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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.
TRAVEL
August 16, 1998
Airline customers are mad as hell, and they're just not taking it anymore--or are they? Only 417 travelers--about enough to fill a jumbo jet--responded last month to an online survey titled the "Air Traveler's Bill of Rights," launched with fanfare by the American Society of Travel Agents. That wasn't enough to get airline-by-airline ratings, and ASTA conceded it was disappointed. Still, a solid 66.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Networks, advertisers and tech start-ups have been trying to better engage consumers who increasingly play with their smartphones and tablets while watching TV. According to a TV industry study, they have a long way to go.  Companies have been putting out apps that let viewers vote during reality shows, participate in polls, play trivia games and comment on the episodes with other viewers, encouraging fans to participate along with the programs...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
For millions of U.S. consumers, one screen in the living room is not enough. A new study from KPMG finds that 60% of American television viewers are devoted multitaskers, watching TV and accessing the Internet at the same time. "We continue to see that multitasking is getting bigger and bigger," said Paul Wissmann, leader of KPMG's U.S. Media & Telecommunications practice. "It's getting to older generations as well, as there are more and more options in front of them. " IN CASE YOU MISSED IT  SAG 2013:   Winners  | Quotes  |  Photo Booth   |  Backstage  |  Best & Worst That has implications for network programmers and advertisers, which can no longer be sure which screen is drawing the viewer's eyes, Wissmann said.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Americans love Las Vegas -- and apparently are prepared to love it even more this year. Las Vegas topped the list of 14 cities that travelers say they most want to visit in 2014, according to a survey by an online travel website. Americans seem to favor big cities, at least one theme park destination (Orlando, Fla.) and beach cities, according to the findings of online travel website Hotwire . "Along with exercising or eating right, traveling more is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions," company president Henrik Kjellberg said in a statement Tuesday.  California was the only state to have three cities -- San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego -- make the cut. Besides Las Vegas , here's the rest of the most desirable destinations: 2. Honolulu 3. New York City 4. San Francisco 5. Orlando 6. Washington, D.C. 7. Miami 8. Los Angeles 9. New Orleans 10. San Diego 11. Chicago 12. Boston 13. Anchorage 14. Seattle Hotwire's average hotel prices in those cities include $181 in New York City and $59 in Orlando.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Super storm Sandy, the monster hurricane put a freeze on the nation's busiest airspace and stranded fliers across the country, especially in flood-stricken East Coast airports. Unfortunately, many of those marooned travelers were stuck in airports with lousy reputations for food, comfort and entertainment. In fact, the least desirable airports to be stuck in include Washington's Dulles International, Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International and New York's John F. Kennedy International, according to a new online survey by Misstravel.com, a dating site for frequent travelers.
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
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.
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.
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