State Street is in the midst of a mass retail exodus. Stores looking for greener pastures –  or at least lighter rents – include Pep Boys, Copeland Sports, As Seen on TV, Santa Barbara Sandwich Company, and Marlena’s Finery, not to mention the already relocated Alpha Thrift. No word yet on what will take their places.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein – along with Republican Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine – sent an official letter last week to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demanding further investigation into whether or not Santa Barbara-based silicone breast manufacturer Mentor purposely withheld information about the health risks associated with its implants. Last month the FDA cleared Mentor of any criminal wrongdoing, following accusations from a former employee that the company deliberately distorted data about the durability of its products.

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