December 27, 1996 |
The cable industry could finally earn some respect in 1997 and emerge from the shadows of a dismal 1996 as new services finally begin rolling out. Despite consumer outrage over the industry's never-ending rate hikes and service record, many analysts are looking to a successful launch of digital set-top boxes and high-speed cable modems. Cable stocks could even rebound from their all-time lows this year. And new federal rules and a court ruling on channels could mean big changes for the industry.
December 29, 1996 |
Nostradamus we're not. But that can't stop us from making a prediction or two for the New Year. So, look for the following to happen in '97: 1. The Dallas Cowboys will win the Super Bowl, as usual. 2. The Denver Broncos will lose the Super Bowl, as usual. 3. The Dallas Cowboys will have a preseason drug scandal, as usual. 4. The Chicago Cubs will not win the National League pennant, as usual. 5.
December 24, 1997 |
The International Council of Shopping Centers said specialty-store sales for the week ended Dec. 14 at the nation's malls increased 0.6% over the same period a year ago. Shoe stores, whose sales rose 3.5%, were the best-performing category. Jewelry stores were next, with a 2.8% increase. For the holiday season so far, sales are up 2% over the same period in 1996, the trade group said. The results do not include sales at mall anchor department stores.
December 24, 1997 |
Public complaints to the Immigration and Naturalization Service are up about 29% from 1996, although "serious" allegations of abuse and excessive force by INS and Border Patrol agents are down about 26%, federal officials estimated Tuesday. John Chase, head of the INS' office of internal audits, said the number of overall complaints has risen because of growth in INS enforcement efforts and a simultaneous easing of the complaint-filing procedure. He sees the jump as a positive sign.
December 24, 1997 |
The moments--be it Paul Kariya stepping back onto the ice or Barry Sanders stutter-stepping into the record books--are starting to come with more frequency now. They couldn't be more needed. Just when it seemed that everything wrong with sports was ready to take over, the last three weeks have provided us with enough reminders of why we still care, even after the strikes, holdouts, bites and chokes.
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December 31, 1997 |
Making the transition from middle school to high school can be a daunting challenge even for students used to being at the head of the class. For Jessica Watson, 14, a former honor student at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, the change also involved a move to an exclusive boarding school in New England. Jessica has adjusted to life at Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., the oldest boarding school in America, with success, school officials said. She has maintained a 3.
December 30, 1997 |
Despite a slowdown in November, sales of existing homes are finishing 1997 at a record pace and economists are looking for next year to be nearly as good, according to figures released Monday. Single-family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.38 million units in November, the National Assn. of Realtors said Monday. That's just 0.2% lower than October's 4.39-million rate--the best since the group began tracking sales in 1968.
December 28, 1997 |
Some lament it, others celebrate it, but "identity politics" have become a fixture on the American political landscape in the millennial twilight of the 1990s. And as it comes to a close, 1997 may go down as the year when the San Fernando Valley forcefully threw its own identity into the mix, in an assertion of confidence and will that could have far-reaching impact on its government, schools and infrastructure well into the next century.
September 23, 1997 |
With only one month left to report in the government's fiscal year, the budget deficit is on track to be the smallest in 23 years. Red ink in August totaled $34.6 billion, the Treasury Department said Monday. That was a bit less than the $38 billion predicted by economists and brought the shortfall for the first 11 months of the budget year to $71.3 billion, 50% less than during the same period of fiscal 1996.
December 31, 1996 |
Patti LuPone will make her debut at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in February, ushering in what promises to be a year of theatrical wealth. Luck too. LuPone's appearance at the center in "Patti LuPone on Broadway" (Feb. 18-23) is a late replacement for "Funny Girl," starring Debbie Gibson, which had been scheduled for the same slot in the center's Broadway Series but was canceled by its producers. The center announced the change Monday.