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Inauguration may break Capital bank.

If you think the bailout is expensive, wait until you find out how much change the change in Washington will cost you.

According to the D-C Examiner, huge crowds are expected for the inauguration of President-elect Obama on January 20th. And with it comes a record breaking bill for services. Each year the Federal Government gives the district $15 million dollars to cover the costs of events. But with huge crowds expected, security costs will far surpass that amount.  read more »

Cyber Monday-- Tips to Avoid Identity Theft this Holiday Season

Monday, December 1st is “cyber Monday” a day coined by retailers as the biggest online shopping day of the year. And despite the shaky economy analysts are predicting a spike in sales. According to the Wall Street Journal marketing executives are anticipating sales to grow 2.4% from last year. They are also expecting an increase in the purchase of gift cards.

But while the surge in spending is good news for retailers there are still some warnings for online shoppers. According to the Federal Trade Commission, last year consumers reported $1.2 billion dollars of losses from identity theft and fraud.

In order to protect yourself Life Lock, a company working to stop identity theft, has compiled this list of suggestions to keep your bank accounts safe this season.  read more »

Pudgiest Pets Compete To Lose Weight

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It’s a weight loss program for cats and dogs and Britain’s largest pets are lining up to drop a few pounds.

Eight of Britain’s pets are embarking on a one hundred day diet and exercise regime in an effort to be crowned Britain’s feline or canine weight loss champion. The competition will feature seven dogs and Tinks the cat, who tips the scale at 21 point six pounds. Another contestant is Bo, a King Charles spaniel that weighs 43 pounds and has to sit down halfway through his walk to rest.  read more »

It truly is a Happy Thanksgiving!

You may think offering that special Happy Thanksgiving toast during your turkey dinner this year may be tough to do. But it shouldn’t be.

Sure, we’ve hit a bad patch on our economic road to riches that some may say has become a road to ruin. Greed and fear, the twin idols of Wall Street, have yet again reared their ugly heads. In response, wagging fingers are pointing at bankers, regulators and consumers who deceived the system and themselves.
But downturns, even as severe as this one, have a way of cleansing the system of its scoundrels. And it becomes the perfect opportunity to focus on basics.  read more »

Sports is taking a big hit in this bogie economy

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Golf courses, country clubs and golf equipment manufacturers all around the country are reporting losses. Not just in golf balls or bets lost by weekend golfers hoping their game shows up just in time to take a buck from their bosses. But in revenue that has suddenly dropped quicker than a handicap after a hole-in-one.

And the follow-through of this economic downturn is spreading throughout the sports world.  read more »

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This story could make you sick

It looks like getting your annual check-up might become even more of a pain.

According to a recent survey primary care doctors in the United States feel overworked and almost half of them are planning on cutting back or quitting medicine completely. The survey conducted by the Physician’s Foundation found that of the 12 thousand doctors that responded, 60 percent would not recommend medicine as a career, 20 percent are cutting back on patients and others are considering a move to part time work.  read more »

Gold Medalist Peggy Flemming Makes Wine For A Good Cause

For one Olympic gold medalist, her latest business venture isn’t just about making money.

Former ice skater Peggy Fleming and her husband, retired dermatologist Greg Jenkins, started their own vineyard 10 years ago. As it flourishes Fleming says they just enjoy making wines that people like. And even though they are still a small boutique winery it’s more important to put out quality wine and experience all the best that wine has to offer.

“We’re making wines that we enjoy and we started out with chardonnay because that’s what we mainly drank back then and now I think the more you get into wine the more your pallet grows and the more different kinds of wines you like.”  read more »

Gold Medalist Turned Vintner

At a recent wine event I ran into 1968 Olympic Gold medalist Peggy Fleming. It turns out that Fleming hung up her ice skates in exchange for a wine bottle, a wine bottle that boasts her own name. In 1999 Fleming and her husband Greg Jenkins, a retired dermatologist, started their own vineyard in the San Francisco bay area. Fleming says the project started out as a simple landscaping idea and grew from there.

“Well it started out as a landscaping project but now we have landscaping we can drink. But you just get more interested and curious as you see the vines everyday and you just wonder what they would produce if it was all our grapes and what would that wine taste like.”  read more »

Flying modern jets with WW II navigation

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Flying may be the safest way to travel, but it certainly is not as fast and fuel efficient as it could be. That’s because while teenage drivers use GPS systems in their cars, air traffic controllers use World War II-era radar to guide jumbo jets. And while the newest commercial, private and charter aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art navigations systems, they are interacting with the antiquated equipment being used by the government’s air traffic system.  read more »

Is Gaming Good for Kids?

Remember the TV campaign a few years back that asked the question…”its four o’clock, do you know where your kids are”? Today that question may have a more predictable answer. They are probably ‘video-gaming’.

New research from the Pew Internet and American life project found that while America’s youth does not all play the same games, nearly all of them— girls included—play video games of one kind or another. A broad survey found 99 percent of boys and 94 percent of girls are ‘gamers’.  read more »

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