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Walmart workers staged a one-day strike in Seattle on Nov. 15.

I’m asking you to consider forgoing Walmart (and other big box stores) on Black Friday. And I like the idea of patronizing local businesses so much that I may just venture out to do some shopping in them this Friday, at a reasonable hour. Read more»

Shoppers crowd a Walmart in Porter Ranch, Calif., on Thursday. A woman used pepper spray on rival shoppers at the store.

In an annual orgy of shopping marred by the usual violence, Americans rushed into stores on Black Friday 2011 to take advantage of promotional deals at the start of the pre-Christmas shopping season. Read more» 1

Shoppers take advantage of Black Friday sales at the Westfield San Franscisco Centre mall in 2009. Occupy Wall Street protesters will take to mall parking lots on Friday with hopes of pushing consumers away from big chain stores toward local, small businesses.

This week the Occupy Wall Street protesters will occupy parking lots rather than campuses and Zuccotti Park, in hopes of pushing consumers away from shopping malls and big changes, towards local, small businesses. Read more» 5

A roundup of news coverage from the Mexican side of the border: the drug war and human rights; man killed by a machine gun in Nogales, Son.; police have poor parking skills; Black Friday plans & more. Read more»