March 5, 2014 |
Thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, high school students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District south of San Jose won't be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. That's too bad. The flags of both the United States and Mexico belong in any celebration of Cinco de Mayo, because it is, at its heart, a Mexican American holiday. The ban was instituted a year after hostilities broke out at Live Oak High School during a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
March 3, 2014 |
Aaron Holiday, a junior guard at North Hollywood Campbell Hall who's the younger brother of former UCLA and NBA guard Jrue Holiday, has committed to UCLA, his mother, Toya, said Monday. Holiday averaged more than 30 points a game this season for the Vikings, who lost in the Southern Section Division 4A semifinals last week. In his last three playoff games, Holiday scored 36, 39 and 42 points. His sister, Lauren, plays for UCLA's women's team. His commitment is a triumph for new Coach Steve Alford, who had to re-recruit the family after Jrue's experience under former Coach Ben Howland.
February 26, 2014 |
Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith thinks the opening day of the major league baseball season should be a national holiday. And he's taking his idea straight to the top -- if he can get the 100,000 petition signatures required for a review by the Obama administration. Smith has teamed with Budweiser for the campaign. So far the website set up for the campaign has collected more than 21,000 online signatures. “There are 22 million people who have, some point in time, played hooky from work or school, so it's already an unofficial holiday,” Smith said . “We're just trying to make it an official holiday by getting those 100,000 signatures so I can march them up to the front of the White House.” Anheuser-Busch InBev pointed to a survey of 1,004 Americans 21 or older, saying 10% of them indicated they had skipped work on first day of the MLB season.
February 26, 2014 |
The massive theft of Target Corp. customer data contributed to a huge drop in fourth-quarter profit as the retailer scrambled to win back the trust of consumers and shore up its hobbled payments system. The Minneapolis-based chain reported that profit was nearly halved from a year earlier to $520 million and revenue slid 5% to $21.5 billion. Target also racked up $61 million in expenses related to the hack, though it expects all but $17 million of that to be covered by insurance.
February 22, 2014 |
Lauren Holiday sits pensively, hands clasped in her lap, a UCLA basketball practice jersey folded around her. Rocking slightly, she leans forward in her chair as she struggles to remember the incidents that changed her life. She had been asked about the series of head injuries she has endured in her two seasons as a college basketball player: How many were there? When did they happen? And how? "To be honest, I don't really remember," she says quietly from time to time. And then: "My memory is really bad now because of them.
February 20, 2014 |
Janet and her husband have a vacation timeshare, which they like. What they don't like are the annual dues, which have risen to $3,500. Janet wants to know: If they stop making payments, can the timeshare company place a lien on their home? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions It seems like lots of people find themselves in a similar position. They sign up for a timeshare thinking it will save money on vacations, and then discover that they're locked in to a system they don't like or are paying far more money than they originally thought.