January 11, 2004 |
You dislike us. You really dislike us. Or maybe the harsher truth is, we've begun to dislike ourselves. Let's admit it: We in the mainstream media deserve some of this rancor and resentment after the year we've had. Jayson Blair's serial falsehoods, the New York Times management crackup, the Washington Post's gung-ho reporting (and later re-reporting) of the Pfc.
January 8, 2004 |
The picture looked bleak for mutual fund investors 12 months ago, with the stock market smarting from three years of losses and war with Iraq looming on the horizon. In reality, everything was starting to fall into place for a dramatic recovery on Wall Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2004 |
Police in San Diego reported 64 homicides last year, an increase of 17 from 2002. Police said many of the deaths were linked to robberies, gang activity or domestic violence. Authorities said the 2003 increase follows a year that had one of the lowest homicide rates in the city in two decades. In 1991, San Diego, the nation's seventh-largest city, recorded 166 slayings.
January 6, 2004 |
U.S. corporate earnings led by companies including Merrill Lynch & Co., Intel Corp. and ChevronTexaco Corp. more than doubled to a record in 2003, buoyed by greater consumer spending, job reductions and a weakening dollar. Companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index had net income of $474 billion for the year, based on a Thomson Financial estimate that fourth-quarter profits rose 22%.
January 6, 2004 |
Led by the Japanese, foreign automakers continued their attack on traditional domestic brands and captured a record 40% of the U.S. market for passenger cars and trucks in 2003, up from 38.3% the year before. Industrywide, 16.7 million passenger vehicles were sold last year, down slightly from 16.8 million in 2002. But it was still the fifth best year in history. Analysts said a flood of incentives and rebates, largely from the beleaguered domestic brands, helped pump up sales.
January 5, 2004 |
Bruce Springsteen, thanks chiefly to the top-grossing concert tour of 2003, edges out rapper 50 Cent to top Calendar's seventh annual Ultimate Top 10, a list that combines album and concert ticket sales to show which artists U.S. pop fans spent the most money on. The results reflect stylistic diversity at the top, from classic rock (Springsteen) to hard-core rap (50 Cent), pop (Celine Dion) and country (Toby Keith). Springsteen's sales totaled $132.