June 13, 1991
The cost of checking into one of the city's seven motels would go up under a motel and hotel occupancy tax increase tentatively approved by the City Council Tuesday. The transient occupancy tax would increase from 8% to 10% if it receives final council approval. The 2% is expected to generate an additional $20,000 a year for the city. On a $35 single motel room, the tax is now $2.80. It would go to $3.50 under the proposed increase.
July 31, 2011 |
The leading ladies of the upcoming film "The Help" — Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain — sat down with The Times last week to discuss their movie, race, and being women in Hollywood. Based on the novel of the same name, "The Help" is set in 1960s Mississippi and arrives in theaters Aug. 10. Stone plays Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a career-minded college grad who persuades a group of black maids to tell their stories so she can publish them.