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Snatch: A Stowaway on This Jet Called Life 

Wednesday, Apr 23 2014

Discount Travel

Another Bay Area resident who's desperate to get to Hawaii actually may have made it to the Aloha State by stowing away in the wheel-well of a plane. A 16-year-old boy dodged security at San Jose's Mineta Airport and hopped a ride to Hawaii without being noticed until he was spotted walking on the tarmac at Maui Airport. When authorities asked him what he was doing, the teenager wasn't all that cooperative, especially since he had reportedly run away from home after getting into a fight with his parents. But since that part of the plane isn't pressurized and would be around 40 or 50 degrees below zero, some are skeptical the boy endured the five-hour flight at all. So many people are interested in going to this Hawaii place these days; if only there was an easy and safe way to get there...

Expensive Living

New data from an apartment search engine has uncovered a not-so-surprising fact about the Bay Area rental market: It's miserable. Apartment List, which provides information on rental trends across the top 100 U.S. cities, has declared San Francisco the second least affordable city in the nation. We spend 46 percent of our income on rent, versus "normal" cities where residents shell out 25 percent. What's more, rents have increased 6.24 percent since January 2013, according to Apartment List. San Francisco's average rental rate for a one-bedroom apartment is $2,824.99 while Oakland's is $1,514.43 (remember when Oakland wasn't cool and a one-bedroom by the lake was $800?). But if you were thinking you'd just hop on the East Bay bandwagon and move to Oakland, know this: Oakland is the 11th least affordable city in the United States. People there are spending 36 percent of their paychecks on rent. How's Hawaii's cost of living?

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