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Business News Archive - February 16, 2007

By Dave Lieber, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Feb. 16--Keeping a sharp eye on AT&T. Open government expands in Texas education. Troubled travel company has new owners. And advice to deal with home-repair contractors. Today we share a slew of Watchdog mini-stories.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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