Filter your waterRe: "Chlorine levels OK, supplier reports — Test results meet federal standard despite complaints from residents," March 30 Metro & State story. Plano residents say the water smells like a "swimming pool," that kids get rashes from showering and dogs will not drink water. Water officials "safeguard public health" by mixing chlorine and ammonia, forming chloramine, into the water, which meets all government water standards. Their job is to kill pathogens in drinking water (i.e. giardia, E. coli, typhoid, and cholera). They're both right. But do you eat organic food? If the answer is "no" then you are "perfectly fine." Otherwise, expensive bottled water is not the answer.Step 1: Buy a drinking water filter with a "parts per million" meter (Google it). The meter shows detectable dissolved solids in any water sample. That filter should lower that reading to under 10 ppm. Step 2: Buy a whole house water filter (or at least a shower filter) that … [Read more...] about Tips for safe water, Gov. Greg Abbott helps with school safety, praise for Ennis ISD, age discrimination is alive, bye to a lake
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Credit cards, particularly for college students, can allow students to buy school supplies, pay for tuition, and set up an early history of credit [i] They can also entrap students in debt, representing a higher risk of being overwhelmed by debt.[ii] Having a credit card as a student can be a life-altering choice as there are legitimate reasons a student may need a credit card.[iii] In 2008, 56% of undergraduates held credit cards at the age of 18 and 91% of students had at least one credit card by their final year of college; by graduation, 56% of students carry four or more cards.[iv] From 2004 to 2008, the average college student card debt went up from $2,169 to $3,173.[v] While making a choice about having a credit card as a student can be difficult, credit card marketing can push students to obtaining credit cards for the wrong reasons. Marketing strategies such as on-campus marketing, rewards, college affinity cards and college logos on credit cards have been effective ploys to … [Read more...] about Credit Card Marketing Geared Towards Students and the Policies to Address the Dilemma: Can More Be Done?
BigLaw labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis says that it is eliminating the billable hour in 2015 for its associates, who will now be measured on client service, responsiveness, and efficiency as well as how good a team player they are and how committed they are to pro bono work.So are people in hell now being served ice water?According to a quote from firm chairman Vincent Cino in an American Lawyer article,“The billable hour is directly opposed to the best interest of the client and to the provider of service because by its very nature it adds an artificial barrier to the accomplishment of the only real objective, which is a quality legal product for a set and expected price.”Yes, this is good for Jackson Lewis associates. Instead of having to deliver 1,900 billable hours per year to qualify for a bonus, they will now be tasked with delivering real value to their clients and community. And maybe will even be able to carve out a few hours for … [Read more...] about One BigLaw Firm Abandons the Billable Hour
Energy and Climate DebateAs gas prices continue to fall and the House and Senate debate fiscal year 2013 appropriations, energy issues continued to play a central role in the federal debate last week.The House approved, 255-165, their fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill (H.R. 5325) on June 6, providing $32.1 billion for the Departments of Energy, Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other independent agencies. The bill includes amendments prohibiting the Department of Energy from enforcing light bulb efficiency standards, delaying the agency’s new efficiency standards for battery chargers and external power supplies, preventing the agency from issuing any new Section 1705 loan guarantees, blocking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing Clean Water Act guidance on which waters fall under federal protection, and putting into place limitations on federal agency purchases … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Update – June 10, 2012
In this age of ever-changing rules and regulations, business travel can be more difficult than ever. The reality is that the more preparation and planning that go into a business trip, the more likely it will be a success.“As you get older, travel changes,” says Paul Justas Sarauskas, counsel at Mayer Brown in Chicago and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “When I was younger, it was exciting. It’s become more stressful and annoying because of security and everything else. These days I try to bring back the fun and take out the stress.”That’s why Sarauskas makes a point to stay in a hotel near, but not where, a conference is being held and then wander.“I like the variety,” says Sarauskas, who uses Booking.com. “Some of my colleagues only stay at the Marriott or another chain hotel to get the points. I like the adventure, to change hotel brands from boutiques to huge chains and B&Bs to get a different feel … [Read more...] about Globe-trotting attorneys offer new-era strategies for efficient business travel