies, including  Apple, Walmart, Boeing and eBay, have pledged to help the long-term unemployed find jobs under a new initiative announced by President Barack Obama  today. CEOs of these companies have agreed to review their recruiting practices to make sure they aren’t unfairly screening out those who have been out of work for many months. The commitment comes from more than 80 of the nation’s largest businesses and hundreds of others, including Bank of America, KPMG LLP and …

Before You Bite: News About Organic Tomatoes, Walmart Corn

The juiciest tomatoes and the sweetest corn are two of summer’s most anticipated gifts, which is why we were both happy and troubled to read the latest health news on both those favorite foods. First, the good news. You may want to spend a little more to eat organic tomatoes, a new study suggests, because they have a higher level of antioxidants than conventionally grown ones. Researchers from the University of Barcelona and the Institute of Health in Spain compared …

The Takeaway: Dukes v. Wal-Mart; Ban on Hearing Aids

P.M. Notes: Social Security cost-of-living allowance is coming: But don’t get too excited. The increase is expected to be modest. … The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering emergency funding for people struggling to pay their mortgage. Homeowners facing foreclosure have until July 22 to “pre-apply” for a forgivable loan up to $50,000 through the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program (EHLP).