Well, just last night I got a "get ready for your trip" email from Orbitz. I read it and suddenly discovered my flight time had been changed to 9:10 am! What the hell, people! I'm gonna have to go to bed 2 hours earlier than I planned if I don't wanna fall asleep at the wheel and crash on my way to the airport! When did this get changed?
I called Continental just now and was told that  Continental has no other nonstop flights available tomorrow (there's one at 6 pm but it's booked solid), and  this change was made back on October 13.
So, concerning , the agent mentioned a 5 pm flight with a stop in Salt Lake City, but I decided to stick with what I have, figuring that taking a connecting flight will increase the probability of my luggage getting lost. Concerning , did Orbitz notify me and I just missed the message somehow? I'll have to dig through my email files later and check, I guess.