December 29, 2012
Re “AAA wants tougher rule for first-time drunk drivers ,” Dec. 26 Requiring ignition interlocks, which prevent a vehicle from starting unless the driver is sober, in the cars of convicted drunk drivers would make all of us safer. As the author of California's pilot program requiring the installation of ignition interlocks in the cars of first-time and repeat offenders, I applaud the effort of the National Transportation Safety Board and Automobile Club to extend this requirement to every state.
April 27, 2012 |
An amateur videographer testing his new camera recorded the beating of Rodney King by police officers in the early morning hours of March 3, 1991. The tape was still being played and replayed on the evening news two weeks later when grocer Soon Ja Du shot 15-year-old Latasha Harlins after an argument over a bottle of orange juice at Empire Market, also known as Empire Liquor, on Figueroa at 91st Street. The store security video depicting the shooting also got considerable airplay.
March 2, 2012 |
DineEquity Inc., the Glendale-based owner of the Applebee's and IHOP restaurant chains, had a strong fourth quarter after suffering a severe slump a year earlier. Several factors helped the recovery, including the company's increase in franchising, warmer weather that drew out more diners and remodeling efforts that have freshened up hundreds of Applebee's locations. Profit for the quarter that ended Dec. 31 jumped to $27.3 million, or $1.51 cents a share, compared with a loss of $58.1 million, or $3.33 cents a share, from the fourth quarter of 2010.
February 23, 2012 |
Among the outposts of East Texas, where the battle over drink still rages, Ray and Jean Smith are fighting for tiny Murchison to go "wet. " Owners of the general store, the Smiths have yet to sell a drop of liquor in this farm town named after a Confederate army recruiter. But they say business could use a lift and Murchison, population 600, could use the steady revenue stream. Theirs is a town without a police force or property taxes to pay for one. The days of the cotton gin are long gone.
January 16, 2012 |
Despite a lagging economy and a debt crisis in Europe, global sales of cognac hit record highs in 2011, industry body Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac (BNIC) announced Saturday. The brandy sold at a rate of more than five bottles per second last year, sparking the 6.4% surge attributed mainly to soaring demand for the product in China. Exports to that country rose 20%, according to the BNIC. Overall, consumers purchased 162.9 million bottles of cognac in 2011. The Far East remained one of the biggest regional markets for cognac, accounting for more than one-third of total demand.
January 1, 2012 |
Ringing in the New Year is hardly about the resolutions -- clearly, booze is the star. And 2012 might be alcohol's best year in a while. Take Champagne sales. Worldwide, shipments of the bubbly were up 5.2% during the first half of 2011, according to the trade group Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, with 335 million bottles expected to traverse the world by the end of the year. And that's after a harsh winter and funky spring and summer seasons led to the second-earliest harvest in the Champagne growing region since 1822, according to the Champagne group.