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Lowe's Managers Agree to 'No Black Drivers,' Lose Jobs

Customer didn't want black delivery drivers to come to her home

(Newser) - Three managers at a Lowe's store in Virginia have lost their jobs after going along with a customer's request that no black drivers make deliveries to her home, a company spokesperson said today. Driver Marcus Bradley told WSET-TV he was called off an Aug. 3 delivery by a... More »

Lowe's to Stop Selling Pesticide That May Harm Bees

Neonicotinoids to be removed from stores by 2019

(Newser) - Lowe's is saying so long to a class of pesticides that may be contributing to our dwindling honeybee population. The home improvement chain said yesterday it will phase out pesticides known as neonicotinoids , or neonics; they'll be completely gone from store shelves and absent from plants the store... More »

Shopper Opens Lowe's Cabinet, Is Bitten by Snake

Fortunately, it wasn't a venomous species

(Newser) - A shopper opening a cabinet at a Lowe's store got an unpleasant surprise: a bite on the head by a snake, WTVA reports. The snake jumped out of the cabinet at the store in Corinth, Miss., the local police chief says. The customer's condition isn't clear, but... More »

Lowe's Holiday Help: Robots

But chain says high-tech OSHbot is there to help human workers, not displace them

(Newser) - Retailers typically hire more workers to help out around the holidays, but Lowe's is taking an especially novel approach to this year's seasonal staff: putting robots to work. The OSHbot will be available for customer service tasks at the company's Orchard Hardware Supply store in San Jose,... More »

Lowe's Workers Fix Vet's Wheelchair (After VA Wouldn't)

It broke down in store, and 3 employees stayed late to repair

(Newser) - A public thank-you by a Vietnam vet to three workers at Lowe's is providing yet more ammo for critics of the VA . As he explains in a letter to the Staten Island Advance , Michael Sulsona lost both his legs to a landmine during the war. He'd been trying... More »

Now Travel Firm Pulls Ads From Muslim Reality Show

Kayak.com joins Lowe's after evangelical campaign

(Newser) - A second company has yanked its ads from an American Muslim reality show. This time it's the Kayak.com travel web site, following the lead of the Lowe's chain , which caved to pressure from a Florida evangelical organization. TLC's All-American Muslim features five Lebanese American families living... More »

Stewart: TLC's Muslim Show 'Most Boring' Ever

There's nothing controversial about 'All-American Muslim'

(Newser) - A completely baffled Jon Stewart took to the airwaves last night to weigh in on the controversy over TLC's All American Muslim. It appears the Florida Family Association—which pushed Lowe's to pull its ads from the program —is unhappy with the show because it doesn't ... More »

Russell Simmons Leads Charge Against Lowe's on Muslim Show

He criticizes chain for bailing on TLC program

(Newser) - Lowe's is facing some heavy backlash over its decision to yank ads from the TLC reality show All-American Muslim. Hip-hop's Russell Simmons has been the most vocal, even offering to buy up any remaining ad space before Sunday's episode. As it turns out, that might not be... More »

Lowe's Jerks Ads From Muslim Reality Show

Now critics are calling for a boycott of Lowe's

(Newser) - The Lowe's retail chain has yanked its ads from an American Muslim reality program after complaints from an evangelical group. Now critics are calling for a boycott of the home improvement seller. The Florida Family Association blasted TLC's new program, All-American Muslim, as "propaganda that hides the... More »

DIY Projects Go Frugal

(Newser) - With the five-figure granite-countertopped kitchen overhaul now an emblem of prerecession excess, home-improvement chains are seeking a new niche for themselves in more frugal times, the New York Times reports. DIY projects these days have shifted from upgrades to maintenance—consumers won't redo the bathroom but will fix the leaky... More »

Dow Up 235 on Housing Hopes

(Newser) - Markets rose significantly today on indications of a turnaround in the housing sector, the Wall Street Journal reports, with an industry confidence metric at its highest since September 2008. Financials—Bank of America was up 9.8%—led the S&P to a symbolic close above 900. The Dow was... More »

Stocks Start Week on Rebound

(Newser) - Stocks headed higher at today’s open, following a week of profit-taking that left the Dow and S&P down 3.6% and 5% respectively. The Dow was up 107 points, while the Nasdaq added 1.2% and the S&P 1.4%, including a 3% surge in financials. Lowe's... More »

Stocks Drop on Citi, Retail Woes

(Newser) - Stocks slid at the open, as Citigroup slashed jobs and retailers reported yet more disappointing results. The Dow lost 160 points, while the S&P and Nasdaq dropped 1.8% and 1.5% respectively. Among the big drops were Target and Lowe’s, which each took a 24% hit to... More »

Riding Mowers Sputter With US Economy

Housing downturn, gas prices bode ill for icon

(Newser) - Once a symbol of American prosperity, the riding lawnmower is running out of gas, the Washington Post reports. The whole business “is deeply troubled by the decline in housing starts,” said one industry group spokesman. Rising oil prices have also pummeled demand. But what’s really turning lawnmower... More »

Dour Housing Market Slams Home Depot Q4 Results

Profits drop 27%, and the company says 2008 isn't looking very bright

(Newser) - Continuing US housing market woes, showing no signs of letting up, helped drag Home Depot’s fourth quarter profits down 27% over the same quarter last year, to $671 million from $925 million. The world’s largest home-improvement retailer also predicted fiscal-year earnings will drop 19% to 24%, more than... More »

Blue Chips Hop Slightly on Fed Confidence

Treasury yields crash as winners prevail for third straight day

(Newser) - The Dow was up 42.27 to close at 13,121.35, as winners outnumbered losers about 7 to 6—the third straight positive day on Wall Street. But short-term treasury yields plummeted as speculation increased that the Fed will cut the benchmark rate at its next meeting. Volume on... More »

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