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Q&A: Where to research insurance carriers

Research insurance carriers

Citizens Insurance is our current policy carrier. I am looking for another insurer and have received several quotes from a couple of other insurers. Can you tell me how I can find information about these insurance companies?

Consumer columnist Ivan Penn, who has been covering the exodus of policies from Citizens to other new insurers in the state for the St. Petersburg Times, says you can check this Web site to see ratings information:

www.thestreet.com/screener/index.html?src= ratingsindex&tab=4

The state also has a Web site that has information on insurers:

www.floir.com/TakeoutCompanies.aspx

Another Web site for insurance information:

www.ambest.com/

The other Mark . . . 'Walberg'

Friends and I are confused. Are there two Mark Wahlbergs? Is one a movie actor and the other on Antiques Road Show?

There are two. One spells his name Wahlberg, and the other, Walberg. Actor-singer Mark Wahlberg, formerly known as Marky Mark, was in the boy band New Kids on the Block with his older brother Donnie. Wahlberg turned his life around after spending time in prison for assault and attempted murder. He is now a successful producer and movie star. He appeared in The Departed with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor, and is also a producer of the HBO series Entourage.

Mark L. Walberg is the host of the popular PBS program Antiques Road Show. He is known to audiences for his roles as host and talent on several game and reality shows including home-improvement competitions The Mansion and House Rules, and quiz shows Test the Nation and Russian Roulette.

O'Reilly wasn't in the military

Did Bill O'Reilly serve in the U.S. military?

Bill O'Reilly, 59, never served in the U.S. military. According to published reports, he received teaching and student deferments.

O'Reilly was a high school teacher for two years in Miami after graduating from Marist College in 1971. He says he later volunteered to be a military policeman for a fort in Brooklyn but was not asked to serve.

O'Reilly began his broadcasting career 26 years ago with CBS and ABC news. He became anchor of the nationally syndicated tabloid show Inside Edition in 1988. He joined Fox in 1996.

You know him as Lt. Tragg

We have been watching Perry Mason on DVD. Did Lt. Tragg have a first name?

According to The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present, it was Arthur.

Q&A: Where to research insurance carriers 12/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 4, 2008 3:30am]
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