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January 2022

Cookbooks to help you brighten 2022

If you’re like me, you’ve done more cooking during the pandemic than in any recent time period. In fact, for the first time, I got tired of cooking. This list of 19 cookbooks from the Food Tank brightened my day. The cookbooks are full of bright flavors, personal stories, and rich traditional knowledge. Read more →


Watch out for tech support scams

Since everyone is online more during the pandemic, there’s an increased urgency about fixing computers if there’s a problem. Scammers, as always, are lurking around just looking for a new opportunity to strike. They’re offering even more phony tech support services. Read more →


How to keep food safe when the power goes out

Winter storms with feet of snow are making their way across the nation. Even here in the Seattle area, we had more than a foot of snow. With snow storms blanketing the eastern United States, including Georgia and South Carolina, thousands are or have been without power. Food poisoning is a real threat during a power outage. Read more →


You can order free covid tests from the federal government today, one day early

The website, covidtests.gov, where Americans can order four free covid-19 tests is up and running Tuesday, one day early. To help ensure people have tests on hand if a need arises, the Biden administration is purchasing one billion at-home, rapid covid-19 tests. Read more →


Best wishes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. was such a transformational leader. Over the years, I’ve written more than a dozen articles for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They included his most famous quotes, how a day to celebrate King was finally approved, and how it’s a day of service, not a day off. Read more →


Three elevator manufacturers recall residential elevators due to risk of injury or death to children, with warning issued on elevators made by a fourth company

New steps are being taken by a safety agency to eliminate deadly hazards from residential elevators. Children can become entrapped in the space between the exterior landing door and the interior elevator car door if there's a hazardous gap, and suffer injuries or death when the elevator is called to another floor. Read more →


Navient agrees to cancel $1.7 billion in student loan debt as part of multi-state settlement over predatory lending

Student loan servicer Navient has agreed to cancel $1.7 billion in debt owed by more than 66,000 borrowers throughout the nation and pay more than $140 million in penalties to settle charges of abusive lending practices. The $1.85 billion settlement with 39 state attorneys general was announced Thursday. Read more →


Watch out for fake covid tests online

Scammers and fraudsters are always lurking around, and they’re especially adept at taking the latest happenings and pouncing. It’s not a surprise then that fake and unauthorized at-home testing kits are popping up online as scammers take advantage of the increase in demand. Read more →


Chamber of Commerce, whose members include dozens of lawbreakers, lobbies against FTC enforcement

The Chamber of Commerce is lobbying to oppose tougher enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission because its ranks are filled with corporate wrongdoers, a Public Citizen report says. The 111 known Chamber member corporations have violated state and federal laws 15,896 times with fines of $154 billion since 2000. Read more →