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June 8, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
When the tires on their Dodge Caravan had worn so thin that the steel belts were showing through, Don and Florence Cherry couldn't afford to buy a new set. So they decided to rent instead. The Rich Square, N.C., couple last September agreed to pay Rent-N-Roll $54.60 a month for 18 months in exchange for four basic Hankook tires. Over the life of the deal, that works out to $982, almost triple what the radials would have cost at Wal-Mart. "I know you have to pay a lot more this way," said Florence Cherry, a 57-year-old nurse who drives the 15-year-old van when her husband, a Vietnam veteran, isn't using it to get to his job as a prison guard.
April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If you ask Ian Rush, Sunday's English Premier League match between first-place Liverpool and fast-closing Manchester City is about more than soccer supremacy. Oh, sure, it will be a clash of styles and philosophies, one that will push the winner closer to the Premier League title with less than a month left in the season. But to hear Rush tell it, it will also be a battle of the banks, one matching the haves against the have-mores. "Manchester City, you expect it because of the amount of money they pay for players," says Rush, Liverpool's all-time scoring leader and now an ambassador for the club.
May 31, 1987
As an Italian temporarily in the U.S.A. I write in response to reader Glenn Corner (Letters, May 10) who was surprised by the "outlandishly high prices" he found in Italy compared to a visit in 1985, and was disappointed at not finding the bargains he expected, given the "lack of value" of the Italian lira. The U.S. dollar is no longer wildly overpriced, as it was in 1985. At that time $1 U.S. was valued at about 2,000 lire; now it is 1,280 lire, a 35% decrease. Visits I made in the U.S.A.
March 30, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Monday is the last day to begin the process of signing up for insurance under the Covered California statewide health exchange. But even for many of those already enrolled, the challenges are just beginning. Consider, for instance, the work to be done in figuring out your new health plan's coverage for prescription drugs. For people who take medications on an ongoing basis, it's especially important to closely evaluate details of a health plan's drug coverage. For Tina Petrakis, selecting a new health plan through Covered California meant paying close attention to the medications each policy covered.
American art pottery has been going up in price for the last 15 years. One of the most popular types is Weller pottery, first made in 1872 in Fultonham, Ohio. The company moved to Zanesville, Ohio, in 1882 and began making art pottery in 1893. The factory closed in 1948. Some pieces sell today for thousands of dollars, but many pieces made in the 1920s-40s still sell for reasonable prices. Collectors have selected several types of Weller as the "stars" that command high prices.
September 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
High scrap-metal prices led criminals to steal copper wire from about 750 streetlights, costing the city nearly $250,000, officials said. Copper sells for about $3 to $4 a pound, said Dave Row, a supervisor with the Public Works Department. The amount of copper stolen between two streetlights can weigh between 60 and 80 pounds. Workers will retool electrical boxes on the lights with special locks and screws. Officers are following up on leads provided by scrap-metal business owners, Police Capt.
June 15, 2001 | GREGORY L. ROSSTON, Gregory L. Rosston is the deputy director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and served as deputy chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission from 1994-1997
President Bush's views on trade and regulation show no sound, consistent economic philosophy. He directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, to essentially stay out of the California electricity crisis, where prices are too high, and he asked the International Trade Commission to investigate foreign steel imports because prices are too low. As there is no economic rationale for these diametrically opposed positions, it must be politics, and consumers bear the brunt of this.
May 5, 1985 | BOB SONTAG, Sontag is a San Clemente free-lance writer.
To those visitors who always wanted to go to Harry's Bar but couldn't afford the astonishingly high prices, take heart. Arrigo Cipriani, owner of the world-famous restaurant and watering hole, has just opened a new place that charges less than half as much for much of the same fare. He calls it Harry's Dolci (sweets or desserts) and it's on the nearby island of Giudecca, less than 15 minutes via vaporetto (water bus) from S. Zaccaria, the stop closest to the Doges Palace. Take the No.
January 30, 2008 | Noha El-Hennawy and Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writers
When the visitors flooded into town a week ago, taxi fares soared and Shaima Hassan had to walk an hour to get to work. She was one of many Egyptians who welcomed her "Palestinian brothers" from the nearby Gaza Strip, but now she just wants them to go home. "The first few days of their arrival, things were hard.
September 13, 2000 | Reuters
Protests against fuel prices blocked highways across Europe on Tuesday, and as pumps ran dry in Britain, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed tough action to move supplies through blockades. Truckers furious at high prices and taxes promised more wildcat action across the continent. Protests began in Germany and appeared likely in Spain and Ireland. Although crude prices dropped more than $1.30 a barrel, traders warned that market fundamentals pointed to continuing high prices.
March 12, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri and Tim Logan
The Southern California housing market is stuck in neutral, raising questions over whether the recovery will pick up this spring. Home prices stayed essentially flat in February while sales tumbled, research firm DataQuick reported Wednesday. Buyers continued to hold back even as more homes trickled onto the market. No one's predicting a new slump, but some experts believe the market has hit a plateau. "I think this year will be flat as a pancake," said Leo Nordine, a real estate agent in Redondo Beach.
February 12, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Southern California home buyers continue to turn their backs on an expensive market with few houses for sale. Home prices fell 3.8% in January compared with December, though the median price remained up sharply compared with January of last year, research firm DataQuick reported Wednesday. The price decline, coupled with falling sales, revealed a market that has lost momentum after an explosive price run-up in the first half of 2013. "Buyers are not overpaying," said Broker Derek Oie, owner of Century 21 the Oie Group in the Inland Empire.
November 22, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The big story in the NFL this weekend is Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady. Or is it? The matchup of two of the premier quarterbacks in the history of the game, the Denver Broncos' Manning and the New England Patriots' Brady, is where the NFL wants our goose bumps. There is no denying the attraction. Both teams are very good. Manning is chasing Brady's single-season touchdown passing record of 50. The game is in the prime-time Sunday night spot, where the best in the business, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, broadcast and analyze the action.
November 13, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a harsh indictment of the Western-funded drug eradication effort in Afghanistan, the United Nations on Wednesday reported an increase of nearly 50% in the 2013 opium harvest, with land used for cultivation reaching an all-time high. The annual survey underscored the growing threat in the world's largest opium-producing nation. The unchecked spread of opium cultivation has brought widespread corruption, political instability and enormous profits for the Taliban insurgency, which controls Afghanistan's primary poppy-growing provinces.
September 21, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
The only thing more frustrating than having your fantasy team ravaged by injuries is to have your team stocked with high-priced players having career-worst years while on your watch. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at a few of this season's most disappointing players, who can't blame poor health for their woes. B.J. Upton OF | Atlanta Braves fans had to be thrilled when the team landed the Upton brothers during the off-season. The move has worked out pretty well for Justin, but not so much for B.J., who has looked lost at the plate all season.
September 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Investors punished Apple's stock Wednesday, driving it down more than 5% after the technology giant disappointed Wall Street by failing to announce a cheaper iPhone and a deal with China's largest wireless carrier. Both bits of news had been widely expected at an event Apple held at its headquarters Tuesday. Although a partnership with China Mobile is still imminent, shareholders and Wall Street analysts were not as confident that Apple will regain much momentum in emerging smartphone markets such as China without a more affordable phone.
August 18, 1991 | Cecilia Rodriguez, Cecilia Rodriguez is a Colombian journalist based in Mexico City
There is no sight more bizarre than a native walking along the beach in any resort town developed for gringos in Latin Third World countries. Local men, with their heavy boots, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and local women with their ruffled but humble dresses, seem completely out of context in their own towns where Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic are the arbiters of fashion.
September 9, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Federal efforts to protect growers of sugar beets and sugar cane epitomize everything that's wrong with U.S. farm programs. At times they've artificially raised the price of sugar, costing consumers billions of dollars; at other times they've stuck taxpayers with the bill for the surplus sugar production they've promoted. The fact that the sugar program is likely to survive the latest rewrite of the farm bill unscathed is a testament to how limited the bill's "reforms" are. Sweeteners are ubiquitous in processed foods, and sugar is the most popular by far. There are two primary sources in the United States: sugar beets, which are grown in parts of California (mainly in Imperial County)
August 16, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
The gig: Michael Dubin, 35, is chief executive and co-founder of Dollar Shave Club, a subscription service that delivers razors and laughs. When Dubin released a YouTube video in March 2012 introducing his company, where members can get razors starting at $1 a month (plus $2 in shipping) delivered to their door, he had no idea the replenishable razor blades were going to be such a big hit. The goofy video went viral, orders poured in (12,000 in the first two days) and the company's website, DollarShaveClub, crashed in the first hour.
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