SAFEWAY CONDUCTS PROSTATE CANCER CAMPAIGN
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway is conducting its annual campaign to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research and education. The company has committed to raising $6.5 million in June. Included in the promotional activity was a gathering of cancer research organizations, Bay Area elected officials and athletes at the company's King Street Ballpark Store in San Francisco. Additionally, the retailer is partnering with musical artist Jeff Austin Black to raise money for prostate cancer research. A special CD with three songs from Black's upcoming album “Human” will be available in Safeway stores nationwide, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated. “Tackling big challenges like prostate cancer requires collaboration,” said Larree Renda, executive vice president, chief strategist and administrative officer and chairwoman of the Safeway Foundation.
TENNESSEE KROGER PULLS GAY AND LESBIAN NEWSPAPER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Kroger store here this month pulled a regional gay and lesbian newspaper from its shelves in an action the newspaper's publisher called discriminatory, according to a media report. The Cincinnati-based retailer has a policy against displaying publications that promote “political, religious or other specific agendas” and cited the need to remain neutral, said a Kroger spokeswoman. Supporters of the newspaper, “Out and About,” a monthly for gay and lesbian readers, noted that Kroger allows the display of gay newspapers at its stores in other markets, such as Atlanta, and alternative weekly newspapers with political columns and ads for strip clubs in the Nashville area. A Kroger corporate spokeswoman unavailable at the time of SN's request for comment.