Monday, March 31, 2014

Target deals 3/30: Angel Soft, 2 liter sodas, bleach

Target has some decent grocery deals this week on fruit, frozen veggies, Planters peanuts and more. Please share any other deals you find.

The deals from the ad this week are valid 3/30 - 4/5/14. Grocery deals from the ad:

2 liter sodas, select including Pepsi, Coke, Fanta, Mtn. Dew, Canada Dry and more, $1.00

Up & up bleach, 64 oz, $1.00

Angel Soft 36 double roll pack or Quilted Northern 30 pack
Sale: $15
Gift card: $10 Target gift card when you buy 2
Coupons: $1.50/1 Angel Soft printable manufacturer's coupon from coupons (good on 20 roll or larger), .45/1 Angel Soft coupon from 3/23 RP, 15% off Angel Soft Target Cartwheel coupon, $1 Quilted Northern mobile coupon, 15% off Quilted Northern Target Cartwheel coupon, $1.50/1 and .50/1 Quilted Northern printable coupon from coupons (thanks to for the coupon links!)

Additional ways to save at Target: Coupon Codes: You can find printable coupons at when you scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on Coupons. The store Target coupons can be combined with manufacturer's coupons on the same item.

Cartwheel discounts: There are also coupons available through their Cartwheel program HERE. With the Cartwheel discounts, you can load specific % off savings to your Cartwheel account and then print out a barcode that is scanned at the register at the store or show the barcode on your smartphone through the Cartwheel app (which is what I usually do to save money on ink and paper). These Cartwheel savings can be combined with store and manufacturer's coupons for even greater savings. No more than one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon and one Cartwheel offer can be combined per item. Each Cartwheel offer may be used for up to a maximum of 4 qualifying items per offer per transaction. Limit of 1 Cartwheel barcode per transaction and 6 Cartwheel barcode transactions per day.

Mobile coupons: Target offers mobile coupons regularly (inlcuding some grocery coupons!). Sign up for them by texting OFFERS to 827438. These coupons can be used with the other discounts. See their website for more information.

Coupon Policy: You can see the full Target coupon policy on their website HERE.

Red Card: If you have the Target Red Card credit card, you get another 5% off.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Famous Smoke Shop Offers New Cigar Promo Codes

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Famous Smoke Shop is an online distributor of discount premium cigars specializing in offering the web's widest cigar selection, best prices, and expert customer service. The company has just announced its release of new cigar coupons they will offer valid through the end of March. Each coupon is applicable to any order made through or over the phone at 1-800-564-2486

Starting now, Famous Smoke Shop will be extending coupon offers to all of its customers to take advantage of free products and instant cash back off their cigar order through the end of this month. Some of the coupons available are $20 instant cash back on any order over $200 and bonus 6 pack samplers and 5 packs with an order. There are also free 5-packs, bonus boxes of cigars, a free humidor with order, and the list goes on. No matter what a customer wants to order, they are able to use a coupon on it to either save money or get bonus products ranging from Rockey Patel to Romeo y Julieta, ash trays, cigar cutters, and more.

Each order allows customers an opportunity to receive instant cash back or bonus items and every order may be able to include a coupon. This allows customers to customize their orders and get more for the money they spend.

Since the coupons were released, there has been a big splash at Famous Smoke Shop by customers rushing to take advantage of the deals. All of these deals and coupons are available not only on the web but through phone orders as well. People interested in learning more about the Outlet at Famous Smoke Shop can call 1-800-564-2486 or can log on to Customers should be advised that restrictions may apply on particular items.

About Famous Smoke Shop

Famous Smoke Shop is the nation's #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web's lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Grimm Review: "Once We Were Gods"

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Mummified gods that were also wesen? Our seventh grade Egypt unit did not cover this at all.

Professor Vera Gates started out having the best day ever on last night's Grimm, "Once We Were Gods." At her archaeology institution a hidden room is uncovered, and it's filled with an archaeologist's dream-boxes and ancient relics from Cairo. There's even a 3,000 year-old mummy tomb, but nobody can know how much trouble it will invite.

Nick, Hank, Monroe and Rosalee continue to discuss options for Wu, who remains institutionalized. Monroe says exactly what I want to hear-that the Aswangs are a special kind of monster, and that of all the wesen Wu could have faced for the first time, the Aswang was basically the worst. He doesn't say it, but he implies that anyone who had nightmares after seeing those things-even if they only saw them on television and not in real life-is completely justified in that fear. Good to know.

Two thieves known for stealing from and vandalizing museum exhibits (especially those with tombs) go to the university and appear to have plans to rob the mummy grave, but get sidetracked by security guards. One of them woges into an Anubis (a dog-like wesen) but the other gets shot and killed by a guard. The Anubis wesen shoots another security guard before running off.

We've seen some pretty horrifying monsters on this show, and the Anubis is not so bad. It's like the writers know we're in recovery after the Aswangs and they're easing us back into the Grimm world. ('Preciate that, guys.)

Unfortunately, we weren't completely finished with the Aswang. In the institution, Wu must attempt to explain himself-and what he saw-to a therapist. It's pretty awkward. He's also heavily medicated, and when Hank and Nick come to visit he doesn't even remember when they were last there. During their visit, they're called to the crime scene and the tag left by the tomb-a graffiti mark reading "We protect the dead," tells them that this is more complicated than your run-of-the-mill museum robbery. Oh, and the deformed mummy face (clearly the face of a wesen) also provides some clues.

The storyline with Adalind's baby continues to get interesting. A couple of episodes ago, an ultrasound technician had told her that she heard two heartbeats but there was only one baby. And in this episode her bodyguard is sure he sees one baby outside of their cabin, while the other (the "real" baby?) is with Adalind. Here we go!

Rosalee and Monroe school Hank and Nick on the time when they were gods-wesen in ancient Egypt were often worshipped, and the mummy Anubis is a sacred artifact. Even they are offended at the idea of putting it on display in the museum. In the trailer, Nick and Hank find old film of an Anubis being tortured, and more research shows that the Egyptian Pharaohs wanted to be buried with Anubis to get access to some of their god-like qualities. For this, many Anubis were sought out and people were tortured in hopes of discovering more Anubis wesen. So we understand why they're peeved at the idea of being poked and prodded and displayed as mummies.

And just as Rosalee and Monroe are thinking of reporting this news to the council, the council shows up. Alexander arrives and requests an audience with the Grimm. We think he's come to wag a finger at Nick, but he says he wants to help Nick stop the Anubis who has broken council law by killing the security guard. The weird thing is that they want Nick to kill him, something Nick obviously didn't plan to do. It becomes fairly obvious that Alexander is hiding something.

And poor Professor Gates! Nick and Hank try to gently explain (without explaining the most important, wesen-related stuff) that she should probably consider moving the sarcophagus. But of course she's way too fascinated with her discovery (you know how these academics are) and says that she won't be intimidated out of her research. Sure enough, the Anubis shows up at her house and forces her to give him access to the mummy. In a rage-and just before he woges-he explains that her "discovery" is a sacrilege. "Once We Were Gods" offers an interesting critique on anthropology and the idea of cultural property. The Anubis-like other wesen we've met-is not just the bad guy, even though Nick attempts to put a stop to his methods. He's trying to protect his ancestors and their legacy, and there's a part of Nick that respects this. So he makes the arrest, and the Anubis lives. Meanwhile the mummy Anubis ends up in the back of Alexander's car, as we learn the true meaning of his vis it. Nick convinces him to let them give the mummy a proper burial. They burn it in a solemn service that actually was sort of touching.

At the end of the episode, Adalind and her bodyguard take the little swaddled, enchanted baby and high-tail it out of their cabin, just barely missing the Royals.

Wu is released from the hospital following a seriously helpful chat with Juliet. Even though he says he's cured, and doesn't believe that what he saw was real, we kind of feel like this storyline isn't over.

Favorite Quote of the Episode: "Welcome to club meds." (Wu)

Shannon M. Houston is a New York-based freelance writer, regular contributor to Paste, and occasional contributor to the human race via little squishy babies. You can follow her on Twitter.

Tablet deals: $60 for a 9" Android tablet, save $114 on Kindle Fire HD

Tablets are a hot product right now, as traditional personal computer sales slow. has a new roundup of tablet deals below.

By Marcy Bonebright, Guest blogger / March 14, 2014

Once you get a tablet, you'll wonder how ever you lived without one. It's like a smartphone, but no one ever interrupts you by calling! If you're looking for a first tablet (or trying to replace an old one), you'll definitely want to check out our roundup of the week's Deal News tablet deals. Score a 9" Android tablet for just $60, save $114 on a refurbished Kindle Fire HD, or get an i Pad Air for at $45 off.

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Archos Arnova 90 G3 4GB 9" Android Tablet
Store: Adorama
Price: $59.99 via coupon code "59ARCHOSG3" with free shipping
Lowest By: $16

Is It Worth It?: If you're looking for good-sized, entry-level Android tablet, you can't do better than the Archos Arnova 90 G3 right now. This Editors' Choice tablet drops to just $60 after coupon code "59ARCHOSG3"; we rarely see 9" tablets fall this low! While noting that this budget tablet has no access to the Google Play store, PC Advisor thought the microSD slot added some media appeal: "Plugging in a flash drive, we were able to watch movies with no trouble at all. This is a welcome addition if you don't want to fill up the tiny 4GB internal storage with large video files."

This 17-oz. tablet features a 9" 800x480 capacitive touchscreen LCD, an ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor, 4GB of built-in memory, 802.11n wireless, a front-facing camera, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).

Pioneer R1 8GB 7" Android Tablet
Store: Walmart
Price: $69.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $30

Is It Worth It?: Craving a smaller tablet with more built-in storage and access to Google Play? For just $10 more than the tablet above, you can grab the Pioneer R1. A $30 savings at $70, this budget-friendly Android comes in four fun colors.

Features include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 8GB of internal memory, a webcam, a microSD card slot, 802.11n wireless, and Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).

Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 32GB 8.9" WiFi Tablet
Store: Woot
Price: $179.99 with $5 s&h
Lowest By: $114
Expires: March 17

Is It Worth It?: If you're an Amazon Prime member who's looking to make the most of his soon-to-be pricier membership, then you need a Kindle Fire. This refurbished Kindle Fire HD from Woot is still one of the best 9" tablet deals around at $180. That's an Editors' Choice-worthy $114 below the price of a new one! Unique to the Kindle Fire experience are features like Whispersync, X-Ray for books and movies, and FreeTime for kids, as well as Prime-only things like Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Lending Library.

The Kindle Fire HD also sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8.9" 1920x1200 (1080p) IPS LCD, 32GB of internal storage, a front-facing camera, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth, and Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito). A 1-year Amazon warranty applies.

Lenovo Yoga 10 32GB 10.1" Android Tablet
Store: Lenovo
Price: $319 via coupon code "USPYT819313" with free shipping
Lowest By: $80
Expires: March 31

Is It Worth It?: Longevity is king with the Yoga 10, a big tablet with a comparatively impressive battery life - it can purportedly go as long as 18 hours before needing a recharge. Plus, CNET says it's " remarkably comfortable to hold," though the reviewer was less than impressed with the lower-resolution screen. Use coupon code "USPYT819313" to drop the Yoga 10 to $319, an all-time price low for this 32GB model.

The Yoga 10 features an integrated kickstand, an MTK MT8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 10.1" 1280x800 IPS LCD, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.6MP front camera, a microSD card slot, a 3-cell battery, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

Is It Worth It?: If the tablets above aren't quite cutting-edge enough for you, then step up to the iPad Air. Weighing in at just one pound and measuring only 0.29" thin, Apple's current-gen iPad is considered by many to be the best tablet on the market right now. Calling the iPad Air's hardware "close to perfect," The Verge's reviewer said "the iPad Air represents a nearly ideal manifestation of what a large tablet can and should be." Right now you can score this tablet for just $450, a price low by $45.

The iPad Air boasts a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, an Apple A7 64-bit processor, an M7 motion coprocessor, a FaceTime HD front camera, dual microphones, a 5-megapixel iSight rear camera, 802.11a/n wireless with MIMO, Bluetooth, and iOS 7.

Best Buy's also got you covered if you're looking for a previous-gen iPad: the merhcant's knocked up to $80 off a selection of iPad models. While we saw savings of up to $105 on a larger selection of iPads last week, you'll still find significant savings in this sale. Plus, each model ships for free.

Marcy Bonebright is a features writer for, where this article first appeared.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

TODAY'S DEALS: Greystone Grabs N.C. Apartment Asset

<Discountp>Cary, N.C.-Real estate investment and development firm Greystone has picked up a 360-unit apartment community in Cary, N.C., for $24.3 million. The property, Cary Brook Apartments, fits in with the company's strategy of buying 1980s or newer vintage assets with a light value add component.

Built in 1984, Cary Brook features 23 garden-style buildings with an accompanying clubhouse and leasing center. The property was sold by RFI Cary Brook LLC. Greystone Property Management will run daily operations.

"The Cary Brook multifamily property represents the ideal target for our owner/operator strategy, where we can add immediate value to an asset and leverage the upside of growing markets," says Bill Guessford, managing director of Greystone acquisitions, and vice president of Greystone Property Management. "After analyzing the property's offerings and the solid market drivers for the greater Raleigh area, we feel confident that this acquisition will serve as a strong performer in our growing portfolio."

Transwestern sells 1,652 units in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.-Transwestern's Bethesda office has recently arranged the sale of seven multifamily properties valued at more than $128 million. All transactions closed in the month of February.

The deals involved three sales for three sellers with a total of 1,652 units in Washington, D.C., and the city's Maryland suburbs. The transactions consisted of five assets in the DC/MD Beltway Portfolio, the Legation House and one off-market property, each offering value-add and positioning potential. Transwestern's Mid-Atlantic Multifamily Group, led by co-directors Dean Sigmon and Robin Williams, exclusively represented the sellers of all seven assets.

"The Washington, D.C., multifamily marketplace continues to see significant and growing investor interest in value-add investment opportunities in both single assets and portfolios," Sigmon says.

Largo sets $7.7M, 12-month interest-only loan

Buffalo, N.Y.-Perry Miceli, principal for the Largo Group of Cos., arranged $7.7 million in financing for the acquisition of a 160-unit apartment complex located in Deland, Fla.

Developed in 1991, Country Club Park Apartments features a clubhouse with a pool and sundeck, 24-hour fitness center, private entries and ample parking. The complex is situated within 10 minutes of the area's three primary demand generators, Stetson University, Florida Hospital DeLand, and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. It is in close proximity to I-4 providing quick access to Orlando and Daytona Beach. Perry arranged a 10 year fixed rate term with a 12-month interest-only period; the loan is structured with a 30 year amortization schedule.

Largo has relationships with 17 correspondent lenders and offers additional lending sources to the marketplace, which will benefit owners and developers of commercial properties providing alternative finance options. Largo offers long-term, non-recourse financing at a competitive fixed rate for its borrowers through its strong network of correspondent lenders.


Monday, March 3, 2014


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Stacking Coupons with the Crazy Coupon Chick

Stacking Coupons with the Crazy Promo Codes Chick

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 10:25 AM ESTUpdated: Friday, February 28, 2014 4:00 PM EST

Coupon inserts: 3 inserts this weekend! 1 SmartSource, 1 RedPlum and 1 P&G!

HOT Target deal! starting Sunday, text the word STOCKUP1 to 827438 and get a mobile coupon for $20 off a $50 household purchase at Target!

HOT deal on gas at Stop & Shop! If you buy 6 participating items, you can earn 40 cents off per gallon of gas! This week, Stop & Shop canned tomatoes are 5/$3 so buy 6 of them which will cost you only $3.60 and save 40¢ off per gallon of gas up to 35 gallons!!!

-Friday Feb 28 th at KidsPlay Museum in Torrington at 6 pm!

-And, another class this Saturday March 1st at Savers in Newington at 4:30pm!

Make sure to head to for all of this week's best deals as well as a list of my upcoming classes!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

U.S. automakers extend discount wars through March

Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron

2014 Chevrolet Silverado pick up trucks are pictured in Thurmont, Maryland February 6, 2014.

Some of the heaviest discounts are being offered by Ford and Chevrolet dealers on full-size pickups - $8,000 and more on the 2014 Ford F-150 and $9,000 and more on the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, according to Internet listings posted Thursday.

But U.S. dealers also are sweetening deals on a wider range of vehicles, from low-priced economy cars such as the Chevrolet Sonic to popular crossovers such as the Ford Escape, fueling fears of an escalating "On Sales war" among the bigger manufacturers.

The latest offers come as the Detroit automakers and a number of their competitors appear to have been slammed by a third straight month of extreme weather in many parts of the United States, causing inventories of unsold vehicles to remain at unseasonably high levels.

"We believe short-term pent-up demand is building, but it's difficult to know when it will be released," said analyst Joseph Spak of RBC Capital Markets. "It could be March or spread out over a few months (and) is also likely dependent on the weather."

Analysts polled by Reuters estimated U.S. vehicle sales in February will be relatively flat from a year ago, at around 1,196,000, representing an annualized rate of 15.4 million. After dismal sales in January, analysts had predicted an uptick in February.


The challenge for GM and Ford has been to maintain a delicate balance between pricing and discounts, one of the key incentives offered by the industry. This task is made a bit easier with big pickups, high-margin vehicles that traditionally provide the lion's share of pretax profit in Detroit.

Automakers were able to maintain record transaction prices in February, with the industry average topping $29,000, according to research firm J.D. Power.

GM, which introduced its redesigned Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups last summer, has seen the biggest gain - around $5,000 per vehicle - in truck prices from a year ago, according to research firm Kelley Blue Book.

Because it has been spending relatively less on incentives this year than Ford, GM's share of full-size truck sales has dropped several points to less than 35 percent.

GM spent an estimated $3,204 per vehicle in incentives in February, compared with $3,305 for Ford, according to research firm TrueCar.

That could change as GM phases out heavy-duty versions of the Silverado and Sierra this spring while building up production of redesigned editions.

Analyst Brian Johnson of Barclays Capital said U.S. vehicle inventories are down slightly from January, but so far the automakers have maintained relatively strong first-quarter production schedules.

"Should inventory levels remain elevated through April, we could see the issue addressed" via higher incentives or production cuts, Johnson said.


At the retail level, discounting continues at a furious pace, judging from dealer websites reviewed Thursday by Reuters.

Chevrolet dealers were offering promotional deals on a wide range of models as the GM brand wrapped up a nationwide Presidents Day sale and prepared for two new March promotions.

The new promotions are dubbed Chevy Truck Month and Chevy Open House, according to trade publication Automotive News. The March incentive programs are expected to provide discounts of up to $7,000 or more per vehicle, according to a GM source who declined to be named because the programs have not been formally announced.

A number of Chevrolet dealers in the meantime are offering even better deals, many of them over the Internet.

On Thursday, David Stanley Chevrolet in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, advertised a 2014 Silverado for $27,900, or $9,260 off the sticker price.

In Chandler, Arizona, Thoroughbred Chevrolet advertised a 2014 Malibu sedan at $17,395, or $5,860 off sticker, and a 2014 Sonic hatchback for $10,495, or $4,500 off.

Ford has boosted and extended discounts on many of its U.S. models through March 31. The company now is offering rebates of up to $4,000 on the full-size 2014 F-150 pickup and as much as $6,000 on selected models such as the 2014 Focus Electric.

But Ford dealers across the United States continue to advertise even steeper discounts on the Web.

Hall Ford Lincoln in Newport News, Virginia, on Thursday was offering a 2014 Ford Taurus Limited sedan for $34,000, a discount of $6,090 off the suggested retail price, and a 2014 Escape SEL crossover for $29,000, a discount of $5,600.

Brandon Ford in Tampa, Florida offered deep discounts of up to $7,200 on the 2014 F-150 pickup and $8,360 on the heavy-duty F-150.

Will the discount wars continue beyond March? That depends on the weather and on whether a "bounceback" in demand materializes, analysts said. As RBC analyst Spak noted: "Incentives, once introduced, can be hard to pull back."

(Editing by Matthew Lewis)

Amazon And The BBC Make Ripper Of A Deal

Discount have struck a deal with the BBC to revive the cancelled crime drama Ripper Street. Thanks to Amazon's financial input, the new season will be streamed on Amazon Instant before it airs on the BBC.

The deal shows the power that online streaming companies now have. Being able to create original content and having the financial clout to revive shows that still have a loyal following.

Ripper Street was cancelled last year after two seasons by the BBC who said it "didn't bring the audience we hoped", and stars Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn as police detectives in the 19th Century at the time the ripper stalked the streets of Whitechapel, East London.

The new season will begin shooting in May and will premiere first on the Amazon Prime Instant on-demand service which will also have the first two seasons available to stream.

The BBC were Cock-a-Hoop with the news, drama boss Ben Stephenson said it was an, "an exceptional opportunity" to bring back the show. He said: "This deal gives fans another series of the show they love at excellent value to the licence fee-payer, ensuring that the BBC can also commission an entirely new, yet-to-be-announced drama series."

Speaking for Amazon, head of Amazon instant video international content acquisition, Jason Ropell said, "We're delighted to have secured not only the highly popular first two seasons of Ripper Street for our Prime Instant Video customers, but we can also confirm today that we will making season three, news that we know will delight the millions of fans of this brilliant British drama."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Best Buy re-opened after store was temporarily closed due to gas leak

JACKSON, MI - Deal Of The Day is open after a gas leak temporarily closed its doors.

Shandra Tollefson, a Best Buy public relations spokesperson, said the store 1014 Jackson Crossing re-opened after being closed for about two hours.

Store employees were notified of an odor of gas outside, and contacted the Jackson Fire Department and Consumers Energy about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The source of the leak was from a gas pipe on the roof of the building, which was heavily covered in snow, said Terry DeDoes, a Consumers Energy spokesman.

DeDoes said heavy snow and ice can create pressure inside pipes, causing a break in the fuel line.

"We recommend people keep meters free of snow and ice," DeDoes said.

When clearing pipes, DeDoes said shovels should not be used, because they can damage pipes.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Valentine’s Day falls worldwide on 14th February

Valentine's Day falls worldwide on 14th February that celebrates the devotion, love and bonding between two spouses or lovers. On this day lovers give cards, chocolates, gifts, red flowers to their beloved or meals are arranged in restaurants. The doves, figure of the winged Cupid and heart shaped images are the symbols of Valentines Day. Many guys express their love on this day.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New York City Ballet Erring on Side of Variety

The installation by the artist JR at the David H. Koch Theater has transformed that building's greatest glory, its tall, spacious first-floor foyer. Unlike the 2013 cartoon tower by the Brooklyn art collective Faile, it doesn't spoil or invade the space; it both deepens and teases it. Go up to the fourth ring, and, from above, it looks like a Baroque ceiling. Virtually life-size images of New York City Ballet dancers are arrayed in rings, whorls and patterns around the floor in various trompe l'oeil effects.

I've heard this installation called pornography. (If so, it's surely an unsuccessful example of that genre.) I think it can certainly be described as kitsch. But it's also imaginative, and, on a fascinatingly large scale, intensely entertaining. And its sense of playfulness is very happy. Finer as art are some (not all) of JR's distressed black-and-white images of dancers in the ground-floor foyers, notably one of Emily Kikta (in the lobby by the left-side elevators), with fabric blowing around her à la Loie Fuller.

On Thursday night, the latest in City Ballet's series of Art Nights, the audience played on that floor, and posed for photographs all around it, like stucco accretions to its design. Disco was played beforehand and in the intermissions and afterward by a D.J. Though his choice of numbers grated beside the music played in the ballets, there need be no quarrel with the principle of occasional party nights of this ilk.

Art Night had a special repertory of five ballets: three - "Kammermusik No. 2," "Concerto Barocco" and "Rubies," all by George Balanchine - from the current repertory (I have already reviewed them), plus two pas de deux to modern music: Christopher Wheeldon's "After the Rain" and Peter Martins's "The Infernal Machine." In the context of ordinary repertory, it would matter more that the leisurely "After the Rain" number is little more than manipulative schmaltz and that the fast-and-furious "Infernal Machine" feels synthetic. What emerged here were their basic virtues of contrasting pace, which extended the evening's range as a primer in modern classical ballet.

It would be good to think some of Thursday's audience returned at once to see the new program that entered the repertory on Friday: a double bill of Jerome Robbins's "Dances at a Gathering" and Balanchine's "Union Jack." Celebrating the two choreographers most crucial to City Ballet history, it was called "Balanchine and Robbins: Masters at Work." (The "at work" tag is redundant; in which of their ballets were they not working?) What's impressive here is the new line taken by each choreographer, after decades of celebrity, and his success in sustaining it at remarkable length.

"Dances at a Gathering" was widely hailed as a masterpiece from its 1969 premiere on. It's set to an assortment of different piano pieces by Chopin (mazurkas, waltzes, études, one scherzo and one nocturne). And its informal manners, loose structure, suggestion of folk community, and changing moods all established a whole new kind of dance theater, with a dreamlike sequence of events that goes way beyond that of earlier ballets such as Michel Fokine's "Les Sylphides" and Balanchine's "Serenade" and "Ivesiana."

The way that Robbins changes the tone between one musical number and another is already amazing; the way he then keeps changing mood and organization within some individual longer numbers is more astonishing yet. In two solos, he strongly suggests that this is a memory ballet - the opening one for a man in brown and one halfway through for a woman in green, both of whom take the stage and seem to be sketching their remembrances of dances past. But all 10 characters, even if their connection to their music is often dreamlike, are marvelously real in behavior.

It's a work that can pall when not danced with a wealth of nuance. Tiler Peck (in pink) and Sara Mearns (in mauve) did much to make Friday's performance eloquent. Ms. Peck's phrasing - with miracles of changing balance in one number - was enthralling; and though Ms. Mearns is not currently in the finest physical condition, the subtlety of dramatic inflection she gives to a gesture, a glance, a step makes her a rare artist. Joaquin De Luz brought a new quiet maturity to the brown role.

Among the other parts, Adrian Danchig-Waring (green) combined crispness and freedom; Brittany Pollack (blue) showed a newly adult quality; and the charm and good manners of Tyler Angle (purple) made an important contribution. Though the persona shown by Megan Fairchild (apricot) remains too lightly adolescent - she seemed the only child onstage - her boldness was welcome. I find Maria Kowroski's physicality wrong for the green solo, despite effective moments.

Though "Union Jack" is seldom singled out as one of Balanchine's most original works, you can't watch it without feeling the risks it takes. No choreographer had a stronger sense of ceremony than Balanchine, but the amount of slow procession and parade here remains breathtaking - and tremendous. The ballet is a salute to Britain, and Balanchine catches several layers of the British persona: reverence and irreverence, the stiff upper lip and the twinkling eye.

Janie Taylor, Ms. Mearns and Teresa Reichlen, leading, first, regiments of kilted guards and naval units also, all have the glamour of old navy black friday 2013-time movie stars. Ms. Mearns, at the head of a thundering all-female dance unit, begins to restore to it the galvanizing dynamic force it lost over 20 years ago (more, please); while Ms. Reichlen, subtly cheeky and elegantly gorgeous at the same time at the head of a line of Wrens, is in full bloom.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 to begin collecting sales tax

To the dismay of many online customers, Promotional announced it would begin to collect sales tax in North Carolina Feb. 1, an official confirmed Thursday.

This move will make North Carolina the 20th state in the nation to have sales tax collected from an online vendor, said Janie Lyn, an Amazon employee.

But this is not the first time North Carolina has brought Amazon's policies into the public eye.

Mike Meno, spokesman for the North Carolina ACLU, said the organization has challenged the state government's involvement in collecting information from Amazon's online orders.

"Our contention in that case was about the state getting involved and having the customer information turned over to the state," he said. "It's a pretty clear violation of someone's privacy."

Meno said a federal judge found it unconstitutional for the government to link customers to the items they purchased in a 2011 settlement.

But Meno said he did not foresee similar problems occurring with Amazon's latest North Carolina policy.

"Now that this tax issue seems to be settled, the government doesn't seem to be interested in collecting that data," he said.

Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the North Carolina ACLU, said the organization did not take a position on the question of whether sales tax needed to be collected.

"The decision by Amazon to begin collecting sales taxes on the front end of purchases will save customers from having to keep receipts and pay use taxes on the back end, and will negate any interest the state could have in tracking customers' purchases on," she said.

But not everyone is dissatisfied with Amazon's latest move. Some shop owners believe the imposition of a new sales tax could help level the playing field for local brick-and-mortar businesses.

Stacie Smith, manager of Bull's Head Bookshop, said this change could potentially help her business, as well as others in the area and around the state.

But Smith remains skeptical.

"I hope it makes a difference," she said. "But sales tax, to me, has never seemed that high."

Smith said Bull's Head has lost a lot of business to online merchants, but the store still manages to hold on to its loyal customers.

"We get good feedback when they come in," she said. "They appreciate that we're local."

Smith said while Bull's Head cannot match Amazon's prices, the store discounts more books to remain competitive and does not mind taking requests for future book orders.

"Everyone has sort of been trained by Amazon that they should get 40 percent off, so we thought, 'Why not?'" she said.

"I think it's a good thing, I just don't know how good a thing yet."

Linnie Greene, marketing director of Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books, said she has similar views and thinks the tax is fair.

"I think that they should pay the tax just like the rest of the businesses in North Carolina," she said.

Greene, a self-proclaimed proponent of "mom and pop" businesses, said she was happy with the decision.

But like Smith, Greene said she remains skeptical that the tax will have any dramatic fiscal effect.

"Places like Amazon tend to undercut a smaller business," she said. "If the end-all be-all is that customers want to pay less money, then I don't think we'll ever be able to compete."

Greene said cost will always be the deciding factor of where customers choose to shop.

"I'm sure there are people in Chapel Hill who use the internet for the majority of their shopping," Greene said. "But a lot of people in the area are conscientious about putting money back into the community."

Samantha Bender, a junior at UNC, said she bought an assortment of items from Amazon, from textbooks to Keurig's K-Cups.

"It's so much cheaper than buying them here," she said.

Even with the sales tax, some students said their purchasing habits probably wouldn't change.

Nathan Owens, a freshman and frequent Amazon shopper, said he was not aware of the tax change.

"I don't feel like it's been advertised as much as it should," Bender said. "I'll probably still buy from (Amazon) because it's cheaper."

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Handmade gifts -- ideas for her include craft supplies

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

80% Off Target Coupons 2014 - Online Promo Code & Free Shipping

Newark, DE -- ( SBWIRE) -- 01/21/2014 -- Target is the second largest discount retailer in America. They are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and they are ranked at number 36 on the Fortune 500. Target stores stock a huge range of different products including clothing, a small amount of groceries, shoes, jewelry, health and beauty products, electronics, DVDs, bedding, kitchen supplies, sporting goods, pet supplies, automotive supplies, hardware supplies, and more.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Five Offbeat Predictions for 2014

The New Year is upon us and it's time to ponder the future.

Some forecasters play it safe by predicting Brad and Angelina will break up.

Not I.

I'm offering five mind-boggling predictions for 2014.

NFL Plays First Game On Moon

Sports fans rejoice! The NFL decides to have its first game in outer space. Watch in awe as the New England Patriots square off against the Miami Dolphins. Zero gravity will make for exciting action, as players somersault skyward, hoping their suits don't tear. Of course, the losing team will be stranded on the lunar surface until next year.

Miley Cyrus Cloned for Broadway

Theatrical producers hire a scientist to clone pop sensation Miley Cyrus. The medical miracle will allow the controversial singer to perform every role in a Broadway revival of "Cats." Where do the box office receipts go with the added feline twerking? You guessed it, through the roof.

Apple Saves Detroit From Bankruptcy

Tech giant Apple Inc. reveals it will use a chunk of its cash hoard to pay Detroit's long list of creditors. The company renames the city Appleville and develops new technology to rid the Motor City of urban blight. Starting with the laser app, iSore.

Kim Kardashian Added to Mt. Rushmore

Fans of reality star Kim Kardashian will have plenty to talk about as their idol is added to Mt. Rushmore. Sure she's not a president, but some folks in high places press to have her kisser chiseled in granite. The entire project will be part of a reality show on A&E called "Rock On!"

Washington Tornado

A giant twister will scoop up the Lincoln Memorial and place it hundreds of miles away in Pigeon Forge. The task of moving it back to D.C. is deemed too expensive, so the structure will remain where it landed. Making it the second biggest tourist attraction in Tennessee, next to Dollywood.

So there you have it, several offbeat predictions for a memorable 2014.

Happy New Year!

Parking partners upbeat over deal

What was a low-key partnership on parking between Port Canaveral and two hotels has expanded to 12 hotels. And both sides say the Online Deals has been beneficial.

Port Canaveral is offering a 40 percent discount on parking to cruise passengers who stay at one of the participating hotels before their cruise.

Even with the discount, the port can benefit if it means cruise passengers are using its lots, instead of parking at off-site operations, according to David Poston, the port's director of cruise, hospitality and business development.

"We would recapture our lost revenue on parking — or, at least, some of that revenue," Poston said. "It's been working really, really well. It's a wonderful program to market."

Poston updated port commissioners on the program this week, and they were impressed by its expansion, with four more hotels added to the program in the last month.

"This is a creative partnership," Port Authority Chairman Tom Weinberg said. "This is a win-win. Our revenue improves, and, frankly, it's an advantage to the hotels," partly because the hotels don't have parking spaces filled by vehicles of people who are on a cruise.

Jim Underwood, managing partner of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Melbourne and Titusville, said the program has been "a great program for us. Our guests love it, and we get a lot of good comments. It's been a real good drawing card for us."

On Friday, for example, occupants of six rooms at Underwood's Titusville hotel took advantage of the program.

Underwood said he also already has gotten repeat business through the program, which his hotels began in April.

Port Canaveral charges $60 for those taking a three-day cruise, but the parking fee is reduced to $36 for guests staying at participating hotels.

For a seven-day cruise, the $120 parking fee drops to $72.

Poston said the program has generated more than $310,000 to the port in added parking revenue so far.

As a bonus, Poston said, the port is able to gather general data on cruise passengers using the program, such as the ZIP code of their residence, to help determine the port's customer base and devise marketing strategies for the port.

Poston said, in addition to Florida, the greatest number of cruise passengers using the program are coming from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Alabama.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Frustrations over Best Buy cable TV offer

Cable companies are losing customers every month to other providers. So they are fighting back with deals and bonuses to get you to come back., or switch to them for the first time.

But as one customer learned, getting the "welcome back" bonus is not always so easy.

Offer at Discount Buy hard to resist

Joe Matthews wasn't sure he needed Cable TV anymore, with streaming video and HD local channels available free with an antenna.

But like a lot of people shopping at Best Buy, a deal to come back to cable caught his eye.

"It was TV, phone service, and Internet," Matthews said. "And we would get an email from Best Buy, to go into a Best Buy store and get any iPad up to $250."

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Cable companies nationwide from Time Warner to Cox to Comcast have been offering Best Buy gift cards the past year as a way to bring back customers who cut the cord.

It works.

So Matthews signed up, then waited.... and waited... and waited. "We got the cable, the phone, the Internet," he said, "but no email gift card from Best Buy."

Why so many complaints?

He's not alone: Complaints of long delays in receiving Best Buy gift cards have been piling up at online forums the past year.

So we contacted Time Warner Cable, which was the partner in this promotion, and promised to expedite Matthew's gift card.

Time Warner has explained that a third party company is handling the program.

That firm has to make sure that customers meet all the conditions first, such as getting all required services, and keeping those services for a certain time period.

It says everyone will receive their gift cards. But Matthews, like others, says the wait is frustrating.

"Somebody should step up and deliver those iPads or gift cards," he said.

What you can do

If you are thinking of switching back to cable, these offers are tempting.

But make sure you meet all the qualifications, and then hold on to all emails and paperwork in case you hit a delay.

A website called "Stop the Cap" even has a section devoted to how to get your promised promotion.

That way you don't waste your money.


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Monday, January 13, 2014

Why Amazon's Kindle Fire Is Not a Threat to Apple or Google

The Kindle Fire line of tablets from NASDAQ: NASDAQ: amazon app store ( AMZN ) seems like an incredible bargain compared to higher-priced options. The latest entry, the Kindle Fire HDX, has technical specs that rival or surpass the new iPad Air from Apple ( AAPL ) in most areas, while selling for a significantly lower price. The lower-end models are outrageously inexpensive for a tablet, with the most basic version selling for just $139. But a tablet is more than just technical specs, and in the case of the Kindle Fire, you get what you pay for. While the Kindle Fire seems to be a big threat to Google's and Apple's mobile business models, it's really nothing more than a niche product.

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Amazon sells its tablets essentially at cost, looking to make money when people use the tablets to buy things like movies and books. Kindle Fire tablets run an operating system based on Google's ( GOOG ) Android, but heavily modified to allow Amazon to control the experience. The tablets are built specifically to sell content through Amazon, and they work wonderfully for that purpose.

But the low cost comes at a price. There's no Google Play store, meaning that all apps must come from Amazon's app store. This means that Amazon has direct control over what apps you'll be able to use, and some significant omissions may be enough to avoid the device entirely. There are ways around this, but nothing the average consumer could pull off.

First, users have absolutely no choice when it comes to the browser. All Kindle Fire tablets run Amazon's Silk browser by default, and it's not possible to download an alternative from Amazon. Also missing are most of Google's apps, like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube, as well as apps like Dropbox. Again, it's possible to install these apps using various methods posted on the web, but it seems simpler to just buy a normal Android tablet and avoid the hassle.

One of the reasons why Android has been so successful is because it's open. Anyone can build an app and put it in the app store, even if it competes with a Google product. Imagine if Google banned the Dropbox app because it competes with Google Drive, or if it banned the Pandora app because it wanted people to use its own music service. Android users would not be happy.

Since Google gives its Android operating system away for free, the company relies on selling apps through the Google Play store -- as well as getting people to use its services -- in order to monetize the platform. With the Kindle Fire bypassing Google Play and not offering Google's services, Amazon's tablets represent a threat to Google's mobile business model. If the Kindle Fire were to pick up a significant share of the tablet market, Google would essentially be subsidizing a major competitor.

For Apple, the threat comes from the Kindle Fire HDX matching the high-end specs of the iPad while selling for a far lower price. The iPad is a premium product, but when a Kindle Fire tablet with the same or better hardware sells for a significantly lower price, it brings into question whether Apple will be able to maintain its premium pricing.

The good news for both Google and Apple is that the Kindle Fire's software, with the lack of major apps and the Amazon-centric design, makes the line of tablets undesirable to anyone looking for the full tablet experience. The hardware isn't the main selling point of a tablet, the experience is, and both Android tablets and iPads trump the Kindle Fire in that regard. The Kindle Fire is a niche product at best, and Amazon investors should be questioning the wisdom of selling hardware at-cost when Amazon's apps are already available on Android and iOS.

Who, exactly, needs Mayday?
One of the biggest new features to come with the Kindle Fire HDX is the Mayday customer service feature. By tapping on the Mayday button, users will be connected with a customer service representative within 15 seconds, with a live video popping up on the screen. This representative can help users by explaining a feature, drawing things on the screen, or taking over the tablet and doing things directly. "Revolutionary" is the word used by Amazon to describe the feature.

But here's the problem: Mayday is an admission that the Kindle Fire is not intuitive enough to use. The user interface should explain itself, and the fact that people even need the Mayday feature is an admission that this isn't the case. Or it's an admission that Amazon thinks its customers can't figure out a simple touch-screen device. Either way, it's more pointless than revolutionary.

Why do iPhones and iPads not have a feature like Mayday? Because they don't need it. The devices are intuitive, and it's simple to figure out how things work. The goal of UI design is to not need to explain how to use the device. If I were an Amazon investor, I'd be questioning why the company was spending money on the Mayday system at all. When customer service is the most-touted feature of a device, something is seriously wrong.

The bottom line
The market share that the Kindle fire can attain is limited by the crippled functionality of the devices. If you want to buy an Amazon store front, the Kindle Fire is perfect for you. I suspect that most people would prefer to pay a bit more for an Android tablet or an iPad and be able to download any app that they want. Amazon's strategy of selling the devices at cost prevents the Kindle Fire from offering all of the features of normal tablets, since that would defeat the purpose of Amazon selling tablets in the first place. The Kindle Fire is not a real threat to Apple or Google because, ultimately, most people won't accept the restrictions that come with it.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Fed up with euro, France flirts with coupon money

Whether buying bread, filling a pharmacy prescription, getting a haircut or going to the doctor, some residents of Montreuil, France, are rejecting the euro in favor of 'La Peche', a local community currency.

In France, local currencies are growing in popularity as trust in state institutions erodes. An elaborate Coupon system lets locals pay for services and goods with special local banknotes, which are recycled and kept within the community.

France, Europe's second largest economy, has at least 20 different types of complementary currencies. Worldwide there are over 4,000 community-centered money schemes.

"First it's practical. Local currencies stay and develop in the region. Second ideological. A lack of confidence in official currencies makes people want to have something they understand, that they can control, and that they can trust, not just something that is printed, you don't know how, with no control and leads to speculation," Herve Pillard, a French finance lawyer told RT.

Both electronic or paper, the currency is spent and then directly fed back into the community from where they come from, which cuts down on the number of monetary circuits through which it passes, which in theory strengthens the community, reduces the ecological footprint, and is a hedge against speculative markets and tax havens, according to the organization's website.

Traditional money like the euro lost its appeal as Greece's credit crisis dragged the currency to record lows in September 2011.

The value of one 'peche' is directly tied to the euro at a 1:1 exchange rate.

"The problem with the Euro is that it's not just a mode of exchange, but it also became a mode of speculation to feed banks. While local currencies support local projects on the ground, which means it works for us, the people," Ghislaine Scheffer of 'La Peche, Monnaie Locale' association told RT.

Economies around the world have tried to use monetary and fiscal policies as a tool to strengthen economic growth. The US opted to pump billions of stimulus into their economy, and Japan used monetary easing to boost exports on a weak yen.

"Banks play enough with money but at the end of the day ordinary people have to pay for mistakes and losses. This is why people want to have a currency they will be sure will serve them and not disappear in a fiscal paradise, global finance systems, or banks," Etienne Hayem, entrepreneur and local currency expert told RT.

The intentional 'currency wars', at first criticized were later deemed acceptable by G20 nations as a way to guide their economies back on track.

Put into circulation in January 2002, the euro is currently administered by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the eurozone central banks. In 2014, the Frankfurt-based ECB will officially take over supervision of more than 6,000 eurozone banks.

Startup currencies, both hard and digital, have been making headlines in 2013, with Bitcoin the clear winner. Following the spectacular rise from just pennies to over $1000 , the cryptocurrency has won fans from the US to China to Cyprus, and amongst consumers looking for an alternative approach to state-backed financial systems.

Though alternative money has been making waves, most experts agree it won't replace the central bank-backed conventional ones.

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Launched 2013, is designed to supplant other online coupon and discount providers. Where before consumers had to jump through hoops for their discounts, now they have a streamlined option in

For 7 years, the site's CEO closely monitored other digital couponing tools. His research allowed for the creation of a smooth platform, where no gimmicks that stand in-between shoppers and discounts. And not a moment too soon. strives to give consumers a free concise method to access the best available popular deals and discounts such as ebay promo codes, without the headache. The simplicity lies in the fact that the top deals are directly based on customer feedback. Offers which are the most frequently voted for and commented on show up at the top of the page. Truly a site of the people, puts the power in the purchaser's hands. And continual updates, taking into account the most recent data, ensure it stays that way.

According to PSSmarketing, an online publication for "marketing, branding, sales and advertising specialists," online couponing is on the rise. "Digital couponing has been growing in leaps and bounds recently, a trend that is expected to persist for the next few years," said their mobile marketing division.

They also cited an eMarketer survey which indicated that over 92 million people redeemed digital coupons in 2012. By 2014, that number has soared to over 100 million.

To ring in the New Year, is now promoting its new collection of deals on EBay, as well as a whole list of free samples. Individuals can try dozens of products from familiar companies including, Philips Norelco, Hormel, MARS Chocolate and other everyday brands.

Unlike at competing sites, patrons of will be spared the tedious process of building profiles and surrendering mountains of personal information. Instead they need only enter their name an email if they want to leave a comment. And if they only wish to vote on a particular deal? No information is required at all. Not only is more efficient than other deal websites, it is far safer.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Deals of the Day

Venture Capital Deals

CAN Capital, an online provider of small business capital, has raised $33 million in new VC funding. Meritech Capital Partners led the round, and was joined by Ribbit Capital, QED Investors and return backer Accel Partners.

Aquion Energy Inc., a Pittsburgh-based developer of water-based sodium ion batteries, has raised $20 million in additional Series D funding, bringing the round total to $55 million. New backers include Bill Gates, Yung's Enterprise, Tao Invest, Bright Capital and Gentry Venture Partners. Return backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, and Advanced Technology Ventures.

Avelas Biosciences, a San Diego-based startup focused on visualizing cancerous lymph nodes in breast cancer patients, has raised $6.85 million in Series B funding. Existing backer Avalon Ventures led the round, and was joined by Torrey Pines Investment and WuXi AppTec.

Private Equity Deals

Affinity Equity Partners has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire juice bar chain operator Retail Zoo from The Riverside Company, according to The Australian. UBS is managing the process.
ComplexCare Solutions Inc., a New York-based provider of healthcare payer services, has raised $40 million in growth equity funding from Warburg Pincus.

Macquarie Group, TPG Capital and Vitol Group are considering bids for some of Royal Dutch Shell's Australian downstream operations, according to Bloomberg. The Amazon Sales could be valued at around $2.7 billion.


Flexion Therapeutics Inc., a Woburn, Mass.-based developer of therapeutics for musculoskeletal disorders, has filed for an $86.25 million IPO. It plans to trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol FLXN, with BMO Capital Markets serving as lead underwriter. Shareholders include Versant Ventures (29.76% pre-IPO stake), Sofinnova Capital (19.25%), Pfizer Inc. (17.32%), 5AM Ventures (15.52%) and Novo AS (11.2%).
, an Emeryville, Calif.-based developer of biomarker platform technology, has filed for a $48.3 million IPO. It plans to trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol KNMD, with H.C. Wainwright & Co. serving as lead underwriter.


Glori Energy Inc., a Houston, Texas-based provider of biotech solutions to increase recovery from mature oil wells, is going public via a $185 million reverse merger with Infinity Cross Border Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: INXB). Infiniy's sponsors are Infinity Group and Hicks Equity Partners, while Glori Energy backers include GTI Ventures (18.5% stake), Oxford Bioscience Partners (19%), The Ozmest Group (18.3%), Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (15.7%), Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund (13.5%), Energy Technology Ventures (6.9%), Gentry Venture Partners and Advantage Capital Partners.

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