Ground Beef Recalled: Sold At Trader Joes, Shaws, BJ’s, Price Chopper

November 2, 2009
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“If in doubt, throw it out,” is the message from Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr. today to consumers who have frozen ground beef that may be part of a nationwide ground beef recall. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, more than half a million pounds of...

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Dying For A Wii: Family Gets $16.5 Million Jury Award. Will This Have a Chilling Effect On Radio Stunts?

November 2, 2009
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The family of the mother who died in 2007  trying to win a video game console for her kids received a $16.5 million jury award. Read about the strange case of Jennifer Strange here. The mother entered a radio contest where participants drank as much water as possible for three hours without  going to...

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Ct AG Investigating Allegations of Flu Vaccine Price Fixing And Preferential Treatment For Large Dealers

November 2, 2009
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Ct AG Investigating Allegations of Flu Vaccine Price Fixing And Preferential Treatment For Large Dealers

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has written 13 makers and distributors of scarce seasonal flu vaccine regarding allegations under investigation by his office of price fixing and preferential treatment for big retailers. Seasonal flu vaccine is in short supply primarily because drug makers switched to producing H1N1 flu vaccine. Blumenthal said his office has received complaints...

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An Airline Ticket’s Like a Phone Bill: Fees Like Fleas

November 2, 2009
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Recently I took a trip to Europe. It was a slightly complex flight but nothing out of the ordinary. The ticket cost $293. Not bad at all. Except that the ticket actually cost me $666.22. There were $373.33 in various fees and taxes and levies — well more than the price of the actual...

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Flomax Review: Great For Boehringer Ingelheim, Generic Better For Your Wallet, Costs A Tiny Fraction of Flomax

November 2, 2009
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Thanks to Consumer Reports for its review of Flomax, which its manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim spent more than $100 million advertising on television last year. The marketing campaign work, for BI, racking up sales of more than $1 billion last year. But for patients, Consumer Reports says it reviewed evidence from 60 studies and found...

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Free Armored Safe From World Reserve Review: How To Get Fleeced

November 2, 2009
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Free Armored Safe From World Reserve Review: How To Get Fleeced

Part of a continuing series examining misleading/false newspaper ads that newspapers know or should know are designed to fleece their readers. The latest full-page ad in The Courant and other newspapers is a “World Reserve” free armored safe giveaway that will cost you $300 and in return get you a cheap safe worth less...

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Radio Shack Gets Hammered By Consumerist

November 1, 2009
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Radio Shack hardly gets any bad press. But the chain got hammered today by The Consumerist,  Consumer Reports on line website. “No one goes to Radio Shack to take advantage of low prices. “They go because they need an electronic component on short notice, and Radio Shack is pretty ubiquitous. “That’s how Chris and...

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AP And Other News Outlets Use Exclusive Blockbuster From Darien.Patch Without Crediting The Reporter Who Got The Scoop

November 1, 2009
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From JIM CAMERON The Courant and AP plagiarized a big story in today’s paper. Darien independent candidate for First Selectman, Chris Noe, was found to have a police record for shooting a guy in the neck and being a peeping tom. The two weeklies in town missed the story completely.  But start-up www.darien.patch.com run...

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Cheryl Teaches You How To Feel Better In 5 Minutes

November 1, 2009
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Feeling stressed? We all do, especially with the uncertainty in our world today. Want to feel better? For free? Without drugs? Without alcohol? My job is to help you.  This CTWatchdog series is designed to help you be centered, balanced, calm and energized in just five minutes A DAY. Do you know what happens...

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