Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Jul 12, 2019 Karl Swiger couldn't believe how his 20-something daughter somehow borrowed $1,200 online and got stuck with an annual interest rate of roughly 350%. "When I heard about it, I thought you can get better rates from the Mafia," said Swiger, who runs a landscaping business. He only heard about the loan once his daughter needed help making the payments. Yes, we're talking about a loan rate that's not 10%, not 20% but more than 300%. "How the hell do you pay it off if you're broke? It's obscene," said Henry Baskin, the Bloomfield Hills attorney who was shocked when he first heard the story. Baskin — best known as the pioneering entertainment lawyer to Bill Bonds, Jerry Hodak, Joe Glover and other metro Detroit TV luminaries — decided he'd try to take up the cause for Nicole Swiger, the daughter of Karl Swiger who cuts Baskin's lawn, as well as other struggling households caught in a painful … [Read more...] about Plain Green loan hit Westland woman with 350% interest rate
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By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: February 27, 2019 at 9:07 am | UPDATED: February 27, 2019 at 9:30 am The prepared testimony of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, as released by the House Oversight and Reform Committee before his appearance Wednesday: Chairman Cummings, Ranking Member Jordan, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today. I have asked this Committee to ensure that my family be protected from Presidential threats, and that the Committee be sensitive to the questions pertaining to ongoing investigations. Thank you for your help and for your understanding. I am here under oath to correct the record, to answer the Committee’s questions truthfully, and to offer the American people what I know about President Trump. I recognize that some of you may doubt and attack me on my credibility. It is for this reason that I have incorporated into this opening statement documents that are irrefutable, and demonstrate that … [Read more...] about Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s prepared remarks to Congress
Watch the new CBSN Originals documentary, "Priced Out: LA's Hidden Homeless," in the video player above. The full hour-long special premieres on CBSN Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET. Finding an apartment to rent is often a stressful process, no matter your circumstances or where you live. The challenge of locating a place to call home at a price you can afford — and dealing with all of the logistics and costs — is enough to make you never want to move again. When you finally sign your lease and get settled, you're probably not thinking about the fact that in many American cities, the landlord can kick you out for no reason at all. It's called a "no-fault" or "no-cause" eviction. In cities like Los Angeles, these usually happen when a tenant is under a month-to-month lease agreement. Tenants can be ousted even when they didn't do anything to violate their lease, like falling behind on payments. In LA, high rents create a new class of … [Read more...] about How no-fault evictions are contributing to LA’s homeless crisis
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: February 16, 2019 at 5:43 pm | UPDATED: February 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm By Christopher Rowland · The Washington Post IRVING, Texas – On his 21st day back at work after a heart attack and triple bypass surgery, Chris Zubko received a call from the main office. Through an app on his phone, his boss was literally monitoring every step of Zubko’s recovery. “Man! I noticed your steps have picked up,” gushed Wayne Gono, 65, whose family operates Regal Plastics, a small fabrication business with satellite shops around Texas. “You used to be under 2,000, now you’re over 6,000. Two times you worked out this week. Good!” Welcome to a rapidly growing phenomenon in the workplace: constant health surveillance. A digital fitness tracker strapped to Zubko’s wrist sends a tally of his daily movements, via the company’s UnitedHealth Group insurance account, to an app on his boss’s phone. While some … [Read more...] about With fitness trackers in the workplace, bosses can monitor your every step — and maybe more
Well, I've finally seen it. The things I do for my readers, the pain to which I subject myself by watching neuron-apotosing levels of pseudoscience, misinformation, and lies as antivaccine propaganda, in order to deconstruct them for your amusement and, I hope, education! Yes, I've finally seen Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree's "documentary" VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe. Now, having watched Wakefield and Bigtree's "masterpiece," I can quite confidently say that it's every bit as accurate and balanced a picture of vaccine benefits and risks as Eric Merola's two movies about the quack Stanislaw Burzynski and his Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering are about cancer and cancer research, The Beautiful Truth is about the Gerson protocol for cancer, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is about diet and diabetes, Expelled! No Intelligence Allowed is about evolution, and The Greater Good is about...vaccines! Of course, based on what I knew of the story, saw of the VAXXED … [Read more...] about In which Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree’s antivaccine documentary VAXXED is reviewed…with Insolence!