- - Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Best Buy settles overcharging claims

HARTFORD | Best Buy Co. Inc. has settled a Connecticut lawsuit that accused it of advertising lower prices on some items on its website than at in-store kiosks, then overcharging customers at the stores.

The consumer electronics retailer did not admit wrongdoing as part of the 2007 lawsuit’s settlement, filed Monday in Hartford Superior Court.

It agreed to pay $399,000 to Connecticut’s government general fund and reimburse affected customers for the difference between the online prices and the higher in-store kiosk prices they were charged.

The number of customers and amount to which they might be entitled was not known Tuesday, but the company agreed to post information on the doors of each Connecticut store for potential claimants.


Official: Gunman killed at school meeting

PANAMA CITY | A gunman was fatally shot by a security guard at a school board meeting Tuesday after he walked up to a podium, spray-painted a red “V” with a circle around it and began firing, a school official said.

Bay District spokeswoman Karen Tucker said former police officer Mike Jones, the head of the school district’s security, shot the gunman as he confronted board members. Mr. Jones is also a former board member, she said.

There were no other injuries. The gunman’s name has not been released.

Reporter Daniel Carson of the Panama City News Herald was at the meeting and said the man didn’t appear agitated while sitting in the back of the room.

Mr. Carson and other reporters said the man came to the podium and began talking, perhaps cursing. He pulled out a can of red spray paint and painted the “V” with a circle around it on a wall.

The man then pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and told everyone to leave except the male members of the board, Mr. Carson said. School board member Ginger Littleton hit the gunman with her purse, and he appeared to push her to the ground, Mr. Carson and other reporters said. He then started firing randomly.

It appeared that Mr. Jones had entered through another door and shot the gunman in the head.

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