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    PUD3 2014JAfter a full day of rainfall which totaled over an inch-and-a-half, and included wind gusts over 30MPH, some areas of Mason County were left in the dark.  Rainwater soaked delicate electrical equipment, and sent flooded-out critters scrambling up power lines to escape the wet. Linemen for Mason PUD3 were themselves… Read More +

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  • Police Monitor Bellevue Mall Protest; No Arrests

    die-inPolice kept a close eye on about 30 people who staged a protest inside the Bellevue Square Mall during a busy holiday shopping time Saturday, but made no arrests. The group protested the recent killings of unarmed black men by police. They chanted and staged a "die-in" in the mall's center courtyard.

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  • Oregon State Rolls Past Depaul

    sports3Victor Robbins scored a career-high 27 points as Oregon State dominated DePaul 90-59 on Thursday night. Olaf Schaftenaar added a career-high 21 points and Gary Payton II had 15 points and five steals for the Beavers (8-2). Jamee Crockett had 14 points for the Blue Demons (6-4). Schaftenaar scored 11 of the Beavers' first 13 points to give Oregon State a 13-6 lead at the 15:47 mark. A Robbins 3-pointer stretched the margin to 42-21 with 3:23 remaining in the half.

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Labor Day Weekend Is a Working Vacation for Many

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_34af399f05.jpgEyesWideOpen/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- While Americans may pay lip service to the European approach to work-life balance, it is likely that many won't be able to disconnect themselves from the office over Labor Day Weekend. A survey conducted earlier this year by Harris Interactive found that 61% of Americans planned to work during their summer vacations, up from 52% in 2012.

And more recent findings released by PGi, a global virtual meeting provider, found that of more than 500 customers polled, 82 percent choose to check in with the office at least once a day while away. "We had noticed that our technologies are regularly being used by folks out of the office when they are on vacation," said Sean O'Brien, executive vice president of strategy and communications at PGi. "We've also been interested in this convergence of work life and home life, where employers feel more comfortable contacting employees in the evenings or on weekends. Our technology is in the middle of this trend, so we wanted to explore it through a data-centric lab."

The problem with this trend, experts say, is that employees are more likely to be productive and engaged after allowing their batteries to recharge and fully disconnect. Not taking a vacation can lead to stress and burnout.

"Taking a one- or two-week vacation is actually good for business and the U.S. economy because it allows the individual to recharge, revitalize and come back to the workforce refreshed and more creative and ready to work," William Chalmers, an author and founder of The Global Scavenger Hunt, said in an interview with Alternet.

To help those who have trouble disconnecting from the office manage their Labor Day Weekend plans, O'Brien offered three rules of thumb.

"Set clear boundaries for when you will connect," said O'Brien, who wakes up an hour before his family does to take care of work e-mails on vacation. "Determine how you are going to connect and make sure that you are not using poor technology. And manage people's expectations. Let them know you are out and that you will have limited availability but that you won't be your usual responsive self."

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