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Mailbag for Friday, June 29, 2007

Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell | Jun 29, 2007
This week, economics editor Chris Farrell offers us advice on getting out of a timeshare and participating in a debt-managing program.

Day in the Work Life: Immigration lawyer

| Jun 29, 2007
Congress turned down an immigration reform bill yet again. While the debate rages on, some newcomers continue their journey into citizenship with a little help.
Posted In: Jobs

Summer school: Federal funds rate

| Jun 29, 2007
It may be summer, but school's still in session over here. This week, Greg McBride of teaches us all we need to know about the federal funds rate - and why it affects us.
Posted In: Economy

The changing face of investor lawsuits

Tess Vigeland | Jun 29, 2007
A recent Supreme Court case said an investor's lawsuit could only go forward if there was compelling evidence of the company's intent to rip them off. Tess Vigeland talks to Berkeley law professor Eric Talley about what this could mean for investors.
Posted In: Investing

Finance 101 for the Latino community

| Jun 29, 2007
Growing up in the U.S., you may feel more at ease using cash machines and online banking. But for many adult Latino immigrants, learning how to use these financial tools can be complicated. So parents are getting a little help from their kids.

The joys of a paid sabbatical

Jeff Tyler | Jun 29, 2007
It may be rare, but there are companies in the U.S. that offer their employees extended time off with pay. If you don't get a sabbatical, why not ask for one? Jeff Tyler explores how.

Fed issues new lending guidelines

Jill Barshay | Jun 29, 2007
The Federal Reserve today put out a set of guidelines for subprime mortage lenders. The only thing is, the "standards" are voluntary. So, what's the point? Jill Barshay reports.

More than one way to diversify schools

John Dimsdale | Jun 29, 2007
The Supreme Court put a scare into supporters of affirmative action when it ruled public schools can't assign students based on race alone. But school districts are already trying other methods, such as family income. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Crime

For now, bloom stays on Ecuador's rose

| Jun 29, 2007
A trade deal with several South American countries expires tomorrow. But President Bush is expected to sign an eight-month extension -- which would be a rosy deal for a country like Ecuador. Mary Stucky reports.

Will new contract rules help small biz?

Steve Tripoli | Jun 29, 2007
Small businesses are supposed to get 23% of federal government contracts. Yet, big companies have been winning some of those jobs. New rules take effect tomorrow that are intended to change that. Steve Tripoli reports.