Case-Shiller Index: Home prices drop 0.9% In February

April 27, 2010 · Posted in Commentary · 1 Comment 

Home prices in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas declined 0.9% in February, according to the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Index. It was the fifth consecutive monthly drop. The big winner was San Diego with a 0.6% increase over January.  Portland suffered a 2.4% drop over the previous month.  The biggest loser in this current market downturn continues to be Las Vegas where prices are off 56.0% from their peak.  Las Vegas suffered a 0.4% decrease over January.  Overall, home prices in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas were down 30.3% from their July, 2006 peak .

Here’s a look at how the individual Top 20 Metropolitan Areas are performing: Read more

Fees waived at all National Parks during National Parks Week

April 15, 2010 · Posted in Freebies · 1 Comment 

From April 17th through April 25th, entrance fees will be waived at all National Parks in honor of  National Parks Week.  These fees normally run as high as $25 per car!  In addition, some park concessionaires are offering special promotions during  National Parks Week.  Click here for a list of participating concessionaires. Read more

Unemployment stays at 9.7% for March

April 2, 2010 · Posted in Commentary · Comment 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that the unemployment rate stayed at 9.7% in March with 162,000 jobs being added.  This was the biggest increase in employment in 3 years.  The fact that the unemployment rate did not change seems to indicate that more people are entering the workforce.

Let’s breakdown the numbers: Read more

President Obama pardons Larry Craig

April 1, 2010 · Posted in Fun Stuff · Comment 

Larry CraigPresident Obama, in a surprise move intent on extending an olive branch to Republicans after a bitter partisan fight over health care reform, has granted a presidential pardon to Larry Craig, the ex-senator from Idaho.  Craig pleaded guilty in 2007 to disorderly conduct after being arrested in the men’s room at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport on suspicion of lewd conduct.  Read more

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