July 19, 2012 |
Regional economies throughout the nation are getting a boost in real estate and other sectors, but barely enough to keep overall growth continuing to expand "at a modest to moderate pace" in the last two months. Housing markets in 12 federal regions were largely positive as sales increased and inventories declined, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve. The survey covers the nation's 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. Indeed, U.S. builders last month began construction on the highest number of new homes since October 2008, with housing starts jumping 6.9% last month from May, according to a Commerce Department report Wednesday.
June 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — For all the gloom-and-doom economic news of late, there's little indication of trouble in the Federal Reserve's latest "beige book" report. In fact, the Fed's survey of its 12 banking regions, covering the period from early April to late May, paints a surprisingly upbeat picture of a U.S. economy continuing to improve at a moderate pace. Manufacturing in most areas is seen as expanding nicely, travel and tourism are strengthening, and the long-depressed housing market is showing more signs of recovery.
May 22, 2011 |
In the picture, I am probably 10 years old. I'm wearing blue jeans and a bright red sweater, and I'm perched on the stump of a redwood tree, surrounded by a forest of the same. On my lap, I hold an open book. My head is bowed, long blond hair studiously tucked behind my ears. I wish I could remember the book I was reading, but I can't. What I do remember is that I knew my mother was taking the picture — even though she didn't know I knew it. As a result, I was trying extra-hard to look serious.
November 15, 2010 |
Once upon a time, there were two brother princes. Their beautiful mother had died when the boys were young, and after their aloof father took up with a selfish stepmother ? Stop. That's how the spin whirled, for a time, around the young sons of Diana and Charles. Now, Prince William of Wales, "Wills," is closing in on 30, with his father's early-receding hairline to prove it, and Prince Henry of Wales, "Harry," is a decorated army veteran whose experience of combat has advanced beyond warring with paparazzi outside nightclubs.
January 14, 2010 |
The Federal Reserve's new report on U.S. economic activity in December and early January showed more signs of improvement across the nation. But if you're out of work in the Western states, the Fed's report, released Wednesday, won't provide any solace: Many employers in the region expect to do little if any hiring in 2010, even if sales rise. The Fed's so-called beige book report was relatively upbeat on the nation's economy as a whole, noting that 10 of the central bank's 12 geographic districts reported "some increased activity or improvement in conditions."
November 14, 2008 |
Here's all you need to know about Chris Crutcher, whose young-adult fiction is set against a high school sports backdrop and is a hit with jocks and non-jocks, not to mention readers and supposed nonreaders: During the morning sessions of an all-day appearance at Strasburg (Va.) High School recently, students approached Crutcher on three occasions and paused while tears welled in their eyes as they talked to him. That's how much his books reflect their lives. Although Crutcher, 62, has no children, he said that knack comes in part from years of working as a director of an alternative school and as a family therapist dealing with child abuse and neglect cases.