Mass. families are saving more for college costs

The Boston Globe — Massachusetts parents are saving more for college than they have at any time since the recession, but rapidly rising costs are requiring them to adjust expectations and approaches to financing their children’s education, according to a survey released today by Fidelity Investments.

Based on current and expected rates of savings, Massachusetts families are on track to cover about 24 percent of college costs, up from 18 percent last year, and the highest share since 2007, according to the Boston mutual fund company’s survey. Nationally, families are on track to cover just 16 percent of college expenses.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts parents are increasingly choosing lower-cost public colleges and universities over private institutions; asking children to pay more toward their educations; and having them live at home and commute to classes.

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Hot spot for a cool treat

The Boston Globe — Hollywood celebrities may hang out at Pinkberry in Los Angeles, but it is the frozen yogurt chain’s Boston area stores that are topping the sales chart.

Pinkberry’s Harvard Square, Newbury Street, and Prudential Center stores have consistently ranked in the top 10 of Pinkberry’s more than 100 locations nationwide since this summer, according to Pinkberry chief executive Ron Graves.

“Certain elements of Boston lend to Pinkberry’s success,’’ said Trippe Lonian, chief executive of NE Frog Pond LLC, Pinkberry’s area developer for most of New England. “It’s a very foodie city. Special flavors like blood orange and salted caramel have had a phenomenal reception.’’

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Update

Sorry that I have not been posting often. I’ve been so busy with finals and the end of the year hullabaloo. Now, I have some more free time while I just need to pack and relax. Many cool things have happened since I last posted. THE GREATEST? I was hired to work for The Boston Globe co-op program! I am very excited and a little nervous.

Training begins on June 20th, and my first official day of work is July 4th. Yup, the Fourth of July. That’s okay, though. It means I’ll be here for the awesome Boston celebration that happens at night. Haha, the next morning might be a bit difficult…

I cannot wait to start, but I’m glad to have a bit of a break to relax at home for a month!

“Steal this e-book”

By Alex Beam, The Boston Globe
The Globe columnist gives an interesting, accurate account of what the internet has done to yet another industry. It is an honest account, which I really like. Downloading is a touchy subject, but the first step to a solution and innovation is definitely admitting that almost everyone has tried downloading something, even it was just to see what it was like and delete it right after. And as Beam said, “Free is still a price that is hard to beat.”

“The Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter — Who’s Up, Who’s Down”

Dylan Stableford posted a list of the top 25 newspapers on Twitter on The Wrap. There was no surprise that The New York Times is on top. Though I wonder, do they count all the NYT Twitter subsidiaries? Most newspapers have separate accounts for the different sections.

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Living on Earth celebrates 20 year anniversay with Emerson College students

My environmental reporting class visited Living on Earth in Somerville, Mass. this morning. All the employees were really great and funny, too! One quickly quizzed me on what an “A block” is. I responded, a little terrified: “The first part…?” Everyone chuckled a bit, but I WAS correct! Hahaha, then the same guy told my professor to give me an A. Struck, of course, jokingly agreed. I wish getting a A was that easy..

Unfortunately, I had to leave early to make my 12 p.m. class, but overall it was a great experience. And it’s always nice to know of another place that is looking for interns.

If you can’t listen to an entire hour program, then I highly recommend listening to last week’s piece “Monsters, Manipulation, and the Message from Nuclear Films.” I was interested by Nuclear Boy.

We sat in on the meeting to plan this week’s show, and I have to say that it will definitely be worth checking out. This week is also their 20th year anniversary!

Department of Defense official describes government energy use

By Christina Reinwald

BOSTON — Even Pentagon laptops have technical difficulties sometimes. Hooking up to Harvard University’s projector delayed Honorable Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, who said this was part of the government’s additional computer security.

Burke spoke about the Department of Defense as an energy consumer during “Energy for the War Fighter” at Harvard’s Science Center’s Future of Energy lecture series on March 2.

She sought to explain why the military’s current energy use is important and how they are looking to “release us from the tether of fuel,” Burke said.

“Seeking to decrease our reliability on fossil fuels could also lower taxpayer cause, spur innovation and be a great thing for the environment.”

According to Burke, the Department of Defense’s budget under the Obama administration consisted of $661 billion. There are also three million personnel in the department, with people in almost every country, including 150,000 employees in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Energy is essential to everything the Department of Defense does.”

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