Open Abramsberger Thread


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We’ve had a few days to let the news settle, a lot of opinions, a lot of reporting. So what do you make of Jill Abramson’s firing and why do you think it happened? We’re discussing that now in this thread at The Hive (sub req.). Join us!
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Replacing The Power From San Onofre Will Be A Challenge


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Comments 1 An Etihad Airways passenger jet flies over houses as it prepares to land at Heathrow Airport in London. (BEN STANSALL, AFPGetty Images / April 21, 2010) Also By Hugo Martín October 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Young business travelers are more likely than older travelers to spend their company’s money on expensive meals and first-class airline seats and to schedule vacation time during work trips. But if things go haywire, these young road warriors are probably going to fire off a negative review of a restaurant or hotel. The findings come from a survey of more than 8,500 travelers in 24 countries that was designed to look at the different behavior of millennial business travelers and older trekkers. Globally, 42% of business travelers ages 18 to 30 said they will spend more of their company’s money on high-end meals than they would their own money, compared with only 26% of travelers ages 46 to 65, according to the survey by travel website Expedia and Egencia, the business travel arm of Expedia Inc. But don’t upset the millennials: One in four American travelers younger than 34 has posted a negative hotel review in the last year, compared with only 14% of older travelers. Mark Hollyhead, a senior vice president at Egencia, would not theorize why young travelers spend and vacation more than veteran business travelers. But he said they are more likely to post hotel and restaurant reviews because information sharing is a big part of the digital age.
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California Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller recalled that Brown cornered him in August and bluntly warned him to “make sure the lights don’t go out down there” in Southern California. Also Chamber of Commerce successful against most ‘job killer’ bills A team of state agencies hopes to come up with a Southern California Reliability Plan by the end of next month. Its job: Figure out how to replace 2,200 megawatts of output from San Onofre, which served 1.4 million Southern California households. The plant near San Clemente stopped operating in January 2012 after defective steam generators released a small amount of radioactive steam. And that’s not all. Planners also need to find an estimated 400 megawatts a year for increased demand and replace as much as 6,200 megawatts generated by power plants scheduled for retirement. Energy planners have to be ready for a worst-case scenario. “Part of our concern is the weather,” Weisenmiller said, “and the other is things going wrong.” Perea ‘s excellent year The third year in the Legislature is turning out to be a charm for Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, a Fresno Democrat.
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Groupon Taps 4 New Execs For Key Roles

Mortgage rates slide for third week
Home buying has changed, but you can still get a mortgage (photos.com / October 1, 2010)
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Declining consumer confidence and the federal government’s shutdown helped push average mortgage interest rates down for the third consecutive week, Freddie Mac said Thursday.
The average on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.22 percent this week, compared with 4.32 percent last week and the lowest rate since June 20. Rates are still much higher than they were a year ago, when the average interest rate was 3.36 percent.
On a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage, the average rate of 3.29 percent compared with 3.37 percent last week and 2.69 percent a year ago.
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After wait times that ranged from a few minutes to several hours, consumers eventually were able to begin setting up accounts.  But even after they got in, many ran into more trouble. A major roadblock appears to be during the third step in the application process, which asks people to select security questions for their accounts. Because drop-down menus for those questions wouldn’t load, the process stalled for many consumers. Officials said the problem was the result of high volume rather than a programming glitch; the federal website has recorded more than 6.1 million visitors since its launch early Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.
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Schwietzer was most recently vice president of Amazon Prime. Lisa Kennedy, who founded Indian daily deal site Hopscotch, has been named vice president and general manager of Groupon Reserve, the Chicago-based company’s restaurant and entertainment discount program aimed at well-heeled customers. The program was initially launched in 2011, but was revamped in July. The new version of the program offers reservations at a variety of popular restaurants for up to 40 percent off. David Kerr, the former general manager of e-commerce for Angie’s List, will become Groupon’s vice president and general manager of home services. Kerr will be tasked with leading a team that reaches out to home and auto-related businesses and developing a group of local deals for Groupon.
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Motorists Tap Brakes On Installing Insurers' Data Devices

Farm Aid is more than a family of musicians banding together to help the small farmer. It’s also a family meal.


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To hear Progressive Corp. Chief Executive Glenn Renwick tell it, insurance telematics seem to have hit a speed bump.

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California has given the green light to online services that link passengers with private car owners – a sign that government is adapting to peer-to-peer commerce that is disrupting established industries.

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For Sale: Possible Futures, Never Born


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What are the haps my friends
August 27th, 2013: A lot of people attribute the baby shoes story to Hemingway but it’s pretty apocryphal, you guys! Y’all are getting mad apocryphal every time you do that, did you even realize?
Yesterday I implied that babies will eagerly crawl off a cliff, and it turns out there has been research vis-�-vis babies and cliffs and I maybe owe all of you, as former babies, an apology. Sorry babies.
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The Splendor Of Ireland




Hello everyone,
Sorry it took some time to get back in touch about the beet and arugula recipes. Here they are. I hope you enjoy them. I am currently traveling to Ireland with Angela for the Ace Camps at Caher House in County Clare.

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Wild Horses near Lough Atorick, Country Clare, Ireland My head is filled with the beautiful images and moments spent with the amazing group that joined Angela and I to Ireland for our workshop . What a fabulous week that has been! And oh how much I love the Irish and their beautiful country. It’s like a second home.
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