March 14, 2014 |
Looking for a job as a bud-tender? Get in line. A marijuana-industry job fair in Colorado saw a massive turnout Thursday of job seekers who waited in line for information about employment in the expanding industry following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state. More than a dozen companies were looking for candidates to fill jobs as bud-tenders (those who work behind the counter and dispense pot), marketers, marijuana trimmers and even accountants. Some prospective candidates came from as far away as California and New Mexico hoping to nab a coveted job. The fair's organizers had expected a turnout of about 700 people, the Denver Post reported . But by some estimates, the number was more like 1,200. The state is experiencing an economic boom as companies rush to meet growing demand.
March 13, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Saying it's “just fair” for more Americans to earn overtime pay, President Obama on Thursday directed the Labor Department to come up with new rules to expand the number of workers eligible. Before sitting down to sign a presidential memorandum to “modernize” work rules, Obama told a crowd gathered at the White House that the current standards are no longer adequate. Many workers in the U.S. earn roughly an hourly wage but don't qualify for overtime because they're designated as management.
March 13, 2014 |
Remember "the Princeton Mom," who made a pariah of herself last year when she exhorted marriage-minded college women not to graduate without securing future husbands along with their diplomas? She's back in the media gestalt. She's back in the way that people often come back after they make such splashes, with a book that didn't need to be written, though you can't really blame them for writing it (when you're an Internet scourge, you might as well take a publisher's money and run). Susan Patton is her name, and the book, "Marry Smart," is essentially a 200-plus page version of a letter, printed in the Princeton student newspaper, that started it all . In it, Patton inveighed against female students who were too busy thinking about their studies and their careers to look for future husbands among their classmates: "You will never again have this concentration of men who are worthy of you," she wrote.
March 12, 2014 |
A project that could point the way to a new class of drugs to treat influenza won the top prize Tuesday night at the Intel Science Talent Search, netting 17-year-old Eric S. Chen a cool $100,000. Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, combined chemistry, biology and computer modeling to find compounds capable of blocking an enzyme called endonuclease, which the flu virus needs to spread. Despite taking home the grand prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair and the top individual honor at the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology , Chen said he didn't expect to come in first at the Intel competition . “I had no idea I was going to win,” Chen told his hometown newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, after the awards were announced in Washington, D.C. “If I had placed between fifth and 10th, I would have been incredibly happy.” Chen has worked in the lab of Rommie Amaro , an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, since the summer of 2012.
March 3, 2014 |
While the location of Graydon Carter's famous Vanity Fair Oscar party changed Sunday for the first time in five years, the abundance of A-list celebrities attending the bash did not. Winners from nearly every category, including Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o and Alfonso Cuarón could be found in high spirits, most clutching tightly onto their Oscars. The exclusive party, in past years held at the Sunset Tower, moved to a parking lot on the south side of West Hollywood's Sunset Plaza, the main tent offering sweeping views of the city from one side and a wall lined with portraits of past Oscar winners on another side.
March 1, 2014 |
The event: Vanity Fair, in conjunction with Chrysler, saluted writer/director David O. Russell and the cast of his film “American Hustle” on Thursday at Ago Restaurant in West Hollywood. The event was part of the magazine's Campaign Hollywood, a weeklong celebration leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards. The crowd: Up for 10 Academy Awards, “American Hustle” was well-represented by actors Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, Paul Herman and Elisabeth Rohm, writer Eric Warren Singer and producers Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven and Richard Suckle.