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United Airlines has a controversial new way to stop you working from home

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Fly the friendly workspace?


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They’re trying so hard. And not just to get more free money from the government.

Airlines have seen their businesses decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Worse — for them, at least — is that business travel is the most affected. It’s the most profitable part, after all.

Some airlines are convinced it’ll all come rolling back. No, Southwest isn’t among them. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, however, insists that Zoom is so preternaturally awful that business travel will even increase. Some time in the future, that is.

And then there’s United. Not so long ago, the airline scoffed that keeping middle seats empty was mere PR puffery. Which didn’t, perhaps, encourage too many business types to think more favorably about flying United.

Package Business Trip, Anyone?

Now the airline has a new idea, one whose aim is to get employees out of their homes

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Home Improvement: How to recognize when you can stop mowing – Salisbury Post

Each weekend in spring, summer and fall, millions of homeowners fire up their mowers and cut the grass in their yards. A few hours spent mowing the lawn can be a great time to get some sun and some exercise in the great outdoors. As fall gradually transitions to winter, homeowners may wonder when to stop mowing their lawns. Each lawn is different, and when to stop mowing may depend on a host of factors, including local climate and the type of turf. In addition to climate and turf, homeowners can keep an eye on these conditions to determine when the time is right to put their mowers away for the winter.

• Frost: Warm-season grasses typically go dormant after a couple of significant frosts. Homeowners can jot down each frost during fall. Frosts are most noticeable in the early morning hours, so be sure to check lawn conditions each

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COVID can’t stop home sales

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) issued a release Tuesday in which the association says that existing-home sales continued to climb in August, marking three consecutive months of positive sales gains.

The northeast part of the nation saw the greatest improvement from the prior month.

Total existing-home sales rose to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of six million in August. Sales as a whole rose year-over-year, up 10.5 percent from a year ago, which totaled 5.43 million in August 2019.

The median existing-home price for all housing types in August was $310,600, up 11.4 percent from August 2019 ($278,800), as prices rose in every region. August’s national price increase marks 102 straight months of year-over-year gains.

Total housing inventory at the end of August totaled 1.49 million units, down 0.7 percent from July and down 18.6 percent from one year ago, from 1.83 million. Unsold inventory sits at a 3.0-month supply

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Home costs don’t stop at a down payment

If you’re saving for your first home, there’s no shortage of advice out there — some of it questionable, even if you do have an avocado toast habit. Still, it’s true that your down payment may be the biggest check you ever write.

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But once you move in, it’s also true that the cash tends to just keep flying out of your bank account like that money-with-wings emoji. If you drain your savings on closing day, you’ll have to delay furnishings or repairs, to say nothing of less-pressing cosmetic changes.

A sizable cash cushion makes the cost of owning a home more manageable. But even if you lack that cushion, it helps to at least know what to expect and what else you may need to finance or start saving for again. Here’s what I learned.

1. THINGS WILL BREAK

I’ve lost count of the handymen, electricians and

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Millennial Money: Home costs don’t stop at a down payment

If you’re saving for your first home, there’s no shortage of advice out there — some of it questionable, even if you do have an avocado toast habit. Still, it’s true that your down payment may be the biggest check you ever write.

But once you move in, it’s also true that the cash tends to just keep flying out of your bank account like that money-with-wings emoji. If you drain your savings on closing day, you’ll have to delay furnishings or repairs, to say nothing of less-pressing cosmetic changes.


A sizable cash cushion makes the cost of owning a home more manageable. But even if you lack that cushion, it helps to at least know what to expect and what else you may need to finance or start saving for again. Here’s what I learned.



1. THINGS WILL BREAK

I’ve lost count of the handymen, electricians and plumbers who

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Google Home’s unsolicited advice can get annoying. Here’s how to politely ask it to stop

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Google Home smart speakers sometimes bug you to try suggested commands, which many find annoying.


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Every once in a while, I’ll ask my Google Home ($130 at QVC) for something — the weather forecastsetting a timerhow to spell “antidisestablishmentarianism” — and it answers right away. But then, sometimes, it adds a tip I didn’t ask for, such as, “If you ever want to know what time it is, just ask.” Or, “By the way, if you’d ever like to hear a summary of your day, just say, ‘good morning.'” One tip it’s never had for me, however, is how to keep it from repeating the same descriptions of its features that I’ve already chosen to ignore time and again.

I wish the Google Home had a “brief mode” like the Amazon Echo, which you can set to simply ding when executing certain commands. Instead,

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GDP contractions: Modi govt. did nothing to stop slide, says Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the provisional estimates for the first quarter of April to June didn’t come as a surprise as the Narendra Modi government ‘did nothing’ to stop the slide.

Most parts of the first quarter had seen a freeze in the economic activity under lockdown beginning March 25 because of the pandemic.

“The GDP reduces by 24%. The worst in independent India’s history. Unfortunately, the Govt ignored the warnings,” former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said in a separate tweet and tagged his own video of March 17 in which he predicted “an economic tsunami and large scale devastation”.

“The estimates do not come as a surprise to us. They should be a matter of surprise to the government that was seeing ‘green shoots’ on several days during the first quarter. They should also be a matter of shame to the government that did nothing

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