Real estate Q&A: My landlord is making it harder to leave lease early. What are my options?
Q: I am moving out of my rental apartment a few months early to move in with my special someone. I gave plenty of notice to my landlord to find a new tenant, and they are not doing anything. Now they are giving me grief about scheduling the moving truck, and I am beginning to regret trying to do it the “right” way. What should I do? — AndresA: It sounds like you are trying your best to make this as easy as you can for your landlord. Instead of trying to work with you to make this early departure better for themselves, your landlord seems to want to punish you a bit for terminating the lease ea...
Red Lobster faces its 'most challenging time,' as big loan payment looms amid pandemic
Red Lobster is facing the “most challenging time” in its history during the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Kim Lopdrup says, at the same time that outside analysts worry about a looming $355 million loan the company has due next summer.The privately held seafood chain of more than 700 restaurants has a $380 million term loan, with more than $355 million outstanding, reaching maturity next July, according to a June report from Moody’s, which earlier in the year cut the company’s credit rating to Caa1, defined as “poor.”Upcoming financial events mean it is “critical to repair the balance sheet,” said...
Post-riot landscape of rubble persists as Minneapolis demands taxes in exchange for permits
MINNEAPOLIS — On a desolate lot in Minneapolis where Don Blyly’s bookstore stood before being destroyed in the May riots, two men finish their cigarettes and then walk through a dangerous landscape filled with slippery debris and sharp objects. The city won’t let Blyly haul away his wreckage without a permit, and he can’t get a contractor to tell him how much it will cost to rebuild the store until that happens.In St. Paul, where Jim Stage’s pharmacy burned down during the same disturbances, crews have already removed the bricks and scorched timbers. A steel fence keeps out trespassers. Stage ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Postal Services’ ‘Friday Night Massacre’: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Overhauls Leadership & Services Ahead Of Election
The USPS implemented several new policies and shook up their management on Friday, prompting criticism and skepticism as the service faces allegations of intentionally delaying mail ahead of the 2020 general election, which will be conducted primarily through absentee ballots and mail-in voting.The new Postmaster General, Trump appointee Louis DeJoy, has denied the allegations and insisted that any measures resulting in delays are part of cost-cutting initiatives designed to make the Post Service financially stable.Friday’s memo detailed a slew of changes including a management-level hiring fr...
Fast food from these chains is 'packaged in pollution,' report says. Does it matter?
Next time you order a Big Mac, Whopper or Sweetgreen salad, consider this: The wrappers and containers your food comes in have been found to contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate your drinking water, harm wildlife and make you sick.PFAS are chemicals used in apparel, carpeting, furniture and food packaging designed to keep materials grease- and water-resistant; they’re known as “forever chemicals” as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances cannot break down in the environment.A report released last week on the fast food industry revealed that nearly half of all sampled packaging contained d...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Final canister of nuclear waste transferred to storage facility at San Onofre
SAN DIEGO — It took 32 months to complete but the transfer operations that moved canisters filled with spent radioactive fuel, or waste, from wet storage pools to a newly constructed dry storage facility at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station wrapped up Friday.Shortly before 5 a.m., workers lowered the 73rd and final canister into its assigned enclosure at the north end of the plant, known as SONGS for short.At commercial nuclear plants, after fuel used to generate electricity loses its effectiveness, operators place the assemblies in a metal rack that is lowered into a pool, typically f...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Service industry veterans are leaving bars and restaurants in droves amid the pandemic
DETROIT — With a protracted pandemic leaving dining rooms at half capacity, the constant threat of another shutdown looming and restaurant coffers sitting near empty, longtime service professionals are leaving the hospitality industry in droves for greener pastures elsewhere.At the beginning of March, Jaimie Seitz and Nichole Homfeld both worked as floor managers at Leila, a downtown Lebanese hot spot that had been riding high as the newly crowned the Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year.And though it took years of toil and sacrifice — missed holidays, family birthdays and the like — for ...
Detroit Free Press
Americans are more likely to report mental health concerns related to the pandemic than other developed countries, survey finds
As the United States works to stop rising coronavirus case numbers, behavioral health professionals warn that mental health will continue to deteriorate as a result of the pandemic.Between March and May, one-third of Americans reported experiencing stress, anxiety and sadness that was difficult to cope with by themselves, according to a survey published this week by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation focused on promoting a high performing health care system, and Social Science Research Solutions, a market and survey research firm. The survey, which interviewed 8,259 adults in the U.S. and abr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Day care chain Bright Horizons buys Sittercity as parents scramble for child care and tutoring during pandemic
With families scrambling to figure out child care options for kids attending school remotely this fall, day care company Bright Horizons announced it is purchasing Sittercity, an online platform that matches people with providers.Bright Horizons said the partnership will help it fill the wide range of new child care needs families are facing as a growing list of workplaces and schools delay plans to return to offices and classrooms during the pandemic.“With the child care strain families have been experiencing the last five months paired with the prospect of remote learning, this acquisition w...
County in NY agrees to change treatment of transgender inmates
NEW YORK — A county in western New York has agreed to change how it treats transgender inmates, as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a trans woman who said she was discriminated against because of her gender identity.On Wednesday, human rights groups announced that Steuben County committed to establishing one of the country’s strongest jail policies to protect the rights of transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and intersex people in custody.The agreement stems from a 2019 lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Transgender Legal Defense & Educatio...
New York Daily News