Friday, July 07, 2006

Now Hear This, The Fats of Life, -and- Show Me the Money

Now Hear This - lightning strikes teenager listening to iPod
The Fats of Life - man offers to mow lawns for free to lose weight
Show Me the Money - ATM thieves thwarted by GPS

On this day in history: July 7, 1970 - 46 people are shot dead in the downtown area during a five-day race riot in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Cingular Wireless Corp. promised to provide uninterrupted service to AT&T Wireless customers when it acquired that company in 2004, but instead it nickel-and-dimed them and degraded their reception in an effort to persuade them to sign new contracts, a federal lawsuit said.

The lawsuit, which alleges breach of contract and violations of consumer protection laws, seeks class-action status on behalf of the more than 20 million customers AT&T Wireless had at the time of the merger. Many paid $18 "transfer" fees to switch to Cingular plans and were required to buy new phones or pay other fees, said the complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.