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Alan Beattie (left) and Tara McRae put together flower arrangements at Charleston Street Florist in Augusta.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Alan Beattie (left) and Tara McRae put together flower arrangements at Charleston Street Florist in Augusta.

If you feel your Valentine's Day chocolates are not such a sweet deal this year, you're not alone. Regulators are investigating price fixing among candy makers in at least three different countries.

A Canadian investigation sparked several American lawsuits accusing the world's biggest chocolate companies of violating antitrust laws.

The retailers and consumers who filed suit allege the companies needed to fix prices because sales of chocolate in the U.S. have remained relatively flat. Chocolate manufacturer sales grew by 2.9 percent in 2007 to $16.3 billion, according to the National Confectioners Association.

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When it comes to playing Cupid in the office, men appear to be edging out women.

An online survey conducted in January found that one in four men said they had fixed up a colleague, compared with one in five women -- a finding at odds with customary expectations.

The survey, admittedly unscientific, got responses from 1,117 men and 1,898 women. It was conducted by Richmond, Va.-based, a job site for hourly workers.


A Charleston, W.Va. radio station is observing Valentine's Day with a reminder that Cupid sometimes misses his mark. WKLC-FM is giving away a free divorce.

Valentine's Day isn't all hearts and flowers, says WKLC Program Director Jay Nunley. There is a darker side, he said.

"Sure we can give away concert tickets, and we do," Mr. Nunley said. "That's going to make you happy for a little while. This is the chance to make someone happy for the rest of their life."

Through 4 p.m., applications for the free divorce will be accepted online at The winner will be drawn at 5 p.m.

-- Edited from wire reports

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AnnMarieFWW 02/14/08 - 01:06 pm
I have read quite a few

I have read quite a few articles and blogs today on WKLC-FM's giving away a free divorce. It seems as though people are mixed in opinion of it. I work for, which is an online community for women navigating through the various stages of divorce and life thereafter. Therefore, my opinion is that this is a great example of how divorce in this country has changed so much more in the past 5 years than in the last 20. Divorce is not as taboo as it once was in this country and we are attempting to break down the stigma of divorce (one Valentines day at a time)

Just my two cents
Ann Marie

check out our site and it's theme for today which is "10 things divorced women can love about Valentine's day" at -voices/debbie-nigro/10-things-divorced-women-ca n-love-about-valentines-day

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