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October 31, 2004

Some use sick days when they aren't ill

Do you ever call in sick when you're not sick?

More than a third of workers, or 35 percent, said they had done so at least once in the past year, according to a poll by, a job search site based in Chicago. Ten percent said they'd done it three or more times.

Why? A quarter of the workers said they consider sick days equivalent to vacation time and treat them as such. Twenty percent said they called in sick simply because they didn't feel like going to work that day.

Study: Most student accounts are current

The warnings over the past few years about college students getting too deeply into credit card debt might be sinking in. A study of about 310,000 credit card accounts found little difference in the way students and older adults use their credit cards.


About 88 percent of students' accounts were paid up, compared with 92 percent of older adults and 88 percent of young adults not in school. The average college-age balance was $552, compared with $1,465 for young adults and $2,342 for older adults.

However, the percentage of delinquent accounts was higher among students (12 percent) than adults (8 percent).

Lawn chairs sold at Wal-Mart recalled

Rio Brands is recalling about 20,700 Mainstays garden folding lawn chairs.

The chair arms might break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

The recalled chairs have green plastic arms with green steel folding frames or blue plastic arms with blue folding steel frames. They are constructed of matching vinyl webbing. The chairs measure 31 inches high and 221/2 inches wide. The left-hand arm of the chairs has the word "RIO" on it.

The lawn chairs were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January through March for about $8.

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return the chairs to Wal-Mart for a refund.

For additional information, consumers may call Rio Brands customer service at 800-866-8520 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, visit the company's Web site at or visit Wal-Mart's Web site at

Company recalls Earlyears rattles

International Playthings Inc. is recalling about 1,699 Earlyears rattles.

The spiral section of the rattle might come apart, releasing small balls inside. This might pose a choking hazard to young children.

The recalled product is a rattle designed for children ages 3 months and older. It is approximately 51/2 inches long with a clear, spiral tube in the center containing eight yellow and purple balls inside that travel around the spiral. The ends of the rattle are green, purple, orange and yellow. The straight center tube is blue with a shaker inside.

The rattles were sold at specialty toy stores nationwide from August through September for about $9.

Consumers may call International Playthings at 800-445-8347 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at

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