BABY LOVE

  Consumers Corner # 23 SAME ROOM, DIFFERENT BEDS That’s the # 1 new way to help keep your baby safe By Jim Murphy  No parent ever wants to be involved in a “sleep-related death.” But about every 12 days in Philadelphia, a baby dies due to what the city’s Board

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Beyond Pink: Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Actions, Activism & Awareness “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” Mean Girls (2004) Rather than limiting our pink attire and accessories to one day, we are all encouraged to show off more of the bright color throughout the month of October to raise breast cancer awareness. Sports teams redesign their uniforms,

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PROTESTING 101

Consumers Corner # 22 How Philly Activists killed the Crosstown Expressway By Jim Murphy If you didn’t live here in the late ’60s and early ’70s, you may not realize how close the area near Old Pine Community Center came to being completely destroyed by a controversial highway. City officials, led

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STARTLING STATISTICS

Consumers Corner # 21 THE INSURANCE MOST OF US THINK WE’LL NEVER NEED The numbers say we’re wrong By Jim Murphy A young swimming instructor I know recently went hiking and decided to jump into a pond. Bad idea. She broke her leg in two places and is now out of

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NO COMPLAINTS WANTED

Consumers Corner # 20   Why consumers need protection by the CFPB  By Jim Murphy If you’ve ever wondered why many big businesses hate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) so much, consider these stories.   John Lukach, a 25-year-old social worker, told the Wall Street Journal he contacted Navient Corp. “probably

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OLD NEW HERO

Consumers Corner # 19   ACTIVIST OCTAVIUS V. CATTO IS BEING HONORED WITH A STATUE  By Jim Murphy Octavius V. Catto (rhymes with shadow), a black Philadelphia renaissance man killed in his prime during a contested political election in 1871, will soon have his own statue on the southwest apron

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EARLY-BIRD SAVINGS

Consumers Corner # 18   SAVE ON PHILLY’S GREAT TOUR WHEN YOU ORDER BY SEPT. 4 “Early-Bird tickets are just $10  By Jim Murphy If you’ve ever said you wanted to learn more about your own city, here’s your chance. The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) is holding its

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BIKE SAFETY

Consumers Corner # 17   HOW TO BE FAR MORE VISIBLE TO DRIVERS  By Jim Murphy If you’re a cyclist, chances are you think you’re much more conspicuous to motorists than you really are.  One 2013 study says bicyclists significantly overestimated their nighttime visibility to drivers … and underestimated the benefits

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DAVID VS. GOLIATH

 Consumers Corner # 16 WE CONSUMERS DON’T GET A LOT OF HELP THESE DAYS And the one agency that seems to be protecting us is on its way out  By Jim Murphy If consumers are feeling unloved, unwanted or even under attack today, it’s no wonder. In recent years, the housing

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MISSING MONEY?

 Consumers Corner # 15 You may have unclaimed cash waiting for you in Harrisburg  By Jim Murphy I always thought the unclaimed property newspaper and radio ads were a joke. But I was wrong. You really could be a winner. Just as Old Pine Community Center’s executive director April Thomas-Jones

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