June 12, 2013 |
News Corp. has moved closer to its historic breakup that is expected to test whether investors share Chairman Rupert Murdoch's confidence that there is a solid future for newspapers. On Tuesday, shareholders approved measures that will allow Murdoch's sprawling media empire to be cleaved into two separate publicly traded companies. The most profitable assets - Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast TV network, Fox regional sports networks, FX and the 20th Century Fox movie studio - will form 21st Century Fox Inc. The publishing assets, including the Wall Street Journal, Times of London, New York Post, the Australian, HarperCollins book publishing house and several Australian television properties, will form a separate company.
June 9, 2013 |
As an economist, an immigrant and a scholar of the effects of immigration on the U.S. economy, I find that few pieces of legislation have engaged me more than the proposal for comprehensive immigration reform that the full Senate will take up this week. The most heated debates have been about the path to legal status for those undocumented immigrants who are already in the United States. But this bill does much more than that. It changes the rules regulating the future flow of immigrants and of non-immigrant, temporary foreign workers.
June 2, 2013 |
My daughter, Kelzer , is a mother now with three children, and it's been more than a decade since she spent much time shooting a basketball. But I flew Kelzer in from Arizona to teach Dwight Howard how to shoot free throws because she still has to be better than he is. Who isn't? We all met at UCLA, Howard was as friendly as always and relaxed after fishing trips to Lake Tahoe and Aspen. He posted Twitter pictures of the fish that had jumped in his boat or the ones he claimed he had caught.
May 29, 2013 |
In 2004, with President George W. Bush dead set against stem cell research, California just went ahead and did it. Voters made stem cell research a state constitutional right, and endorsed $3 billion in bond sales for 10 years to cement the deal. CIRM, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine created under Proposition 71, has become a world center for stem cell research, and its president is Australian Alan Trounson, a pioneer in in vitro fertilization. As Proposition 71 approaches its 10-year anniversary, Trounson offers a prognosis.
May 28, 2013 |
Futuristic fabrics and high-tech garments are just one way technology is affecting the fashion landscape. Another, e-commerce, was the topic of discussion at Fashion Digital Los Angeles, a recent day-long conference in Hollywood. Some 450 registrants gathered for a range of discussions with such titles as "Beating Amazon With Inspiration-Based Commerce? Yes, It's Possible!" and "Turning Small Screens and Fat Fingers into Big Opportunities" that underscored that the fashion side of e-commerce is big and getting bigger.
May 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With a wide grin and a quick step, letter carrier Kenny Clark brings more than the day's mail to the people on his route in suburban Maryland. Clark, 49, greets nearly everyone he sees by name. He puts packages under eaves on overcast days to keep them dry, reminds people to retrieve keys they might have left in keyholes, and shouts a quick "You OK?" at the doors of seniors. "He's a neighborhood icon - him and his truck," said Amy Dick, who lives on Clark's route.