Norwalk Transit will add a new commuter shuttle between the Metro-North South Norwalk Station and Norwalk Community College starting Monday, March 29. The shuttle, which will run along Connecticut Avenue, will operate weekdays during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Shuttles can be boarded on the eastbound side of the South Norwalk station or at designated stops along the route, including Norwalk Community Health Center, the Darinor Shopping Plaza and Wal-Mart.
Shuttle schedule and pricing can be found here.
Vertrue, a Norwalk company that billed itself locally as a good neighbor and supporter of the arts, has been found guilty of deceptive and unfair practices by an Iowa court. The fraud involved nearly half a million Iowa residents and $36 million in revenue. "Our jaws dropped, too, when we discovered the numbers," said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who filed the lawsuit.
Vertrue, an Internet marketing company, sold buying club "memberships" costing $9.95 to $19.95 a month, with charges usually being made to consumers' credit cards or bank accounts. The memberships entitled consumers to discounts on books, music, and other products. But according to Miller, who sued Vertrue under Iowa's Consumer Fraud Act, the company enrolled consumers and charged their credit cards without consent. "We alleged Vertrue's illegal sales practices resulted in a vast number of Iowans' credit cards being charged, sometimes repeatedly, for memberships most of the Iowans didn't even know they had and never used."
Polk County District Court Judge Robert A. Hutchison ruled Vertrue used deceptive and unfair practices to enroll Iowans in 863,970 buying club memberships over 20years. Iowa's attorney general will seek restitution for consumers and penalties for the company.
I just don't know what to say. On the one hand, GM's newest concept car, unveiled today in Shanghai, is unique and futuristic and if one was in my driveway, I'd be anxious to get in and try it. On the other hand, I think I'd be pretty uncomfortable taking it out in public -- down to Caffeine for a cuppa joe, say. I'm certain, though, for better or worse, it'd get a few stares.
GM calls the two-seater the EN-V, for "Electric Networked Vehicle." Its mission? "To alleviate concerns surrounding traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for tomorrow's cities," according to GM. The battery-operated rigs have built in GPS, a range of about 40 kilometers on one charge, and some sort of wireless connection so you can message your friends to get a table at the restaurant so they won't see you arrive in this. I feel like you'd have to step out and speak in a robot voice, wouldn't you?
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