March 12, 2012 |
Baby boomers' snoring has breathed life into the sales of mouth pieces, clips, strips, nose sprays and specialized mattresses. Now home builders have heard the roar. A so-called snore room is the latest offering from Del Webb, which builds communities for people 55 and older. Buyers whose marriages are plagued by a spouse who snorts, grunts and wheezes while he or she sleeps can opt for an adaptable bedroom plan marketed as the "owners retreat" at Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio.
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January 9, 2012 |
Like many other spouses of undocumented immigrants, Gina Pope constantly worries that her husband suddenly could be deported and that she would be left to raise their two children by herself. Pope, a U.S. citizen, wants to apply for him to get a green card but knows that would mean his traveling to his native Peru, with the risk of not returning for months or years. Now, after more than a decade of waiting for the immigration rules to change, Pope is cautiously optimistic that her husband, who owns a residential construction business and has a temporary work permit, may finally be able to become a legal resident.
December 28, 2011 |
A decorated American soldier — an Iraq war hero secretly turned terrorist — falls into a reckless affair with the CIA agent who's set on exposing him on Showtime's hit drama, "Homeland. " Principal players on CBS' "The Good Wife," the CW's "Ringer," ABC's "Revenge," Starz's "Boss" and AMC's zombie drama, "The Walking Dead," have sex outside their marriages, and no one on FX's "American Horror Story" can keep his pants on. Even "New Girl," a Fox comedy, wouldn't be the "new girl" in an apartment with three strangers if her boyfriend hadn't cheated.
October 17, 2011 |
In another black eye for the Screen Actors Guild pension and health plans, a former executive who blew the whistle on his boss for allegedly steering business to family members was himself involved in directing fund money to his spouse's marketing company, fund records show. Craig Simmons, the former human resources director at SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans who was fired in March, arranged to have the fund hire his husband's marketing company, Fortress Communications, to help develop a campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the plans, according to internal invoices and emails from the plans obtained by The Times.
October 13, 2011 |
Couples who rank money and things as important might be worse off in their relationships than those who aren't as materialistic, a study finds. Researchers discovered that it may be true what they say: Money can't buy happiness. They surveyed 1,734 married couples across the U.S. about their attitudes toward relationship values and issues such as materialism, compassion, communication and the importance of marriage. Among the participants, 58.7% had either high or low levels of materialism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2011 |
Should government agencies pick up the meal costs when spouses of elected officials attend out-of-town meetings and conferences? A Southeast Los Angeles County water district did just that, to the tune of several thousand dollars. In explaining a policy change two years ago, a staffer for the Central Basin Municipal Water District wrote in an internal email that spouses "help bring a different atmosphere to the business discussions between directors and other guests. " The staffer acknowledged that the policy could result in "questioning by reporters and auditors on these types of reimbursements.
June 14, 2011 |
Here’s some breaking news: A study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Sleep Medicine Institute has found that wives can be grumpy with their husbands if they don't get a good night’s sleep. Perhaps future research can determine whether husbands tend to hog the covers, whether the other side of the pillow is in fact cooler or whether the setting sun has some effect on darkness. The researchers likely could have made the same discovery by simply talking to anyone who has ever been married.
May 5, 2011 |
Spouses tend to share various symptoms and physical limitations and are influenced by each other's health problems, according to a new study. Researchers studied emotional and physical medical histories of more than 1,700 older couples over a 15-year period. The participants were age 76 to 90 and most had been married for several decades. The study showed that functional limitations in one spouse -- not being able to walk up stairs, for example -- could trigger depression in both spouses.
April 27, 2011 |
Seth Rogen, star of such comedies as "Knocked Up," talked to CNN on Tuesday about a very serious issue: Alzheimer's disease. Rogen, who called the disease "brutal," said his fiancee's mother has been battling it for years. He talked about the emotional toll it takes on families. Families, especially spouses who have to watch as their loved one's memories -- including shared memories -- deteriorate, can suffer psychologically. But Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can take a physiological toll on families as well, studies say; one published last year in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that the spouses of patients with dementia have six times the risk of developing dementia themselves.