November 25, 2013 |
Happily for Kobe Bryant, he is now going to be a Laker for life. Sadly for the misguided Lakers, it probably won't be much of a life. The news Monday that Bryant had signed a two-year contract extension worth $48.5 million - twice his market value, eight months before it was necessary - was a startling celebration of individuality by a decorated franchise and veteran leader who both should have known better. PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant through the years The Lakers have proven they are about championships, yet they just handed out the sort of hefty contract to an aging and injured star that will likely prevent them from adding the free agents necessary to win another one with him. Kobe Bryant has also said he is about championships, yet he signed this extravagant deal instead of following the lead of wealthy veteran athletes like Tom Brady and Tim Duncan who agreed to take less money for the sake of improving the team.
September 2, 2013 |
SAN CRISTOBAL, Mexico - Former President Vicente Fox grew up on a farm here in rural Guanajuato, one of Mexico's most conservative states. He is the kind of guy who wears big belt buckles, collects hand-tooled saddles and worships the free market. Ask him about his experience with the drug culture and the big man with the cowboy-movie mustache exhibits a kind of straight-laced pique: Never smoked pot, he says. Hardly knew anyone who did. But Fox has always fancied himself a policy maverick.
July 13, 2013 |
When Bridget Reilly and her young son began eating gluten-free, she also began to find grocery shopping a real headache. So many labels to read and so much food that her family didn't really like and that she didn't really like feeding them. "I was driving around to four different stores every week and reading all the labels," Reilly says. Her alternative was to open a store, which she did. It's called the Bite Market, and everything is gluten- and dairy-free. It sits in the Orange business district, among the antique shops and not far from Chapman University, the source of some of her business.
July 12, 2013 |
If you're on the lookout for gluten-free products, you might just pass Moshe Groshkowsky's store right by, because it's called Sugar Free Markets . But that would be a mistake. Because inside the store, in a small Woodland Hills shopping center, you'll find gluten-free pita, which he bakes and brings to the market hot every day, as well as cupcakes, cookies, blintzes and more. His store is one of the few in the area that stock all-gluten-free food. Groshkowsky had worked as a general contractor, baking for his family on the side.
April 8, 2013 |
LONDON -- It perhaps goes without saying that the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did not prompt universal mourning. She could be a polarizing figure, nowhere more than in working-class communities of northern England, Scotland and Wales, where residents bitterly recall the fierce fights against her closure of Britain's mines in the 1980s, actions that caused thousands to lose their livelihoods. The National Union of Miners posted a few words of condolence to the Thatcher family, but followed it with a reminder: “The legacy of what the Conservative government did to British industry under Thatcher is not one to be proud of if you really did want the best for the people.” The working class had suffered “decimation” in the name of the free market, the message said, adding that “Thatcher lived long enough to see her beliefs demolished when the 'free market' collapsed and came running to the state for support.
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April 8, 2013 |
LONDON -- Margaret Thatcher, the grocer's daughter who punched through an old-boy political network to become Britain's first female prime minister, stamping her personality indelibly on the nation and pursuing policies that reverberate decades later, has died. She was 87. The BBC read out a statement early Monday afternoon from Thatcher's friend and former advisor, Tim Bell, saying: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announce that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning.