October 10, 2013 |
It's been 30 years since the release of "The Big Chill," the ensemble drama about baby boomers pining for their lost youth while sprawled out on the floor of a vacation house and playing a lot of Motown music. If this reference eludes you, it's safe to say that you can consider yourself still young. If you remember this movie at all - especially if you remember the hype around its status as a cultural touchstone - I'm afraid you're tilting ever so slightly (or falling at a 90-degree angle)
August 20, 2013 |
Over the last year, the Orange County Register has been furiously paddling against a riptide that has newspapers around the country laying off journalists, shrinking coverage and in some cases cutting back home delivery. The Register has doubled the number of reporters and editors to 350 and fattened the paper by adding 22 weekly sections. On a recent Tuesday, it had 72 pages while the Los Angeles Times had 42. The Register's parent company, Freedom Communications Inc. in Irvine, has expanded its 26 weekly community newspapers and turned two into five-day-a-week operations.
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April 20, 2013 |
Al Neuharth, the newspaper mogul who in 1982 made a $1-billion gamble called USA Today that earned derision for its emphasis on brevity, flashy graphics and upbeat stories but endured to become the nation's largest-circulation newspaper, died Friday in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89. He died of complications from a recent fall, according to USA Today and the Newseum, the Washington, D.C., news museum he founded. Described by detractors and admirers as brutish, egomaniacal, brilliant and fiercely competitive, Neuharth was a latter-day Citizen Kane, who in the 1970s turned the small Gannett newspaper chain into the nation's most profitable newspaper company.
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April 12, 2013 |
Audrie Pott loved art, horses and skiing, and was known to sing as she made her way down the mountain. The 15-year-old played viola and piano. As a soccer player, her family said, she "had a nose for the goal. " The Saratoga High School sophomore's world changed one September night during what was supposed to be a "small little gathering" with friends. Authorities this week alleged that Audrie was sexually assaulted by three teenage boys, one of whom snapped a picture of the alleged attack.
April 8, 2013 |
After years of devastating losses, the newspaper industry has a glimmer of good news. Circulation revenue for daily newspapers grew in 2012 for the first time in a decade as more people paid to subscribe to digital editions, according to data compiled by the Newspaper Assn. of America. The finding is noteworthy because it demonstrates that the newspaper industry, which has been hammered in recent years as consumers and advertisers migrated to the Internet, has begun to adapt its business model to a new era. Newspapers generated $10.4 billion in circulation revenue in 2012, a 5% increase over the previous year.
March 23, 2013 |
Phil Jackson would publicly criticize Kobe Bryant from time to time, but it was more a Zen zing than a diatribe. Mike Brown once complained to reporters about Bryant's game. Then he recanted the next day, even apologizing to Bryant. Coach Mike D'Antoni went full throttle Friday without ever saying Bryant's name after the Lakers shamefully lost to Washington, 103-100. He said the Lakers went one-on-one too often and didn't play enough defense against Trevor Ariza, a double indictment of Bryant, who was a perfect conductor before halftime but commandeered the offense the rest of the way and sloughed off defensively as Ariza hit three after three after three.