Archive for: February, 2012

Miracle diet pill? A safe drug is elusive

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle of the bulge has been a big, fat failure for U.S. drugmakers. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying. For nearly a century, scientists have struggled to make a diet pill that helps people lose weight without side effects that range from embarrassing digestive issues to dangerous heart problems. Just [...]

MIT Researchers Find Rare Earth Element Far, Far Away


Nearly 13.7 billion years ago, the universe was made of only hydrogen, helium and traces of lithium — byproducts of the Big Bang. Some 300 million years later, the very first stars emerged, creating additional chemical elements throughout the universe. Since then, giant stellar explosions, or supernovas, have given rise to carbon, oxygen, iron and [...]

It’s tax filing — and tax fraud — season


The Detroit News has published an extensive report on tax identity theft that is well worth reading, and more than a little scary. This is not the kind of fraud that results from credit card theft; instead, it is the result of stealing social security numbers, most usually, from the deceased. The federal Social Security Administration publishes [...]

RI to cheer actress Viola Davis at Oscar party

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island residents are set to celebrate Oscar’s Best Actress nomination of Viola Davis, who grew up in the state and is a graduate of Rhode Island College. Rhode Island International Film Festival officials say attendees at Sunday night’s party at The Vets downtown will sign a card of congratulations for [...]

Should my spouse have a say in the family business?

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Should my spouse have a say in the family business? Should my spouse who does not work in the family business have a say in compensation or other matters involving the next generation members in the family business? The answer is yes and no!  I do not think it is possible for the spouse not [...]

Blumenthal Statement On White House’s Proposed “Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights”

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released this statement following President Obama’s recent unveiling of a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” which provides a blueprint to defend Americans against misuse of their personal information and calls for comprehensive online consumer protections: Blumenthal said: “I applaud President Obama’s attention to this vitally important issue. A Consumer Privacy Bill [...]

Who is Madonna Cheering For? Do Her Dance Moves Tell Us?

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Madonna won’t explicitly say who she’s rooting for, but her spot-on salsa dance in honor of the New York Giants Victor Cruz may have revealed where her allegiance lies. At a news conference to promote her halftime Super Bowl performance, she was asked what she thought of the wide receiver’s touchdown celebration [...]

Ag Coakley: Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Should “Change Course” And Allow Principal Loan Forgiveness For Homeowners

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Concerned that the refusal by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to engage in principal forgiveness and loan modifications for struggling homeowners is slowing the nation’s economic recovery, Attorney General Martha Coakley has sent a letter urging Fannie and Freddie to reverse this stance. Leaders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have expressed an unwillingness to participate [...]

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Grants to Fund Four Municipal Power Energy Efficiency Projects in Chicopee, Ipswich, Reading and Westfield

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Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.  announced $200,000 in grants for energy efficiency projects to municipal power companies serving four communities: Chicopee, Ipswich, Reading and Westfield. “Massachusetts is No. 1 in the nation for energy efficiency because we continue to support energy saving programs that help businesses, residents, and municipalities save energy [...]

Bundchen causes stir at Super Bowl from afar; Her leaked email

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Glamour Boy is here and ready to play in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Glamour wife is out of sight — so far — unless you count the front page of the New York Post. Super model Gisele Bundchen landed the one cover she probably wasn’t after, gracing the tabloid with her “Tommy” after [...]

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