Thursday, April 3, 2008

APRIL 3, 2008

American Idol
narrowed the field to eight last night. The show opened with the group singing "Nine to Five" -- circling the judges' table -- in honor of this week's celebrity guest, Dolly Parton. Dolly came on later to perform her "Jesus and Gravity," off her new album Backwoods Barbie. Up-and-coming country act The Clark Brothers were also on, doing a cover of "Let It Shine." The bottom three this week were all gals -- Kristy Lee Cook, who did a tepid version of "The Coat of Many Colors"; Ramiele Malubay, whose take on "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" was bland and safe; and Brooke White, who kicked off Tuesday's show with a somewhat awkward take on "Jolene." And as Randy Jackson predicted, a tearful Ramiele was sent home.

Parade’s annual “What People Earn” comes out Sunday, April 13.

A reader favorite, it includes photos of people — everyone from CEOs to tow-truck drivers — plus their name, age, city of residence and annual pay.

We’re preparing our own list of Bakersfield and Kern County wage-earners for the same day.

Would you like to be included?

Send an e-mail with the above information and a mug shot to reporter Courtenay Edelhart at Be sure to include a phone number so we can reach you with any questions.

Come on, you know you want to share ...

It doesn't matter if you like your boss or not. What does matter is they think you do. It's a no-win situation, really, so you might as well play the game to your advantage. Business psychologist Joel Mausner, Ph.D., offers some tips ...

Your boss is a screamer: When you're feeling belittled, it's easy to forget how competent you are, and your performance may suffer. So do this: Mentally list your boss's failings. Seeing a bully's weaknesses will make him seem less intimidating.

You're not your boss's favorite: Sometimes personalities don't click. But before you quit, schedule a meeting with your boss and ask, "Is there something you think I can do better? I'd really like to know because I want to succeed here."

You think you threaten your boss: If your boss sees you as a rival, they may not promote you. Reassure your boss by making it your job to make them look good. They're more likely to reward your loyalty and hard work.