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Palo Alto is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA, named for a tree called El Palo Alto. The city is located at the northern end of Silicon Valley, and is home to Stanford University (which is technically located in an adjacent area, Stanford,... (More Info and Source) Palo Alto Real Estate

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Family says newborn hit by stray hunter's bullet will be blind

Shayne Iverson was just 5 days old when he was hit by the bullet in his Saltsburg, Pa., home as he was being cradled by his father.

“That was the worst phone call I ever got in my life,” the baby’s great-aunt, Beth Sinclair told WPXI-TV.

Doctors said the bullet went through his head and came out his eye socket.

“He will be blind.  His eye actually saved his life because the bullet hit that instead of his brain,” said Sinclair.

Shayne is in critical condition.  He’s stable but will have a very long road ahead.

“They’re watching the swelling right now on his brain,” said Sinclair.

The Shayne Iverson Fund has been set up to help.  Donations can be made at any S&T Bank.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:50:31 -0700

Is college worth it? See list of highest-paying majors

Good news for new college grads. Employers are planning to hire you this year, according to a new Harris survey.

Business majors are in highest demand, followed by computer and information sciences majors, and engineering majors. But good luck finding a job if you studied liberal arts, general studies and humanities, education; science technologies, or communication and journalism. Those fields are in the lowest demand, according to the survey.

Either way, don't expect too fat of a pay check. The majority of annual starting salaries will be less than $40,000.

The highest-paid college majors

If you're looking for the highest-paid college majors, here's the latest list (these are starting salaries) according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers:

  • Petroleum Engineering: $93,500
  • Computer Engineering: $71,700
  • Chemical Engineering: $67,600
  • Computer Science: $64,800
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering: $64,400
  • Mechanical Engineering: $64,000
  • Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering: $63,400
  • Management Information Systems/Business: $63,100
  • Engineering Technology: $62,200
  • Finance: $57,400

Meanwhile, new research from The Hamilton Project shows that the highest-paying majors will earn you roughly $1 million more over a working lifetime than the lowest-earning majors. This chart offers a great visual aid to take in all the research at a glance.

Degrees that pay the most have lifetime earnings in excess of $2 million. (The average earning over a career is $1.25 million.)

However, there are some real weak spots when it comes to earning; a 4-year elementary education degree earns you less over a lifetime than the average 2-year associate degree. Ditto for social work, drama, and theater arts. Music is dead even on earning power with a 2-year associate degree.

The point is if you find something you would really like doing and it pays, maybe you consider it. Though money is not everything.

You're hearing mixed messages from me because it is a mixed message. Taking on enormous student loans to be an art history student, well, maybe that's not a great idea. Ditto for a social worker. On the other hand, if you do chemical engineering, that has a real payback over a lifetime.


Jobs of today that are going away

Of course, the job market is a constantly moving target. Technology moves at such a quick pace that many jobs we know today could be extinct tomorrow. recently ran a list of 12 jobs on the brink of extinction. Among the professions listed were librarian, professional typist, video store clerk, travel agents, newspaper deliverer, switchboard operator, and more.

The takeaway for you is don't put blinders on. You've got to gain continual education and re-education to make yourself marketable for today's jobs and tomorrow's jobs. 

I like to cite a Canadian study that found 70% of jobs that will exist two decades from now don't exist today. Think about that in your own life. Twenty years ago, if you talked about being a web master, or about e-commerce or the Internet, people would have no idea what you were talking about.

The reality is, if you're not getting ahead, you're falling behind.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:03:45 -0700

Wild Card dilemma: Root for Pirates pitcher boyfriend or Giants shortstop brother?

Amy Crawford, the younger sister of San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, may have a bit of a dilemma during the National League Wild Card game Wednesday night.

Normally, it’d be easy. Amy roots for her big brother’s team to win. But Amy dates Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole.

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Last year, Amy sent out this tweet before the two teams played during the regular season.

Now, with the stakes a bit higher, she has a decision to make. Or, as some would say, she’s in a win-win and lose-lose situation.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:18:21 -0700

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