October 2, 2013 |
On Feb. 11, 2012, they let the air out of all the tires at Irwindale Speedway. On April 6, 2013, in front of an elbow-to-elbow crowd of 6,000, the rubber was inflated again and ready to hit the road. What happened in between is an interesting story of entrepreneurial spirit and refreshing management style that has given Southland short-track racing, and its fans, new life. In this age of big-time sports dominating television and massive fan bases, the closure of a racetrack that barely seats 6,000 and features drivers whom only their mothers have heard of is not big news.
October 1, 2013 |
Amazon.com Inc. said it will hire 70,000 full-time seasonal workers for the holiday rush, a 40% boost from last year. The Seattle company, which runs the world's largest e-commerce operation, said the fulfillment center employees will join the more than 5,000 hires it announced in July. Thousands of holiday workers will likely stay on as permanent employees down the line, Amazon said. This year, more than 7,000 temporary workers have made the switch, the company said. Until they do, they'll earn 94% of the starting wages of regular fulfillment center workers and will be eligible for healthcare benefits, Amazon said.
September 30, 2013 |
The good news: According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012. The bad news is that the percentage of adults reading works of literature -- in the NEA's definition, novels, short stories, poetry or plays -- has declined since 2008, returning to 2002 lows. Fifty-seven percent of American adults read one or more books not required for work or school in 2012 -- that's 128 million readers. Some other interesting findings: More women (64%)
September 22, 2013 |
Celebs walking the red carpet at the Emmy Awards know that sustenance is crucial during a long day in the heat. Mayim Bialik, nominated for supporting actress in a comedy for "The Big Bang Theory," was no exception. Bialik, 37, showed reporters Sunday on the Emmys red carpet that she had "lipstick and a cookie" in her tiny emerald-green clutch. She's nominated for her portrayal of socially awkward neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, girlfriend to even more socially awkward Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons)
September 20, 2013 |
What in the name of Otto Graham are the Cleveland Browns doing? In trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in 2014, they pitched last year's No. 3 pick two games into the season and treated their real-life NFL franchise the way I handle my fantasy team. Don't like the results? Start trading! It's obvious that the Browns, despite their predictable claims to the contrary, have no expectations for this season. The individual players do, of course, because that's how they're wired, and there's no guarantee they will be on the roster tomorrow, let alone next season.
September 20, 2013 |
Target said Friday that it plans to hire 70,000 workers for the holiday season, 20% fewer than it did last year. The decline from the 88,000 workers brought on board last year to handle the annual throngs of shoppers was intended to give existing employees first crack at extra work time, the company said through a spokesman. Overtime adds up during the season, between the early opening hours of Black Friday and the last minute gift-buying rush just before Christmas. Clocking longer shifts could mean a substantial paycheck boost for hourly workers.
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September 17, 2013 |
A Beverly Hills police sergeant responding to the scene of Whitney Houston's death made "inappropriate comments" about the singer's appearance after lifting a sheet covering her naked body, according to a claim filed by a former Beverly Hills SWAT sergeant. In the claim, Sgt. Brian Weir alleges that on the day Houston died in February 2012, Det. Sgt. Terry Nutall arrived at the scene, and "for no legitimate law enforcement inquiry, investigative, or other proper and legal purpose … removed the sheet and/or other covering from the body … to an area below the pubic region.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Reflecting the sluggish economic recovery, the nation's poverty rate remained stuck at a near generation-high of 15% last year, while the average income of American households continued to stagnate, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The number of people living in poverty stood at 46.5 million in 2012, representing 15% of the country's population for the second year in a row. In 2010, the poverty rate reached 15.1%, the peak of the recent business cycle. The poverty figure was 12.5% in 2007, the year before the Great Recession.
September 16, 2013 |
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell took the piece of treasure from teammate and captain Dustin Brown and hoisted the Stanley Cup above his head, skated away, hollered and kicked up his right leg in celebration. For Mitchell, it has been almost frozen in time … those scenes of the Cup at Staples Center. That was the last time - June 11, 2012 - that Mitchell played in an NHL game and the powerful image of the veteran holding the Cup has not been supplemented by new ones on the ice. It was looking like the final frame of Mitchell's long-and-winding career because knee problems, including two separate procedures, kept him off the ice last season in the lockout-shortened season.
September 16, 2013 |
GIGLIO, Italy - Twenty months after it capsized off the Italian coast in a disaster that killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship emerged from the Mediterranean on Monday thanks to a painstaking $800-million salvage effort. Fifty-six giant pulleys slowly heaved the half-submerged vessel back to an upright position in a 19-hour operation that went into the early hours of Tuesday, revealing a section of hull darkened by rust and algae during months underwater. "The rotation has finished its course, we are at zero degrees, the ship is resting on the platforms," said Italy's civil protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, at a 4 a.m. news conference on Giglio island, where he was applauded and cheered by residents.