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  • FTC warns hotels about 'drip pricing,' but is it enough?

    Consumers continue to get dinged and, worse, surprised by "resort" fees that often aren't quoted upfront in the hotel booking process. This one lump-sum fee often covers such items as phone calls, bottled water, Internet access, access to the pool or spa or other services that guests may or may not use. In September, two On the Spot columns dealt with those fees. When I contacted three consumer advocates who were active about the issue, they had just received a reply to a letter of complaint that they had sent to the Federal Trade Commission. In November, the FTC took more action, which is good news for consumers. But does it solve the problem?
  • More for Your Money: The quest for transparent airline fees

    More for Your Money: The quest for transparent airline fees
    If you think flying is tedious, try figuring out what your flight will cost. Fees for bags and optional services, such as seat selection, extra legroom, Internet access, onboard entertainment and other choices can plump up airfares by $100 or more. And...

    Aviation security hassles, weaknesses persist

    Aviation security hassles, weaknesses persist
    Major vulnerabilities persist in the decade since air travelers sacrificed convenience and privacy for the promise of heightened security in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, and the message from the government and security watchdogs is that there still ...

    Inside the PD: Final--Menchville 9, Hampton 5

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    Roger Jongewaard dies at 75; longtime baseball scout

    Roger Jongewaard dies at 75; longtime baseball scout
    Roger Jongewaard, a longtime baseball scout from Long Beach who presided over three No. 1 draft picks — Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez for the Seattle Mariners and Darryl Strawberry for the New York Mets — has died. He was 75. A...