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How to Cook a Cattle Head

Sorry, you'll have to indulge me for a second. On Friday, the USDA announced that a Kansas beef packer was recalling cattle heads because the tonsils had not been removed from all of them. The tonsils are removed to reduce the risk of mad cow. Despite the tonsil situation, there is an extremely low risk of any human illness resulting from this particular set of cattle heads because the cattle were all younger than 30 months old. Anyhow, the mad cow part was not what got my attention. What grabbed me was the cattle head part! I figured it had...


By Annys Shin | April 8, 2008; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Check It Out

The Checkout is live once again after nearly a year's hiatus! If you're wondering how any self-respecting consumer blogger could go MIA for most of the Year of Recalls, I've got a good excuse: our daughter. She decided to arrive a week early as I was sitting in a jury box down at the Moultrie courthouse. (If you ever doubted the District of Columbia's eagerness for jurors, just ask the D.C. Superior Court judge who put a nearly nine-months pregnant woman on a jury for a trial that was supposed to last a week!) I've been back part time since...


By Annys Shin | February 7, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

So Long for Now

I've often mentioned in recent months that I'm having a baby, and she's now arrived. Ida Sophia Steinberg was born at 2:58 a.m. this morning, weighing in at 5 pounds 13 ounces. So, I'm leaving you and this blog for six months. Six months! I know. It seems like a long time, but I'm told it will go by fast. Since taking over from Caroline Mayer last September, I've learned a lot from readers. In fact, what I've found is that the readers of this blog are deeply versed in many of the subjects I've touched on. You're also the...


By Annys Shin | March 1, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (18)

My Name is Annys

This marks my first appearance as the voice behind The Checkout. A brief introduction: I come to the consumer beat after covering a motley assortment of topics for the business section, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Dan Snyder's proxy fight for Six Flags Inc. and local media companies. (In case you're wondering, Annys is pronounced ANN-is, like Janice without the J. It's from a name dictionary--a last minute substitution for Peter.) If you're faithful readers of this blog, you know that I have some big shoes to fill. Caroline--we're all on a first-name basis here in blog land, aren't...


By Annys Shin | September 11, 2006; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

This Clerk's Last Sale at The Checkout

It's time for me to check out from The Checkout. This blog will continue--under the very able hands of Annys Shin, who has also taken over the consumer beat at The Washington Post. As a Post reporter, Annys has wrestled some pretty tough alligators, including Dan Snyder and Fannie Mae, so her armor's already tough enough to take on all the consumer issues that come at us. As for me, I've had a great time at The Checkout. From the very first day the blog launched last January, you've been great readers, and I've enjoyed chatting with you. I've...


By | September 8, 2006; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (7)

The Bye Out

Today is a momentous day for me. I know it's trite, but today is truly the first day of the rest of my life. Why? Yesterday, after 25 years at The Washington Post, I retired. Well, sort of. This blog will continue. I'm taking advantage of an attractive early retirement/buy-out offer that the Post has offered scores of longtime newsroom employees. Nearly 70 people accepted (see the story by Frank Ahrens). It was a tough decision, because I loved my job at the newspaper. I love ferreting out misdoings and helping others steer clear of financial traps and misdeeds. And...


By | June 2, 2006; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (10)


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