September 19, 2013 |
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dominating win over "Canelo" Alvarez was the richest fight ever, a box-office smash at the arena and on television. Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya. With the highest pay-per-view boxing price - at an average of more than $70 - the fight will generate nearly $150 million in revenue in TV sales alone. Nevada boxing regulators said the gate for the bout was just more than $20 million, also a record.
September 18, 2013 |
"Grand Theft Auto V," the latest installment in Rockstar Games' hit video game series, reaped an eye-popping $800 million in worldwide retail sales on its first day of release Tuesday. The hotly anticipated game appears to have blown past the one-day retail sales record set by Activision Blizzard Inc., whose "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" brought in $500 million in its fist 24 hours of release. That game went on to reach $1 billion in sales in 15 days -- faster, many observed, than the box office record-holder "Avatar.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The nation's poverty rate held at a near-generation-high of 15% last year, while the typical income of American households flattened, according to the Census Bureau. The bureau's annual report on income, poverty and health insurance suggests that the economic wounds from the Great Recession are patched up but the economy still is struggling to return to full health. In one respect, the data released Tuesday could be seen as positive because things seemed to stabilize after the devastating recession.
September 17, 2013 |
To fully appreciate Paul Napier, you have to know that he played the original Mr. Goodwrench in the GM commercials, a natural fixer, good at keeping things running. You'd also have to understand that the retired actor with the playful Dick Van Dyke voice has coached 77 seasons worth of youth sports - football, baseball, basketball - in Los Angeles, across 45 years, with such standouts as Erik Kramer and Charles White. "I played him at guard," Napier explains with a chuckle. "Back then, White was a guard.
September 9, 2013 |
Passenger fees and other extra charges generated $27.1 billion for airlines around the world in 2012, with major carriers like United, Delta and American airlines leading the revenue race. The latest revenue total, collected by 53 airlines around the globe, is a 20% increase over the $22.6 billion collected by 50 carriers in 2011, according to a new report by IdeaWorks Co., a Wisconsin consultant on airline fees. The study was sponsored by CarTrawler, a Dublin, Ireland-based provider of car rental distribution systems.
September 5, 2013 |
A red Rose grows in Brooklyn, marries German refugee Albert (from a once-wealthy family but also a gung-ho Jewish communist like herself), and after some debate (a specialty), moves with him to the planned community of Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. There in this imagined socialist utopia, Rose Angrush Zimmer gives birth to daughter Miriam, who at the dawn of the '60s, will herself rebel. This, grossly simplified, is the tale of "Dissident Gardens," Jonathan Lethem's rich, grotesque and tender family saga, the latest, most pungent of his accounts of growing up absurd in New York City.
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September 4, 2013 |
Southern California Edison, owner of the now-defunct San Onofre nuclear plant , has made documents available on a website relating to the ill-fated steam generator replacement that prompted the plant's closure. The documents, some of which had not been previously released, include correspondence and minutes of meetings between staff from Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - the Japanese company that was contracted to manufacture the replacement generators - about their design, and documents submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
August 30, 2013 |
When it came out in 2003, David Levithan's young-adult debut, "Boy Meets Boy," had the pinkish glow of wish fulfillment. Its gay-teen hero found love in a small-town utopia where parents embraced children's differences, jocks treated queers as peers, and a cross-dressing high school quarterback could double as head cheerleader. So much peace, love and understanding - at a time when homosexuality was illegal in 14 states, when "Don't ask, don't tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act were the laws of the land, and the murder of Matthew Shepard was fresh in memory.
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August 27, 2013 |
A sprawling Santa Clarita Valley landscape that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows will be transformed into one of the largest new studio developments in more than a decade under a plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Disney's Golden Oak Ranch will include more than 500,000 square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows, a commissary and other developments spread over 58 acres of oak-studded land in Placerita Canyon.