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March 9, 2008

Newsletter 3-10-2008

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 7:28 pm

Has the high gas prices made you search for the best price?
Mapquest.com has a service that provides information on gas prices at more than 100,000 stations around the country, as well as the location of stations offering diesel and alternative fuels, gas saving tips and more. Finding gas stations online is one of the many place searches that users can perform with MapQuest’s renowned and comprehensive Points of Interest database, which contains more than 15 million places. Utilizing pricing data from Oil Pricing Information Service (OPIS), a leading provider of petroleum spot, rack and retail news and pricing information, which is updated up to seven times per day, the site allows users to easily find fuel stations, get maps and directions and check gas prices all in one place.
http://gasprices.mapquest.com/index.jsp

Are you confused by the various charges and items on their monthly telephone bills?
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Truth-in-Billing rules require telephone companies to provide clear, non-misleading, plain language in describing services for which you are being billed. The company sending you the bill must identify the service provider associated with each charge. If a bill contains charges in addition to basic local service, it must distinguish between charges for which non-payment will result in disconnection of basic local service, and charges for which non-payment will not result in disconnection. Telephone companies must also display, on each bill, one or more toll-free numbers that you can call to ask about or dispute any charge on the bill.

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/understanding.html

The US government is trying to provide a better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products. So six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create a web site with all the government recalls of merchandise such as consumer products, vehicles, boats, medicine, cosmetics, and environmental products.
http://recalls.gov/

From the site healthytoys.org.
“We launched HealthyToys.org because children’s products should not contain toxic chemicals! HealthyToys.org is a first step in providing parents, grandparents, and others who care about children with the information they need to make better choices when purchasing toys and other children’s products.”
http://wwww.healthytoys.org

FlightAware is a free flight tracker that will change what you think about live flight tracking and aviation information. This site is tracking 38,142 arrivals in the last 24 hours.” An impressive bit of information. If you planning on flying, waiting for to pickup someone, check this site out before you leave.
You can also get a tremendous amount of information on any airport in the US that serves private or commercial aircraft.
http://flightaware.com/

“Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square.”

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