Cuba 2: How Baseball for Cuban Kids Came About

February 17, 2011
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Cuba 2: How Baseball for Cuban Kids Came About

EL RINCON, Cuba -- A nun of the Daughters of Charity had a soft-spoken request of us, taking a break from her enormous service to those being cared for with AIDS and leprosy and other major illnesses at the Santuario de San Lazaro here. Could we please do something for the girls, too?, she asked....

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Ct Energy Efficiency Fund Can Help Residents Cut Energy Bill

February 17, 2011
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Ct Energy Efficiency Fund Can Help Residents Cut Energy Bill

On average, as a Connecticut resident, you can save $200 annually over the next several years on your home energy bill because reducing your bill year-round has never been easier. Just ask Hamden residents, John and Christine Jackson. After being challenged by cold temperatures caused by drafts and energy leaks throughout their newly...

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Cuba Today, 50 Years of Punishment In Our Names

February 16, 2011
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Cuba Today, 50 Years of Punishment In Our Names

HAVANA -- There's a bug-in-amber quality to this strong city and proud country that would be fascinating and precious were it not for the sad truth that the people here are paying a very high price indeed for the nostalgia. The half-century-old cars, the social system barely aware of the progressive developments of more than...

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Free Tax Preparation Services Available Through IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program

February 16, 2011
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Taxpayers looking for free basic income tax preparation assistance may qualify for IRS sponsored community-based, volunteer tax return preparation programs. Here are the top 10 things the IRS wants you to know about these volunteer programs. 1. The IRS sponsors both the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. 2....

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Granny Snatching: Don’t Look to DSS for Elder Care Help

February 16, 2011
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Granny Snatching: Don’t Look to DSS for Elder Care Help

Drug dealers cooking crystal meth in their kitchens have more rights in the State of Connecticut than family members who are taking care of elderly relatives.

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Ct Employee Union President Stunned By Governor’ Request For $2 Billion Concessions

February 16, 2011
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Ct Employee Union President Stunned By Governor’ Request For $2 Billion Concessions

Sal Luciano, executive director of Council 4 AFSCME, representing 18,000 Connecticut state employees, said Tuesday on the Watchdog News Hour that he was completely taken by surprise earlier in the day when he learned that the man he and his union supported for Governor wanted the workers to give $1 billion dollars in concessions...

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Spy vs. Spy As Hackers Square Off Over DC Dirty Tricks

February 16, 2011
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Spy vs. Spy As Hackers Square Off Over DC Dirty Tricks

The mainstream media are paying increasing attention to a shocking scandal last week arising from retribution by pro-WikiLeaks hackers against government contractors apparently caught trying to sell political dirty tricks services to hurt critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Bank of America.

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Social Security Loophole, Still Open For A Great Deal

February 15, 2011
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There is a little know loophole in the Social Security rules that some could benefit from. Prior to last December, anyone who took Social Security early could simply pay back what they received – minus the taxes they paid on the income – and could then delay collecting Social Security until later – at...

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Social Security Loophole Narrowed, Take Advantage Before It Closes

February 15, 2011
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Those of you who heeded my Sept. 1, 2010 warning about the closing of an incredible Social Security loophole, GREAT. Now for those who either didn’t, or could not yet take advantage of it, there is still a loophole left, but a much smaller window. Prior to last December, anyone who took Social Security...

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