Fit in Five Minutes

The way Gretchen Reynolds kicked off her recent New York Times article made me jump for joy – then jump into my jog togs: Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed.” My happiness stemmed not from the realization …

Burt’s Bees Founder Still a Maverick at Age 79

Burt Shavitz, the 79-year-old founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, lives the life of a recluse. And he’s very happy about it. “There’s no noise,” Shavitz, 79, told the New York Times by way of describing his 40-acre spread in northern Maine. “There’s no children screaming. There’s no people getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning and trying to start their car and raising hell. Everybody has their own idea of what a good place to be is, and this is …

Firing of Times Editor Fuels Equal-Pay Debate

The abrupt firing this week of Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, once again puts a spotlight on unequal pay between men and women doing similar jobs, as details continue to leak. The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta provided some Times salary numbers. When Abramson became executive editor in 2011, her salary was $475,000, or $84,000 less than her male predecessor’s pay that year, Auletta reports.  Also, during the three years she served as Washington bureau chief, she made $100,000 …

Was Fired New York Times Editor Paid Less Than a Man?

It’s not just women toiling away in middle management or other low-profile positions who apparently are paid less than men. Jill Abramson, fired yesterday as executive editor of the New York Times – a position she had held since 2011 and the first woman ever in that spot – reportedly just weeks ago found out that her pay and pension benefits were much less than her male predecessor’s. She balked, and, according to the New Yorker, the pay gap was …

Abramson Steps Down as NYT Executive Editor

By the Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Times has announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job. The company didn’t give a reason for the change. Abramson and Baquet had both been in their current positions since September 2011. Baquet, who would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper‘s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in …

Are Those Fun Online Quizzes Invading Your Privacy?

What city should you live in? Which Love Boat character are you? What superpower should you have? Fun quizzes are all the rage online these days. Buzzfeed (which says I should live in Portland, Ore.) is leading the charge, but even the scholarly Pew Research Center (“How Millennial Are You?”) and the New York Times (“How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk”) have a hand in the fad. The exercises are addictive, shareable, entertaining. So what’s not to like? Here’s …