February 19, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The disappointment Anze Kopitar felt was immediate and deep after Slovenia's 5-0 loss to Sweden Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament, the end of the road for a gutsy team that won the admiration of hockey fans everywhere with its perseverance to get this far in its first-ever Olympic appearance. But soon that ache will fade and Kopitar, the Kings' standout center, will be able to appreciate the magnitude of what he and his teammates did here.
February 19, 2014 |
Say Mark Zuckerberg decided to cash out of Facebook today and move to a desert island. He could take $11.9 billion with him. That was the Facebook CEO's net appreciation on company stock holdings in 2013. (With those kinds of stock gains, that $992.2-million donation to charity last year is a little easier to comprehend.) One other tech executive saw even greater stock gains. Check out all the billions in the chart below. You will find more statistics at Statista For richer or poorer, follow me at @AmyTheHub
February 18, 2014 |
Families boosted their borrowing late last year at the fastest pace since the global financial crisis, a sign that Americans are gradually reopening their wallets as they feel more secure in their jobs. Household debt jumped $241 billion to $11.5 trillion in the fourth quarter, the biggest increase since the third quarter of 2007, according to data released Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. "This quarter is the first time since before the Great Recession that household debt has increased over its year-ago levels, suggesting that after a long period of de-leveraging, households are borrowing again," said Wilbert van der Klaauw, an economist at the New York Fed. The pickup in debt was a welcome development after a string of disappointing economic reports in the last few weeks.
February 17, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Host Russia, forced to play an extra game because it didn't finish in the top four in preliminary-round play and didn't get a bye into the hockey playoff quarterfinals, will face Norway at 4:30 p.m. (local time) Tuesday in one of four qualification playoff games. Russia, the No. 5 seed, will face No. 12 Norway at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. In the other qualification playoff games, No. 8 Slovenia will face No. 9 Austria at noon at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, No. 6 Switzerland will face No. 11 Latvia at the same arena at 9 p.m., and No. 7 Czech Republic will face No. 10 Slovakia at 9 p.m. at the Shayba Arena.
February 16, 2014 |
Gossiping publicly about the private lives of well-known people is one of the most popular forms of licensed sadism that our society indulges in. It's permissible to play roughly with the cardboard figures of these people we don't know, to bully them, humiliate them, and treat them in ways we would never think of treating our neighbors or friends. In discussing their lives, our standards of accuracy are pitifully low, our manner is casual, and we openly smile and laugh in response to events that are not at all funny to those involved in them.
February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - The kids are taking over the place. You can't toss a string of beads in the French Quarter this weekend without hitting a wide-eyed NBA All-Star. The festivities have become one extended Rising Stars Challenge between the six players making their All-Star game debuts Sunday at the Smoothie King Center and the five back for a second appearance. At 20, Anthony Davis can't even enjoy one of those oversized fruity alcoholic drinks so popular on Bourbon Street. Generation Next includes first-timers Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, Paul Millsap and Davis in addition to second-time participants Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.