April 2011

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R.I.P. Paul E. Sullivan: Quiet Soldier Battled for Civil Rights

Paul E. Sullivan

Paul E. Sullivan (Photo: The Washington Post) A quiet soldier in the battle for civil rights died last month; Paul E. Sullivan, of Fairfax, Virginia. In 1965, Mr. Sullivan’s neighborhood pool club would not let one of his black neighbors join.  He thought that was wrong and he spoke up. That upset his white neighbors Read the full article…



The “This is a data complier associated with Google” Scam

Beware of eGumball

There is cottage industry of shady firms trying to cash in on the success of Google by selling overpriced services to small businesses.  The first sign of their sleaziness is how they bombard businesses with recorded messages that mention Google and ask if you want your business listed.  They are banking on you recognizing the Read the full article…






Warning to Saab Owners: Get Warranty Work Done NOW

Warning to Saab Owners: Get Warranty Work Done NOW

For the second time in a week, Saab’s headquarters factory in Sweden has been shut down because its unpaid suppliers stopped providing parts.  The shut down, and Saab’s apparently inability to overcome mounting financial difficulties, suggests the brand my be heading for bankruptcy. When you buy a new car, it comes with a warranty from Read the full article…


Citibank Policy Change = Victory for Consumers

Thank You Citibank

One of the most outrageous ways banks fleece their customers is by deliberately processing checks in the order that will generate the most overdraft fees for the bank. (I wrote about the practice here.)  In a small victory for consumers, Citibank is adopting a better policy for handling checks. As CNNMoney is reporting: “As standard Read the full article…