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Entries by Janell Ross from 11/2011

Banks Extract Fees On Unemployment Benefits

Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

Out of work and living on a $189-a-week unemployment check, Rob Linville needs to watch every penny. Lately, he has been watching too many pennies dis...

Occupy Wall Street Group Looks For Financial System Fixes

Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

While weatherworn protesters continue to demonstrate in Zuccotti Park and prepare for winter, one arm of the Occupy Wall Street movement is debating a...

For Bank Of America, Debit Fees Extend To Unemployment Benefits

Posted 11.10.2011 | Business

CORDOVA, S.C.-- Shawana Busby does not seem like the sort of customer who would be at the center of a major bank's business plan. Out of work for much...

Occupy The Hood's National Effort Coordinated By Ife Johari Uhuru, Detroit Single Mom

Posted 11.16.2011 | Detroit

On Monday, Ife Johari Uhuru lifted the hood of one of her shop's high-intensity hair dryers and asked her client to take a seat. As soon as the woman ...

California's Welfare Families Paid Banks Millions In Fees For Public Assistance

Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

Rodney Robinson, a single father in Los Angeles, needs government help to pay his rent. But getting that help from the state of California involves sh...

Jobless Americans With Uncertain Unemployment Benefits Face An Uneasy Thanksgiving

Posted 11.24.2011 | Business

Most years, Thanksgiving dinner at Pauline Richter's house in Skokie, Ill., features the classic American tableau: turkey with all the trimmings, an a...

Oregon, U.S. Bank Agree To Eliminate Some Bank Fees For The Unemployed

Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

After nearly a month of negotiations, Oregon has reached an agreement with U.S. Bank to eliminate many of the fees the bank charges people to access t...

Florida, California Take Cut Of Bank Fees On Unemployment Benefits

Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

When Derrick Johnson visits the ATM in his Florida town to tap his jobless benefits, he regularly pays fees to the companies that administer the state...

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Elicits A Big Crowd And Long Waits

Posted 11.30.2011 | New York

New York -- Just before 8 p.m. -- and an hour after the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center began -- Gino Palacios stood at the southeast cor...