Donald Faison, Kristen Johnston and Wayne Knight in New TV Land Series

A cute new show from TV Land, premiering Nov. 30 – THE EXES is a comedy about three divorced men—newly single Stuart (David Alan Basche), ladies’ man Phil (Donald Faison), and satirical homebody Haskell (Wayne Knight)—sharing an apartment across the hall from their female divorce attorney, never-been-married Holly (Kristen Johnston), who also happens to be their landlord.

Some great sitcom stars are getting back in the spotlight with this series (Faison from “Scrubs,” Johnston from “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and Knight of “Jurassic Park” and “Hot in Cleveland” fame), and hilarity is set to ensue all season with such an awkward living situation in place.  

Half of American Workers Will Shop Online at Work this Holiday Season - CareerBuilder Internet Usage Survey

 Cyber Monday broke online sales records last year, and according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey, the trend may be poised to continue. Fifty percent of American workers plan to spend time holiday shopping online at work this season – down slightly from 52 percent last year. Of these workers, 34 percent will spend one hour or more shopping (up from 27 percent in 2010) and 16 percent will spend two or more hours (up from 13 percent in 2010).

The survey – conducted August 16 through September 8, 2011, among 4,384 workers and 2,696 employers – points to a larger trend of increased, non-work related Internet activity met with steadily tightening online policies on the employer side. Half of U.S. companies monitor Internet and email use of employees, which is up from 47 percent last year.
“Most companies assume their employees use some of their break time on the Internet for shopping, checking social networks, and other general browsing, but when it starts adding up, workers need to be aware of company policies and any potential consequences,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “With more companies limiting or restricting online activity, e-shopping season is as good a time as any to be mindful of our Internet usage at work.”

General Internet Usage
Two-thirds (65 percent) of workers spend at least sometime conducting non-work related web searches in a typical workday; 22 percent find themselves conducting non-work related web searches.
•       22 percent of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activity – on par with 2010.
•       7 percent of human resource managers surveyed have fired an employee for holiday shopping.
•       54 percent of employers block employees from accessing certain websites – up from 50 percent in 2010.

Social Media Usage
More than half (56 percent) of workers on social networks check their profiles during their typical work days – up from 49 percent in 2010. Of this group, around one in seven spends at least one hour a day browsing.

Workers need to be especially careful of what they post about their company publicly.
•       One-third (32 percent) of employers prohibit employees from communicating about the company on social media.
•       25 percent of employers report adopting stricter policies during the last year in regard to employees communicating about company on social media.

Personal Email Usage
Sixty-one percent of workers send non-work related emails during their typical workday – up slightly from 59 percent in 2010. Nineteen percent send more than five personal emails a day.
•       28 percent of employers monitor emails – on par with 2010.
•       8 percent of employers report having fired someone for non-work related emails.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,696 U.S. hiring managers and human resource professionals and 4,384 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) ages 18 and over between August 16 and September 8, 2011 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples of 4,384 and 2,696, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/-1.48 and +/-1.89 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

A FREE $10 Bonus Card with Purchase of Every $50 in Applebee's Gift Cards

 With Applebee's Gift Cards, holiday bonuses are not a thing of the past.

Applebee's today announced the return of a FREE $10 Bonus Card for the 2011 gift-giving season. With the purchase of every $50 in Applebee's Gift Cards, in-restaurant guests receive a $10 Bonus Card -- a 20 percent value. Applebee's Bonus Cards are available only in participating Applebee's restaurants for a limited time.

Expert sources predict a robust season for Gift Cards. Gift cards continue to be one of the most popular holiday gifts with 62 percent of people saying they plan to buy a gift card this holiday season, according to a recent Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll. Additionally, 44 percent of respondents feel that getting a good deal is more important than it was last year. Applebee's was recently named tops for overall value in an annual consumer restaurant chain survey conducted by Market Force Information.

"Giving Applebee's Gift Cards is a sure hit because of their value and the experience they create for family and friends," said Bridget Moen, director, gift cards, Applebee's Services, Inc. "You can treat your friends and family to a memorable meal in the neighborhood and pass along, or keep, the bonus card."

Applebee's Gift Cards are available in a variety of different styles and themes, including patriotic, holiday, sports and Girls' Night Out. Applebee's Gift Cards are accepted at nearly 1,800 U.S. locations, have no expiration dates, no hidden fees (such as inactivity charges) and offer an easy way to check card balances online.

Bonus Cards will be available at participating Applebee's through Dec. 31, 2011 and are redeemable through Feb. 19, 2012.

For more information about Applebee's Gift Cards with Bonus Cards, visit your neighborhood Applebee's or

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New Year's Eve 2011 Headliners Ball

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
WHERE: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

The Newseum's Headliners Ball is big news for New Year's Eve. If you missed last year's bash, you won't want to be left out in the cold this New Year's Eve. The evening includes entertainment from Round Midnight, dance jams from DJ Scientific Beats and access to Newseum exhibits.

Tickets: $180 per person; after Dec. 1, $195 per person
Includes open bar (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.), light snacks and champagne toast at midnight.
For details and packages click here.

General public questions please call 202/292-6100.

Free Admission for Veterans Nov. 11-13


The Newseum will offer free admission to members of the military and their families on Veterans Day weekend, Friday, Nov. 11 to Sunday, Nov. 13. Active and retired members of the military and up to three family members are invited to visit the Newseum as the country pauses to recognize their service.

To take advantage of the offer, service members should present military IDs or another form of military-service credentials, or wear their uniforms. No IDs will be required for family members. Tickets will be available only at the Newseum admission desk on the day of the visit and are valid Nov. 11 to 13. For more information,
Programs and events for this special weekend:
Friday, Nov. 11 What: Gallery Talks When: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Where: Time Warner World News Gallery
Saturday, Nov. 12 
What: Collection Connection
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The New York Times--Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News

What: "Inside Media" with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Willman, author of "The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks and America's Rush to War"
When: 2:30 p.m.
Where: Documentary Theater

Sunday, Nov. 13 
What: Gallery Talks
When: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Where: Time Warner World News Gallery 

What: "Inside Media" with CNN Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence
When: 2:30 p.m.
Where: Documentary Theater
Free Admission for Veterans and their families is made possible by Altria Group.


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