U.S. home prices fell 1.4 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago, the first time since 1991 prices have shown a quarterly decline, according to a housing index released Tuesday by Standard & Poor’s. Boston, Detroit, San Diego and Washington, D.C., showed the greatest year-over-year declines in prices. Charlotte, N.C., Seattle and Portland, Ore. had strong price appreciation.
Environmentalists fear the switch of broadcast television from analog signals to digital in 2009 will mean a flood of outdated TVs, containing lead and other hazardous material, into landfills. According to a survey last year by the trade group, 19 percent of people threw their old electronics in the trash while 55 percent gave them away. Just 18 percent reported recycling them.