The New Twist in Airline Rates

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While the list of things not included with your plane ticket seems to be constantly growing, there is a new twist in ticket rates. As if it isn’t becoming difficult enough, now some airlines have started bidding sites for seat upgrades! Questions: 1. What are the extra fees associated with airline transportation called? 2. What… Read more »

Vehicular Homelessness

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As housing costs soar in major cities, more Americans are living behind the wheel. Although the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development doesn’t collect national data on vehicle residency, unsheltered homelessness—a category that includes people sleeping in vehicles—is on the rise. Questions: 1. Are all of these individuals poor? What are some of the… Read more »

A long-term strategy for electric scooter travel

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According to Axios, Uber is planning a shift in emphasis from cars to electric bicycles and scooters for shorter journeys. Questions: 1. What was the company that Uber acquired? 2. What were Uber’s losses last year? 3. How much did Uber pay for the electric bike-sharing company? 4. What types of risks do you anticipate… Read more »

Worse Than We Imagined!

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the typical student borrower will take out $6,600 in a single year, averaging $22,000 in debt by graduation. Questions: 1. Of borrowers who started repaying in 2012, how many had defaulted by 3 years later? 2. By year 5, how many students default? 3. Collectively, how much… Read more »

More Worries About Medical Debt

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Researchers used U.S. Census information paired with anonymous credit report data on more than four million Americans to study the age profile of people whose medical bills were sent to a US collections agency in 2016. Questions: 1. What did they find out about the average size of medical debt for patients 27 to 64?… Read more »

Stepping over a line: Legitimate collection or legal harassment on student loans?

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The agency charged with monitoring such student loan bankruptcy declarations is facing concerns that its tactics have grown ruthless. Bankruptcy experts say that the group is wasting judicial resources because it brings legal challenges to those few who are desperate enough to seek bankruptcy relief. Questions: 1. What is the name of this agency? Which… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey cruises

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As Hurricane Harvey begans to bear down on Texas, thousands of vacationers aboard cruise ships were left stuck at sea until the storm passed. Questions: 1. Approximately how many vacationers were stuck at sea near Galveston, Texas? 2. If guests wished to terminate their cruise, where were they taken to dock? 3. If you were… Read more »

Puerto Rico is Bankrupt!

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Puerto Rico has been facing huge debts and population loss for some time. However, in a historic move that will likely trigger a fierce legal battle, the island territory declared bankruptcy. Questions: 1. According to the article, what were the main debts it listed in its filing? 2. How many jobs and what amount of… Read more »

Where equal work does not equate to equal pay?

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According to the Associated Press and USA Today, government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees have accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men. Questions: 1. What are some of the claims? 2. Which branch of government filed the lawsuit? 3. Google has said it has turned over some… Read more »

Pink Tax?

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The Pink Tax, so named because of the color of products directly marketed to girls and women, refers to the price difference for female-specific products compared with the gender-neutral goods or those marketed to men. Questions: 1. On average, how much more do women and girl’s products cost as compared to similar products for men… Read more »