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Atherton is a town located in San Mateo County, California. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 7,194. It was the largest place in the United States that had a median household income in excess of $200,000 in 2000. (More Info and Source) Atherton Real Estate

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Firefighters’ thoughtful act goes viral

What could have been a routine emergency call turned into something special.

Baytown, Texas, resident John McCormick had a heart attack while mowing his lawn. McCormick had a history of cardiac issues, according to a local news report.

EMT units and a fire truck arrived at the scene after McCormick’s family called 911. McCormick was rushed to the hospital.

Unfortunately, McCormick died two days later.

However, the family is taking comfort in a kind gesture that the firefighters made after escorting McCormick to the hospital.

The firefighters returned to the McCormick residence and finished mowing the lawn.

After they were finished, the firefighters secured the lawn equipment in the garage and left the family a handwritten letter.

A neighbor spotted the firefighters in action and took photos. The images were posted on Facebook and have gone viral.

The family expressed gratitude for the firefighters’ act of kindness and the positive response the act has received from around the world.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:13:28 -0700

Swanky apartment building bans dogs from walking on lobby floor

The “no paws” rule at one New York City luxury apartment building has dog owners howling.

The New York Post reports that management at Hawthorn Park has ordered residents to carry their dogs across the lobby floor of the building, which is made of marble.

In addition to not allowing dogs to walk on the lobby floor, Hawthorn Park bans dogs over 15 pounds and also makes any resident with a dog take the service elevator.

While some dog owners were miffed at the draconian rules, most seemed resigned to accept them. Residential buildings in New York City are notorious for having strict dog policies.

The new apartment building, which is still partially under construction, offers leases starting at $5,000 per month for a one-bedroom unit.

Glenwood Management, owners and operators of Hawthorn Park, did not return the New York Post’s request for a comment.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:45:16 -0700

Wages still at heart of Labor Day protests 100+ years later

Labor Day is more than just a random day of the year to close shop, take a three-day weekend and head to the pool for one last trip of the summer. It's also a day to pat yourself on the back about all the hard work you've put in. 

That's what the national holiday was truly created for. It's now been more than 125 years since the first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York.

The USDL site says Labor Day, "constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

But, as this TED presentation points out, the holiday didn't always have that warm, positive feeling about it: "The workers had gathered not just to rest and celebrate, but to demand fair wages, the end of child labor, and the right to organize into unions."

Workers' gatherings also resulted in violence across the nation in multiple incidents. 

HISTORY CHANNEL: "In 1894, railway workers in Pullman, Illinois went on strike to protest wage cuts. President Grover Cleveland faced pressure to end the demonstrations and sent 12,000 federal troops to break the strike."  

That clash resulted in the death of two strikers. Fast forward more than 120 years and, though less violent, the issue of fair wages is still a major talking point in regard to the holiday. 

President Obama posted a weekly message on YouTube titled "This Labor Day, Let's Talk About the Minimum Wage."

"In America, no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. A hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay," Obama said.

Obama's first attempt to raise the minimum wage nationwide by 2016 failed earlier this year. The Senate voted 54-42 to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, falling short of the 60 votes needed. The bill faced a tougher fight in the Republican House anyway.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Many, especially fast food workers, say that's simply not enough to live on and are campaigning to raise the wage. 

"I make $8.30 an hour as a shift leader and it's hard to survive. I'm a single parent of a two-year-old. I have rent, lights, daycare fees and at the end of the month I have nothing," said one unidentified fast food worker interviewed on ABC Action News while at a protest. 

The Wall Street Journal reports voters are in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 with 60 percent of respondents to their poll saying it would have a "positive" effect on the economy.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:36:52 -0700

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