Features by Janet Babin

Want a job? As an air traffic controller?

The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a nationwide review of air traffic safety. And a top agency official resigned. Henry Krakowski's resignation follows a series of high-profile mishaps where controllers have reportedly fallen asleep while working overnight shifts.
Posted In: Airlines

Web, web, wherefore art thou in a government shutdown?

In the 1995 shutdown, the web wasn't ubiquitous. Now government agencies have websites, blogs, Twitter accounts, and lots of their workers have Blackberries.

More states could cut down jobless benefits

Mich. passed a law to cut unemployment benefits to 20 weeks. Other states hit hard by the recession could soon follow suit.
Posted In: Jobs

L.L.Bean offers free shipping year-round

Catalog retailer will eliminate shipping charges, not just during the holidays. Other stores consider adding free shipping to stay competitive with e-retailers.
Posted In: Retail

Japan quake threatens to undermine Hawaii's economic recovery

Japanese tourism is a big part of Hawaii's economy, and it looks to see a drop off of about 30 percent this spring.
Posted In: Travel

Procter & Gamble's Febreze has smell of success

The air freshener will pass the $1 billion sales mark this week, while the rest of the industry continues to see sales decline.

Bulgari is new jewel for French fashion giant LVMH

LVMH, whose brands include Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Celine, is adding Italian jeweler Bulgari to its luxury line-up for nearly $6 billion. At a time when many brands are going down market to boost sales, LVMH has figured out how to succeed by staying elite.

Hiring drops jobless rate below 9%

Slow growth in employment is still a concern.

Productivity is up -- oh no!

Increased productivity from employees is good, but at some point employers need to hire more of them.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

CBS cancels production this season for 'Two and a Half Men'

With over 15 million viewers, and more than 200 employees, "Two and a Half Men" led CBS's Monday night comedy lineup. But after Charlie Sheen's public breakdown and subsequent media missteps, CBS has canceled this season of its popular show. Janet Babin has more.
Posted In: Entertainment, Jobs


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