Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Jul 12, 2019 Karl Swiger couldn't believe how his 20-something daughter somehow borrowed $1,200 online and got stuck with an annual interest rate of roughly 350%. "When I heard about it, I thought you can get better rates from the Mafia," said Swiger, who runs a landscaping business. He only heard about the loan once his daughter needed help making the payments. Yes, we're talking about a loan rate that's not 10%, not 20% but more than 300%. "How the hell do you pay it off if you're broke? It's obscene," said Henry Baskin, the Bloomfield Hills attorney who was shocked when he first heard the story. Baskin — best known as the pioneering entertainment lawyer to Bill Bonds, Jerry Hodak, Joe Glover and other metro Detroit TV luminaries — decided he'd try to take up the cause for Nicole Swiger, the daughter of Karl Swiger who cuts Baskin's lawn, as well as other struggling households caught in a painful … [Read more...] about Plain Green loan hit Westland woman with 350% interest rate
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How did Jenn Takahashi come up with the idea for Best of Nextdoor? By Amy Graff, SFGATE Updated 4:41 pm PDT, Monday, June 17, 2019 Jenn Takahashi of San Francisco is the brains behind the brilliantly curated Best of Nexdoor Twitter account that pulls the funniest and most random bits from the social media service Nextdoor. Jenn Takahashi of San Francisco is the brains behind the brilliantly curated Best of Nexdoor Twitter account that pulls the funniest and most random bits from the social media service Nextdoor. Photo: Douglas Zimmerman / SFGate Photo: Douglas Zimmerman / SFGate Image 1 of / 45 Caption Close Image 1 of 45 Jenn Takahashi of San Francisco is the brains behind the brilliantly curated Best of Nexdoor Twitter account that pulls the funniest and most random bits … [Read more...] about Meet the woman behind the funniest account on Twitter
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Style | They See It. They Like It. They Want It. They Rent It. Advertisement Supported by Owning nothing is now a luxury, thanks to a number of subscription start-ups. BySapna Maheshwari June 8, 2019 Many young American urbanites have resigned themselves to a life of non-ownership, abandoning the dream of their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents before them, often out of financial necessity. But renting isn’t just a matter of necessity these days. It’s become almost posh. While paying to borrow décor, clothing and offices is nothing new, the options have grown substantially in recent years. Now, one can fill a temporary home with rented coffee tables and sofas from Crate & Barrel and West Elm, and refresh a wardrobe with rented outfits from clothing lines like Theory and Vince … [Read more...] about They See It. They Like It. They Want It. They Rent It.
The show of force was impressive as 11 Denver police officers fanned out on Interstates 25 and 70 on a recent Friday. In short order, they handed tickets to 101 drivers and gave warnings to 21 more, the department said. The average clocked speed exceeded 80 mph, and the fastest was recorded at 110 mph. Police intend for recurring highway “saturation patrols” like the Feb. 1 operation to send an unmistakable message to speed demons caught in the act. But such blitzes belie the larger reality in most of Denver: Drivers who flout speed limits, blow through red lights, fail to obey stop signs or otherwise drive carelessly are much less likely to get pulled over by a police officer than they were a decade ago — at a time when fatal crashes have been going up, not down. Since 2009, as the traffic unit patrol staff has dwindled, the number of tickets filed each year in Denver County Court has dropped by nearly 45 percent, from about 145,000 back then to just under … [Read more...] about More people are dying on Denver’s roads as cops write far fewer traffic tickets
Fiona Kelliher Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 30, 2018 At the corner of Michigan Avenue and Casper Street on Detroit's west side, Cas Bar has been known for decades as a total dive — if you knew it at all. A tattered blue sign was the only real clue to its existence, alongside the beer ads wrapped around the brick storefront. Inside, bikers, working girls, old-timers with no other social life, hipsters and the three-toothed man who had lived down the street for 30 years lined the counter for Corona or Bud Light. Bartender Beverly Jo "Mama Jo" Sassin, 70, served in style: a “Golden Girls” pixie haircut, rotating floral tops and gold hoop earrings. You accepted her homemade cookies and advice, but if she told you to get out, you got out. "Drug dealers were scared of her," said one former patron. Her daughter, Amanda Mosed, stood by as a treasured deputy. Former wild-teen-turned mom, she was now 38 and a registered nurse … [Read more...] about How Detroit’s Cas Bar became center of retail fraud ring