The Big Bank of America Settlement

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On November 7, 2011, a federal judge gave final approval to a $410 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit affecting more than 13 million Bank of America customers who had debit card overdrafts during the past decade.  The settlement became final a week after Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America backed off a plan to charge… Read more »

Losing Millions

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Bankrupt professional athletes are a sad fixture on the sports scene, and they may or may not mess up more often than the average person who earns a lot of money really fast.  However, their troubles seem outsize because of their fame and the pathetic schemes they fall for. The stakes are particularly high for… Read more »

Slinky: Imitated but never duplicated

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Other manufacturers have tried and failed to duplicate the classic toy, which is why every Slinky sold in the world is still made in the U.S.A. It is estimated that more than 250 million Slinky’s have been sold worldwide. Questions: 1. In which city are Slinky’s made according to the video? 2. How was the… Read more »

Brother, can you spare $5

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Beginning Tuesday, Starbucks coffee drinkers can get their morning caffeine fix and help create jobs in small businesses across the country. According to CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks, the company will accept donations for a program that helps raise money and spurs job creation by small businesses, at its almost 6,800 locations across the nation,… Read more »

Eneslow Shoes: Change is Good!

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Eneslow – The Foot Comfort Center was founded in 1909 and is a family owned business providing high quality, stylish and comfortable shoes, as well as therapeutic accessories, on-site shoe makeovers and repairs and custom-made footwear. When New York State dropped Medicaid support for orthopedic shoes, Robert Schwartz saw his business drop by nearly 50%…. Read more »

Hands2Go: Looking at the Numbers

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According to Francine Glick, whose Livingston (N.J.)-based hand sanitizer company, Water Journey, LTD, is on pace to hit $40 M in sales in five years, a network of support is invaluable: “You’re running this race, and it’s not how fast you run or how hard you prepare. It’s all those people cheering you on.” Take… Read more »

HAPPY HALLOWEEN: 1-800-Autopsy

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As hospitals and municipalities around the country cut back on the costly service of providing autopsies, family members of the deceased who feel there are unanswered questions that could be resolved by a post-mortem investigation are not without recourse. Today, only about 5 percent of all hospital deaths are autopsied, which is down 42 percent… Read more »

Raj Going to the Big House

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Raj Rajaratnam is entering the next phase of his insider trading case. A Federal District Court judge, Richard J. Holwell, sentenced Mr. Rajaratnam to 11 years in a federal prison, and he will now try to remain out of prison as long as possible while his lawyers prepare a promised appeal. This is the longest sentence… Read more »

Rhode Island Nearly Broke?

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The current general treasurer of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, warns that the state will soon be broke due to its debt problems. After decades of drift, denial and inaction, Rhode Island’s $14.8 billion pension system is in crisis. Ten cents of every state tax dollar now goes to retired public workers and that figure will… Read more »

Typos cost businesses money

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Websites could be losing millions in online sales because of poor spelling and grammar. This is because Internet users are becoming more wary of scams which are typically riddled with errors and are then reluctant to make purchases on websites. As the BBC reported in July 2011, Charles Duncombe, an Internet entrepreneur based in the… Read more »