September 4, 2013 |
If you interview for a job at Google, don't expect the person making the hiring decision to be your prospective boss. When it comes to evaluating job candidates, "what we've found is you're much more objective if you understand the space but do not necessarily have a stake in that person actually joining," said Sunil Chandra, Google's vice president for staffing and operations. And that's why Google, the Silicon Valley giant known for its attractive workplace benefits and whimsical office culture , uses panels of varied employees — not potential direct supervisors or peers — to handle its worker selection process.
October 9, 2013
The following is the text of a letter dated Oct. 9 from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to season-ticket holders. (Related story: Snyder defends Redskins name in emotional letter to fans ) To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation: As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization -- our players, coaches and staff -- are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for. We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to the sustained long-term success of this franchise.
May 19, 2012 |
My aunt once told me we were related to Francis Scott Key, the cat who penned "The Star-Spangled Banner," and who was born in what is now Carroll County. Okay, she also told me James Arness from "Gunsmoke" once pushed her on a swing and that I would grow up to be happy and successful. So I don't know what to believe anymore. But I am pretty certain about this: When Uncle Frankie was feverishly composing with ink and quill, during a War of 1812 firefight, he did not suddenly wonder with great amusement, "If only some slovenly man with Boog Powell barbecue-sauce stains on his schmedium white cotton tank top shouted, ‘ OH !
September 25, 2013 |
The government contractor who killed 12 people at the Navy Yard last week was driven by delusions that he was being controlled by low frequency radio waves, and he scratched "end the torment" on the shotgun used in the killings, the FBI said Wednesday, offering new, chilling details of the mass shooting. In addition, Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office, confirmed that Aaron Alexis, 34, had a performance issue at work that was addressed the Friday before the shooting.
June 6, 2009 |
When President Obama convened a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, N.M., last month, he wanted to talk about credit card reform. But many in the crowd had a different agenda. "So many people go bankrupt using their credit cards to pay for health care," the first questioner said to applause. "Why have they taken single-payer off the plate?" The "single-payer" activists had struck again. As Obama and congressional Democrats work to hammer out landmark health-care legislation, they face increasingly noisy protests from those on the left who complain that a national program like those in Europe has been excluded from the debate.
September 25, 2013 |
In a hidden shelter on the edge of the Afghan capital, a dozen girls and women crouched on thin cushions one recent afternoon, their faces drawn with fatigue and fear. Some had been found wandering the streets; others had traveled long distances in flight from abusive families, forced marriages or unhappy lives. Raya, 18, a pretty girl with green eyes, said that when her parents insisted she quit school and marry a man they had chosen, she ran away instead. "Now we are living in a democracy, so we should have the right to choose," she said.
September 11, 2013 |
The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria's civil war. The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened tensions over threats by President Obama to order missile strikes to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.
September 16, 2013 |
Thirteen people are dead and at least eight others were injured after a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, officials said, spreading fear and chaos across the region as authorities sought to contain the panic. The incident, in which the death toll rose almost hourly, represents the single worst loss of life in the District since an airliner plunged into the Potomac River in 1982, killing 78. D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the mounting number of casualties in a series of news conferences.
February 12, 2013
Here is a full transcript of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address as delivered. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. Please, everybody, have a seat. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow Americans, 51 years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this chamber that "the Constitution makes us not rivals for power, but partners for progress. " (APPLAUSE) "It is my task," he said, "to report the state of the union. To improve it is the task of us all. " Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report.
March 14, 2013
What you need to know about Minecraft What is it? Minecraft is a video game in which players create and break apart various kinds of blocks in three-dimensional worlds. The game's two main modes are Survival and Creative. In Survival, players must find their own building supplies and food. They also interact with blocklike mobs, or moving creatures. (Creepers and zombies are some of the dangerous ones.) In Creative, players are given supplies and do not have to eat to survive.
September 13, 2013 |
Bjørn Lomborg, an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, directs the Copenhagen Consensus Center. He is the author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist," "Cool It" and, most recently, "How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard From 1900 to 2050. " One of the most persistent claims in the climate debate is that global warming leads to more extreme weather. Green groups and even such respectable outlets as Scientific American declare that " extreme weather is a product of climate change . " And the meme seems irresistible as a political shortcut to action.
August 13, 2012 |
Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, according to a new worldwide poll. The poll, called "The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism," found that the number of Americans who say they are "religious" dropped from 73 percent in 2005 (the last time the poll was conducted) to 60 percent. At the same time, the number of Americans who say they are atheists rose, from 1 percent to 5 percent. The poll was conducted by WIN-Gallup International and is based on interviews with 50,000 people from 57 countries and five continents.
June 24, 2013 |
In case you haven't noticed, advertisements aimed at treating low levels of testosterone, or "low T," have displaced those erectile dysfunction commercials with side-by-side bathtubs. The ads ask: Are you suffering from any of the following — depression, low energy, weight gain, fatigue, low sex drive? Really, at midlife, who isn't? "Those symptoms are true of everybody as they age, to a greater or lesser extent," says Glenn Braunstein, an endocrinologist and vice president of clinical innovation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
September 17, 2012 |
Keeper Becky Malinsky was getting ready for bed Sunday, sitting on the couch with her dog when she decided to check the National Zoo's panda cam , which was monitoring Mei Xiang, the female giant panda. Malinsky knew that Mei was nearing the end of her annual reproductive cycle, and that most experts figured, after five failed attempts to impregnate the panda, the odds of having a new cub at the zoo were almost nil. But Malinsky decided to check anyhow. She fired up her laptop and logged on to the camera that had been intently trained on Mei for the past few weeks.