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Sandra Bullock’s acceptance speech

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I We all love Sandra Bullock! She gave a great speech at the Oscars last night when she accepted the best actress award
I also loved the movie, Blind Side, for which she got the award. The movie is still playing in some theaters and is SOOOO worth watching [Read More]
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Being audited? Maybe your ex told on you!

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Fascinating article from CNN money about IRS rewarding people who tell on their exes/bosses/aquaintances and such to the IRS
Here are some highlights from the article
The Program
The IRS’s informant program has been around for more than 140 years. If you suspect a person is committing tax fraud and report it, you could receive up to 15% […] [Read More]
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New penny is coming out

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MSN money has an article about a new penny coming out.
The U.S. Mint has changed the design for the reverse — or “tails” — side of the 2010 Lincoln Cent, which entered circulation on Feb. 11
The article also talks about an anti-penny group, as well as a pro-penny movements and penny’s importance for […]

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Five cities you can afford, and five you can’t

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CNN money has a rating of top 5 least expensive cities and top 5 most expensive cities
Three Ohio cities made the list of most affordable. Time to move? [Read More]
Categories: in the news, lists

Mattel: making geeks cool

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Mattel’s Barbie doll is taking on new carriers: first as a news anchor and then… as a computer engineer! Read more here
She wears black leggings and a T-shirt with a binary-code pattern on it
(I so own a t-shirt that says things in binary)
And you can look at the new Barbies here
I might need to get […] [Read More]
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Siena to receive $2M grant

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Siena college is scheduled to receive a $2 million federal grant for their science department. Read the story here
As a proud alumna, I say congrats Siena!
If that’s not enough to make you all warm and fuzzy about the school check out our latest seen from Siena v Iona game. [Read More]
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Pain at the pump on the rise – again

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Oil market analysts say $3 gas is a matter of when, not if. Read the story here. Are you feeling more pain at the pump? And if so, what, if anything are you doing to soften the blow? [Read More]
Categories: autos, economy, in the news

Collect rewards with your debit card

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Nope, that’s not an error. We usually think of rewards programs when we’re talking about credit cards. However, I just saw a story today from Smart Money that discusses the growth of debit card rewards programs. This growth is in response to a decrease in consumer credit-card use and an increase in debit-card […]

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