WEYMOUTH (CBS) – The widow of slain Weymouth police Sgt. Mike Chesna will no longer have to worry about mortgage payments. It’s been paid off. “It’s remarkable to see the goodness in people,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which raised the money. The group helps out first responders’ families and the families of servicemen and women, who’ve either died on duty, or been severely injured. Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, gives Cindy Chesna the receipt for her paid-off mortgage. (WBZ-TV) Through its Fallen First Responder Home Program, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation pays off the mortgages of the families left behind when a firefighter or police officer is killed in the line of duty. Since 2015, the foundation has given $7 million to pay off the mortgages for 27 families. For the Chesna family, the foundation took in donations … [Read more...] about Charity Pays Off Mortgage For Family Of Police Sgt. Michael Chesna
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The Trump administration on Friday unveiled new rules to require increased disclosure of health care prices, in a move officials said would drive down costs by increasing competition. One regulation would require hospitals to provide a consumer-friendly online page where prices are listed for 300 common procedures like x-rays and lab tests. A second regulation would require insurers to provide an online tool where people could compare their out-of-pocket costs at different medical providers before receiving treatment. ADVERTISEMENTOfficials billed the announcement as a major step in President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE’s health care agenda. The move is controversial with the health care industry, as both hospitals and insurers have objected to having to disclose the information. The … [Read more...] about White House unveils rules requiring online disclosure of hospital prices
TAHOE CITY (CBS13) – A giant sculpture of a mama bear and her two cubs, made entirely out of pennies, will stay in Tahoe City permanently. Ursa Mater, aka Penny Bear, was originally intended to be a temporary display that would have left July 31, 2019. This week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay 40 thousand dollars to purchase the sculpture. Tahoe Public Art will pay an additional 61 thousand dollars. Credit: Tahoe Public Art Penny Bear shows a 12-foot tall mother grizzly bear nestling her two cubs, measuring six and five feet respectively. The bears’ coats were made using 200 thousand American and Canadian pennies. Credit: Tahoe Public Art The artists premiered Ursa Mater/Penny Bear at the 2017 Burning Man. The year before they debuted Ursa Major, which is part of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Credit: Tahoe Public Art Before coming to Heritage Park in Tahoe City Ursa Mater was exhibited in San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs. … [Read more...] about Placer County Paying To Keep Penny Bear Sculpture As Permanent Art Exhibit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The reserve account used to pay off bonds that funded construction of U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings play, is exceeding expectations, according to a financial audit. The audit projects that the 3-year-old, $1.1 billion stadium’s fund could grow from the $44 million it had at the end of June 2018 to nearly $200 million by 2023, the Star Tribune reported. The audit increases the likelihood of the Vikings paying off the stadium’s debt early. It also puts the budding account, which is used to pay the bonds, squarely before Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature’s next session, which convenes in February. “The time is now to make strategic decisions about the account,” Chris Buse, a deputy state legislative auditor, told a legislative audit panel on Wednesday. Buse’s 28-page document represents a comprehensive review of all money received and spent through Minnesota’s Office of Management and Budget. The … [Read more...] about Audit: US Bank Stadium fund doing better than expected
This week Google and Facebook announced their further involvement in providing financial services. Google announced the development of a checking account, and Facebook announced that its digital wallet will be integrated across all of its services, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and its social media platform Facebook. Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon have all entered the financial arena with differing strategies, even though they all have a common interest — enhancing their customers’ behavioral profiles.Enhancing behavioral profiles requires compiling and storing thousands of categories of data. This data can then be analyzed so that companies will be able to better influence buying behavior directly for merchandise or services offered on their platforms or sell access to this data to advertisers. By storing our financial data, companies will build comprehensive profiles for each of us that are more revealing than finger prints, social security numbers or … [Read more...] about Why does Big Tech want in on financial services?