November 10, 2009 |
Despite airfares and hotel rates that are among the lowest in over a decade, more recession-battered travelers will forgo the airports, hit the freeways and stay with family and friends to save money during the upcoming holiday season. This Thanksgiving, the number of passengers traveling by air nationwide will be down 4% from last year, according to a report released Monday by the Air Transport Assn., a trade group that represents the nation's leading airlines. The group attributes the drop to declining demand despite air fares that, according to its report, are at the lowest levels since 1998.
December 22, 2010 |
Mary Hopp has firm beliefs about her role as a gift-giver to her seven grandchildren. Money deposited into their 529 savings plans for college? Absolutely, on every birthday. Money frittered away buying them trinkets, gadgets or (heaven forbid) cars? Not on your life. Every Christmas, the grandchildren ? ranging in age from 5 to 16 ? receive books. "I don't think I should be looked at as a bank," said Hopp, 68, who lives in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Her contributions to the so-called grandparent economy are carefully considered yet generous ?
November 22, 2009 |
The holidays burst upon us every year with a veneer of joyousness, yet that bubbling of good cheer masks a series of rather dire seasonal warnings: Don't eat too many rich, fatty foods; don't drink to excess; don't forsake your exercise routine; and, for goodness sake, get some sleep. Does it surprise anyone that even the sensible among us choose to ignore that advice? That we stuff ourselves with sweets, down too much spiked egg nog, skip every personal training appointment, stay out until all hours -- and then fall into bed without brushing our teeth?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 |
Authorities from across Los Angeles County have arrested 2,268 people for driving under the influence during the holiday season, according to a report released Thursday. The drunk-driving crackdown involved about 100 law enforcement agencies and stretched from Dec. 13 to New Year's Day, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The 2,268 arrests is up 100 from a year ago when authorities conducted a similar campaign for 19 days. This year, officers made arrests at sobriety checkpoints, special saturation patrols and on routine patrols in the county over the 20-day span.