Summary of “What the chauffeur saw: what is it really like driving the rich and famous?”

The then-chauffeur had been driving the twentysomething party boy up and down Santa Monica Boulevard in her Lincoln Town car as he tried to procure a “Transvestite prostitute” for his girlfriend who, he said, “Wanted to convert a gay guy”.
The driver then refused to resume work at 7am, explaining he would be too tired to drive safely if he only got two or three hours’ sleep.
When Larson first became a chauffeur unusually, she had no experience of private driving.
The demands of her celebrity clients paled in comparison with those of the Saudi royals Larson worked for after driving for a couple of months.
Larson subsequently wrote a play and a book, Driving the Saudis, about her experiences.
Wunstel, who most recently worked as the senior driver for the LA Philharmonic, recalls how a rich Saudi businessman he chauffeured around San Francisco and the Napa valley wine region challenged this.
He says driving celebrities can be more hassle than it’s worth.
She says: “One of the first things I do if I’m in a private-hire car now is ask: ‘How long have you been driving today?’ I know that if that guy has been driving 10, 12 or 14 hours, he’s exhausted. But I also make a point of having a conversation, even if I’m not in the mood. Because I know that whenever anybody had a conversation with me, for a moment, I felt like not just a lowly chauffeur. I’m also much more careful in a car now, because I know that the chauffeur could potentially be clocking everything I’m saying or doing.”

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Summary of “Meet the 96-Year-Old Man Who Turned Southern Idaho Into a Bluebird Haven”

“We noticed a bluebird going in and out of a cavity of an old, dead snag,” Larson says.
Four decades later, at the age of 96, Larson is monitoring almost 350 nest boxes on six different bluebird trails across Southwest Idaho.
Bluebird recovery efforts like Larson’s rose in popularity in the 1970s and ’80s when people discovered how easy it was to use homemade nest boxes.
As a result, over the past several decades nest box and trail building has become one of the largest grassroots conservation activities in North America, biologist Myrna Pearman writes in the Mountain Bluebird Trail Monitoring Guide.
Studies in the 1970s tied DDT to the death of hundreds of Mountain Bluebird chicks in western Canada.
Are the projections panning out? To answer this, volunteers in Idaho and other states are surveying bluebirds for Audubon’s Climate Watch network.
In his experiments to create “The ultimate bluebird box,” Pandit’s found that aluminum foil and polystyrene batts are the best way to stabalize temperatures.
The resulting 30-minute documentary, titled Bluebird Man, of course, went on to be nominated for an Emmy Award in 2015.

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Summary of “Netflix’s ‘OITNB’ Leak: Larson Studios Breaks Silence”

Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and business partner, Jill Larson, didn’t recognize the number that sent them these two short text messages via their personal cell phones two days before Christmas last year, so they simply ignored them.
In an exclusive interview with Variety, the Larson Studios principals are breaking their silence on an incident that threatened the existence of their family-owned audio post-production business.
Larson Studios chief engineer David Dondorf and director of digital systems Chris Unthank left their families on Christmas morning and rushed to the studio to examine the hackers’ claims.
So Larson Studios hired private data security experts to find out what had happened – and what to do next.
A few days later, the phones at Larson started to ring, with the security departments of various studios on the other end of the line.
In the email, the hackers argued that Larson Studios had broken the terms of the agreement by talking to the FBI. “So they decided to punish us.”
Larson Studios has spent months trying to mend relationships with its clients, and strengthening its security.
Work on security continues at Larson Studios, which is still undergoing audits commissioned by some of its major clients.

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Summary of “Netflix’s ‘OITNB’ Leak: Larson Studios Breaks Silence”

Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and business partner, Jill Larson, didn’t recognize the number that sent them these two short text messages via their personal cell phones two days before Christmas last year, so they simply ignored them.
In an exclusive interview with Variety, the Larson Studios principals are breaking their silence on an incident that threatened the existence of their family-owned audio post-production business.
Larson Studios chief engineer David Dondorf and director of digital systems Chris Unthank left their families on Christmas morning and rushed to the studio to examine the hackers’ claims.
So Larson Studios hired private data security experts to find out what had happened – and what to do next.
A few days later, the phones at Larson started to ring, with the security departments of various studios on the other end of the line.
In the email, the hackers argued that Larson Studios had broken the terms of the agreement by talking to the FBI. “So they decided to punish us.”
Larson Studios has spent months trying to mend relationships with its clients, and strengthening its security.
Work on security continues at Larson Studios, which is still undergoing audits commissioned by some of its major clients.

The orginal article.