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ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sure, it featured one of the most star-studded ensembles in the history of comic book movies. And yes, it took in more box-office dollars than any other movie in 2012. But Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" can now also boast another, less noble distinction: the most overrated film of the year. According to more than 2,600 respondents to a Times online survey Joss Whedon's get-the-band-together take on the iconic superheroes was the most overpraised feature film of 2012. The sometimes-quippy, sometimes-geeky save-the-world-fest garnered a whopping 85% of the votes, besting by a wide margin the next-closest film, Ridley' Scott's sci-fi actioner “Prometheus,” which drew just under 5%. Best of 2012:   Movies  |  TV  |  Pop music  |  Jazz  |  Video Games  |  Art  |  Theater  |  Dance  |  Classical music Of course, big money tends to come with a big backlash.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
An L.A. Unified program to serve breakfast in the classroom to make sure students don't start school hungry has increased pests, created messes and cut down on instructional time, according to a teacher survey released Monday. In an online survey conducted last month, United Teachers Los Angeles found that more than half of 729 respondents disliked the program but would support it if sanitation and time issues were resolved. More than half said that they have seen an increase in bugs and rodents in their classrooms, and that it takes an average of 30 minutes to set up the breakfast, feed the students and clean up. In a video posted on YouTube by the union, Anne Zerrien-Lee of Esperanza Elementary School said the daily breakfast takes up to 45 minutes of classroom time, causing her to cut out a “book exploration” activity.
HEALTH
November 3, 2003 | Jane E. Allen
Eating at your desk could make you sick. A new survey from the American Dietetic Assn. has found that nearly a third of those who bring their lunch to the office don't refrigerate it. Worse still, about four-fifths of them leave their lunch at room temperature for more than three hours -- ample time for those leftovers, salads, fish dishes or meat-and-cheese sandwiches to go bad. And although office parties allow co-workers to share some fun, they may also be sharing the spoilage.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The confirmation has arrived. Tablet owners do describe themselves as self-important know-it-alls. Nearly seven in 10 tablet owners say they are more knowledgeable about current events than their friends, compared to nearly five in 10 non-tablet owners, according to an online survey by Wakefield Research. A greater percentage of tablet owners also said they have pretended to know about a news story to impress someone else -- 52% versus 27%.  The survey also found that half of women and a third of men have cried to mourn a celebrity's death.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Despite the fear of identity theft and threats from computer viruses, the use of public wireless Internet has jumped by 240% in the last 12 months, a new survey has found. The top log-in sites were coffee shops and restaurants (75%), hotels (54%) and airports (38%), according to an online survey of 377 people by the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center in partnership with Private Wifi, a firm that develops online protection software. Still, Internet users are aware of the risks of using public Wi-Fi.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Chris Erskine
Here's something to ponder as Labor Day approaches: Los Angeles workers leave the highest percentage of their total employer-provided vacation time unused: 35%. By comparison, Boston workers let only 16% of their vacation days go unused. That's according to a new survey of America's 10 largest cities released this week by private destination club Inspirato . In all cities except Boston and Philadelphia, the majority of employees do not use all of their vacation time. San Francisco workers leave 32% of their total vacation days on the table, second only to L.A.'s 35%. Among America's 10 largest cities, the study found residents of Washington, D.C., were the most likely to take a vacation over the last five years while Chicagoans were the least likely.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
When you travel for business, you might work hard and live a clean life, but most people suspect you are drinking, cheating on your spouse and stuffing your face with fatty food. That's the conclusion of an online survey of more than 2,000 adults taken by Harris Interactive on behalf of On24 Inc., a San Francisco-based Web casting and virtual events company. The survey found that 94% of those surveyed said “bad behaviors” take place among people who travel to business trade shows and conventions.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
What do you want from your library? The L.A. Public Library wants to know. In a brief -- very brief -- online survey, the library asks for your thoughts about the library and its future. The survey is available in English and Spanish . The Los Angeles Public Library was founded in 1872 and has 72 branches. It has an annual circulation of 18 million materials in 29 languages.  The first woman to head the city's library was Mary Foy , who served from 1880-84; she later became better known as a campaginer for women's rights.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The world's largest hotel company is giving its guests free Internet access. But there is a catch. U.K.-based Intercontinental Hotel Group, which includes such brands as Holiday Inn, Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza hotels, said guests will get free Internet at all of IHG's 4,600 hotels in more than 100 countries by joining its newly renamed loyalty reward program, IHG Rewards Club. To join, members must submit an email and a business or home address, which can be shared with third-party businesses.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The addition of airline bag fees several years ago created another travel annoyance: people who cram all of their travel necessities into carry-on bags to avoid the fees. United Airlines recently began a crackdown on those passengers. And it seems that many fliers agree with United. Nearly half of recent fliers who were questioned said they support United's crackdown, according to an online survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by the London-based research company YouGov.
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