Local matchmaking service customers are calling a waste of money

DENVER — Elizabeth Young first saw ads for It’s Just Lunch in airplane magazines.

After not having luck with other online dating apps, Young, a 41-year-old school counselor, said she decided to write a check to It’s Just Lunch Denver. It cost Young $2,700 for a lifetime membership and then a fee of roughly $90 per month.

The dating service sells itself as an elite international matching service that has offices across the country, including in Denver.

“What they say is ‘It’s Just Lunch is the world’s No. 1 personal matchmaking service. It’s personal, it’s private, it’s convenient, it’s real.’

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Laurens County women found with stolen mail, packages and personal information, deputies say

Two Upstate women were found in a car with stolen mail and packages as well as a binder full of personal information from multiple people, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Kayla Rae Bradberry and Patricia Ann Harvey were pulled over at 2 a.m. Sunday, deputies said. Bradberry was charged with trafficking in meth, 41 counts of petit larceny and seven counts of receiving stolen goods.Harvey was charged with possession of meth.Deputies said they pulled over a vehicle on Fairview Road for a defective tag light and failure to stop for a stop sign. The driver of the vehicle … Read More

Hedge Fund Reaches a Deal to Buy Tribune Publishing

The newspaper business has struggled for most of the 21st century as the rise of digital media has cut deeply into the revenue once generated by print advertising and newsstand sales. At the same time, Facebook and Google have grabbed a huge chunk of digital ad revenue, effectively blocking the industry from one of its traditional sources of cash.

Roughly a quarter of the newspapers in the United States, most of them weeklies, were shut down between 2004 and 2019, while about 50 percent of newspaper jobs were eliminated. Hedge funds, however, see newspapers as a potential bargain. With a

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3 Signs Your Business Is Making A Positive Difference (And How To Adjust If It’s Not)

Making a living is one thing — making a positive difference in the world is another. Or is it? More and more often, today’s entrepreneurs are finding ways to make a positive impact on society through their business. Sure, they’re still working hard to make sales, but at the same time, they’re focused on something bigger than themselves.

While addressing poverty in your local community or trying to save the planet are certainly worthy causes, these are far from the only ways you can make a positive difference with your business. In fact, the

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AIG profit falls on catastrophes, travel insurance and COVID impact

Insurance conglomerate American International Group Inc.’s net income swung to a loss on mark-to-market adjustments in hedging programs primarily for certain products sold by its life-insurance unit.

The company’s closely watched adjusted income fell 10% in the fourth quarter, hurt by additional COVID-19 costs.

Across the life-insurance industry, Wall Street analysts treat such mark-to-market movements as a less important measure of performance than adjusted earnings, which exclude items considered nonrecurring. The value of the hedges jump around based on changes in interest

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Overcoming financial hardship to buy a home

“Millions of Americans, through no fault of their own, found themselves experiencing financial insecurity in 2020 due to the pandemic,” Tai Christensen, director of government affairs at CBC Mortgage Agency in South Jordan, Utah, wrote in an email. “For those who have recovered and regained job security, the financial setbacks from last year need not be a hindrance to a real estate purchase in 2021.”

But Christensen points out that prospective buyers will face some additional challenges and need to be prepared for homeownership.

Mortgage lenders understand that many people were hurt financially by the pandemic, Paul Buege, president and

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