Air Fares Getting Ready to Take Off Again. Time to Get Ready

March 7, 2011
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Are air fares on the rise? Some are, some aren’t. The evidence suggests they are starting their seasonal climb — and that it’s time for people to start thinking seriously about when to buy your tickets for summer and other flights soon. Even though there always seem to be sales and specials and mini-price-wars,...

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Income Tax Time: Free Services Available To Help Prepare Your Tax Return

March 7, 2011
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The IRS offers free assistance by computer, telephone and in person. The IRS can also help find free tax preparation sites for those who qualify. Here are four great ways you can get the information you need to file your tax return 1. IRS Website The IRS website at http://www.irs.gov is a one-stop shop...

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Home Damaged By Flooding, Snow Or Ice? You Need To Read This

March 7, 2011
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The Department of Consumer Protection is offering advice for consumers who need to repair damage to their homes caused by flooding, snow and ice. “Even though you may be in a hurry to get repairs done, make sure that your contractor is fully registered or licensed as needed to do the work,” Consumer Protection...

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Foundation Repair Man Indicted For Theft In Mike Holmes Case

March 7, 2011
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Foundation Repair Man Indicted For Theft In Mike Holmes Case

Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber, founder of Watchdog Nation and a CtWatchdog contributor, focused his attention on an ex-convict who charged an elderly man $19,000 for a foundation job that was never done. The man has now been indicted by a Tarrant County, Texas criminal grand jury for theft. Lieber partnered with Mike...

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Soldiers Have Rights Under Federal Law To Get Their Old Jobs Back

March 7, 2011
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Soldiers Have Rights Under Federal Law To Get Their Old Jobs Back

Veteran soldier Bruce Grove has served three tours of combat duty in Iraq. When he returned home, though, he learned that his old job wasn't kept for him, as federal law requires.

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New Southwest Airlines Loyalty Program Launches

March 7, 2011
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The huge change in Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards loyalty card program has begun. Southwest’s system of awarding a free round-trip ticket after purchasing and traveling on 16 one-way trips goes away. In its place will be a points system based on how much a customer pays for a ticket. Redemption will be based on...

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The 9 Credit Cards From Hell

March 6, 2011
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Here are nine credit cards that industry experts told CNN Money are among the worst in America for their sky-high interest rates and ridiculous fees. “The Applied Bank Unsecured Visa Gold Card advertises a $500 line of credit and charges you an annual fee of $125 for the privilege. After the first year, that...

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Latest Courant Rip-Off Ad: “Rare” Sheets $2 Bills

March 6, 2011
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Latest Courant Rip-Off Ad: “Rare” Sheets $2 Bills

Just moments before I was set to write about the latest rip-off - full page ad in today's Hartford Courant about the Rare sheets of $2 bills that have "sold at prestigious action houses for thousands of dollars," I received an email from a Middletown reader about the ad. The reader, James McAuliffe, said...

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DESTRESS: Savor Each Moment

March 6, 2011
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DESTRESS: Savor Each Moment

If you caught Fresh Air earlier this week you heard a fascinating interview with Grant Achatz, master chef and co-founder of the Alinea restaurant in Chicago. Dinner there comprises 23 courses with unexpected flavor combinations. His style is part of a movement called molecular gastronomy. Two things struck me about this interview and the...

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