March 3, 2010 |
Since she was hired two years ago as a medical assistant, Jennifer Simonsis has come to an agreement with her employer: During the winter, she gets time off to see her doctor, frequent breaks and help in setting up a light-therapy lamp at her desk. Simonsis gets workplace accommodations for seasonal affective disorder, or SAD -- depression triggered by limited daylight in winter. Pointing to a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against the disabled, some SAD sufferers say they are entitled to schedule changes, access to windows and other modifications.
November 15, 2012 |
Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday announced two safety recalls for its flagship Prius hybrid and a separate agreement to pay $25.5 million to settle a shareholder lawsuit related to its sudden acceleration problems. In one recall, the automaker said the steering intermediate extension shafts in 670,000 Prius cars sold in the U.S. need to be inspected and in some cases replaced. In the second recall, 350,000 of those hybrids also will have to have their electric water pumps replaced.
November 16, 2013 |
Now that voters have rejected a plan to save the Houston Astrodome, a marvel of engineering muscle and space-age glamour and easily the city's most important building, it would be easy to conclude that modern architecture has a major image problem in this country. That idea is underscored by the sad fate of Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, a striking clover-shaped concrete tower designed by Bertrand Goldberg that Northwestern University has begun demolishing to make room for a $370-million biomedical research center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2010 |
City and Fire Department officials face opposition from organized labor and some City Council members over a proposal to contract out billing and collections for the Los Angeles Fire Department's emergency medical services. The proposed outsourcing of collections is bundled with a popular initiative to move to electronic collection of medical data by the Fire Department's emergency medical services unit. The proposal would give paramedics hand-held tablet computers on which they would input patient medical information at the scene of an emergency, eliminating the current system of hand-printed forms that department staff called cumbersome and prone to transcription errors.
June 9, 2010 |
General Motors Co. will pay out as much as $150 million to owners of vehicles that are being recalled because it can't fix a flaw in the system that squirts heated cleaning fluid on the windshield. In one of the largest recalls this year, GM said Tuesday that it was recalling about 1.5 million vehicles, including certain Cadillac and Buick sedans as well as several sport utility vehicles, because the problem could cause the vehicles to catch on fire. The recall of many 2006 to 2009 model-year vehicles will involve disabling the heating mechanism and paying $100 to the owner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2012 |
The flood channel near Interstate 10 has been scarred by hundreds of graffiti tags and, like a wound that never heals, treated countless times with drab paint. Beneath the layers of beige and gray are jagged markings that dominate San Bernardino Police Sgt. Dwight Waldo's world. He has tracked them for two decades - chasing taggers through back alleys, recovering hundreds of weapons from their hangouts and memorizing, then forgetting, more than 5,000 tags. What many in law enforcement once viewed as petty vandalism, mostly the work of teens with spray cans, early on became something more to Waldo.
August 16, 2009
Weekly survey of 20 Orange and L.A. County lenders as of 8/12/2009 Loans to $417,000 Week ended 8/12/2009 Week ended 8/5/2009 Week ended 2/11/2009 30-year fixed 5.52%+0.26pt 5.38%+0.28pt 5.35%+0.36pt 15-year fixed 4.96%+0.23pt 4.87%+0.33pt 5.08%+0.41pt $417,000 and up 30-year fixed 6.23%+0.47pt 6.25%+0.43pt 6.60%+0.35pt 15-year fixed 5.81%+0.44pt 5.88%+0.38pt 6.09%+0.39pt Home equity lines 5.31% 5.31% 4.82% Home equity loans 9.02% 9.02% 8.87% 6-month LIBOR 0.87% 0.91% 1.73% 1-year Treasury 0.49% 0.49% 0.54% 6-month Treasury 0.29% 0.26% 0.41% 6-month CD 0.45% 0.48% 1.76% Prime rate 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 11th District cost of funds 6/2009 5/2009 12/2008 1.599% 1.832% 2.757% Compiled by HSH Associates, Financial Publishers; www.hsh.