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February 2017

Calphalon recalls 2 million knives due to defective blades

Calphalon is recalling about 2 million Contemporary Cutlery knives in the United States and about 7,000 in Canada. The blade on the knives can break during use, posing a laceration hazard. Calphalon has received 27 reports of finger or hand lacerations, including four injuries requiring stitches. In addition, the firm... Read more →


Academy Award nominated movies for 2016: Still too violent, male dominated

When I saw “Arrival” and “Hidden Figures,” I thought, finally, Hollywood is making great movies, leaving violence and male-domination behind. However, it was too early in my review of last year’s movies to draw any conclusions. Among the too violent: “Hell or High Water”; “Elle”; “Nocturnal Animals”; and “Suicide Squad.”... Read more →


Watch out for scams as tax you prepare your taxes

With tax season underway, consumers need to remember to protect their personal information and be vigilant for scams. Tax scams are common. They were the most reported fraud cases to the Better Business Bureau in 2016 with more than 7,500 reported. The BBB urges consumers to watch for these common... Read more →


New protections for you when you write a review

Businesses can't use contracts that prevent consumers from writing a truthful review, or penalize them if they do, according to a new federal law. If a business, including an online business, uses contract terms or conditions that limit your right to comment, it’s breaking the law, and the Federal Trade... Read more →


Decide on Presidents’ Day to take action to participate in government

In the past, I’ve encouraged citizens on Presidents’ Day to take the opportunity to participate in government and make their voices heard. The goal? To help make government work more effectively. That message is even more critically important now. Americans have elected a government, the president and Congress, who want... Read more →


Sargento expands cheese recall, terminates relationship with supplier

Sargento Foods Inc. is expanding the recall of cheese supplied by Deutsch Kase Haus due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes that originated from the supplier’s facility. No illnesses have been reported. The company has also terminated its relationship with Deutsch Kase Haus, which supplied Sargento with the affected Longhorn... Read more →