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June 24, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Map: Biggest company by revenue in Pa.?

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Largest-Company-By-Revenue-In-Each-State-2014A pharmaceuticals distributor is the largest company by revenue in Pa., according to Broadview Networks, which crunched data from Hoover’s, a D&B Company. (Click on map to see a larger image.)

The Chesterbrook-based AmerisourceBergen takes in $87.95 billion per year. A look at all the numbers … Continue Reading →

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June 24, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Chart: Women spend 51 minutes more per day on chores

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womensworkviaslateA woman’s work is done — 51 minutes after men finish their chores, data from the 2013 Time-Use Survey show.

Hubby does, however, spend more time working on the lawn and the honey-do list (AKA maintenance & repair). Surprisingly, perhaps, men only spend four more minutes per day on cars than women.

h/t Olga Khazan in The Atlantic

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June 21, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Photo: Think Pittsburgh’s parking is bad?

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1minuteparkingBrentwoodLAIf you’re among those that consider the rate hike at Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages and lots this summer “a nightmare,” at least 5 bucks in a Downtown garage will buy you an hour’s worth of parking.

In a pricey area of West L.A., a parking sign was telling drivers that they have precisely 1 minute to park. Continue Reading →

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June 19, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Daughter’s globe-trotting tribute goes viral

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parisPhotoByJinnaYang“I took a lifesize cutout of my dad around the world to celebrate his life & bring peace to my family,” Jinna Yang posts on Instagram.

Her dad, Jay Kwon Yang, was only 52 when he died of cancer in Virginia in 2012.

After her parents split up when Jinna was 7, she writes on her blog, it was her mom who moved out. Her dad worked 12-hour days, six days a week in the family dry cleaners while raising her and her younger brother.

By the time her dad receives his diagnosis, his dreams are unfulfilled. “He’s never been to Europe or Africa. California. Florida,” Jinna says. “He never got to travel because he sacrificed his life for our family.” Continue Reading →

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June 19, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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It pays to major in English

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Studying the humanities is not a waste of money, notes Blaine Greteman in New Republic.

“Defying all conventional wisdom and their parents’ warnings, most English majors … secure jobs, and not just at Starbucks,” the University of Iowa professor says.   Continue Reading →

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June 18, 2014
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Social media make sure soldier gets his dog back

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RobertAndBaxterWhen Fort Carson, Colo., soldier was posted in Afghanistan in March, his ex said she’d take care of his “baby,” a 3-year-old Shiba Inu he had raised from a pup.

But the next thing Robert Gabbert knew, his dog Baxter was gone — sold on Craigslist by his ex-girlfriend. Continue Reading →

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June 14, 2014
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Fathers know best: A look back at favorite dads

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freddieOriginally published Sept. 17, 2013: The latest unconventional obituary to go viral celebrates a dad from Georgia who ”attracted more women than a shoe sale at Macy’s.”

“Our dad was a unique and special guy,” Mark McCullough, the oldest of William “Freddie” McCullough’s six kids, tells the Savannah Morning News. “I wanted to do things differently to honor him with an obit that fit him.”

Mark, a filmmaker, is developing a TV show based on his father.

From the obit, it sounds like Dad already wrote the series for him:

(Freddie) hated vegetables and hypocrites. Not necessarily in that order.

(He) was great at growing fruit trees, grilling chicken and ribs, popping wheelies on his Harley at 50 mph, making everyone feel appreciated and hitting Coke bottles at thirty yards with his 45.

Freddie loved to tell stories. And you could be sure 50% of every story was true. You just never knew which 50%.

(He) adored the ladies. And they adored him. There isn’t enough space here to list all of the women from Freddie’s past. There isn’t enough space in the … phone book.

You can read the rest of Freddie’s adventures here.

 

Another dad who became famous online is a self-proclaimed “old-fashioned, redneck” whose daughter did not adhere to his “modesty guidelines.” You can read about how he gave her an inventive lesson on skimpy clothing here.

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And a dad from Canada struck a nerve when he got fed up with his kids not playing outside. He decided to flip back the calendar to 1986. You can read about his experiment with no cellphones, no computers and no Internet here.

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Even dads who aren’t around can make a lasting impression. A boy who never got the chance to know his father, an Army sergeant killed in Iraq, is keeping alive the selfless spirit of his dad. Read about the 8-year-old’s generosity here.

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And, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the man who wrote “people say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day” worked for the government. The (real) father of Christopher Robin and whimsical progenitor to Winnie-the-Pooh was a spy — or more precisely a propaganda writer for a secret military unit during World War I. Bother.

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A.A. Milne started writing Winne-the-Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. The first book was published in 1926.

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June 13, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Charts: The best and worst democracies

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The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index has rated nations according to how democracy works.

The researchers take into consideration such things as the electoral process, civil liberties, political participation (e.g., voter turnout), the number of women in power, how the country allows its people to participate in lawful protests, if its government functions effectively and its political culture, i.e., whether losing candidates and their supporters accept defeat gracefully.

Many of the countries that come out on top are the homogeneous societies of Scandinavia.

The U.S. comes in 19th, below Malta and Uruguay. (Cough.)

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Don’t feel bad. France, you’ll note, isn’t even in the top 25. In 27th place, it’s ranked as a flawed democracy.

But there are far worse. The nations at the bottom of the list according to the Democracy Index … Continue Reading →

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June 12, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Photos: Moose ‘vacations’ in Colorado hotel

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moosePhotoCourtesyOfKatieNelson

The moose makes itself at home in the lobby of the aptly named Antlers Hotel. Photos courtesy of Katie Nelson, the hotel’s conference services manager.

We all need a little getaway. And what better place for a moose to choose than the Antlers Hotel, which after all is proud to be pet friendly. Continue Reading →

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