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October 31, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Hey, ladies, the Beijing police department apparently doesn't think you're very good at driving. So they've singled you out to receive some, um, advice for when you get behind the wheel. Messages posted by the department on China's Twitter-like site Weibo reportedly have caused an uproar and are being labeled gender discrimination. Here's a sampling of the guidance: "Some female drivers lack a sense of direction. While driving, they often can't decide which road they should take .… Even for places they've been to several times, they still can't remember how to get there when driving themselves.” Women also might hit the brakes or the accelerator too sharply or forget to release the handbrake, the messages warn.
April 25, 2014
In the Spanish Basque country, grilling over wood is an ancient tradition. And at Asador Etxebarri, Victor Arguinzoniz has taken the technique to new heights. • A hot fire puts a char on meat, but for fish and seafood, Arguinzoniz works with a much gentler fire. Try letting wood burn down to embers. Cooking over a slow fire allows the ingredients' flavors to bloom without being obscured by the wood's smoke. • Some things he doesn't put directly on the grill. Fish or shrimp go in wire baskets.
October 3, 2010 | By Mary Umberger
Are you losing sleep because your house won't sell? Joan Gale Frank knows your pain. She's been there. Three years ago, her home in Sedona, Ariz., sat on the market for a year, and the frustration started to eat away at her. "During that period I was going crazy, wondering when is it going to sell?" she recalled. "I ended up living in a state of limbo. I couldn't move on to the next stage of my life. " She didn't try to make new friends because, she thought, she was about to move.
March 26, 2008
Re "Tips ruling is made to order for baristas," March 21 As a former barista and shift supervisor at Starbucks, I am angered by the court's decision. Yes, I am a part of the class-action group that would receive additional tip money. However, the principles behind this lawsuit are outrageous. I've worked in three stores, and in every one, the shift supervisor does almost double the work of a barista. They help customers, make drinks, train new baristas and ensure that the store functions when the managers are away.
December 5, 2004
Thanks for your helpful Travel Insider on Nov. 28 ("It Takes More Than a Passport to Speed You on Your Way"). Here are a few things I've learned, especially about getting through customs and immigration when returning to the U.S. I have one of the most common last names in the English-speaking world, and officials are often looking for someone with a similar name. I have been detained long enough to miss a connection. A friendly immigration officer gave me a few tips: If you have a recently issued passport, carry your old passport as well; this helps give longevity to your identity.
October 12, 2008
I read with interest the Oct. 5 Travel section article "Tour de Sand," as this is a bicycle path my husband and I have ridden many times and always enjoyed. Under "Tips for the Road: Ride Smart," I would like to add what is the most important word of advice to any cyclist any place and any age: Always wear an American National Standards Institute-approved bicycle helmet. Marilyn Vassos Irvine
August 9, 2013 | By Barbara Thornburg
John Trager, curator of the desert collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, offers these five tips for growing cactus and succulents in containers:  1. Plant in a well-drained mix of 80% pumice and 20% compost. 2. Fertilize during the growing season, spring and summer. 3. Handle cactus carefully. Wear latex surgical gloves, which provide the dexterity you need without damaging the plant. If you have to handle larger specimens, use a piece of old carpeting or an old pair of pants.
October 4, 2010
Roughly 4.5 million Americans get bitten by dogs each year, and about 1 in 5 requires medical attention for bites. Who's most at risk? Among children, those ages 5 to 9 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Injuries range from less serious infections to the very serious but rare rabies, a virus transmitted from the animal's saliva, as well as attacks so severe they disfigure the person and require plastic surgery....
May 27, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
This weekend starts the busy time for America's theme parks. Stacy DeBroff, chief executive of Mom Central , a social media consulting firm focused on moms, has put together a checklist for families as they prepare for a theme park getaway.   Park prep Dress children in bright T-shirts to make it easier to spot them in large crowds. Buy tickets online ahead of time - it's usually cheaper -- and check out park package deals. When you arrive Use your cellphone to take a photo of your parking lot section, or nearby landmarks.
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