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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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