December 19, 2013 |
While the New York Yankees set another salary record, the Houston Astros had the lowest average in the major leagues in 14 years. The overall big league average rose 5.4% this season to a record $3.39 million, according to the annual report released Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Assn. The increase was the steepest since 2006. In the economy at large, civilian compensation is increasing at an annual rate of 1.9%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
November 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began its spectacular promenade through Manhattan as scheduled Thursday, defying high winds that had threatened to ground its massive balloons for the first time in more than 40 years. The decision to float the balloons came early Thursday, as police, parade officials and meteorologists eyed forecasts that had called for sustained winds of more than 20 mph and gusts exceeding 30 mph. The parade's balloons are not allowed to fly if winds are higher than 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph. The rule was adopted after the 1997 parade, when fierce winds caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to careen into a lamppost, sending debris to the ground that left one spectator with critical head injuries.
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November 10, 2013 |
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an explosion in a hot-air balloon Saturday in Temecula. The blast injured four passengers, three of them seriously, officials said. One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two were taken to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured. Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion.
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November 9, 2013 |
An explosion in a hot air balloon injured four passengers near Temecula early Saturday, authorities said. One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two transported to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured. Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the hot air balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion. " Authorities were called about 7:45 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, Annas said. ALSO: Pinkberry co-founder faces up to 7 years for beating homeless man Sriracha creator adds heat to clash with Irwindale over factory smell Chris Brown files countersuit over parking lot altercation Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+ firstname.lastname@example.org
October 31, 2013 |
Most players in the NBA receive their salary throughout the year - but then Kobe Bryant is not a typical NBA player. Negotiated as part of his contract, Bryant receives a balloon payment Nov. 1. On Friday, the All-Star guard will receive $24,363,044 from the Lakers. Bryant's salary for the entire season is $30,453,805 - the remaining $6.1 million will be paid out over the course of the season. While there's a limit to how much a player can receive in advance, Bryant is right at that 80% maximum.
October 29, 2013 |
Downtown Los Angeles has been transformed with restaurants and shops, lofts and parks, and the idea of adding a streetcar to the mix is appealing. Though modern in design, the proposed streetcar would be an homage of sorts to the trolley system that once spanned Los Angeles. As conceived by a nonprofit group and the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and championed by City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the area, the streetcar would glide along a four-mile path through the heart of downtown, a chunk of that route down Broadway.