December 26, 2008

2 from area die in crash on Indiana toll road

Two Marines from the Toledo area were among four people who died Sunday night when their car crossed the median on the Indiana Toll Road and was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer, Indiana State Police said.

Kyle Sporleder, 20, of Sylvania and Rodney Echelbarger, of Holland whose age was unavailable, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Also killed were Lauren Diefenthaler, 19, of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Aaron Esposito, 23, of Novi, Mich., troopers said.

The car driven by Mr. Esposito was eastbound on the toll road, which is I-80/90 in Indiana, about 8:15 p.m. Sunday when he lost control on snowy pavement, crossed the median, and collided with the truck, troopers said.

The truck driver, Duane Rigdon, 53, of Carlsbad, Okla., was not hurt.

New Carlisle is about 10 miles west of South Bend, Ind.

Source: Toledo Blade

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Day After Christmas Sale

It's the day after christmas sale and it's going on today, Black Friday 2. The second Black Friday has after Christmas shoppers scrambling for after Christmas sales for bargains and discount prices and is expected to draw huge crowds.

Even though most people have already exchanged gifts with their love ones, family or friends, there are still some that haven't even purchased one.

The day after Christmas sale was made for them. Retailers like Wal-mart, Kmart and Best Buy, are hoping to boost sluggish holiday numbers with aggressive after Christmas sales.

Online and in-store sales continue to offer steep discounts – between 40 and 80 percent – and clearances on many items including HDTV, jewelry, computers and electronics.

According to ShopperTrak, consumer visits to U.S. retail stores fell by 24 percent the weekend before Christmas and sales slid 5 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

It's desperate times for America's retailers.

Will these discounts be enough to make up for slow sales before Christmas?

JC Penneys

For the first time, J.C. Penney is opening at 5:30 AM on December 26 and will reportedly take orders for wake-up calls on


Macy's is dropping prices by as much as 90 percent and opening at 6 a.m.

Target is offering certain items up to 75% off including clothing, furniture and electronics.

Sears and Kmart

Sears and Kmart are offering a $25 gift card with a set of new tires as well as sales on a garage-door opener, tools and tool storage items, home electronics and fitness equipment.

Toys R Us

Toys R Us has sales on Nintendo Wii/DS games, table games, Hannah Montana, and iPod accessories.


Kohl's is offering a clearance sale, 60-80% off on all clothing.


Wal-Mart is having sales on video games, electronics and HDTVs .

Circuit City

Circuit City is going bankrupt. Save up to 20% on digital cameras an camcorders, 30% off on GPS, and $100 off on home theater systems.

This large online retailer of overstocked items is offering a ten percent discount on your total purchase during this holiday season.

Dell Computers

The world's largest online retailer of computers is offering a special holiday sale that features a fairly recent model laptop for just $499!

Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Works will mark down merchandise by 75%

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is discounting thousands of books, DVDs, toys, video games, calendars etc from 50-90 percent off.


The world's largest ecommerce website is the home of thousands of retails of all kinds and sizes. This is probably the most important place for you to look when doing your after Christmas deal hunting.

Source: Post Chronicle