| Sep 22, 2010
| 1:36 PM
A night out used to mean dinner, a show or sporting event, and of course, a nice glass of wine.
Now that I'm a parent, date night is more likely to include my couch, Netflix and take-out.
Why? I'm too cheap to hire a babysitter.
The question of what...
| Jun 23, 2010
| 10:31 AM
The people who cut hair and administer acupuncture treatments are regulated in many states, but the personal trainers who minister to our muscles often are not.
"Anyone can put a shingle out and call themselves a personal trainer" in virtually any state,...
| Sep 29, 2010
There are certain places you might expect to see a recommendation to hire a personal trainer — say, in a muscle-magazine ad or on late-night TV. But one of those places is probably not a publication by one of our nation's most venerated medical...
| Nov 22, 2010
Healthcare has long been one of the most reliable generators of new jobs in California. But a lousy economy has caught up with an industry once considered virtually immune to downturns.
The sector, which employs about 1 in 10 Californians, has stalled at...
| Sep 5, 2010
The U.S. economy will eventually rebound from the Great Recession. Millions of American workers will not.
What some economists now project — and policymakers are loath to admit — is that the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 9.6% in...
| Oct 11, 2010
A county that's home to 1.56 million poor people should probably do something about poverty, don't you think?
According to the latest Census Bureau report, the number of people in L.A. County living below the poverty threshold of $10,956 for a single...
| Sep 7, 2010
Beyond the 15 million Americans who have no jobs at all, millions more are caught in part-time or limited jobs that don't pay them enough to maintain their standard of living — much less contribute to the strong consumer spending needed to power the...
| Aug 8, 2011
Our neighbors recently put their home on the market. They received an excellent offer within 24 hours of listing the property and got more money for their home than I thought they could.
Meanwhile, two other neighbors have had their homes listed for a...
| May 24, 2011
| 8:05 AM
A recent Broward County sting operation targeting unlicensed contractors led to the arrests of 18 individuals claiming they were home-repair specialists — none of whom had proper licensing and half of whom had criminal histories.
| Sep 7, 2010
Asian Americans typically have the lowest unemployment rate of any ethnic group in the United States. But in this weak labor market, once they lose their jobs, they have an especially hard time reentering the labor force, data show.
In July, nearly...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 5:43 PM
Since Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso took the helm four years ago, only about one-quarter of the system's principals have remained in their posts, a high turnover rate that has rankled education advocates who say they are concerned that leadership...