The Daily Populous

Friday December 28th, 2018 evening edition

image for More than 41,000 public service workers sought federal student loan forgiveness. The government approved just 206.

When Daniel Cuciak went online this month to check his student loan balance, his first reaction was disbelief.

Federal data released this week show that 41,000 people applied under the new Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 allows the government to forgive student loans for graduates who commit to work in public service: military, law enforcement, education, social work, public health and other fields.

Opinion: Feds say they'll forgive your student loan, but almost no one actually benefits.

But one reason he stayed in a job at a community-based counseling service, he said, was the hope of loan forgiveness.

The union joined in lawsuits against student loan servicers and investigations into the Department of Education.

"The latest numbers confirm just how insidious and flagrant the Department of Education’s mismanagement and industry abuses have become.". »

Finally, US hospitals will have to post their prices online

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Hospitals in the US are known for charging exorbitant fees for simple procedures, and for adding baffling entries to discharge bills.

On Jan. 1, a new regulation takes effect requiring hospitals to post the prices of their services online.

Patients will be hard pressed to discern whether a hospital’s price is fair, and listed prices won’t be indicative of what’s covered by insurance. »

TIL that Theodore Roosevelt --a successful boxer at Harvard, got into a bar fight after a man called him 'four eyes' in reference to his spectacles and suggested he pay for drinks. The man held two guns and told Roosevelt to "set up the drinks." Roosevelt knocked him out and took away his guns.

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Roosevelt never specified the exact date of the event, but the incident likely occurred in the summer of 1884.

That year, Roosevelt was still relatively unknown in the area and grieving the loss of his wife and mother earlier that year.

There, he encountered a bully who, like others had done who did not know Roosevelt well, teased him about his glasses. »