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Loose change

By CATHY KEIM, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 26, 2002

RISKY BUSINESSES: Many teens will work this summer to earn spending money. They'll run deliveries in their cars, tend cash registers alone at small businesses and flip hamburgers. But a report says those common entry-level jobs are the three most dangerous for young workers. Also on the list are construction work and traveling door-to-door sales. The National Consumers League compiled the rankings based on federal accident and injury reports.

COSTLY LIVING: You may have left your heart in San Francisco, but you'll also have to part with a lot of cash if you want to live there. The median price of homes in the nine-county San Francisco Bay area rocketed to a record $402,000 in April, according to real estate information service DataQuick. Nationwide, the median home price is $144,000.

END OF THE LINE: Lincoln is ending production of its luxury pickup truck next April, making it one of the shortest-lived models. The Blackwood came out six months ago, priced in the low to mid-$50,000s. Lincoln sold only a few hundred of them in the same time its main competitor, Cadillac, sold more than 3,000 Escalade EXTs. The Blackwood will have a shorter run than such market failures as the DeLorean and the Edsel.

HOLD THE CRUST: Time-pressed parents with finicky kids may think it's the best thing since sliced bread: crustless sliced bread. The loaves go on sale July 1, but convenience comes with a price. They will cost $2.59 to $3.19, about $1 more than a typical loaf of white bread. Sara Lee Bakery Group points out that with crustless bread, you get a full slice rather than the small one left after Mom cuts off the crust.

TECH MALAISE: About 18 percent of 600 companies surveyed by Meta Group Inc. say retaining technology workers is a very serious concern. Two years ago, that share was 37 percent.

GENDER GAP: Young women earned only 82 percent of what men earned in 2000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. But that's up from 68 percent in 1979.

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