Susan Tompor: Spot a big mistake on your credit report? Here's how to fix it
Equifax, TransUnion and Experian — the big three of credit reporting agencies — announced Tuesday that they're going to continue allowing consumers to receive free weekly credit reports for one more year until April 20, 2022. You must go through annualcreditreport.com to get those free weekly reports. The news comes right after troubling headlines indicating that consumers are frustrated with how their credit is being handled by those very same agencies. "Consumer complaints about financial grievances spiked during the pandemic year of 2020, eclipsing 2019, the previous record year," according...
Detroit Free Press
Interest in RV travel surges in US
A lot of Americans will be traveling around in their brand-new RVs this spring and summer or renting them from popular outlets such as RVshare and Outdoorsy. Interest in RVs has spiked 162 percent during the pandemic, according to data from LendingTree. Interest in purchasing RVs far exceeded recreational categories. By comparison, interest in boats rose 104 percent, and interest in cars and lot trucks dropped 26 percent. June 2020 saw a 303 percent year-over-year increase in the number of people completing purchase query forms for RVs compared to June 2019. The most popular states for RV purc...
Villanova loses another starter in Justin Moore, drops fourth straight road game, 54-52, at Providence
After going the first 19 games this season without an injury to any of its top seven players, Villanova has managed to lose two starting guards in its last two games to injuries. Collin Gillespie, wearing a bulky brace to protect his injured left knee, watched Saturday from the bench at Providence’s Alumni Hall as Justin Moore, who moved to the point from his starting duties at shooting guard, suffered a sprained left ankle with just over 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half. The 10th-ranked Wildcats rebounded from a dreadful opening half when they trailed at one stage by 20 points and rallied...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kennedy Space Center: Apollo/Saturn V exhibits to reopen
ORLANDO, Fla — Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will reopen its Apollo/Saturn V Center to the public in late March, the Brevard County attraction announced Tuesday. The center and its exhibits, accessed via bus, had been closed even after the visitor complex reopened from its coronavirus pandemic shutdown last summer. An exact date for the reopening was not announced. There will new health and safety precautions. Bus passengers will be seated with social distance measures. Time-specific reservations will be made at a kiosk near the bus transport entrance. Drivers will disinfect the buses a...
Person to Person: Why telling the truth can be hard
Have you ever needed to report a wrongdoing? Maybe your neighbor is selling drugs, or maybe your nephew is physically abusing his wife. Telling the truth about people will land you in more trouble than lying. Why? Because your listeners, if they agree with you, will feel compelled to jump in and do something. Instead, they might try to find an escape route. So, what do your neighbors, family members, or business associates do? They may tend to muddy your comments. They will cast doubt on your judgment, behaviors, conclusions. They can often make you the target of blame. “I’ve tried telling our...
Tribune News Service
Serving others has taught this house-cleaner that ‘loving people isn’t as hard as I thought it was’
PHILADELPHIA – Margaux Murphy is one of the most generous people I know. Not just because she distributes food to homeless and hungry people in communities rife with addiction, hopelessness, and despair. But because she opens her heart, expecting nothing in return. That ability didn’t develop overnight, she said, but over time. Murphy is founder of the nonprofit Sunday Love Project, which serves 2,000 meals each week to the hungry, on the streets and at Church of Holy Trinity at 19th and Walnut Streets. She’s 44, single, supports herself by cleaning houses, is always wired and is mostly exhaus...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jerry Zezima: A hello to arms
In an impressive act of bravery, I recently stood six feet away and, while wearing a bright red face mask that made my nose itch, watched my wife, Sue, get her first coronavirus shot. As I will happily tell Dr. Anthony Fauci when he calls to congratulate me, I didn’t even faint. Of course, Sue deserves credit, too, because she suffered no ill effects aside from a headache that was probably caused by me. But it was just the first step in my superhuman fight to eradicate the virus. And it won’t end until Sue and I have had both of our shots. My first one will happen soon, but it was a long time ...
Tribune News Service
TCU remains winless against ranked teams as Texas runs away for a 76-64 victory
The Texas Longhorns couldn’t buy a 3-pointer early on. They opened 1 of 6 from deep at TCU on Sunday night. That trend changed, though, as the No. 15 Longhorns ran away for a 76-64 victory over the Frogs at Schollmaier Arena. Texas made 8 of its 15 3s in the second half. Texas (17-7, 11-6 Big 12) swept the season series against TCU (12-13, 5-11 Big 12). The Longhorns have won five straight meetings with the Frogs. TCU fell below the .500-mark and to 0-9 against ranked teams on the season. Coach Jamie Dixon has never had a losing season in his coaching career, and has defeated at least one rank...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Rocket Watts' 21 points launch Michigan State to victory over No. 2 Michigan in bid to sew up NCAA spot
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State exacted a bit of revenge on Sunday afternoon, and in the process might have locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Behind a huge effort from Rocket Watts and more big moments late in the game from Aaron Henry, Michigan State knocked off No. 2 Michigan, 70-64, at the Breslin Center to close the regular season three days after the Wolverines clinched the Big Ten title in Ann Arbor by beating the Spartans. Watts scored 21 and Henry added 18 points, with 13 coming in the second half to lead Michigan State (15-11, 9-11 Big Ten). Joey Hauser added 11 points for...
The Detroit News
As The Citadel confronts racist past, a Black cadet shares his truth through fiction
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Ken Gordon never kept a journal during his time at The Citadel. But no one, he explained more than 35 years later, can forget hell. When Gordon reported to the Charleston campus in August 1984, he found a South that refused to let go of its past. Confederate battle flags waved in the stands during home football games. Cadets marched to "Dixie" during Friday afternoon parades. Eighteen years had passed since Charles DeLesline Foster broke the color barrier in 1966 to become the first African American to join the Corps of Cadets. Yet Gordon, an 18-year-old Black freshman from ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)