Anna Kuchment

Stories by Anna Kuchment

  • Report: More Employees Visiting Porn Sites At Work

    Jenna Jameson now has a 9-to-5 job. Fully one quarter of employees who use the Internet visit porn sites during the workday, according to October figures from Nielsen Online; that's up from 23 percent a year ago. And hits are highest during office hours than at any other time of day, reports M. J. McMahon, publisher of AVN Online magazine, which tracks the adult video industry.What's driving workers to get their kicks on company time? It's one more thing we can pin on the slow economy. "People are looking for an escape," says Steve Hirsch, CEO of Vivid Entertainment Group, an adult online-video provider. And rightly or wrongly, they think their bosses are too busy to notice, says Dawn Adams, CEO of Wisconsin consulting firm HResults. "Managers are dealing with so many issues right now," she says, "that sometimes people are able to hide out and no one knows what they're doing." AVN's McMahon attributes the rise in workplace porn to the proliferation of free Web sites, such as xtube...
  • Geox: Soles With Holes

    Geox has made a footwear business out of stopping sweat. Now it aims to overtake Nike and Adidas.
  • Clothing: Eco-Fashion

    Clothes that are stylish and sustainable are hitting the fashion shows. Will they get to your closet?
  • Green Bldgs: Sky’s the Limit

    Rents may be higher, but utility bills—and maybe your allergies—are better in a green high-rise.
  • The Baby Bottle Blues

    Worries about the safety of some plastics is driving a demand for more ecofriendly (and pricier) options
  • Vaccine Debate Heads to Court

    Maryland school officials are taking parents to court for refusing to inoculate their kids. Could other districts follow suit?
  • Men Spend More Time With Their Kids

    Dads are spending more time with their children than they did 20 years ago, but still less time than mothers do. What's behind the trends.
  • As Pure As the Driven Snow

    Living in Boynton Beach, Fla., Valerie Staggs used to boil her water after hurricanes and other natural disasters. But after her son, Ryan, was born five years ago, she had a filter installed under her kitchen sink. “I just wanted my water safe no matter what,” says Staggs, an ad executive. Not only does the filter screen out microbes and other contaminants that threaten her county’s water system after a major storm, it has also improved the taste of her ice cubes, tea and coffee. “The difference is like night and day,” she says.Americans have one of the safest supplies of tap water in the world. But fewer of us seem to be drinking it. In the past decade, sales of bottled water have tripled to $10.6 billion. Environmental advocates say the bottles waste resources—most are made from a derivative of crude oil and are transported for miles in diesel-guzzling trucks. Water filters seem to offer the best of both worlds: an unlimited supply of purified water with less waste. But do you...
  • Environment: Going Green at Work

    Allison Friedman, 34, was running her own restaurant in Brookline, Mass., when she had an epiphany. "For five years, it was enough for me to work hard, make a living and have a good time," she says. "But there was a fourth concept missing, and that was doing some social good." So Friedman sold her restaurant, a Southwestern chili house, went to business school and eventually founded the Web site rateitgreen.com, dedicated to helping consumers and businesses find ecofriendly building materials and services.Like Friedman, many people feel torn between their careers and their inclinations toward public service. But as Americans grow more savvy about helping the environment, organizations and services are popping up to help workers bridge that gap. "We get this question from a lot of people," says Kevin Doyle, coauthor of "The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference" and president of the work-force development firm Green Economy, Inc. "They want to have their daily work make a...
  • Good Food, Delivered

    Unlike George Jetson, we'll probably never push a button in our kitchens and have a freshly cooked meal spring up from the counter. But the next best thing might be opening the front door to find a week's worth of healthy family dinners waiting for you. That's the idea behind a new crop of meal-delivery services that are popping up online. Some deliver fresh food, others frozen. But they all claim to help you eat more nutritiously, avoid junk food and save hours of time. Do these meals taste any better than what you can find in your frozen-food aisle? And are they worth the extra money? We sampled four services and found that the surprising answer, in most cases, is "yes." A guide: ...
  • Food: What's On Your Label?

    A decade ago, environmentally conscious consumers had one main label to check if they wanted to make sure the food they were buying was acceptable: organic. Today, supermarket aisles are filled with products that profess to safeguard salmon, preserve rain forests, protect migratory birds and allow cows and chickens to roam free. "There's been a huge proliferation of claims over the last three years," says Mindy Pennybacker, founder and editor of The Green Guide (thegreenguide.com), a newsletter for ecosavvy consumers. How do you know if the products are delivering on their promises? A TIP SHEET guide: ...
  • The More, The Merrier

    If you think planning a vacation is difficult, try organizing one for a family of 14. That's what Helga Knox, 54, did last year for her husband, George, three of her stepchildren and their spouses and six stepgrandkids. They splurged on an eight-day, small-ship cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage, debarking to hike, raft, kayak and--the trip's highlight--ride a helicopter to stand on Juneau's 7,000-foot Mendenhall Glacier. "It was the perfect trip," says Knox of last July's adventure. "I just get excited about it whenever I think of it."Families like the Knoxes make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry. In 2003, 38 percent of family vacationers took at least one trip that involved three generations, up from 19 percent in 1999, reports the Travel Industry Association. And travel agents say the number of large family groups going away together is still rising. "Five years ago I didn't do any of this, and now each year we're doing more and more," says Patty...
  • Money: Pros And Cons Of New Condos

    Scott Arkills's newly built, two-bedroom condo in Cleveland is stocked with every urban amenity: floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views, granite kitchen countertops, gleaming hardwood floors, a roof deck and a gym. "With a new development, you have the ability to design a place that really reflects your choices," says Arkills, a portfolio manager who paid $500,000 for his triplex penthouse in The Condominiums at Stonebridge. "And there's more of an assurance that the building, the entire design, is going to be really good."Long deemed undesirable, new urban developments have come into vogue in the last several years, thanks to the high-profile designs of star architects. Between November 2005 and November 2006, new-home prices rose 6 percent, while existing-home prices fell, according to the National Association of Home Builders. "Their prestige value drew in a whole new audience of buyers," says Pamela Liebman, CEO of the Corcoran Group, a real-estate brokerage in New...
  • Style: Runway Rentals

    You want to look like a million bucks for that holiday bash. But your closet's as empty as your wallet. Instead of snagging a cheap outfit at the mall, try renting an upscale one online. A new crop of merchants will loan you fresh-off-the-runway dresses, luxury handbags and Oscar-worthy jewelry for a fraction of their price. New York City-based Wardrobe ( wardrobe-nyc.com ) mails couture and designer dresses by the likes of Zac Posen, Yves Saint Laurent and Chloe across the country for 15 percent of retail (usually $300 to $600 for up to four days), plus shipping. Or visit its showroom for a consult. Bagborroworsteal.com (from $6 to $265 per week, plus monthly membership from $9.95) specializes in designer handbags and jewelry. Borrowedbling.com (memberships from $29.95 per month) carries purses, jewelry and belts. Now all you need are shoes.
  • Family: Feeling OK at the Doctor's

    Most kids try to avoid the doctor like the plague. So how do you make your next visit more pleasant? Howard J. Bennett, a Washington, D.C., pediatrician and author of the new book "Lions Aren't Scared of Shots" ($14.95; ages 3 to 7), offers these tips. Set the right tone. Even young babies sense when a parent is nervous or impatient. "It's important for parents to maintain a calm attitude and talk about the doctor in a matter-of-fact way," says Bennett. "You can say, 'We're going to see Dr. Goldstein today so you can have your checkup'." Build familiarity. Before your visit, remind your child about what he liked at the office the last time: the aquarium, a favorite nurse or a picture on the wall. "When you get there, point all these things out; you want to make it a friendly place," says Bennett. Bring a toy. Encourage your child to bring a doll or stuffed animal from home with which he identifies. "Often, I'll examine the bear before the child," says Bennett. Beginning when your...
  • Travel: New York on the Cheap

    Last month Nicole Haagenson's 6-year-old daughter, Gia, decided she'd like to spend Christmas in New York City. "I think she saw the movie 'Elf' one too many times," says Haagenson, 29, of Houston. But when she called hotels, Haagenson learned that rooms were going for upwards of $250 a night. "We just can't afford that," she says. Instead of giving up, she posted a note on the popular online community craigslist ( nyc.craigslist.com ), looking to swap her three-bedroom house for a spacious apartment. She's still weighing the offers.The holidays have always been the most popular time of year to visit the Big Apple. But this season, forecast-ers are expecting an especially tight--and pricey--hotel market. "Rates for the season will average about 15 percent higher than they did last year," says Bjorn Hanson, a travel consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. The price hikes are due partly to a shrinking number of rooms--popular hotels, like the Plaza, are converting rentals to condos....
  • In the News: Sweet and Low

    Diabetic patients have a new way of keeping their blood sugar in check. Last week the FDA approved Januvia, the first in a new class of oral drugs that patients can take alone or in combination with insulin and other treatments. The pills, from Merck, work by inhibiting the breakdown of incretins, hormones that help insulin do its job. "Taking Januvia helps your body work a little bit more normally again," says Dr. James Underberg of New York University School of Medicine, who participated in the clinical trials. Existing oral treatments work by stimulating the pancreas to make more insulin or by helping the insulin your body produces work better. When compared with glipizide, one widely used drug that falls into the former category, Januvia caused fewer cases of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. "This gives people a new option in case they don't react well to one of the other medications," says Dr. Richard Jackson, a senior physician at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston....
  • Halloween: Going Gaga

    They may be too young for Hershey bars, but they're old enough to get dressed up. Infant Halloween costumes have grown more and more elaborate. Need help sorting the tasteful from the tacky? Old Navy's two-piece fleece dragon ($19.50; oldnavy.com ) is soft and easy to crawl in. Babystyle's fuzzy Fly the Coop Chick ($19.99) and its golden Go Fish bunting ($24), both at babystyle.com , are among the most beautifully designed, though sizes run large. PsychoBaby's black pumpkin tutu-and-hat set ($30; psychobabyonline. com ) is cute, not prissy. But buy now; kids' costumes sell out before you can say "trick or treat."

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