May 16, 2011 |
When Joe DePinto finds his early-morning inbox packed with foreign emails, the chief executive of 7-Eleven Inc. knows his segment of "Undercover Boss" has aired in some distant land. "Most mornings when I wake up, there will be 12, 15 emails waiting in my inbox," says DePinto in his headquarters office in the Dallas Arts District. "The mornings that I've got 40 or 50, I know it's shown someplace else, like Korea, England or Australia. " It's a phenomenon the 48-year-old CEO couldn't have imagined when his marketing staff corralled him into doing a pilot episode of a reality show a little more than a year ago. He initially told 7-Eleven Chief Marketing Officer Rita Bargerhuff she was nuts to suggest it. But on Feb. 21, 2010, the world saw a scruffy-faced Joe DePinto, a.k.a.
February 4, 2011 |
For years, Michell Anne Kimball of San Diego considered breast augmentation but worried about the health risks. Three years ago, the 47-year-old decided the time was right, consulted with a plastic surgeon and, after four more months of pondering, received silicone implants. She loves them, she said. And she continues to agonize over them. "Are these things safe or not? Are we ever really going to know?" Though modern breast implants have been around for decades, questions of safety continue to plague augmentation even as the artificially enhanced bosom has become common.
October 14, 2010 |
Kim Jong Eun, newly anointed as North Korea's next leader, is quickly learning one of the oldest axioms of power: Heavy lies the crown. Just days after tens of thousands cheered as the youngest son of Kim Jong Il stood on a podium with his ailing father at a lavish military parade in Pyongyang, bad press is already besieging the future ruler. In the first public signs of discord, Kim Jong Eun's older half-brother has questioned the family's hereditary transfer of power. Kim Jong Nam told Japan's TV Asahi that he is "against third-generation succession," adding , "I think there were internal factors.
August 13, 2010 |
California companies say they won't deal with suppliers who use forced labor to dig out gems for jewelry or sew buttons on clothes. But they won't support legislation that would force them to divulge what they're doing to monitor their suppliers' workforce practices. A bill by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) would require retailers and manufacturers with annual revenue of at least $100 million to post on the Internet what they're doing — or not doing — to ensure that no one in their supply chain violates human rights.
May 13, 2009 |
The staff at Promises, the Malibu rehab center known for its luxurious accommodations and Hollywood clientele, is well versed in the perils of cocaine, methamphetamines, alcohol and prescription drugs, but these days, the tony facility finds itself bedeviled by a different toxic substance: snark. Thanks to relapsing starlets and rehab stays that seem more public relations strategy than medical decision, many who read the tabloids have come to regard celebrity rehab as a joke, and Promises, with its $54,500-a-month price tag and roster of famous and not-always-sober alumni, makes an easy punch line.
October 29, 2008
Re "McCain found to get more bad press," Oct. 23 So the Pew Research Center found that there are more negative articles regarding the McCain camp. Is this surprising, when the McCain camp resorts to name-calling rather than discussion of the issues? Republicans should stand up against this type of campaigning. I wish more Republicans had the guts to express publicly what many say privately -- that a major reason Republicans and independents are turning away from the McCain ticket has to do with the character of the campaign itself.