Mall at UTC playground gets sponsor
UNIVERSITY PARK -- A children's play area at the Mall at University Town Center will be sponsored by Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.
The play area is one of several amenities for visitors who might need a break from shopping. The mall will also boast a visitors center for tourists and a digital kiosk for anyone curious about cars.
The children's play area will offer oversized native sea life species in the lower-level Dillard's court.
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Soft play pieces, such as Ali Gator in workout gear, Nurse Shark, Dr. Ray and others promote good health and play.
Visitors can see the latest Acura, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota models displayed throughout the mall and view and request additional information at kiosks located inside the center.
A satellite Sarasota Visitors Center will be at the mall's customer service desk, located just inside the main entrance. Visitors Center staff will offer tips on hotels, dining, cultural attractions and beaches.
Wal-Mart brings mobile checking to customers
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart is the latest company to get rid of fees that traditional banks charge customers who don't have enough money in their accounts to cover purchases.
The world's largest retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with Green Dot Corp., a company known for its reloadable prepaid cards, to bring mobile checking accounts to its shoppers. The accounts won't charge overdraft and bounced-check fees.
It's the latest attempt to offer banking services that cater to cash-strapped Americans.
Bank of America and Citibank both launched checking accounts this year that don't charge overdraft fees, which can normally cost up to $35 per transaction.
The moves come as overdraft fees, which occur when a customer doesn't have enough cash in their account to cover a purchase, have come under increasing scrutiny by regulators in the past few years.
-- Herald wire services
Anti-addiction groups call for new FDA chief
WASHINGTON -- Anti-addiction activists are calling for the Food and Drug Administration's top official to step down, saying the agency's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.
In a letter released Wednesday, more than a dozen groups ask the Obama administration's top health official to replace FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who has led the agency since 2009. The FDA has been under fire from public health advocates, politicians and law enforcement officials since last October, when it approved a powerful new painkiller called Zohydro against the recommendation of its own medical advisers.
The new letter is the first formal call for new leadership at the FDA over the issue.
Herald staff and wire reports