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  2. By Caroline Levchuck You know they're coming: Those seemingly unanswerable questions that pop up during job interviews. You can't clam up. And you don't want to stutter and stammer. So what's a job seeker to do? The 'Future' Question Otherwise known as the "big picture" question, the future question goes something like this: "Where do you see yourself in five years?" The best tactic: Talk about your values. Don't get too detailed about your specific career plan. Instead, discuss things that are important to you professionally and how you plan to achieve them. If growth is a goal, mention that. You can also talk about challenge, another value that employers prize in their employees. The 'Salary' Question Most people will tell you that whoever answers this question first loses. But that's not necessarily true. When an interviewer asks your salary requirement, try first to gently deflect the question by inquiring about the salary for the position. If the interviewer presses you for a number, give a range. To decide on a range, think about the salary you want, your salary at your most recent position and the industry-standard salary for the job. The bottom line: The salary question is one of the most important, so you should prepare for it in advance and plan what to say. The 'Why' Question There's a fine line between boastful and confident. And you need to learn it. When an interviewer asks you why they should hire you, you're going to have speak confidently and honestly about your abilities. But you should avoid sounding overly boastful. Aim for earnest and prepare by practicing. That's right: Stand in front of the mirror and acknowledge your abilities and accomplishments to your reflection. Tell yourself: I have a very strong work ethic. I have integrity. I have excellent industry contacts. I aggressively pursue my goals. It's sometimes hard to praise yourself, but after a few sessions you'll sound sincere. The Seemingly Silly Question If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? What if you were a car? Or an animal? These type of questions can bring your interview to a screeching halt. First, don't panic. Pause and take a deep breath. Then remind yourself that there's no "right" answer to these questions. The job isn't hinging on whether you choose to be a spruce versus an oak. Interviewers usually ask these questions to see how you react under pressure and how well you handle the unexpected. It's not so important what type of tree (or car, or animal) you choose as that you explain your choice in a way that makes you look favorable. So, be a spruce -- because you want to reach new heights in your career. Or be an oak -- because you plan to put down roots at the company. Either way, you'll get it right.
  3. By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 31 minutes ago GULFPORT, Miss. - Attorneys carried files and exhibits into a federal courthouse Monday for what they expect to be a groundbreaking trial on whether insurance policyholders who lost homes in Hurricane Katrina are entitled to recover losses that insurance companies claim were caused by flooding. ADVERTISEMENT "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and this is the first step," plaintiffs' attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs said as he arrived in court. "It's one case. If you win it, it's a huge win. If you lose it, you spin it the best way you can." The lawsuit was filed on behalf of police Lt. Paul Leonard, who had taken out homeowner's insurance with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. long before Katrina pulverized his Pascagoula house on Aug. 29. After the storm, Nationwide blamed the damage on water, not wind. The insurer said Leonard's policy didn't cover floods. Joe Case, a spokesman for Nationwide, downplayed the impact one case could have on others pending against Nationwide and other insurance companies. "Right now we are focused on what this trial is about," Case said Monday after entering the courthouse that's still surrounded by Katrina destruction. "We look at each claim on a case-by-case basis." Leonard and his wife, Julie, say Nationwide denied their claim without thoroughly investigating the damage to their house, which is several hundred yards from the Mississippi Sound near the eastern end of the state's shoreline. The Leonards, who purchased their policy more than a decade ago, also say their insurance agent had assured them they didn't need to buy flood insurance for their home because their policy would cover all hurricane damage. "The goal here is to make my home whole again," said Leonard, whose house sustained an estimated $100,000 in damage. "If it helps someone else, that's great. But I'm fighting for my family's future." Scruggs is no stranger to high-profile court fights. He helped secure the landmark, multibillion dollar settlement with tobacco companies in the late 1990s. "Everyone is going to be watching the result of this," Scruggs said of the trial, which is expected to last a week or two. "It won't be binding for other cases, but the precedential effects of this will be enormous because it's the first one." While Nationwide homeowners' policies cover wind damage, the Columbus, Ohio-based insurer argues that damage from flood water, including wind-driven storm surge, is excluded from coverage. "Essentially, the Leonards are asking the court to change their contract after the fact," Case had said earlier. "They're asking for flood damage to be covered, and they didn't purchase flood insurance, regrettably." Scruggs represents around 3,000 policyholders on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, including his brother-in-law, U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (news, bio, voting record), R-Miss., whose Pascagoula home was demolished by Katrina on Aug. 29. Scruggs also has filed against other insurers, including Allstate Insurance Co., Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., State Farm Insurance Cos. and United Services Automobile Association. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood also is suing insurance companies, arguing they should pay for all of Katrina's property damage, whether it was caused by wind or wind-driven water. Dr. Robert Hartwig, chief economist for the Insurance Information Institute in New York, warned that a victory by the Leonards would "create chaos in insurance markets all over the country" because it would send a message that contracts can be "retroactively rewritten" after a disaster. "That creates an impossible business environment," he said. Scruggs and other plaintiffs' hope that winning this and a handful of other cases would pressure insurers into settling thousands of other Katrina-related lawsuits. "The outcome will at least set the tone for future cases," Scruggs said. Hartwig, however, downplayed that scenario. "Insurers will be looking at every single case on its merits," he said. ___
  4. is this still workin out fine for you?
  5. By CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 31 minutes ago NEW ORLEANS - A contrite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took responsibility Thursday for the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and said the levees failed because they were built in a disjointed fashion using outdated data. "This is the first time that the Corps has had to stand up and say, `We've had a catastrophic failure,'" Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, the Corps chief, said as the agency issued a 6,000-page-plus report on the disaster on Day 1 of the new hurricane season. The Corps said it will use the lessons it has learned to build better flood defenses. "Words alone will not restore trust in the Corps," Strock said, adding that the Corps is committed "to fulfilling our important responsibilities." The $19.7 million report includes details on the engineering and design failures that allowed the storm surge to overwhelm New Orleans' levees and floodwalls Aug. 29. Many of the findings and details on floodwall design, storm modeling and soil types have been released in pieces in recent months as the Corps sought to show it was being open about what went wrong. But the final report goes into greater depth. The Corps, Strock said, has undergone a period of intense introspection and is "deeply saddened and enormously troubled by the suffering of so many." Katrina damaged 169 miles of the 350-mile hurricane system that protects New Orleans and was blamed for more than 1,570 deaths in Louisiana alone. Robert Bea, a University of California at Berkeley engineer and Corps critic, called Strock's comments and the report signs of "a leadership in growth." "They're catching up with the 1,000 years of progress of the Dutch," Bea said, referring to the Netherlands' long, and mostly successful, history of battling the North Sea. The much-anticipated report — prepared by the 150-member Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force, assembled and headed by the Corps — is intended to serve as a road map for engineers as they seek to design and build better levees and floodwalls. Serious work began on New Orleans' hurricane protection system in the 1960s after Hurricane Betsy flooded the city in 1965. But over the decades, funding slackened and many parts of the system were not finished by the time Katrina hit. The result was a disjointed system of levees, inconsistent in quality, materials and design, that left gaps exploited by the storm, the report said. Also, engineers did not take into account the poor soil quality underneath New Orleans, the report said, and failed to account for the sinking of land, which caused some sections to be as much as 2 feet lower than other parts. Four breaches in canals that run through New Orleans were caused by foundation failures that were "not considered in the original design of these structures," the report said. Those breaches caused two-thirds of the city's flooding. Thursday's report urged the Corps to shift its formulaic cost-benefit approach on how it decides what projects are worthwhile. The agency was urged to look at potential environmental, societal and cultural losses, "without reducing everything to one measure such as dollars." The report did not directly address questions raised in other studies regarding the Corps' organizational mindset. Last month, a report by outside engineers said the Corps was dysfunctional and unreliable. That group, led by experts from the University of California at Berkeley, recommended setting up an agency to oversee the Corps' projects nationwide. In response to criticism after Katrina, the Corps has made fixing New Orleans' flood protection system a top priority and tried to incorporate the task force findings. The Corps already has spent about $800 million for repairs and improvements and plans to spend $3.7 billion over the next four years to raise and strengthen levees, increase pumping capacity and install more flood gates. A thorough assessment of the region's current flood defenses found no "glaring weaknesses," said Col. Richard Wagenaar, the Corps' district chief in New Orleans. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through Nov. 30. William Gray, a leading hurricane forecaster, said Wednesday that the 2006 season should not be as destructive as 2005, which set records with 28 named storms and four major hurricanes hitting land. Gray's team is forecasting 17 named storms this year, nine of them hurricanes. ___ On the Net: Corps: http://www.usace.army.mil


  7. Article: Security Clearances Can Pay Off By Renae Merle Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page D04 Workers with a security clearance earn 24 percent more than counterparts with similar skills, according to a new survey that found Washington area workers earn among the highest salaries. The survey released yesterday by ClearanceJobs.com, an Internet-based job board, illustrates how the growing demand for cleared employees has translated into more earning power. Overall, the average cleared employee earns $65,684, compared with $49,650 for a counterpart without a security clearance, the survey found. Information technology management executives earn the most, $105,000. Workers with clearances in Maryland, Virginia and the District earn among the highest salaries, $89,111, $77,108 and $70,072 respectively, the survey found. Those working in Iraq earn the most, $92,142. Employees with the most lucrative security clearances are those who work for the Department of Energy, according to the survey. Cleared workers at the department earn an average of $102,500, compared with those with a National Security Agency or CIA clearance, who earn $92,500. There are fewer Energy Department cleared employees and they often also have coveted scientific backgrounds, the survey said. "Security clearance jobs have defied the country's slow employment trend," said Evan Lesser, director of ClearanceJobs.com, which surveyed 700 job seekers holding clearances from November to January. There are more job openings than people with clearances to fill them, setting up an intense competition and prompting some companies to target competitors' workers. Answering questions about one's private life also raises cleared employees' earning power, the survey found. Workers who pass a "lifestyle polygraph," which includes questions about drug and alcohol use, sexual orientation and personal finances, earn an average salary of $80,319. Those who undergo only a "counterintelligence polygraph," which probes the worker's allegiance to the nation, earn about $70,168, the survey said. A cleared worker who hasn't passed any polygraph makes an average of $65,472. In a sign of the times, Fairfax-based ManTech International Corp. is raffling off two BMWs in a recruiting campaign. One of the cars will go to an employee with a top-secret clearance or higher hired between September and March. The other will go to an employee who refers a new hire with a clearance. "It's a competitive market for people with security clearances, and we wanted to have a campaign that got people's attention and made them aware of the career opportunities that exist at ManTech," said company President Robert Coleman. The number of new hires has increased "significantly" since the campaign began, he said. "We're seeing a lot more résumé influx," he said. The company has about 450 openings, half of them requiring a security clearance. View the article on WashingtonPost.com
  8. If my grandma was there and had the means to evacuate, I'm sure she would've packed her skillet and some spices. Ya'll know how old people in the south are about their one skillet that's seasoned. That's a nice thing for them to do.
  9. By Ellen Wulfhorst Tue Jan 10, 5:44 PM ET NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans is known for its food, so it's only natural that rebuilding might start in the kitchen. Residents are organizing ways to replace old-fashioned cooking skillets and recipe collections for people who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina. The Black Iron Skillet Project collects and distributes seasoned frying pans, and Exchange Alley publishes recipes in the local newspaper that readers say they lost in the storm. "It's better than the Red Cross," said Parlee Harper on Tuesday after getting a skillet for her 71-year-old sister who lost everything, including their grandmother's skillet, in the August 29 storm and flooding that followed. "The Red Cross maybe gives you $300. But this is tradition. This goes back to childhood," Harper said. The Skillet Project has distributed some 75 pans already seasoned, a several-hour process that entails baking the oil-coated pans in an oven. The Exchange runs several recipes a week in the food section of the Times-Picayune newspaper. "If ever I need some comfort food, it's now," wrote one reader, seeking a lost recipe for sweet potato, corn and jalapeno bisque. The newspaper's food editor Judy Walker said requests are not so much for traditional gumbo or jambalaya -- family recipes she said "people can make in their sleep" -- but for special dishes once published in the paper. Refitting lives with recipes and cookware is fitting for New Orleans, where the city's unique cuisine has always been one of its famed and most compelling features, said Walker. "You can't get these recipes out of 'The Joy of Cooking' cookbook. These recipes are really local," she said. And the skillet was a centerpiece to family life, said Harper, 55. "My sister always had that skillet going on the stove with some type of food in it, fried chicken, pork chops, maybe stewed okra or fried catfish," she said. "We'd always get together and enjoy each other and eat something out of that skillet." Kathy Vargo of Chalmette, a small town east of New Orleans, got skillets to replace cookware lost in her home, her brother's home and her mother's home -- all destroyed by Katrina. "It's not something you think would matter, but it did," said Vargo, 55. "It's not the money, it's not having a new thing," she said. "It's the fact that someone made a special effort to help. It's the little things that people do that have brought sunshine to a very dismal situation." With the slow pace of recovery, Skillet Project organizer Gale Marie Abbass says she's got dozens of pans in her car waiting to be given away. "A lot of people who could use them don't really have room in a trailer or on a ship or in a hotel room," she said. "But as people get back and get settled into their new lives and new homes, I'm sure they'll find good places for them." http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060110/ts_nm/...anes_cooking_dc
  10. BATON ROUGE, La. - A Republican who says she has never worked on a political campaign filed documents Tuesday launching a drive to oust Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who was harshly criticized for her response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Kat Landry, who filed a recall petition with state elections officials, said Louisiana needs new leadership to recover from the storms' back-to-back blows. "What we have seen in the past few months is a lack of leadership, a lack of communication, a lack of understanding of how to get things done," Landry said. In Louisiana, getting a recall on the ballot requires petition signatures from at least one-third of the state's registered voters, or about 900,000 people, in 180 days, according to Jennifer Marusak of the secretary of state's office. The 180-day period for gathering signatures began Tuesday, when the petition was filed, Marusak said. If the proper signatures are gathered, a majority of voters in a recall election would have to vote to get rid of Blanco, a Democrat, before she would be forced out of office. Blanco was out of the country Tuesday, studying flood-control measures in Holland, and unavailable to comment. A spokesman of hers would not comment on the petition. Landry said she's received a tremendous amount of traffic on a recall Web site she set up, and noted 676,000 people voted against Blanco for governor in the first place. Blanco was elected in 2003 with 52 percent of the vote; the number cited by Landry was the total who voted for her opponent, Bobby Jindal. A call to the state Republican Party for comment on whether it was involved in the petition drive was not immediately returned. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060110/ap_on_...s/blanco_recall
  11. Sat Jan 7, 4:26 AM ET NEW ORLEANS - Thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees staying in hotels at government expense may be able to extend their stays beyond a Feb. 7 deadline, federal officials said. Those who want to stay must register and obtain an authorization code by the end of January. Otherwise, rooms will not be paid for beyond Feb. 7, a FEMA spokeswoman said. Evacuees who register will be able to stay until Feb. 13, and possibly longer, depending on when they receive notification about eligibility for other FEMA housing assistance. Checkout time has been a moving target for those in the FEMA hotel program. The end date had been Dec. 1, but FEMA extended it several times. A class-action lawsuit led a judge to order that the program be extended until at least Jan. 7 for some evacuees, and as late as Feb. 7 for others. Howard Godnick, an attorney for evacuees who has been highly critical of the agency, said he hoped FEMA "has taken a step in the right direction" by extending the program. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060107/ap_on_...a_hotel_rooms_1
  12. By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer January 1, 2006 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings became an embarrassment on Mike Tice's watch, with a ticket scalping scandal, the infamous lake cruise and a Whizzinator somewhere in between. There weren't enough wins to cover up the ugliness, and now Tice is out of a job. Owner Zygi Wilf fired Tice after Sunday's victory over Chicago capped a disappointing 9-7 season in which the Vikings, a trendy preseason pick to go to the Super Bowl, missed the playoffs. The news wasn't a surprise, but the timing and manner in which it was delivered stunned the few players remaining in the stadium Sunday. A team executive issued a two-paragraph press release to reporters in the Vikings' locker room after most players had gone home. Pro Bowl kick returner Koren Robinson had to compose himself before commenting, managing a "Whoa, that's crazy," while he read the statement at his locker. "In the locker room? Right after a game you just won?" Robinson said. "Give the man respect enough to wait until Monday to enjoy the win at least." Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper crumpled up the release and threw it on the floor before declining comment and running back Mewelde Moore also tersely declined comment. Tice, who finished his fourth full season with a 32-32 overall record, had already addressed the media before the move was made public. Reporters waited for him long after the game was over, and the coach wore a good-natured smile and showed no bitterness about the way the situation was handled. "It's a shame I'm not going to be able to work with the Wilfs," Tice said with moist eyes. "I think they're going to be top notch owners. ... I'm very proud with a lot of the things we've accomplished with the things we've been given to work with." Tice was one of three NFL coaches to go following Sunday's games; Dick Vermeil announced his retirement in Kansas City, and a person close to the organization told The Associated Press that the Houston Texans planned to fire Dom Capers. Tice's tenure was mostly marked by streaks and scandals. A $100,000 fine was levied last summer against him by the league for scalping his Super Bowl tickets and running back Onterrio Smith was caught at the airport with a device designed to beat drug tests dubbed the "Original Whizzinator." But perhaps the biggest blow came with revelations of a wild boat party during the team's bye week this season that produced misdemeanor charges against four players. Tice's Vikings were inconsistent on the field, prone to long winning streaks and big collapses. Minnesota started 6-0 in 2003 and 5-1 in 2004 before going 3-7 over the final 10 games of both seasons. After starting 2-5 this year, the Vikings won six straight, then lost two in a row to fall out of contention for the playoffs. "After significant evaluation, we feel that now is the time to make a coaching change," Wilf said in the statement. Wilf had said previously that Tice's job status would be discussed at the team's headquarters on Monday, but shortly before 7 p.m. central time, the release was issued. The owner was gone by then and he scheduled a press conference for Monday afternoon. "It's the owner's decision," said quarterback Brad Johnson, as he left the stadium with his family. "It's a tough business, and I appreciate Mike and the way he treated me and the way he treated the team. I wish him greatness." Tice has lauded the Wilf family for the support they've shown since purchasing the franchise from Red McCombs last summer. He also spoke glowingly of his 13 years in Minnesota, which began as a tight end in 1992 and progressed from tight ends coach to offensive line coach to a somewhat surprising promotion to head coach after Dennis Green was fired in January 2002. "I don't know who was more shaken by it, him or me," Tice said of an emotional meeting with Wilf that happened after he spoke to the media about Sunday's 34-10 victory over the Bears. "Of course I'm hurt. I'm a man, not a machine," Tice said. "I put a lot of time into this organization, and had a lot of good times, and some bad times." His lone regret was that he had to call his wife, who was being asked about the rumors in the Metrodome parking lot, to inform her of the news. "I would've liked to savor the victory," Tice said. He exited the Dome with a smile on his face and his head held high, not knowing what the future holds. He has a son who will be a senior in high school next year and he said he will make a decision with that in mind first. Asked if he will coach again, Tice paused before saying, "Yeah, if the right job comes up." His immediate plans were a little clearer. "Go home and let my wife cry on my shoulder, I guess."
  13. McNabb's father relieved, sad over T.O. mess Posted: 2 minutes ago Donovan McNabb's father is relieved that Terrell Owens probably won't play for the Eagles again. Sam McNabb also wasn't surprised when he learned that the enigmatic wide receiver won't be welcomed back to the team after serving his four-game suspension, according to a report in The Philadelphia Daily News. "Here's the reality of it," Sam McNabb told the paper. "There's been far too much press, far too much attention drawn to a situation that couldn't have become anything but a cancer to this team. And as we've learned in medicine, the best way to treat a cancer is to remove it. Not only will it do Donovan a lot better, but I think this whole team will do a lot better." As for speculation that his son helped to engineer the divorce, the elder McNabb wasn't buying it. "No one knows better than the players how difficult it is to get to that level, and I don't think Donovan would ever do something to destroy that for someone else," McNabb said. "I think he would be the most patient he could and hope and pray that it would work itself out. But I don't think he would ever personally put the kibosh on it." But McNabb also told the Daily News he was saddened when he learned about the Eagles' decision to suspend Owens. "As a father, as a man, as a sports enthusiast, I think this is a sad day," McNabb said. "It's another young man with a golden opportunity to do good in his life who opted to take a different stand. "The sad side of it is this is a guy who could have been and who was very productive in this system. It's sad that wasn't enough for the guy." Of course, McNabb is no stranger to hearing the taunts, jeers and criticisms of his famous son. On draft day in 1999, Eagles fans loudly booed the team's pick. And then there were Rush Limbaugh's now infamous remarks about the media's approach black quarterbacks. As for Owens, McNabb said the wide receiver's criticisms of his son stung him not as a father, but as a black man. "Within the last month, we've seen a man (Donovan McNabb) who is trying to accomplish something very difficult, to be an African-American quarterback at the top of his game, attacked by someone of his own race," McNabb said. "That's what really amazes me. It's like another black-on-black crime. Those are hurts that create scars that take a long time to heal."
  14. NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Jordan admits being "stupid" in his gambling, but never jeopardized his livelihood or his family, he told CBS' 60 Minutes in an interview to be broadcast Sunday. Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s, said his gambling is related to his fierce competitiveness. But he realized when he stepped over the line. "Yeah, I've gotten myself into [gambling] situations where I would not walk away and I've pushed the envelope," Jordan said in the interview. "It's very embarrassing ... one of the things you totally regret. So you look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'I was stupid.' Jordan also discusses his love of basketball, his father's murder and his pursuit of privacy. He also addressed critics who expected him to be more political and outspoken. "It's heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody," he said. "My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can." Jordan has a new book titled Driven from Within. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/bask...ex.html?cnn=yes
  15. me too that's why it's so funny... 933924[/snapback] Did you see her at the press conference? She was front and center. Are they still getting their own reality TV show? The Christie's at Mavs Press Conference 934431[/snapback] @ Jackie holding the jersey like she on the team too. 935052[/snapback] She is!!! Hell, she probably coordinated that trade
  16. I fell asleep, but when the DJ on the radio this morning said "No, it was not a dream, Washington beat Dallas 14-13. I was like cuz the score was 13 - 0 last I checked. Oh hell, now all these fuckerz are gonna have their jersey's on over their suits on the train
  17. People in my office are gonna be sick if Washington loses, or should I say, WHEN Washington loses
  18. What bags of hair are best? I went in Sally's and told them what I was doing and Mae Ling threw all kinds of hair in the cart. Blonde, blue, red, etc. She said "They looka good on blacka people."
  19. I'm sending some, just in case. I'm gonna throw in some Royal Crown, hair beads for those with braids, and combs/brushes
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