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The term dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast. The term has become more common in other parts of the country since 2000. Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November. According to one report, in 2007 135 million people participated in the Black Friday shopping rush.
In many cities it is not uncommon to see shoppers lined up for hours before stores with big sales open. Once inside the stores, shoppers often rush and grab, as many stores have only a few of the big-draw items. And electronics and popular toys are often the most sought-after items and may be sharply discounted.
Jeff Owen of the Valley View Mall says the trend of "mad dash shopping" should continue more this year since more and more folks are stepping over the "recession line"........and wandering into the "open field of spending".
How many high school students can claim a high speed chase on their driving resume? Probably not too many. Now, a 17 year-old Central High student in La Crosse has acheived that dubious honor. Police say the young guy drove through a red light early this morning. Cop got on his tail right away and the kid gunned it. Got about a block and a half before pulling over. Got out of the car with the officer's gun drawn on him. Guy knew he shouldn't have run. Even told the cop at the scene while he was getting arrested that doing so was likely a "dumb idea."
La Crosse police think they may have solved several burglaries with one arrest this week. Cops say they've busted 21 year-old Joshua Dull in the act of trying to steal electronics from a home in the city. Cops have been looking for the thieves responsible for many burglaries that occurred at places that were left unlocked. Dull, they say, was on his way towards making off with a flat screen and an X-Box gaming system when he was tripped up by the owners. Apparently they held on to him until cops arrived. Police think he's behind at least some of the other burglaries. Right now they're trying to find some of the other electronics that have been stolen.
HVAC systems, security systems and door locksets and hardware....all projects under the $35 million referendum Lacrosse voters approved back in 2008. So where are those projects at?
Joe Lavina says with great summer weather and good planning.....the district is on track to complete most of the projects at hand.
Still left to do.......replacing doors and door locks and new motion censor security systems....all on track to be completed by June.
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare plans to expand its family medicine practice and long-term care facilities while discontinuing hospital-based services at its Arcadia campus, effective the end of the first quarter, 2011. Hospital services include acute care admissions, obstetrics and emergency services.
This decision does not include clinic services, behavioral health, specialty outreach, or nursing home services, which will be continued and are slated for enhancement or expansion.
Vice President for Regional Practices John Nemec said Franciscan Skemp leaders researched the situation to ensure that the service it provides continues to meet the needs of the community and can be sustainable long term, both financially and from a safety and quality perspective. Maintenance requirements for the aging hospital, low patient volumes and limited population growth all contributed to the decision to discontinue hospital-based services at the Arcadia campus.
On this campus, Franciscan Skemp employees 215 individuals. This change will affect fewer than 20 positions.
The family medicine clinic and nursing home in Arcadia will remain fully staffed to provide service to area residents. Franciscan Skemp’s plans to expand its current family medicine practice in Arcadia include a new clinic building, which will be reviewed for approval in the 2011 budget.
Long-term care is a demonstrated need for the Arcadia community that will be maintained going forward, including swing bed services for those patients who have recovered from the acute phase of an illness, but continue to require skilled nursing care and/or skilled rehabilitation services. A gap in the services currently being provided is that of assisted living. Franciscan Skemp is in the process of seeking a partner who could potentially add this service.
Many emergency services and acute care needs will be provided in the clinic urgent care setting where patients can be treated and discharged or stabilized and transferred. Major trauma and after hours emergencies will be managed by rapid transport to major hospitals in the area.