If automated telephone calls have been blowing up your phone, you're not alone. Recent data released by the United States Federal Trade Commission revealed the robocall business is booming, with complaints skyrocketing in 2017. Four and a half million people filed complaints with the FTC about robocalls over the course of the year—more than one million more than the 3.4 million people who filed such complaints in 2016. The FTC also provided details about the most common types of robocalls, which read like a checklist if you’ve had the displeasure of answering the phone and being greeted by the automated voice on the other side. The most common types of calls were: Reducing debt (credit cards, mortgage, student loans, etc.) Dropped call or no message Vacations and timeshares Warranties and protection plans Calls pretending to be government, businesses, or family and friends Medical and prescriptions Driving the massive uptick in automated calls is access to … [Read more...] about How To Block Robocalls: Automated Calls Are Rising, Here’s How To Stop Them
Federal and state lawmakers in Wisconsin are calling on government agencies to investigate workplace safety and environmental concerns at a group of industrial drum reconditioning plants with several locations in the Milwaukee area.“This situation merits your immediate attention,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, both Democrats, wrote in letters to four federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Baldwin wrote separately to the U.S. Justice Department as well.Noting that operations at three Mid-America Steel Drum operations where chemical containers are recycled and refurbished pose risks to workers as well as the neighborhoods around the plants, the lawmakers called the practices “extremely troubling” and said these concerns “must be responded to immediately.”The Mid-America Steel … [Read more...] about Wisconsin lawmakers call for quick action to protect workers, residents from barrel refurbishing plants
Tennessee lawmakers are watching Congress closely for clarity on how to handle in-state tuition for people living in the country illegally.The hope is a decision by Congress on whether to act on a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will pave the way for debate about in-state tuition.DACA, as it is known, is a program created by then-President Barack Obama in 2012 that provides protections for young immigrants. It will end in 2018 under President Donald Trump. Trump has asked Congress to provide a long-term fix."One of my hopes is that Congress will address the DACA issue. If they address that and make it a federal issue, it will help our regional bill," said Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis, a sponsor of efforts to enact in-state tuition for students who entered the country illegally as children or overstayed their visas. "That's where we have lost in the past. It was an executive order. But it is Congress' responsibility." ► More: … [Read more...] about Tennessee lawmakers say Congress’ DACA actions will guide debate on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants
Let's hear a golf clap for Fishers.The upscale Indianapolis suburb has been on a blazing-hot streak of adding coveted retailers. Fishers is wrapping up a year in which Ikea, Portillo's and Topgolf all opened around one intersection — 116th Street and Interstate 69.But, to use a tired sports cliche, defense wins championships. Fishers just showed it is willing to play defense against losing retailers, too.You might remember that Kroger made a shrewd business move earlier this year when it acquired 11 stores from defunct Indianapolis grocer Marsh. The deal raised eyebrows because some of the buildings were so close to existing Kroger locations that it didn't make sense for one company to own them all.Kroger later revealed that it only planned to reopen seven Marsh buildings as Kroger stores. The other four buildings — at 1435 W. 86th St. in Indianapolis, 12520 E. 116th St. in Fishers, 2904 S. Ind. 135 in Greenwood and 123 S. Kingston Drive … [Read more...] about Briggs: Kroger tried to block competition. Fishers outsmarted it.
An aluminum jet boat left a Moab dock last summer for a sunset excursion down the Colorado River with a full load of 28 mostly older passengers, tourists on a Utah vacation. Allen and Karen Konen were sitting in the front of the craft taking in views of the Spanish Valley framed by sheer walls of sandstone. As the river curved right near the confluence with Mill Creek at the Portal, Allen Konen sensed something was wrong. The boat wasn’t turning on pace with the river’s bend as the left bank loomed closer and closer. “The turn got wider and wider and the boat went straight. My wife closed her eyes,” Konen, a resident of Loomis, Calif., said last week, recalling the Sept. 8 accident that made his Utah trip especially memorable despite the subsequent loss of his camera with all the pictures it stored. The boat careened into the rocks, pitching passengers into the boat structures. The Konens’ seat tore loose, throwing them forward, then to the … [Read more...] about Moab tour operator tries to block 28 tourists from suing over boat crash injuries
By Patrick May | Press-Enterprise December 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm As taxpayers across the nation race to pay their property taxes early, assuming they’re getting one last shot at a federal deduction set to be scaled back under the new tax rules, confusion has set in over who exactly will benefit from this early-bird strategy. Causing even more head-scratching, the Internal Revenue Service weighed in on the matter late Wednesday, announcing that these early payments will be deductible only in certain situations. This sent off flares in East Coast states where folks were doing some things the IRS didn’t like; The Washington Post reported that the IRS ruling could invalidate many taxpayers’ prepayments and put pressure on local governments to refund millions of dollars collected from misguided taxpayers. But if you’re a taxpayer in the Golden State, don’t panic. Our best guess is that Californians who are planning to pay — or already … [Read more...] about While IRS blocks some property-tax deductions, here’s why California should be OK
Saturday night on HBO I watched the movie "The Outsiders," which I'm told was filmed in Tulsa. If this is true, could you please provide me a list of the locations in Tulsa where the movie was filmed so I can drive around to them and see if I can recognize the scenery? — D.C., Tulsa.We first published said locations in the April 29 and May 3, 1983, Action Line columns after obtaining same from Mary Nell Clark, coordinator of the Oklahoma Film Industry Task Force. Here they are again:Opening scenes — Pines Restaurant, 7240 E. Pine St.Drive-in scenes — Admiral Twin Drive-In, 7355 E. Easton St.Ponyboy and Sodapop's house — southeast corner of Independence Street and St. Louis Avenue.Johnny's house — southeast corner of Rockford Avenue and Independence Street.Park and fountain fight scene — Crutchfield Park, 1335 E. Independence St.Dallas' room above the bar — one block south of I-44 on 161st East Avenue. (It is not actually a bar but was made to … [Read more...] about Action Line: Question about ‘The Outsiders’
By Susan Slusser Updated 10:14 pm, Monday, October 30, 2017 Photo: LM Otero, Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell sits int he dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington,Texas, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell sits int he dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington,Texas, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Photo: LM Otero, Associated Press A’s Bruce Maxwell could face discipline from MLB; Ryon Healy on trade block? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Whatever the legal fallout from Bruce Maxwell’s arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, the ramifications he might face from Major League Baseball include everything from mandated counseling to the … [Read more...] about A’s Bruce Maxwell could face discipline from MLB; Ryon Healy on trade block?
Then-Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally in Midland City, Ala., Dec. 11, 2017. Photo Credit: AP By The Associated Press Updated December 28, 2017 11:03 AM Failed candidate Roy Moore has doubled down on his claims of voter irregularities in Alabama's U.S. Senate race in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of the Democratic opponent who pulled off a historic upset last month in a traditionally deep-red state. Moore asked a judge late Wednesday to issue a restraining order to stop the state's canvassing board from certifying Doug Jones' victory on Thursday. But Secretary of State John Merrill told The Associated Press that Moore's action "is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones ... will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January." A spokesman for Jones called Moore's action a "desperate attempt ... to subvert the will of the people," and said it "will not succeed." "The election is over. It's time to move on," Sam … [Read more...] about Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Senate result
In the last six years, Jacksonville police officers have shot 54 people — 40 of them black — killing 29. Only one officer has been fired as a result, but he got his job back through arbitration. Every other officer who has gone through the sheriff’s closed-door police shooting review boards has been cleared of policy violations, with little public explanation. Amid a string of controversial police shootings of black men in the spring of 2015, Sheriff Mike Williams, who was still a candidate, distinguished himself by highlighting the need to restore trust on the issue. He promised to sue to reopen the office’s review boards, which were closed by a police union lawsuit in late 2010 after decades of public access. It was a short-lived commitment. Once in office, Williams quietly abandoned his promise to challenge the police union in court. It’s unclear what changed his thinking. But the lack of transparency on police shootings in Jacksonville goes beyond … [Read more...] about No Further Action: Behind Closed Doors