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Social Security Q&A: What Is Supplemental Security Income?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : What is the purpose of Supplemental Security Income, or SSI? Answer : The purpose of SSI is to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little income and few resources to support themselves. It provides financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. You can receive SSI even if you have not worked and paid into Social Security. SSI is a federal income supplement …

At the Hospitals: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August Motorcycle Ride Will Benefit David’s House Lebanon — A motorcycle ride next month will benefit David’s House, a nonprofit that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The guided ride, set for Aug. 2, leaves from First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5, Westminster, Vt. It ends at David’s House, …

Business Notes: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lebanon — Valorie Armstrong, who spent 18 years in the aluminum business, is opening a new insurance agency in Lebanon on Friday. In preparation to launch the agency, Armstrong has been interning since January with Farm Family Insurance and working with agents in Concord, Charlestown and Littleton. She will be licensed to sell in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, she said last week, …

Money Talk: Cutting Back Is Answer to Debt

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : My wife and I accrued $28,000 of credit card debt over the past eight years. In addition to a sizable student loan bill for law school, our home mortgage and the expenses associated with three young children, we are struggling to get ahead enough to knock …

Two Ag-Gag Laws Facing Federal Court

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass …

Amazon Opens First of 15 ‘Sortation’ Centers

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kent, Wash. — As Mike Roth steps into Amazon.com’s newest warehouse here, he spreads his arms wide and asks what is different about this facility from the 96 other warehouses the Web giant operates around the world. To …

Getting Physical With Virtual Reality

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When Facebook acquired virtual reality headset developer Oculus VR for $2 billion in March, many in the tech industry lauded the move as heralding the next generation in computer gaming. The potential of Oculus’ Rift goggles is tantalizing …

Facebook Low in Customer Satisfaction, Survey Says

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pinterest users have a high rate of customer satisfaction, according to a new survey by an independent research group. Facebook and LinkedIn users? Not so much. Ads and privacy are big concerns cited by Internet users who ranked Facebook and LinkedIn lowest among social media sites, according to …

Consumer Confidential: Bank of America Won’t Take No for a Permanent Answer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The letter Richard Knee received from Bank of America opened with a warning: “You may be missing out on valuable offers.” “According to our records, you are not being mailed offers from Bank of America because you have opted out of postal mail marketing offers,” the letter said. …

Teen Program Grows Veggies, Leaders

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yes, the kids are learning how to slice and dice, why a nicely set table is important, and the difference homegrown produce can make to health and well-being. But Teen Leadership Corps, an unusual summer program at Awbury …

Has the iPad Already Gone Past Its Peak?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — The numbers are clear: Apple is selling fewer iPads. The company reported this week that sales of its sleek, pricey tablet were down 19 percent from last quarter and 9 percent year-over-year. CEO Tim Cook tried to reassure investors that Apple’s new partnership with IBM …

BMW’s High-Riding Compact a Fix for Empty-Nest Syndrome

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Munich — Juergen Bergmann likes to spend time in the forests near his home in Hamburg. What the active 72-year-old doesn’t like is squeezing himself into low-slung cars to drive there. “Getting in and out of my wife’s BMW convertible is a struggle,” said Bergmann, who used to …

Nuts and Bolts: Chrysler 300

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bottom line: Know what you are buying and why, especially when shopping a multilayered car line such as the Chrysler 300. If you want a big sedan with reasonable fuel economy, be happy with the base 300. If you just want to look tough, get the 300 S, …