Daily Archive : Sunday December 3, 2017





    3 reasons why CVS would want to buy health insurer Aetna

    Analysts say a CVS-Aetna combination would create a health colossus that can reach deeper into the average customer's life to manage care and cut costs

    Anxiety among human resources managers is about more than whether there could be a Harvey Weinstein on the payroll. Amid the rush of allegations, human resources managers are grappling with a changing social media, technology and cultural environment that makes it more challenging than ever to know how to respond.

    Fear and panic in H.R. as sexual harassment allegations multiply

    Amid a deluge of sexual harassment allegations and reports of workplace misconduct, what many human resources managers are feeling is actually this: Fear and panic.

    Teacup pig Thumbelina and Mr. Ears, a Flemish giant rabbit, hang out together in their enclosure at Nest DC.

    Petting zoos — the latest perk for stressed-out employees

    In these anxious times, the embattled masses are resorting to all manner of succor. We meditate in the morning and drink a stiff one after work. Yell at traffic on the way to laughter yoga. And now, with the rise of office animal parties, you can stroke a bunny, cradle a puppy or massage a tortoise’s neck on company time.

    Bette Nash, checking on her American Airlines passengers this month, still brings the people on her flight “a little love and a little attention.”

    This woman spent 60 years making the skies friendlier

    Eastern Air Lines, US Airways and, yes, even Trump Shuttle. Bankruptcies and at least one strike. Flight attendant Bette Nash has weathered them all. And now, entering her seventh decade of flying, no one is as surprised as she.

    Borrowing money from family can create an awkward situation. Setting up a loan agreement can make it easier to avoid hurt feelings and disputes down the road.

    Thinking of lending money to family? Read this first

    Financial advisers don’t always agree, but when it comes to lending money to family, there’s consensus: Tread carefully. If an adult child needs help buying a first home or has a promising business idea, a family loan can be a fast and convenient option. But there’s a risk of drama down the road. Here are tips for lending and borrowing money among relatives.

    Investment management can cost as little as 0.25 percent of a portfolio’s value each year.

    Are you paying too much for financial advice?

    Investment management can cost as little as 0.25 percent of a portfolio’s value each year. Yet many people still pay 1 percent, or even more, for financial advice. Whether they’re getting a good deal depends on exactly what they get in exchange. Spoiler alert: Many should be getting a lot more, or paying a lot less.

    On average, Americans plan to spend more than $550 on gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season, according to a recent NerdWallet survey conducted by Harris Poll. But budgets are tight.

    How to avoid ringing up holiday debt

    The holiday season is supposed to be about joy, giving and spending time with our favorite people. But just as you might pack on a few extra pounds over the holidays, you might pack on some extra debt, too.

    Ah, the holidays and all their tiny, glittering disappointments.

    Worst holiday gift you ever got from a boss?

    Karla Miller asked friends, family and Facebook followers to share the worst gifts they’ve ever gotten from employers. Here are some of the best responses, plus an answer to the conundrum of what to do with a gift from the boss you just can’t use.

    Most of the current local laws give employees the right to request sick days without notice, and employers can almost never deny them. The new federal legislation would allow managers to reject workers’ requests for time off.

    Corporate lobbyists love new paid sick days policy

    American workers have some unlikely allies in the fight for paid sick days. California Republican Rep. Mimi Walters has sponsored a bill that would encourage companies to provide 14 to 20 days of paid time off, and big business loves it.

    Students drop out of college for a mix of personal, financial and academic reasons, but there are resources for those who want to finally earn a degree.

    Why some students quit college — and how they can finish

    In 2016, 36 million people ages 25 and over had earned some college credit but no degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Students’ reasons for stopping short of a diploma are wide-ranging: poor grades, strained finances, negative college experiences, programs that weren’t the right fit.


    The pause before turbocharger kicks in
    Q. I often read the term “turbo lag” in auto reviews or columns in the Daily Herald. The term is used in reference to turbocharged engines. In layman’s language, what is the reason for the turbo lag when I put my foot on the gas pedal?

Life & Entertainment

    FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Billy Bush arrives at the Operation Smile's 2014 Smile Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bush, who was fired after an old video emerged of him engaging in offensive sex talk with then "Apprentice" host Donald Trump, said in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, that it was indeed Trump’s voice captured on a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    Billy Bush says Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape is real

    Billy Bush says it was indeed Donald Trump's voice captured on a 2005 'Access Hollywood' tape talking about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women

    The good witch Glinda (Ginna Claire Mason) arrives to inform the citizens of Oz about the death of Elphaba in “Wicked.” The national tour of the 2003 Broadway blockbuster returns to Chicago Wednesday, Dec. 6.

    'Wicked' ready to cast another spell in Chicago return

    “Wicked” flies back to the Windy City with Tony Award-nominee Robin De Jess and Ginna Claire Mason in the cast. The Broadway blockbuster plays the Oriental Theatre from Wednesday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Jan. 21.

    Carole King (Chicago actress Sarah Bockel) performs in concert at Carnegie Hall in the national touring return of “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

    'Beautiful — The Carole King Musical' returns with another Chicago star

    “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” comes to the Windy City with Chicago actress Sarah Bockel in the title role. The national tour of the Broadway hit plays the Cadillac Palace Theatre now through Sunday, Jan. 28.

    Holiday light displays, including one at Wheaton’s Cosley Zoo, run throughout December.

    12 local light displays to get you in the holiday spirit

    Twinkling holiday light displays are big draws this time of year, and there are plenty of options in the suburbs. Here’s a look at a dozen displays close to home.

    Hector, voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, left, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, have a little fun in "Coco."

    'Coco' tops box office for second straight week with $26.1M

    Pixar's "Coco" is the top film at the box office for the second straight week, grossing an estimated $26.1 million.

    Don’t try to force your child to eat, advises Dr. Matthew Smiley.

    How to deal with a fussy eater

    Is your child a fussy eater? Is it tough to get them to eat the foods you know are good for them, like fruits and vegetables? Experts suggest parents should take steps very early in a child’s development to make sure they adopt healthy eating habits.

    Darlene Love shares a concert bill with Shirley Alston Reeves at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Sunday, Dec. 3.

    Sunday picks: Darlene Love fills Arcada with tunes, spirit

    Darlene Love and Shirley Alston Reeves (of the Shirelles) share a concert bill filled with holiday music at the Arcada Theatre. More on this, Pentatonix’ Christmas performances, Rufus Wainwright and other fun outings.

    What's the cause of hot flashes?

    What can be done about hot flashes?

    They strike at the most inopportune times: During meetings, at dinner, in bed. The face flushes, the heart races. Fingers tingle and perspiration washes over the body. They’re hot flashes, and for more than 70 percent of women, they’re an inconvenient and sometimes unpleasant reality of menopause.

    Sanka coffee’s orange accent color became associated with decaffeinated coffee.

    Collector is losing sleep over Sanka set

    Q. Enclosed you will find a photo of a Sanka coffee set. The set belongs to a friend, who said that his father-in-law owned it in the 1960s or early 1970s. It is in very good condition. We don’t think it is worth much, but wondering about its value has been keeping us up at night.

    With a millstone-like fountain as its focal point, Barbara Downs’ garden in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is full of native and other plants, and plenty of fall color.

    A city plot undergoes its own evolution

    The Maryland Native Plant Society, founded in 1992, has seen its membership increase dramatically since then as plant nuts — everyone from backyard gardeners to nursery owners — have championed plants native to their regions.

    This hybrid tea rose, called Tiffany, needs to be cut back to 18 inches and mounded with 12 to 15 inches of compost or mulch over winter.

    Hybrid roses require special winter care

    Winterize your hybrid roses after there have been two to three hard freezes (temperatures in the teens), which typically occurs in late November at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


    Shower faucet handle no longer turns easily

    Q. My shower handle is the single type that turns from cold to hot. Recently it has tightened up, which may be why I’m having this problem. At the highest setting the shower water comes out lukewarm. Is there any easy way to reset this or do I need to call a plumber?


    When having a second child means adding soul-sucking changes

    Q. After a lot of research and many, many “let’s game this out” discussions, we’ve come to the conclusion that we’d need to make really dramatic changes to afford another kid. We’d have to move far out, I’d need a higher paying job, my husband would need to give up his business.


    This is the best time of year to get soil test results
    Q. Why is fall the best time to do a soil test?

    Chickens in the author’s garden get red ribbon scarves for the holidays.

    Decorate the garden for the holidays

    There are so many inexpensive ways to add holiday touches in the landscape and many of them are fun projects to do with children. Here are just a few to get your imagination in the holiday spirit.

    Glass Tea Infuser

    Great gifts for the home

    The best home gifts are both useful and beautiful. Here are some for any space or budget.

    Across the nation you will find homebuilders who are developing active-adult communities within a half-hour of major urban areas. This cozy kitchen is in a Craftsman-style home being built in such a community in Maryland.

    Baby-boomer ‘retirements’ lead to lifestyle communities

    Baby boomers, still a large part of the American home-buying public, drive a significant segment of the housing development industry. What do boomers want, and what are they willing to spend to get it? This generation is nearly as large as that of their millennial children and as diverse in lifestyle choices.


    People need to keep president in check
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Where is the outrage? When are we the people and those that represent us going to take this man who calls himself our president to task?



    Take president to task
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Where is the outrage? When are we the people and those that represent us going to take this man who calls himself our president to task?


    If only they would offer healthier food ...
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I was born and raised in Des Plaines and had my first fast-food hamburger at the original McDonald’s.


    Who can remember every conversation?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I just have one thing, well, maybe more, to say regarding the letter questioning Jeff Session’s memory.


    Regulation is answer to kneeling issue
    This is in response to a letter by Gail E. Rose in the Herald’s Nov. 13 edition. The letter spoke of how the NFL has changed over the years. More specifically, how it has become “too political,” how it’s been altered from a representation of American unity to a time for players to grandstand.Of Gail’s opinion that the NFL has become too political, I must agree. I grew up watching football with my father if we caught a game on. Recent events however, have not been an encouragement to continue keeping up with football.Regardless of one’s rights, there is a time and place for stating or showing one’s opinion. And during a game that a player is being paid to play, is not one of them.Rose’s letter illustrated the effect of this quite well. That said, I do believe that she could’ve covered viable solutions to this rather than focusing on solely the problem.There are two simple and obvious solutions to the kneeling issue: Stop watching the respective sport or regulate the act of kneeling during our anthem. Gail Rose has taken the former while U.S. soccer and the NBA have opted for the latter.When it comes down to it, I support the option that prevents kneeling during the anthem. Players have the freedom to express their political views. However, it should not be done during the event that means to honor and pay respect to this country, its history and those who have served in its name. I agree that the protests aren’t designed to disrespect the sacrifices of those who served this country, but regardless of intent, it does.A simple solution would be to create a regulation regarding such actions. Some sports associations have done so already.Clayton TovoWheaton


    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
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