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It's expensive to be fat.
The Financial Cost of Obesity -- Weight and finances have been discussed at length on personal finance blogs, but mostly the similarities between money and weight management. There's been little discussion about the total annual cost of obesity for an individual because most research offers anecdotal evidence of higher costs associated with obesity, but not a dollar amount for a single person.

A risk lesson from baseball.
Fatal Fall at a Ballpark Brings Higher Railings and Awareness -- The Rangers, despite their continued insistence that all of the railings in the ballpark exceeded local building codes for safety, eventually committed to raising the height of all to a uniform 42 inches. Warning signs have been posted. A pregame announcement urging caution is now routine. All of which makes for an unusual atmosphere inside the stadium these days, a mix of worry and loss, resiliency and resolve. Nobody thought the ballpark was cursed. After noticing added security near some of the railings, some fans at Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays said the ballclub's reaction further reinforced the idea that teams need to protect some reckless adults from themselves.

Truck makers worry.
Supply Kinks Stall Trucks -- Demand for commercial trucks is accelerating, leaving truck manufacturers grasping for enough parts to accommodate rising orders. Higher prices for 2010 models caused by stricter U.S. standards for diesel-engine exhaust kept buyers away from new-truck dealers last year, prolonging a sales slump that started in 2007. But trucking companies aren't holding out any longer. Market forecaster ACT Research LLC predicts North American sales of new, heavy-duty trucks will climb by 64% this year to 250,300 vehicles.

Goodbye Post Office?
Nearly 4,000 Post Offices Might Close -- The financially beleaguered Postal Service announced Tuesday that it would consider closing more than 3,600 of its 32,000 post offices. Continuing efforts to reduce costs by shrinking the organization's retail network and work force, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe released a list of the targeted offices, which are primarily in rural locations and produce little revenue. There will be a 60-day comment period before the Postal Service makes a final decision, which can be appealed to the Postal Regulatory Commission.

- Sheena Moore

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