April 6, 2013 |
CODY, Wyo. - For many, the federal budget ax that fell last month has meant a few nicks here and there. For Joe Kondelis, it's sliced a lot deeper. After stewing for days, the 53-year-old opened his wallet and delivered a $2,000 check to the Cody Chamber of Commerce to help pay for snowplowing at Yellowstone National Park. It wasn't easy. Cash is scarce once Yellowstone shuts down for the winter. But after automatic spending cuts idled the National Park Service plows and threatened to delay opening day for two weeks - two weeks that could cost his beer distributorship $100,000 in sales - Kondelis felt he had no choice.
April 4, 2013 |
A decent whistle costs about a buck and weighs practically nothing. Had one been carried by the two young adults who spent four days lost in the Trabuco Canyon area, it could have saved thousands of dollars in search and rescue costs; it might have saved the pair from trips to the hospitals. It might have even prevented one rescuer from being injured in a fall. Reading the comment boards on the stories about the college students who got lost in Holy Jim Canyon, a side canyon to Trabuco, on Easter Day - aside from the judgmental buffoons who have decided that the young man is an obviously shifty sort because he wears earrings and is thus inadequate to the task of hiking - I see a lot of knowledgeable head-shaking among hikers, lists of the items no hiker should be without.
February 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When it comes to the nation's debt, payback time might be here. Years of low tax rates and rising federal spending, amplified by the devastating economic effect of the Great Recession, have driven the U.S. borrowing tab to more than $16 trillion from less than $1 trillion in 1981. Deficit reduction has become the dominant issue in Washington. The first major tax increase since 1993 took place last month. And large automatic spending cuts - $1.2 trillion over the next decade - are set to kick in Friday.
February 22, 2013 |
When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski throws a Super Bowl party, he spares no expense. For this year's bowl bash, Gronkowski ran up a $9,000 tab. How do you spend $9,000 on a party? Well, start with $1,575 worth of Grey Goose vodka and $1,250 of PJ Rose champagne. Add in other assorted alcoholic beverages and some Red Bull, and then a $1,400 tip. Of course, to Gronkowski, spending $9,000 is like a regular person spending $10. He did, after all, make $2.6 million last season.
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January 13, 2013 |
The city that gave birth to Little Saigon is unable to help pay for the annual Tet parade and is asking residents to quickly ramp up a fundraising effort to save an event marking the Lunar New Year. A colorful pageant that draws tens of thousands, the parade dates back nearly 30 years in Westminster. It has been one of the enduring city celebrations since Vietnamese refugees began to flock here after the fall of Saigon in 1975. The event was discontinued after parade organizers lost money in 2004 but was revived four years later when the city again infused it with cash.
January 11, 2013 |
Burger King's biggest franchise holder, Carrols Restaurant Group, reportedly has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle claims of sexual harassment. The settlement, Reuters reported, brings to an end a 14-year lawsuit involving 88 women who formerly worked for Carrols and one current female employee . The company, which owns and operates more than 520 Burger King locations, denies guilt, citing legal costs as the reason for settling. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that employees harassed women by making obscene comments, exposing their genitalia and subjecting the women to strip searches, unwanted touching and even rape, The Examiner reported.
December 12, 2012 |
When Amber Oberg left the U.S. Army after eight years of active duty, her timing seemed perfect. Congress was creating a Post-9/11 GI Bill, with generous payments for veterans seeking higher education. But a month into her first semester at UC Davis, Oberg has yet to receive her tuition, housing and book money from the Department of Veterans Affairs. "I didn't expect to get out of the military and then have to wait and wait for the education money that was promised me," said Oberg, a single mother of two. She said she went back to school after a personal bankruptcy and the loss of her home to foreclosure.
October 30, 2012 |
With the temperature in the mid-80s on Monday and not a single cloud visible at Santa Anita, the draw was held for this weekend's Breeders' Cup, even though 14 horses entered in the world championships are still stuck in New York and Kentucky waiting for the weather to clear from Hurricane Sandy. They're supposed to board a plane Wednesday morning for afternoon arrival in Arcadia, and among the missing are 2-1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile favorite Shanghai Bobby and 9-5 Mile favorite Wise Dan. Special security will be assigned to the horses to fulfill a Breeders' Cup rule requiring 72-hour surveillance before they race.
October 15, 2012 |
Last year, Alex Groth and Kevin Jennison wanted to help charities and donate money to causes they cared about, but as busy and financially strapped college kids, they felt like they couldn't do anything that'd make much of an impact. So instead, they invented a way to donate money to charity just by surfing the Web. Groth and Jennison, both of whom now work for a start-up in Silicon Valley, created Tab for a Cause, an app for Chrome or Firefox Web browsers that will automatically donate fractions of a cent to charity each time someone opens a new tab. That may not seem like much, but those pennies can add up when you think of the number of tabs each person opens up each day. It works this way: The app replaces the blank pages that come up when you open new tabs to go to a website with special pages designed by the team at Tab for a Cause.
October 2, 2012 |
Samsung scored a rare victory against rival Apple as a U.S. court judge on Monday lifted a ban on U.S. sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. As the judge was issuing the order, Samsung filed its own patent infringement lawsuit against Apple's iPhone 5, escalating the global legal wrangling between the two electronic giants. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh late Monday lifted the ban on sales of the tablet imposed in June. The judge imposed a temporary injunction prior to the August patent infringement trial that resulted in a $1 billion victory for Apple.