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Flying, Fireworks and Fraud (oh my!)

I wish I had more time to do this every week, but here are some interesting tidbits I thought you savvy consumers shouldn't miss (which you probably didn't since you're all such sharp shoppers, right?).

United Airlines ditched attempts to merge with US Airways and create the world's largest carrier. While a merger might have helped both companies financially (or maybe not), the deal likely would have meant fewer routes and higher ticket prices for consumers.

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D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham announced proposed legislation today to ban the use and sale of all consumer fireworks inthe District of Columbia, except those staged by professional pyrotechnics experts. I know fireworks are banned here in the city, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people in the neighborhoods I frequent from putting on a pretty good show of their own.

The Better Business Bureau of Greater Baltimore is warning online car shoppers that scammers have stolen the identity of a legitimate company, Global Payments Inc., in order to offer phony escrow services and defraud consumers out of thousands of dollars.  More than 50 victims have lost a total of $200,000 as the result of this single operation.

Here's a bonus:

Do you use antifreeze, coolants, solvents, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, detergents, wastewater-treatment and disposable diapers? Get ready for some price increases. If you missed it, the print paper ran a story about Dow Chemical's decision to raise its prices by up to 20 percent to offset the soaring cost of energy. Dow Chemical points an angry finger at the nation's energy policymakers for failing to deal with rising energy costs over the years.

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