August 28, 2012 |
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.
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August 28, 2012 |
One of the highest paid officials in Bell, fired at the peak of the corruption investigation that included a search of his house, has sued the city for $837,000, including compensation for 329 unused sick and vacation days. Eric Eggena was fired shortly after the salaries of the top rung of municipal officials in Bell were made public. Eight former officials are now facing criminal charges. Though Eggena is not among them, his house was searched as the L.A. County district attorney's office built its public corruption case "His name came up a lot during our investigation, and he certainly received a suspiciously high salary," Deputy Dist.
August 22, 2012 |
Verizon is the latest iPhone carrier to black out vacation days around the expected launch of the next iPhone, according to a report. Since late July, many reports have come out saying Apple is planning for a Sept. 12 event during which it will announce the sixth-generation iPhone. Pre-orders for the phone are expected to immediately follow, and the iPhone is expected to launch on Sept. 21. Now, an employee for Verizon has told TechCrunch that the network has barred employees from taking off in the days between the launch and Sept.
August 20, 2012 |
After an abrupt departure from the set of "Good Morning America" a few weeks ago, Robin Roberts returned to the couch to resume co-anchoring duties on Monday. And good news for those concerned about her health, Roberts says she's feeling much better. That's not to say the "GMA" star's medical worries are behind her. She's still set to take a longer medical leave in the coming weeks in order to have a bone-marrow transplant from her sister to help her battle MDS, a blood and bone-marrow disorder she was diagnosed with in June.
August 14, 2012 |
Next week, my kids and I will be flying east to Massachusetts, to spend a week with extended family on Cape Cod. It's a trip we make every summer, to a rambling old house on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic, and yet each year as we get ready I can't help but feel a certain low-level anxiety. Partly, the cause of this is family; partly, the act of leaving home. But more than anything, my tension involves a question with which I've grappled since childhood: Which books should I bring? I am, after all, a peripatetic reader, although I read for a living as well.
August 8, 2012 |
In our connected world, you can't hide unless you run. On Tuesday, a good friend of mine got an email from the chairman of the Washington state Democratic Party informing her that county records showed her mail-in ballot for the primary election had not yet been received. Clearly, turning out the vote is no longer just a generalized effort of making phone calls or walking door-to-door. Now, each one of us is a virtual GPS point on a political grid and the decision to vote is not a private affair.
August 5, 2012 |
When on vacation or any extended trip, you could be vulnerable to scams, both at your home and your destination. Here are tips from AARP on protecting your identity and money: • Stop mail delivery. This can be arranged online via holdmail.usps.com/holdmail or at your local post office. Not only does an overstuffed mailbox suggest you're not home, but identity thieves also could snatch your bank and credit card statements. You can pause newspaper deliveries by contacting the paper.
July 26, 2012 |
Jess Walter's critically acclaimed new book "Beautiful Ruins" contains many of the characters and attitudes of the classic Hollywood novel - doomed heroes and heroines lurching from troubled pasts toward impossible dreams. The bestseller, generating waves of buzz this summer, mixes key ingredients of a recipe used by such authors as Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. "Beautiful Ruins" features a dying American actress visiting a remote Italian isle and entrancing a local man who can barely speak English.
July 24, 2012 |
Rihanna and Chris Brown have traveled some rough seas in the past, first together, then very much apart. But have the two singers been canoodling on a boat in the South of France? Here's what we know: Rihanna has been on an extended vacation with girlfriends, first indulging a retail-heavy stint on Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy. From there the gang drifted to the French region of the Mediterranean, where she relaxed and partied on her rented yacht with the likes of Magic Johnson in St. Tropez, the Daily Mail said . Chris Brown conveniently touched down on a boat himself, also in St. Tropez, where he's in town to film a music video with rapper Ludacris.
July 23, 2012 |
The NCAA dropped the hammer on Penn State on Monday, crippling the university's football program for years to come by delivering sweeping penalties in response to a sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The university was fined $60 million and its football team was banned from postseason play for four years, over which time it will also forfeit 80 scholarships. Players will be allowed to transfer to any other school without having to sit out a year of eligibility, which could result in player defections that further damage the program.