Blumenthal’s BBB Investigation: Made For TV

December 26, 2010
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If Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s investigation into the controversial Better Business Bureau’s grading system is an indication as to how effectively his office probes critical consumer issues, the next Attorney General will have to do a lot of cleaning up. For months I have had the gut feeling that Blumenthal’s investigation into the...

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Bank Of America’s Christmas present: Foreclose Even Though Not A Payment Missed

December 24, 2010
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Bank Of America’s Christmas present: Foreclose Even Though Not A Payment Missed

In one of the more bizarre foreclosure cases, Bank of America is threatening to throw a West Hartford family out of their home even though they couple never missed a mortgage payment. The largest bank in the United States earlier this month notified Shock Baitch and his wife Lisa Freedman that foreclosure action will start...

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From Geseënde Kersfees to E ku odun, e ku iye’dun! Merry Christmas

December 24, 2010
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No matter how you think to say it, it means the same thing everywhere: Merry Christmas Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal Basque: Zorionak...

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GRANNY SNATCHING: Ron Winter’s New Weekly Blog

December 22, 2010
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GRANNY SNATCHING: Ron Winter’s New Weekly Blog

Granny Snatching. What is it? It's an ugly phrase and an uglier practice and it is increasingly affecting more and more American families. Granny Snatching occurs when younger family members take custody of an elder relative under false pretenses, convince a judge to declare the elder person incompetent, allowing them to then force their aged...

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Greeting Cards: Tired Of Paying Through The Nose

December 22, 2010
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After paying $3.29, plus tax, for a greeting card for my nephew Matt who recently graduated from college, I have had it. This was one of cheaper cards – Hallmark Shoebox. I assumed (which I tell others to never do) that it was a 99 cent card. Even at 99 cents it would have...

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Fodor’s Four Tips on Holiday Travel: Prepare For the Worst

December 22, 2010
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The poets and dandies and people who don’t travel much all focus on how to have a wonderful time flying off to grandma’s house for the holidays. The veterans know better. Yes, it is wonderful and almost always it goes well. But there’s a lot of space between “almost always” and “always.” So the...

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WNPR Radio Show Reviews Problems in Ct Health Oversight

December 22, 2010
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There are ways for state residents to gain information about their doctors, but systems for overseeing medical providers could be better, guests on a WNPR radio talk show said Tuesday. The Connecticut Public Radio program “Where We Live” discussed a variety of health issues, including a report by Lisa Chedekel of Connecticut Health I-Team...

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Bent Car Rim? Repair Instead Of Replace

December 21, 2010
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Bent Car Rim? Repair Instead Of Replace

Car rims start at $300 and fancy ones go for thousands of dollars. I know you have never curbed your car, but maybe your spouse has. Instead of buying a new or even a used replacement rim, you might want to consider repairing it. When I replaced the tires on our four-year-old Mini Cooper,...

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Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Credit Card Rate Hikes

December 21, 2010
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The legislative and executive branches of our government have forced a number of changes onto credit card issuers over the past two years. The judicial branch could soon join in. On December 8, The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Chase Bank USA v. McCoy, a case that could set a precedent...

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