Mall adding Le Macaron pastry shop
UNIVERSITY PARKWAY -- Le Macaron French Pastries will open a new store inside the Mall at University Town Center this fall.
The franchise posted on its website and Facebook page that it will open a new location and has posted an ad on Craigslist looking to hire full-time and part-time retail representatives. The job posting tells applicants they will train at the St. Armands Circle location for two weeks before opening in October.
The stores were developed by Didier and Audrey Saba of Sarasota, opening the company's first location in St. Armands in 2011. Le Macaron has 15 locations in Florida, including another on Bee Ridge Road in Saraosta, and lists seven other stores coming soon in Florida with plans for Las Vegas and Puerto Rico stores.
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Macarons -- not be confused with macaroons -- consist of crispy ground almond shells filled with ganache, rich cream and fruit jams.
The Mall at UTC, off Cattlemen Road and University Parkway, is expected to open Oct. 16.
Big cities take aim at prescription painkillers
WASHINGTON -- Some of the nation's largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged communities and busted local budgets.
The heightened rhetoric comes as Chicago tries to recover millions in health care costs from opioid drugmakers, alleging companies deliberately misled the public about the risks of their drugs.
U.S. tobacco growers brace for tougher competition
DANVILLE, Va. -- Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.
The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They're the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century. Cigarette makers will have paid $10 billion to compensate growers for surrendering their quotas. Growers got another $5 billion from the companies as part of their 1998 settlement of state lawsuits over smoking-related health care costs.
-- Herald staff and wire reports