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More passengers are taking to the air, and many—especially those in economy class—are finding themselves increasingly stuffed into airplanes and enduring more uncomfortable journeys. According to a recent airline satisfaction survey of more than 55,000 Consumer Reports members, two major complaints were that seats were uncomfortable and legroom was insufficient.

Within a boardroom, one woman — or even two — isn't enough to shift a culture, research shows. Although a majority of companies in the S&P 500 have at least one woman on their boards, only 25% have more than two, according to a recent study from PwC.

But that's still not enough, according to Vicki W. Kramer, lead author of "Critical Mass on Corporate Boards." "The power of three" is the tipping point that brings change to the company culture, she says.

US companies, encouraged by a decade of unbelievably low borrowing costs, are sitting on $6.3 trillion of debt, according to S&P Global Ratings. That sum, which excludes banks, is more than before the Great Recession — or any other time in history. Companies have used that debt to invest in the future, make splashy acquisitions and reward shareholders with a bonanza of stock buybacks.

The captains of Corporate America are steering a record amount of cash into stock buybacks. Companies have announced them this year at a rate of more than $5 billion a day. The buyback boom has been viewed by investors as a sign of confidence among CEOs. Yet with their own money, executives are quietly taking a much different approach: They're cashing out.

Cases of tick-borne disease are on the rise in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And new diseases continue to emerge—since 2004, scientists have identified nine new tick and mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S., including Zika virus. That means protecting yourself from bug bites is as important as ever this summer.

Wearing an effective insect repellent on your exposed skin will be essential. But so is bugproofing your yard and deck, and choosing the best possible clothing for hiking, picnicking, and other outdoor activities.

Who notes coincidentally that Delta has announced they are going to reduce the amount a seat can lean back, presumably to improve the comfort of the passenger behind you at your expense, not that the seat back recline ever did anything for him and should just be eliminated all together...

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