Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Kleenex Getting Pricey 

At this moment, one of the top headlines on the Yahoo! homepage is: "Kleenex maker to raise prices by six percent."

Yes, this is a top news story, one of the 5 or 6 that merits attention by being headlined on the home page. Dig deeper into the 6 short paragraph article, and you will find that the price hikes will apply to, inter alia, Kleenex tissues and Scott paper towels, and will commence this summer. But don't panic - the hikes will be staggered, first applying to "bathroom tissue, paper towels and napkins" in July, followed by the facial tissue hike in August.

This story ranked higher in the presentation than the news that Bob Edwards will no longer be hosting Morning Edition on NPR after the end of April. NPR is apparently "trying to refresh all the network's broadcasts." Wow. Bob Edwards is like my morning coffee on the drive to the T. He's been bringing me my morning news since I was in college in the early '80s. I may need some Kleenex for his last broadcast. Good thing the price hike won't have gone into effect yet.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 6:09 PM