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Do you shop at Abercrombie and Fitch? Then you shouldn’t wash your clothes

I know that sounds gross but chemicals in clothing can break down in water into hormone-disrupting nonylphenol. Please avoid getting this stuff into the waterways and if you can't help but wash your clothers, then purchase clothing from companies that do not use nonylphenol-producing chemicals (called nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs). Check this infographic - and here for a larger view - and the Greenpeace study, Dirty Laundry that calls out the specific brands.

2 stabbed in fight over woman’s clothes

A confrontation over a woman's clothing led a Spokane man to stab two people late Tuesday, police say.

Raymond L. Bell, 45, is accused of stabbing Gary Smith and his son, Jonathan Smith during a fight that began about 10:45 p.m. at 2517 E. 1st Ave.

According to court documents, Bell banged on the door and demanded clothes belonging to his girlfriend, but when Smith said he didn't have the items, Bell took a black folding knife out of his pocket and stabbed him in the left arm.
Jonathan Smith was stabbed in chest and hospitalized with a partially collapsed lung.

A police K-9 tracked Bell to a garage at 2415 E. 1st Ave., where he was arrested on two counts of first-degree assault. He remains in jail on $30,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday.

SOM: Save Our Malls

It’s an oddity if you haven’t ‘cut back’ in the last few months. You can’t open a newspaper without another analysis of how something is affected by the economy. Zoos. Camps. And, today’s article on MSN, malls.

It’s an absolute disaster,” said Howard Davidowitz, the chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, a national retail consulting and investment banking firm. “What a mall represents is discretionary spending, and discretionary spending is in a depression.”

 The article talks about the bankruptcies of multiple large stores, and also about multiple stores that have announced closures. Macys is one of the companies that will be closing stores nationwide.

Where do you shop? Have you found anywhere that continues to thrive, in spite of the recession?