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Fry’s Food and Drug Stores president, 58, passes away

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — Jon Flora, 58, the president of Fry’s Food and Drug Stores, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Friday, according to a report in the Phoenix Business Journal

Flora started his career at 15 with Dillon’s in western Kansas. When Dillon’s merged with Kroger in 1983, he was named SVP. 

In 2007, he took over as president of Fry’s, which also is owned by Kroger, the Phoenix Business Journal reported.

 

 

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Speck introduces new iPhone 5s case with slim-fitting design

BY Jason Owen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Speck, a designer of slim-fitting protective cases and covers for smartphones, tablets and laptops, on Tuesday announced a new iPhone case for the iPhone 5 and 5s.

Speck’s Candyshell + Faceplate is sleek and offers all-over protection for the consumer’s smartphone, the company stated. The Candyshell is a patented dual-layer protection system in a single piece. The hard outer shell protects against impact, while the soft inner layer absorbs shock. It has a protective faceplate that applies to the device’s screen and provides superior touch response, Speck stated. The faceplate also has an opening on the home button compatible with Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.

“With CandyShell + Faceplate we wanted to offer in slim protection what others have been offering in bulk protection,” says Bryan Hynecek, vice president of design at Speck. “We engineered this iPhone 5s/5 case to deliver durability and 360-degree protection, plus Speck’s signature color and style, that preserves the beauty of the device.”

CandyShell + Faceplate will be available in the most popular CandyShell colors, including black/slate gray, white/charcoal gray, pomodoro red/black, carnation pink/revolution purple, white/raspberry pink and raspberry pink/black, each of which feature the matching CandyShield faceplate for an additional and protective extension. All Speck cases are lab-tested for proven protection against environmental factors and everyday bumps, drops and spills.

The iPhone 5s is available Friday, Sept. 20.


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FDA approves Lupin’s generic version of Ambien CR

BY Alaric DeArment

BALTIMORE — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for insomnia made by Lupin, the drug maker said.

The FDA approved zolpidem tartrate extended-release tablets in the 6.25-mg and 12.5-mg strengths, a generic version of Sanofi’s Ambien CR.

The branded version of the drug had sales of $366 million during the 12-month period ended in March, according to IMS Health.

 

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