Jennifer Ordoñez

Disasters: Summer Fires, Take Two

As California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed the "unprecedented wildfire siege" that since late June has burned more than 700,000 acres in his state, a handful of Buddhist monks in the Los Padres National Forest valiantly protected their monastery while fire crews from Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere in the United States, including 2,000 California National Guardsmen, prepared to lend a hand to state efforts.

Blood, Sweat and Peers

After 10 years as a clinical endocrinologist, Dr. Matthew Corcoran, founder of the Diabetes Training Camp, was frustrated. Having seen thousands of patients—as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and most recently as a physician in Lehigh Valley Hospital's diabetes and endocrinology group—he wondered why more wasn't being done to prevent the very complications he spent so much time trying to treat.

The Ultimate Money Pit: Having a Baby

Stay-at-home mothers just got a little more ammunition against their working counterparts in the mommy wars. It seems that if homemakers were ever paid for the myriad jobs they perform—from chef to chauffeur to psychologist—they'd command a whopping $138,095 annually, several times what most working mothers earn in the workplace.

How Do Banks Spell 'Big Profits'? Dinero

On Saturdays around 6 a.m., there's a decent chance that Tim Rios, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, will be working the fields of Northern California. Rios, an executive vice president at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Bank, sets aside his pinstripes and sets up shop at vineyards and farms, looking to connect with laborers in need of financial services.

California Hustlin'

Spend an hour talking to Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel, and he is likely to start yelling: about his passion for his edgy clothing company, for sexy women, for being a "hustler," in the best sense of the word.

Turbo Tussle

There you are, sitting in your favorite recliner, wearing your hardly stylish, yet comfy sweatpants. Your laptop is fired up—wireless connection at full strength, classical music from your digital library playing softly.

The Web Chat That Saved Mom's Life

When Karin Jordal's son hooked up a Webcam in her California home a month ago, the 69-year-old artist and mother of two considered it a novelty. With one son living in the family's native Norway and another headed to the Philippines, Jordal though at best the $50 gadget would allow her to keep in touch with her boys via the Internet without running up the phone bill.