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Report: RAD’s loss-prevention specialists work with authorities to catch fencer

BY Alaric DeArment

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey merchant was arrested on charges related to selling goods stolen from a local Rite Aid store, particularly cigarettes, according to published reports.

The Trenton, N.J., Trentonian reported Tuesday that police arrested Ladislao Martinez and charged him with fencing stolen goods, organized retail theft and receiving stolen property, seizing cigarettes, paperwork and cash from his store, the MR Supermarket.

The newspaper reported that the Mercer County prosecutor and local police had built a case by working with Rite Aid’s loss-prevention specialists. Rite Aid contacted county authorities after a string of thefts from one of its stores on Trenton’s South Broad Street. The report also noted that in most cases such as this, merchants will purchase stolen items for 15% to 25% of their retail value, allowing them to undercut the retailers from which they were stolen.

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Sugary drinks associated with hypertension, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — A new study published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association established a link between high blood pressure and the consumption of such beverages as soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks.

In the "International Study of Macro/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure," researchers analyzed consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, sugars and diet beverages in 2,696 participants, ages 40 to 59 years, in eight areas of the United States and two areas of the United Kingdom. What they found was that for every extra sugar-sweetened beverage consumed per day, participants on average had significantly higher systolic blood pressure by 1.6 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure higher by 0.8 mm Hg.

What’s more, the consumption of sugar-laden beverages added an average of 397 calories per day to the participants’ daily caloric intake.

"This points to another possible intervention to lower blood pressure," said Paul Elliott, senior author and professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. "These findings lend support for recommendations to reduce the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as added sugars and sodium in an effort to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health."

Study authors did note, however, that limitations were that it was cross-sectional and diet was self-reported.

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Rite Aid regains NYSE compliance

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has regained compliance with the New York Stock Exchange’s share price-listing requirements, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

The 4,700-store chain regained compliance after its closing share price and average closing share price for the 30 days ended Monday were both above $1.

Companies that trade on the exchange are threatened with delisting if the average closing price of their shares falls below $1 over a consecutive 30-day trading period.

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