Police officers and firefighters in San Jose, California, are rushing to join a program that lets them claim disability and retire in their 30s and 40s -- and that allows them to get tax-free pensions while taking new jobs elsewhere.
As parents and students struggle to keep up with rising college tuition and take on greater burdens of debt, universities are being challenged to justify the ballooning athletic fees they tack on to the bill.
In Alabama’s most populous county, twisted tree limbs are strewn on the ground months after a tornado ripped them down. Potholes pockmark roads and parking lots, including one the size of a pizza that swallowed the county manager’s front tire. Government credit cards were rejected when maintenance workers tried to buy supplies.
Liren Ji was a 22-year-old college graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering when he moved to the U.S. for advanced study in 1984, shortly after China reopened to the world. He credits his parents for his intellectual curiosity. During the Cultural Revolution, his mother and father, both engineers, were sent from Beijing to the countryside for reeducation through labor. They refused to let tough times extinguish their passion for discovery.
Spending an afternoon in a Sonoma Valley vineyard sipping from a heavenly $450 bottle of Verite 2007 La Joie is hard to beat. Shelling out a tenth of that for something just as memorable is even better.