CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2010 |
Meg Whitman says she became one of the world's wealthiest CEOs by always asking, "What is the right thing to do?" In her recently released autobiography, the front-runner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination disavows Wall Street "self-dealing and fraud" and rejects as myth the idea that successful executives must "step on people, stretch the truth . . . and make heartless decisions based only on the bottom line." Several of Whitman's actions while in corporate office and as an investor, however, raise questions about whether her conduct has squared with the image she has created in the book, on the stump and through tens of millions of dollars' worth of campaign commercials.
March 21, 2010 |
Have you traveled the world? WhereIveBeen.com helps you brag about your geographical conquests and connect with friends to plan your next trip. What's hot: The website is best known for its Facebook application that shows and shares a map of all the countries and cities you've been in. You can create a map of your previous travel destinations and places you've lived, then connect with friends using e-mail or Facebook. Besides gloating, you can find fun travel stats, such as the top cities users have lived in or want to visit.
February 5, 2010 |
Ulrick Mentor left his desk at the Haitian tax office a few minutes early on a Tuesday evening three weeks ago for an appointment. The decision saved his life. Since then, the civil engineer has been back to the federal building daily, leading a team of colleagues, working under armed guard, as they struggle to retrieve the bureaucratic foundation of Haitian society from the rubble of the four-story structure. "We have documents in here that go all the way back to our independence -- 200 years," said Mentor, chief engineer of the government tax office.
February 4, 2010 |
Hours before the Hollywood premiere of "Dear John" earlier this week, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks was sitting in the expensive hotel room he'd been put up in, continually glimpsing at his iPhone as it lighted up with phone calls and text messages. "That's my literary agent," he said. "And now here's a producer from the film." Sparks, 44, had flown in earlier that day from his home in North Carolina for the opening of the fifth movie adaptation of one of his books. The sixth, "The Last Song," starring Miley Cyrus, is due out in April, and an adaptation of his novel "The Lucky One," already in the works, will potentially make seven.
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
Ending Sunday: Gus Design Group, known for Minimalist furniture and reasonable prices, is offering a 15% discount on its entire collection to anyone who donates to a local food bank. The School chairs, pictured here in oak, have been reduced $40 to $225. The Ossington walnut ply end table, normally $445, is now $378. Other offerings include coffee tables, ottoman cubes, picture rails and some lighting. Go to Gusmodern.com for a list of retailers or order through DesignPublic.com, which offers free shipping.
December 30, 2009 |
On New Year's Day, the Boy Scouts of America will begin a yearlong celebration of its 100th birthday. The festivities will commence with a first-ever Boy Scout float in the Tournament of Roses Parade accompanied by an honor guard of 300 Eagle Scouts. I generally don't advertise it, but I am an Eagle Scout myself. In the spring of 1971, just shy of my 16th birthday, I earned the medal and flat patch that represent Scouting's highest rank. It was a doubly significant achievement.
December 29, 2009 |
Thought we might have lunch, but stunned to learn President Obama was out of town. So I took the guard's advice at the White House and just kept on walking Monday, stopping down the street at the Mayflower Hotel to visit our very own politician of sorts with an obvious gift of gab, Rick Neuheisel . Didn't have the heart to tell him the president will probably be passing on the Eagle Something-Or-Other Bowl like pretty much everyone else...