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Living Today: Issues of modern living

By ALEX CUKAN, United Press International   |   April 17, 2003 at 4:45 AM
NEW WET SHAVER

Schick is introducing an all-in-one wet shaver for women that lathers and shaves in one easy step so there's no need for shave gel, soap or body wash.

Called "Intuition," the shaver was created to work best in a wet environment since the vast majority of women shave in the shower or bath.

The patented ALL-IN-ONE cartridge contains pivoting triple blades surrounded by a "Skin Conditioning Solid," that simplifies shaving and smoothes and soothes skin while shaving.

"Intuition is the most researched product in Schick history, we found women want an easy, hassle-free way to achieve a close, comfortable shave," Lynne Macchiarulo, brand manager for Schick Intuition, says in a statement.


MANY CONCERNED ABOUT ID THEFT

More than 5 percent of the respondents say they had been the victim of identity theft, defined as a criminal's wholesale takeover of another person's identity, according to a survey by secure electronic transaction experts Star Systems.

This translates to just under 12 million people who may have been victims of identity theft.

When credit/signature debit card fraud and identity theft were combined, close to 16 percent of consumers reported that they had been victims of at least one of these crimes.

Close to 51 percent of Americans are very concerned about identity theft, while 47 percent are concerned about unemployment or corporate fraud at 48 percent, the survey says.


CRASH TESTS

Three newer sport-utility vehicles and two large luxury cars earned overall good ratings in the latest crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance industry group.

Only the 2003 Acura RL earned a lower "acceptable" rating for structural safety/cage and head and neck injury prevention, United Press International reports.

The Cadillac Seville and Infinity G45 both were rated "good" as were three SUVs: the midsize Volvo XC90, the car-based Honda Element and the Mitsubishi Outlander.

"Before this round of tests, only the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester did so, now we have four top performers in this group," says Brian O'Neill, president of the IIHS.


GREEN = SAFETY

With Earth Day approaching, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign's Human/Environment Rehab Laboratory, green equals safety.

A study of a Chicago public housing development by University of Illinois researchers finds apartment buildings surrounded by trees and greenery are dramatically safer than buildings devoid of green.

Compared with apartment buildings that had little or no vegetation, buildings with high levels of greenery had 52 percent fewer total crimes and 56 percent fewer violent crimes.

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