July 16, 2013 |
Prepare to laugh a lot more on Catalina Island this summer. The Laugh Factory Comedy Club in Hollywood is bringing its brand of stand-up comedy to the elegant Catalina Country Club in Avalon this summer. Shows run at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 30 at the club's courtyard. Tickets cost $30 per person, $40 for VIP entry (which guarantees you a table seat) plus a two-drink minimum. Guests have access to a full bar and dining menu during the shows. You can purchase tickets online , at any Santa Catalina Island Co. ticket booth on the island, and at the Pavilion Hotel and the Hotel Atwater . And there's more to the emerging nightlife scene on the island too. Weekend Beach Parties at the Descanso Beach Club in Avalon, where a live DJ and full bar are featured from 2 to 5 p.m., are held Saturday and Sunday afternoons in July and August.
July 13, 2013 |
REHAB, Egypt - As fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo intensified last fall, Khalid Sabbagh decided it was time to move his business abroad. He and his family had already fled months earlier to the safety of this palm-tree-lined Cairo suburb. But as Aleppo, once Syria's commercial hub, descended further into the warfare that has ravaged much of his nation, Sabbagh finally decided to move his upholstery factory to Egypt and start anew. Since antigovernment activists began their struggle to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011, more than 1.6 million Syrians have fled the fighting, many to neighboring countries where they wait to return to their homes.
July 12, 2013 |
Mercedes-Benz has leased a former Boeing airplane factory in Long Beach, but it isn't saying what it plans to do with the more than 1-million-square-foot plant adjacent to the city's airport. City officials confirmed that the U.S. arm of the German automaker has leased the factory from Sares-Regis Group, the developer that bought the property from Boeing. “This is significant for Long Beach, as it will bring needed jobs and property tax revenue,” said Gerrie Schipske, the City Council member representing the district that includes the site.
July 10, 2013 |
A group of 17 American retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and Macy's Inc., have signed on to a five-year agreement to help improve safety at garment factories in Bangladesh. The accord is separate from a legally binding plan finalized earlier this week by more than 70 mostly European companies such as H&M and Zara owner Inditex. U.S. apparel sellers largely avoided the contract. Instead, they said Wednesday that their coalition would seek inspections at all member-supported factories in Bangladesh within a year.
June 18, 2013 |
Six months after a lone gunman invaded a Connecticut elementary school and shot 20 children and six adults to death, the massacre in Newtown remains the symbol most often used by gun control advocates to push for tougher laws. But for some, like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former and likely future presidential candidate, it may also be a business opportunity. Perry this week toured gun manufacturers in Connecticut as part of a five-day swing through the Northeast touting his state's pro-business tax and regulatory policies in the hope of wooing jobs down to the Lone Star State.
June 15, 2013 |
The Cheesecake Factory is at once an ostentatious den of dining and decorative excess as well as a homespun throwback to family tradition. Witness the florid murals and French-inspired checked floors, the dozens of cheesecakes in sumptuous flavors such as white chocolate caramel macadamia and the calorie-laden dishes that regularly land the chain on extreme eating lists. But behind the extravagant menu and interior design, there's a classically American story involving an entrepreneurial housewife and a cheesecake tweaked from a newspaper recipe.
June 14, 2013 |
Long Beach's Pine Avenue has had its ups and downs over the last few decades. After a determined rebirth in the 1990s, a tide of prosperity rolled into the time-worn neighborhood with a bustling night life scene. That tide receded with newer developments elsewhere around town, and Pine Avenue fell into an awkward state of transition as it struggled to compete with amenities such as a Ferris wheel and a world class aquarium. However, the newly opened Federal Bar aims to bring revelers back to Pine Avenue by offering a restaurant and a music venue in the cavernous yet elegant Security Pacific National Bank building.
June 6, 2013 |
In a vast disc of gas and dust particles circling a young star, scientists have found evidence of a hypothesized but never-seen dust trap that may solve the mystery of how planets form. We know planets that orbit stars are abundant throughout our galaxy, and likely throughout the universe as well, but until recently, scientists weren't exactly sure how those planets came to be. The working theory is that they grew over time as tiny bits of dust collided and stuck together -- eventually forming comets, rocky planets and the cores of gaseous planets over millions of years.
June 3, 2013 |
BEIJING - There was a loud bang, survivors said. Then the lights went out, and fire quickly engulfed a poultry plant in northeastern China, killing at least 119 workers who were trapped inside behind locked doors. The fire on Monday, perhaps the deadliest in China's poultry industry, erupted just after 6 a.m. in Jilin province's Mishazi township. Authorities said the explosion was caused by leakage in tanks of ammonia, which is used in the poultry industry as a coolant. At least 54 people were injured in the explosion and subsequent blaze.
June 3, 2013 |
Tyson Foods is branching further beyond the beef, pork and chicken for which it's known, voyaging deeper into the prepared foods world by snapping up a Mexican food factory in San Diego. The Springdale, Ark., giant bought Circle Foods, which employs 600 full-time workers at its Southern California facility, from Montreal investment firm Claridge Inc. The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which was completed June 1. Circle Foods has been in operation for 25 years.