Amtrak Awards Conn Bridge Work To Maine Firm, Ct AG Asks That State Workers Be Used

January 21, 2010
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Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said today he is disappointed Amtrak awarded to a Maine company the $104.7 million contract -- more than half to be paid by federal stimulus funds -- to replace the Niantic River railroad bridge, and called on the winning bidder to employ state workers and subcontractors and ensure critical worker...

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High Fees Got You Down? Take That Bag And Ship It!

January 21, 2010
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Now that most of the airlines are marching in lockstep on ways to gouge the passengers on baggage fees (Southwest and JetBlue excepted) travelers really need to consider a luggage strategy in financial self-defense. With baggage levies routinely threatening to add more than $100 to a round-trip flight, things are getting serious. We should...

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Connecticut Humane Society Press Conference

January 20, 2010
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Two members of Coalition For Change, which is working to force Richard Johnston, the president and chairman of the Connecticut Humane Society, out of at least his chairman’s post, speak during a press conference today (Wednesday) in East Hartford.

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Connecticut Humane Society Critics Take Their Case To The Media

January 20, 2010
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Connecticut Humane Society Critics Take Their Case To The Media

A group of former Connecticut Humane Society workers and their supporters finally got the attention of traditional media today by setting up a press conference in East Hartford complete with former staff, volunteers and donors for the media to interview. Newspapers, the Associated Press and television and radio stations had ignored complaints up until this...

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OSHA Returns To Re-Inspect Connecticut Humane Society

January 19, 2010
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Copyright © 2010, CtWatchdog.com After apparently being hoodwinked last year by managers of the Connecticut Humane Society, two OSHA inspectors returned today to conduct a full investigation of conditions in the Newington-based facility. Robert Kowalski, acting Hartford-area director, confirmed the inspection, saying he sent one inspector and one supervisor to one of the oldest and...

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It Is So Very Important to Try a Little Parlez-vous …

January 19, 2010
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Isthmus. My new Rosetta Stone won’t help me much with that one. Putting together a quick trip to Panama, of course I happen on the word “isthmus.” “Isthmus” lives in Panama. But it is one of those words that likely you could go much of your entire adult life and never say out loud....

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Heat Turning Up On Connecticut Humane Society Management

January 18, 2010
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The next two days apparently will be interesting at the Connecticut Humane Society, where workers, former workers, volunteers and their supporters have targeted Richard Johnston, longtime president and board chairman, for removal. The CHS board of directors is scheduled to meet today (Tuesday), and it appears that Johnston will be grilled about accusations that...

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JC Penney No Iron Shirts: Consumer Reports Loves Them

January 18, 2010
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I have never been a big fan of JC Penney, in fact I don’t know how they could still be in business with all the competition it has. But a recent article in Consumer Reports is going to require me to check out a JC Penney. CR rates it Stafford Signature shirts non-iron shirts...

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Invitation Only Internet Shopping (Discount) Sites

January 18, 2010
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The only downside of Martin Luther King Day is that two days in a row I have not received my Wall Street Journal. So I pulled out from my pile a recent WSJ article I had save in its Personal Finance (my favorite) section about not very well known Internet discount shopping sites that...

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