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April 9, 2013 Edition 15

How Old Are You? By Zig Ziglar You probably know some people in their forties who are “old,” and others who are in their seventies and yet are “young.”  I say that because I believe most of the readers of this column have confidence in Webster’s Dictionary.  Not once does Webster refer to the calendar [...]

Many have given up looking for work

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Many more people stopped looking for work last month than in February, a revelation that cast a pall over a recent string of month-to-month employment gains nationally and locally.

The question on the minds of many is whether this is just a blip or sign of something more disturbing for the months ahead.

People who are out of work are no longer counted as unemployed once they stop looking for a job, a major reason why the national unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in March, the lowest in four years, from 7.7 percent a month earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The unemployment rate for metro Atlanta is 8.3 percent.

Only 63 percent of Americans were working or looking for work last month, the lowest participation level in nearly 34 years. Economists say many of those who had been job hunting became so discouraged that they gave up the search. Others may have stopped looking because unemployment benefits had run out. The …

The cell phone turns 40

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(Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

(Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Remember your first cellular phone? Was it the size of a lunchbox?

For those of you into milestones, today is the 40th anniversary of the ubiquitous mobile phone. The Motorola DynaTAC made its debut April 3, 1973, a creation of engineer Martin Cooper.

The first device weighed a little over 2 pounds, was 9 inches tall, relied on 30 circuit boards and took 10 hours to recharge. Cooper told UK’s  The Telegraph that “you could only talk for 20 minutes before the battery ran out…which is just as well because you would not be able to hold it up for much longer.”

Cooper’s first call was to Bell Labs rival Joel Engel: “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.” The phone was priced at $4,000 when it went on sale in 1983.

Today the mobile phone is a mini computer. It is a fraction of its original size and weight, provides all manner of news and …

April 2, 2013 Edition 14

The Power of Attitude By Zig Ziglar John Maxwell says, “Never underestimate the power of your attitude.  It is the advance man of our true selves.  Its roots are inward, but its fruit is outward.  It is our best friend, or our worst enemy.  It is more honest and more consistent than our words.  It [...]

Atlanta hotel rates skyrocket for Final Four

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Jack and Judi Hamilton enjoy martinis with their standard poodles in the lobby of the Hotel Indigo Atlanta-Midtown. (Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com)

Jack and Judi Hamilton enjoy martinis with their standard poodles in the lobby of the Hotel Indigo Atlanta-Midtown. (Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com)

Atlanta hotels will be charging big bucks for rooms during the NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament this weekend, in some cases at least 200 percent more than the week after a championship team is crowned.

Rooms at the top dozen hotels in Downtown and Midtown will cost an average 167 percent more than regular rates, according to AtlantaHotels.org, a booking website.

Accommodations will start at around $300 a night at most hotels, although cheaper rooms for around $200 are available farther north in Buckhead and rooms for less than $100 are available beyond the Perimeter, I-285.

The tournament will be held at the Georgia Dome beginning April 6. The nearby Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown by Marriott at 134 Peacthree Street is increasing rates for a suite to $599 a night from $192, a 212 percent hike, …

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