Patt Morrison for Friday, June 19, 2009

The (Nasty) Surprise Waiting in your 401(k)

As pensions die out and workers are forced to rely on 401(k) investment plans for retirement, it can quickly become confusing to keep track of exactly how much you're paying to manage your funds. A bill designed to bring transparency to hidden fees of 401(k) plans has just passed a House subcommittee but has an uncertain fate. How closely are you watching your retirement?
Today is Juneteenth, commemorating the end of the Civil War and the release of African Americans from slavery. So it's fitting that yesterday the Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for slavery. But could the non-binding and purely symbolic resolution anger people more than make them feel better - especially since the resolution dismisses any form of reparations?

Trash Scavengers

It's the night before garbage pick-up day and scavengers are cherry-picking valuable cans and bottles from your trash bin—is it a nuisance that's taking revenue from local government or a comment on a wasteful society? Santa Ana residents say nuisance and they’re locking their trash up to stop it.
The U.S. ordered a new anti-missile system for Hawaii to deter North Korea from test-firing a long-range missile across the Pacific. We check in for the latest in tense relations.

Mandatory Safe Porn?

Two weeks ago, an anonymous porn star tested positive for HIV but proceeded to work. Now there may be as many as 16 HIV cases on the adult film circuit and AIDS Healthcare Foundation is calling for mandatory condom use on all adult film sets. But even actors are resisting the idea—should condoms be mandatory?
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