How CL&P And UI Handle Consumer Complaints: Night & Day

April 16, 2011
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Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating are two major electric utility companies In Connecticut. Both are monopolies, both are regulated and both have natural gas subsidiaries. But when it comes to customer service, the two companies have little in common. The following are two examples that in my experience typifies the kind of...

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Experts Clash On Redford’s New ‘Conspirator’ Film

April 16, 2011
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Experts Clash On Redford’s New ‘Conspirator’ Film

The Conspirator, which opened April 15, is Robert Redford’s compelling Civil War-era drama about Mary Surratt, the first woman federally executed in the United States. The film raises sharp questions over the defendant's guilt in President Lincoln's assassination -- and, by implication, our own era's legal procedures for suspected terrorists. Unraveling the real story...

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CtMOBILE VET: How To Pick The Right Puppy

April 16, 2011
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CtMOBILE VET: How To Pick The Right Puppy

The following column was written by Dr. Saria’s assistant Susan Lydem who is a veteran of animal rescue work. She can be contacted at susan_lydem@yahoo.com. One sunny afternoon, a woman walks through the front door of a local shelter. A lively ball of white fluff is pulling her from the far end of the leash....

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FDA Urged To Improve Medical Devices Vetting Process

April 15, 2011
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FDA Urged To Improve Medical Devices Vetting Process

By Peggy McCarthy U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro is pressing the Food and Drug Administration to change the process for federal approval of medical devices, calling it a “critical public health issue.’’ DeLauro’s comments came in the wake of testimony by government investigators that the federal approval process for medical devices still puts patients...

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CT@Prayer: Debate Over Teaching All Religions In School

April 15, 2011
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CT@Prayer: Debate Over Teaching All Religions In School

Like it or not, religion is everywhere. It’s on our coins, in our country’s pledge and in the hallways of our public schools.

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Risky Business: American Airlines Goes to Court Against Orbitz

April 14, 2011
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American Airlines may have reached a deal with Expedia but things are flying the other way entirely for the air giant and the booking giant, Orbitz. In fact, it’s gotten downright nasty. Not only is American hanging tough on its December withdrawal from Orbitz but the air carrier has taken Orbitz to court, complaining...

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Major Propane Reform Legislation Expected In Connecticut

April 14, 2011
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The co-chairman of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Energy Committee said he wants to see legislation introduced to radically reform the propane market in Connecticut and remove the gun that propane companies hold to the heads of consumers. State Sen. John Fonfara of Hartford, who was the guest on the Watchdog News Hour Tuesday, said...

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F-150 Pickup Truck Recall Involving 1.2 Million With Potential Major Airbag Issue

April 14, 2011
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Ford Motor and U.S. safety regulators are expanding the recall of the best selling truck in the U.S. and Canada,  the Ford F-150 pickup truck. The recall was caused by a possible electrical issue that could cause airbags to deploy unexpectedly and injury people. The recall involves about F-150 pickup trucks and some Lincoln...

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CtEatWell: Herb Garden Primer 101

April 14, 2011
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CtEatWell: Herb Garden Primer 101

Spring is the time I start sowing new seeds and shopping the local nurseries and herb farms for fresh organic herbs. I love everything about herbs, from their culinary purposes, to their colorful display of leaves and flowers that add pleasure to any garden, deck or patio. I also enjoy the fresh aroma herbs...

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