Monthly Archives: November 2009

Hate crimes and how they affect all of us

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Hate crimes are criminal acts perpetrated against people, organizations or property because of the group to which the victim is perceived to belong.  This group is usually defined by race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation but can also include  disability, ethnicity, age or polititical affiliation.

On October 28, 2009, President Obama expanded the federal hate crimes law by signing a law that makes it a federal crime to assault an individual because of sexual orientation or gender identity.  More than 77,000 hate-crime incidents were reported between 1998-2007, according to the FBI.  While hate crimes are prosecuted at the federal level, … Read More

Finding Unclaimed Property

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Each year millions of dollars of unclaimed property are turned over to state offices by businesses. Unclaimed property can include cash, stocks, bonds, securities, and can originate from places such as bank accounts, utility and phone company deposits, uncashed payroll checks, and safe deposit boxes. Most property is considered abandoned after three years. All states and some counties and cities have offices such as treasury departments or departments of revenue that handle such property. These governmental agencies have databases where this unclaimed property may be searched by the public. These databases are free to use and are most often searchable … Read More