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  • Ebola prompts U.S. to weigh more preparedness funding after cuts

    Ebola prompts U.S. to weigh more preparedness funding after cuts
    — The first known case of Ebola contracted in the United States is giving urgency to moves by lawmakers to boost funding for a response after years of cuts to federal prevention and research budgets. With health officials raising the prospect of...
  • Whatever happened to instruction manuals?

    Numerous studies suggest Americans are getting dumber. Perhaps such a study exists; I'm just too stupid to know where to look. So let's assume our brainpower meter is plummeting faster than congressional approval ratings. Now can somebody please alert...
  • Alaska Air wants to use thumbprint scanners instead of airplane tickets? Thumbs down

    What could possibly go wrong? As the backlash continues over dissemination of hacked private photos through the Snapchat app Snapsaved, which followed on the heels of an iCloud hack, Alaska Air is looking at converting its ticketing operations from...
  • What's the right minimum wage for Los Angeles?

    What's the right minimum wage for Los Angeles?
    The question in Los Angeles is not whether to raise the minimum wage -- that’s almost certainly going to happen -- but how much to raise it? The City Council recently voted to hike base pay for hotel workers to $15.37 an hour -- 70% above...
  • Retailers expect strong holiday sales for upcoming season

    Retailers expect strong holiday sales for upcoming season
    Holiday shopping is expected to be stronger this year than last, with one retail group calling for the biggest gain in three years. Consumers will spend an estimated $488.6 billion at shopping centers during November and December, a 4 percent sales...
  • L.A. lawmakers lay out path to $15.25 minimum wage by 2019

    L.A. lawmakers lay out path to $15.25 minimum wage by 2019
    Six members of the Los Angeles City Council launched an effort Tuesday to take the city's minimum wage to $15.25 by 2019, a move that would be more aggressive than the pay strategy backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti several weeks ago. The proposal calls...
  • Hinsdale teachers give notice for strike

    Hinsdale teachers give notice for strike
    Teachers in Hinsdale Township High School District 86 and the district remain at odds on a new contract. Increasingly, it looks like teachers could call for the first job walkout in the district's history. Teachers on Friday filed paperwork that...
  • South Side hat shop a throwback gem

    South Side hat shop a throwback gem
    "You have to know how to wear a hat," Bernard Shannon said. Shannon, owner of Bernard's Wear at 9017 S. Commercial Ave., was wearing a beige applejack cap angled over his left eyebrow. He moved past the racks of fedoras, bowlers and newsboy caps...
  • September job cuts up for month, but down so far this year

    September job cuts up for month, but down so far this year
    Florida employers announced 915 job cuts in September, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said Thursday. So far this year, Florida has had 16,729 planned layoffs. Job cuts were up slightly during the month compared to September 2013 when...
  • Obama decries income inequality in speech after $50,000-a-person fundraiser for Quinn

    Obama decries income inequality in speech after $50,000-a-person fundraiser for Quinn
    In a day of contradictory messaging, President Barack Obama on Thursday assailed income inequality and the stagnant earnings of the middle class after appearing at a $50,000-a-person Gold Coast fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn. Obama, who returned to...
  • Macy's to increase hiring this holiday season

    Department store giant Macy's Inc. is bulking up its holiday ranks with 86,000 temporary positions, the latest retailer to boost seasonal hiring in preparation for the upcoming shopping season. The Cincinnati-based company said it was hiring about 3,000...