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On this day in 1933, with Prohibition in its death throes, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal (Today in History, Page A2).

So elated were America’s beer drinkers at the demise of Prohibition that roughly 50 years would pass before they began complaining about watered-down beer.

Motorist alert: Some pranksters in South Carolina rigged an electronic highway sign to read “Zombies Ahead” (Page A2).

The sign has been relocated and is now in service on Interstate 15 just outside Las Vegas.

Not asking for name brands: There was a time when choosy mothers chose Jif, but the recession has motivated many bargain-seeking shoppers to take a second look at private label products (Page A4).

This is good news for retailers like Wal-Mart, but it will be bad news for you at work this summer if your cubicle mate Ned switches to the bargain-brand deodorant.

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