Michelle Zorich's sits in a Miami Starbucks in October 2007. Since employees can now log on and be productive from just about anywhere, it's becoming harder for them to take time off, even when they're out of the office.
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For some employees, smartphones and computer tablets have become digital leashes to the office. They've made it easier to stay in touch with what's going on at work from almost anywhere, which has made it increasingly more difficult for some workers to disconnect — even while on vacation.
For Dimitar Popov, a business consultant from Chicago, the "day off from work" is dead.
"I took off work but with the promise that I would be periodically checking e-mails," he says.
Not to mention returning phone calls and text messages from co-workers on his day off.
The former vice president of a Kentucky oil and gas company and a former geologist were sentenced Thursday for defrauding hundreds of investors nationwide out of millions of dollars. Christopher Cello Smith, 50, of Prestonsburg, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted by a federal jury of seven counts of mail fraud last July, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Smith served as vice president of Target Oil and Gas Co. in Albany from 2003 to 2008. He also was sentenced to three years supervised release and a $500 mandatory assessment. U.S. District Senior Judge Joseph M. Hood imposed a a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $3 million.
Formal public hearings concerning proposed power rate increases sought by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Kenergy Corp. are scheduled to take place in Frankfort next month. If the full rate increases are granted to both companies, residential rates for Kenergy customers would increase 9.97 percent. Commercial and industrial rates would increase by lesser amounts.
The Republican Party of Kentucky's leadership on Thursday hoped to dispel concerns raised by some tea party members and said they don't have plans to delay the state GOP's re-organization from 2012 to 2013. Tea party activist David Adams this week released a statement urging tea party supporters to oppose efforts to delay Republican Party elections of local and state officers by a year. Adams said the delay would keep tea party supporters out of the GOP leadership until after the presidential election.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, seen at a May bail hearing at State Supreme Court in Manhattan, is accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid.
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New York prosecutors in the sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn were expected to concede in court Friday that serious questions have arisen over the credibility of his accuser.
Concerns that the woman, a hotel housekeeper, might have lied in parts of her story leading up to and immediately after the alleged assault in May were likely to weigh in Strauss-Kahn's favor at a hearing to reduce his strict bail conditions.
The Lexington Public Library is taking steps to eradicate bedbugs from the Central Library on East Main Street, but officials say it remains a safe place for patrons. Two bedbugs were found in recent days in the library, which has as many as half a million visitors each year, said spokesman Doug Tattersall. "We're still busy, and people need to know they are safe here," he said. A pair of bedbug-sniffing dogs from a pest control company in Evansville, Ind., found evidence of bedbugs Wednesday in "isolated pieces of furniture" on the first, third and fourth floors of the library, and in some staff areas, Tattersall said. Furniture identified by the dogs was "immediately removed," he said.
A protester throws a missile at riot police during clashes in central Athens on Wednesday during the Greek Austerity vote. Protests continue even after the Parliament voted for the bill.
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David Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf.
The Greek parliament's austerity vote accomplished one thing. It advanced the possibility of a deal that will pump enough cash in the direction of Athens for the country to pay off its creditors. Here's what it will not do: