"Free" Optionetics seminars in Connecticut could cost you your life savings, blow your money at one of our casinos, or give it to a charity

August 31, 2009
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In case you saw the full-page ad in Sunday’s Courant for the “free” Optionetics seminars offered today and Wednesday in Hartford, Groton and Cromwell: do youself a favor and go gamble at a casino instead. While options trading is a wonderful tool, it is only for VERY sophisticated investors. It is not for amatours...

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Whistleblowers wanted: Contact Ctwatchdog if you think your firm is doing something unethical

August 31, 2009
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Several people have recently contacted me, including some associated with Sleepy’s, asking me if I would be willing to investigate their complaints without identifying them. The answer is yes. During the 40 years as a journalist I never violated a confidentiality agreement. Infact, in 1972I was found in contempt of court in Superior Court...

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Hartford promises to reform towing policies, pay tens of thousands in restitution and $100K in legal fees

August 30, 2009
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Copyright © 2009, CtWatchdog.com In a major victory for Connecticut consumers, the city of Hartford has agreed to drastically revise its towing policies: ending its policies that took advantage of those whose cars were stolen or whose cars broke down – bringing huge revenues to towing companies. The city of Hartford, in a settlement that still must...

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Courant apologizes for wholesale plagiarism, raising question of who is minding the store

August 30, 2009
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  Late last night The Courant – in a copyrighted statement - apologized for its blatant, and wholesale plagiarism of other newspapers.    Some questions come to mind:    This has been going on for weeks, it was even mentioned in Courant Columnist Rick Green’s Blog. Why did it take a front-page story Saturday morning in...

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Scrappy JI accuses Courant of blatant, systematic plagiarism, joining other papers in blasting state's largest news outlet

August 29, 2009
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Newspaper editors and reporters across the state are noticing a new trend: Their local coverage is being copied daily by the Hartford Courant. In most cases the Courant has been attributing the reporting to the newspapers being copied, which include the Journal Inquirer, Bristol Press, New Britain Herald, Torrington Register-Citizen, and Waterbury Republican-American. In some cases...

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WSJ: Best newspaper in the world having more errors

August 28, 2009
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As someone who loves the Wall Street Journal, it pains me to see errors that I have never seen before in that great newspaper. The latest example came today on the cover story in the influential Money & Investing section. The top left article explaining why the market behaved the way it did –...

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FTC bans hated robocalls

August 28, 2009
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Hated harrassing robocalls are being banned by the Federal Trade Commission, the Los Angeles Times reported today.

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Cutting credit for millions reaping rewards for credit card companies

August 27, 2009
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Several studies released during the past two weeks provide some insight into what has taken place in the credit card industry during 2009, according to a press release from lowcards.com: The studies show that some of the practices instituted by issuers may have helped the credit card companies turn the corner on their recent...

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Ct Atty Gen Investigates if wealthy residents evaded state taxes in offshore UBS Accounts

August 27, 2009
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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced that he is investigating whether Connecticut residents were among the 4,450 U.S. citizens who evaded taxes through offshore accounts with Swiss banking giant UBS. In a letter notifying Gov. M. Jodi Rell of the investigation, Blumenthal said...

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