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Cities snuffing out hookah lounges
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2012

City licensing staff said hookah lounges were taking advantage of the lack of definition for "sampling" in state law to "justify the operation of exclusive smoking nightclubs." Justin Jahangiri said the city ordinance will put him out of business.more »

Searching shadows for end to foreclosure crisis
Chicago Daily HeraldApril 1, 2012

The homeowner tells the judge he thought a loan modification had been finalized, allowing him to keep the home, until a lawyer called to say it was back in foreclosure. “That's ridiculous,” Lewis tells the lawyer for the bank. “I'm not doing this thing ...more »

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Confidentiality
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Legislative Watch
The Times and DemocratApril 1, 2012

State law bars the release of information on an ethics complaint, including whether one even exists, unless the accused person waives confidentiality. On March 21, a circuit court judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Haley of breaking ethics laws while ...more »

Food Poisoning
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Something in cauldron: actors clutch tummies, not script
Sydney Morning HeraldApril 2, 2012

Double, double, toil and stomach trouble - a bout of food poisoning has forced the cancellation of Macbeth's opening night at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow. Four members of the Bell Shakespeare production have been struck down - Dan Spielman, ...more »

Consumer Disputes
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OAI: Maine Recoveries Underscore Importance of Auto Insurance Regulators
TopWireNews (press release)April 5, 2012

The funds come as the result of 9000 inquiries and about 900 complaints filed with state regulators, who resolve disputes and cases of complaints from consumers who feel they were wronged by insurers, cases usually having to do with the size of claims ...more »

NBC's '30 Rock' rocks out with live episode
WSETApril 27, 2012

As promised, the setup for the episode had boss Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) delivering the bad news that, as a cost-cutting measure, "TGS," the fictitious show-within-a-show produced by Liz Lemon (series star Tina Fey), would henceforth be filmed, ...more »

Product Reclamation
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Late Night: 'Daily Show' on Tucson's Mexican American studies ban
Los Angeles TimesApril 3, 2012

Earlier this year, using a controversial bill signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010, the Tucson school board voted to end its Mexican American studies program. Monday on "The Daily Show," correspondent Al Madrigal traveled to Tucson to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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IRA Bankruptcy Protections
Seeking AlphaApril 17, 2012

Keep in mind, bankruptcy laws can vary from state to state, but generally speaking, retirement plans covered by ERISA, such as a 401k or company pension, are fully protected when it comes to a bankruptcy petition. Additionally, thanks to the 2005 ...more »

Stolen Identity
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Jewelry stolen during Provo open house tour
Salt Lake TribuneApril 2, 2012

By Jessica Miller A Provo man had $4000 worth of jewelry stolen from an unlocked dresser drawer during an open house at his home Friday. Provo Police Sgt. Mathew Siufanua said the burglary occurred while the man's realtor was showing tours of his ...more »

Credit Cards Fraud
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Lexington Man's Medford Magic Shop Open Despite Credit Card Fraud
Patch.comApril 3, 2012

Harry Levy has agreed to plead guilty to $500000 in credit card fraud, but he doesn't plan on closing his shop. By Jarret Bencks The owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory in Medford has agreed to plead guilty to making over $500000 in unauthorized ...more »

Unsafe Products
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ASCENSION PARISH SALES AND USE TAX AUTHORITY v. LOUISIANA MACHINERY RENTALS, INC.
Leagle.comApril 2, 2012

The Authority alleged that LMR was a Louisiana limited liability company, domiciled in St. John the Baptist Parish, who conducted business activities in Ascension Parish but failed to register with the Authority as a dealer for Ascension Parish sales ...more »

Credit Repair
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Emergency Home Repair Relief Now Available in 37 States
Danbury News TimesApril 10, 2012

... from expensive water line repair costs especially in these difficult economic times," said Tom Rusin CEO of HomeServe USA. "This kind of coverage can provide a finance-saving alternative to credit card debt or borrowing from friends and family.more »

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