April 3, 2011 |
Every time I come across a big-number statistic about the size or significance of some industrial activity, my nose wrinkles. You know the figures I mean: The porn business takes in $10 billion to $14 billion a year. California's marijuana harvest is worth $14 billion a year, making it the state's biggest cash crop . NCAA March Madness costs employers $1.8 billion in lost productivity . Figures like these have several things in common: They're eye-catchingly big, they're unverifiable by empirical means and they reek of fakery.
August 24, 1992 |
And now for the good news. Despite California's protracted economic downturn, people continue to land good jobs. Up-the-ladder kind of stuff. Even career-advancing leaps. "Most of my candidates are having a tough time," acknowledges Richard Knowdell, executive director of the Career Planning & Adult Development Network, a nationwide organization of career counselors based in San Jose. But, he adds, there are success stories out there. Some are high profile.
July 26, 1995 |
When the spinal cord is severed in an accident, it's like a telephone that has been unplugged: The electrical signals from the brain and the muscles in the legs are disconnected, resulting in paralysis. But more than 300 patients with spinal-cord injuries across the country have learned to walk again with the Parastep System developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
July 18, 2002 |
A consumer health advocacy group blasted the pharmaceutical industry Wednesday with a study saying drug makers spend far more on overhead, lavish executive compensation and marketing campaigns aimed at hospitals, doctors and patients than they do on research and development.
December 29, 1989 |
Bobo Wang can remember coming to Hsinchu in 1980 to see for himself the place that Taiwan's government had declared would usher it into the age of high technology. He found a barren land in a rural area most famous for its peanuts. There were no trees. No paved roads. No electricity. "Just wind and desert," the high-tech entrepreneur recalled.
July 23, 1991 |
What did the Dodgers and the Eastern heat and humidity have in common last week? No relief in sight. . . . Oh well, at least the boys of slumber are back where they want to be--the Dodgers at home and the Angels on the road. . . . It's homecoming night for Philadelphia Manager Jim Fregosi, who was a mere youth when he played shortstop for the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium from 1962 to 1965. . . . Without Lenny Dykstra, the Phillies were 24-37. With him, they are 16-15. . . .