Julie Watts

Formerly Obese Still Plagued By Loose Skin As Insurers Look AwayShe exercised, dieted and lost 150 pounds. Now a woman is fighting to get rid of something else -- the folds of loose skin that hang from her body.
SF Residents Battle Wireless Firms Over Super Bowl Building BoomSuper Bowl 50 is expected to draw a million cellphone-packing visitors to San Francisco. Wireless providers are racing to beef up service and that's coming at the expense of some unhappy residents.
Pottery Barn Backtracks On Gender-Specific Backpack DesignationsPottery Barn is backtracking on a policy that prevented shoppers from ordering "boy" patches on "girl" backpacks.
How To Freeze Your Kid's Credit - From A Mom Who Wouldn't Accept "No"Parenting paranoia is a job hazard of the investigative reporter. Case in point: My years of reporting on ID theft has me terrified of the threat, especially for my daughter. Children are particularly attractive targets because crooks know that kids' social security numbers are a blank slate and they likely won't be applying for credit for 18+ years. That leaves plenty of time for crooks to target and destroy their credit before anyone figures it out.
Foreign Call Center Workers Ask For Social Security Numbers Without Giving Their Own IdentitiesAs advised by the countless ID theft experts I've interviewed, I hesitate to reveal my SSN to anyone unless it's absolutely necessary, even to my doctor.
California Lawmakers Demand Change To EDD Practice Of Putting Social Security Numbers On DocumentsLawmakers from both sides of the aisle are coming together following a report that revealed the state is putting millions at risk for identity theft by printing full social security numbers on documents being mailed.
Avoid Harmful Chemicals In Your Kids' Sunscreens - What To Look ForI must have looked like That Mom. You know the one in the store aisle, face buried in her iPhone while the 6-month old chews a teether in the stroller and the dog-child rests in the basket underneath. Except in my case, rather than “liking” a photo or working my way to the next level of Candy Crush, I was caught in a moment of #NewsMom stress, furiously cross checking the ingredients on the backs of baby sunscreen bottles.
Building Inspectors Extra Busy After Deadly Berkeley Deck CollapseBuilding inspectors are extra busy following a deadly deck collapse in Berkeley that sent 13 people plunging to the ground.
Why I Declared Our Bedroom A Wireless-Free ZoneI admit it. I let my 2-year old play with my cell phone, and yes, that same cell phone sits charging on my bedside table all night, just a couple feet from her crib and my head.
California Man's Tax Refund Garnished Over Parking Ticket For Someone Else's CarA California man’s state tax refund was heavily garnished over a parking ticket from a city he’s never been to, for a car he’s never owned.
Internet Users Unknowingly Connect To Xfinity Public Wi-Fi, Become Vulnerable To HackersKPIX 5 ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts discovered that Xfinity public WiFi may automatically connect you to its public network without your knowledge, even at home.
Do I Really Need To Buy Organic Every Time?I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're as "left" as left coast gets. So as a Bay Area #NewsMom, it likely goes without saying that I try to feed my kid as much organic produce as possible. But just like everything else in the Bay Area, buying organic is expensive. Organic produce can cost almost 50% more!
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