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Staples Announces Management Changes

BY CSA STAFF

Framingham, Mass., Staples announced on Tuesday changes in its senior management team, including the retirement of Basil Anderson as vice chairman, who will step down March 1. He will continue as a member of Staples board of directors. In other developments, Michael Miles has been promoted to president and COO and John Mahoney has been promoted to vice chairman and CFO.

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Walgreens Sued by Pharmacists

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Deerfield, Ill., Alleging they were illegally fired, four Walgreens pharmacists have sued the company. The terminations came after the pharmacists refused to sign a pledge promising to dispense the morning-after birth control pill.

A new Illinois law requires that, for emergency birth control, federally approved contraceptives be filled “without delay” if a pharmacy has the medication in stock. The rule is being challenged in federal court.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said in a statement, “It couldn’t be any clearer. In punishing these pharmacists for asserting a right protected by the Conscience Act, Walgreens broke the law.”

However, Walgreens has countered by saying it is upholding the current statute. “We are required to follow the law,” said company spokesman Michael Polzin. “We don’t have a choice in the matter.”

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Verizon Calling BJ’s

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Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless has announced a deal with BJ’s Wholesale Clubs Inc. to install Verizon shops in more than 128 BJ’s locations. The in-store shops will sell phones, accessories and a variety of service plans and also accept bill payments. Verizon will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the kiosks.

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