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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 16, 2003

The Sierra Club is the first national environmental group to start a mutual fund. The Sierra Club Stock Fund and Sierra Club Balanced Fund exclude any company that could hurt critters. Indeed, the guidelines are so strict that only a third of the companies in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index make the cut. Read more about it in the Feb. 17 issue of BusinessWeek.

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The 25th annual Florida Money Show takes place in Orlando Wednesday through Saturday. The show offers 100-plus free investing workshops. Go to for a complete schedule of events.

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Aging baby boomers are getting lots of attention from Web sites. Jan Reisen, 52, started a site called for boomers. Others include, a genealogy Web site where half the usage comes from boomers. For those frustrated parents, check out

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The March issue of Smart Money offers four landscape projects that will increase the value of your house by 15 percent. One idea: Add a fountain.

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If you thought talking on the phone in the car was dangerous, hold on to your steering wheels: More than a third of motorists in an online poll said they'd changed clothes while driving. The Yahoo Autos Web site reported that 27 percent said they had applied cosmetics behind the wheel, and a fifth of drivers said they had read a book or newspaper while tooling down the road.

-- Compiled from Web sites and Times wires.

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