March 18, 2010 |
Two new reports are pointing to a rapidly changing auto world where American and South Korean brands are equaling the quality of the top manufacturers and making large gains in market share. The data show that Ford Motor Co. is beginning to solidify its position as the top auto seller nationally and it, along with the Buick division of General Motors Co., are edging out luxury brands such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz in the latest quality rankings. Ford's Lincoln brand trailed only Porsche in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study to be released Thursday.
February 27, 2010 |
Although the nation's major airlines continue to boast improved on-time arrival rates and less lost luggage, air travelers are still unhappy with America's airports. And Los Angeles International Airport is rated among the worst. San Francisco International Airport doesn't rate much better. Slow baggage delivery, long security lines, uncomfortable terminal seats and a lengthy, frustrating check-in process are the main complaints from air travelers about U.S. airports, according to a new survey by consumer research company J.D. Power & Associates Inc. Overall, the passengers gave the nation's airports a rating of 690 on a 1,000-point scale.
February 25, 2010 |
The service departments of auto dealers are headed for tough times. That's the conclusion of a report issued Wednesday by consumer research company J.D. Power & Associates, which also released its annual rankings of consumer satisfaction with dealer service departments. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus brand received the highest marks for dealer service among the luxury nameplates. Buick scored highest among non-luxury brands, after factoring out the Hummer and Saturn lines General Motors Co. is shutting down.
February 2, 2010
A real case of deja vu Re "Conservatives criticize activist after his arrest," Jan. 28 I find it troubling that three of the four Republican activists arrested for illegally entering the office of a U.S. senator in New Orleans ran conservative newspapers at their respective colleges. None of these young men was a lone wolf with a grudge. None was an anonymous Average Joe plotting a crime. These presumably were the cream of the young Republicans, the best their party has to offer for the future.
February 2, 2010
Salinger's public face The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington has installed a portrait of "The Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91. The museum hung a portrait by Robert Vickery on Monday in a first-floor gallery designated for remembrance of people who have died recently. The portrait depicts Salinger against a metaphorical amber wave of grain. The image appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1961. -- associated press Dell's firm buys Magnum trove Billionaire Michael Dell's investment firm, MSD Capital LP, has acquired about 185,000 vintage photographic prints from the Magnum Photos agency in what is thought to be among the largest photo transactions in history.
January 29, 2010 |
"Don't ever tell anybody anything," J.D. Salinger wrote in the closing lines of "The Catcher in the Rye. " "If you do, you start missing everybody. " For more than two decades now, I've thought about that ending as a piece of code. Not that Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91 in Cornish, N.H., was an oracle, despite what his most dedicated followers -- those who hung around his driveway, hoping for a glimpse of the reclusive author, or parsed his sentences on a million websites -- might believe.
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January 29, 2010
Excerpts Here is the opening of J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," narrated by Holden Caulfield, a tormented prep-school flunk-out who is headed for mental collapse. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
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January 29, 2010 |
After "The Catcher in the Rye" exploded onto the literary scene in 1951, author J.D. Salinger had what every writer yearns for -- money, fame and critical acclaim. "Catcher" became a touchstone for the teenage culture just emerging in post-World War II America, and has remained one for every generation of youths since. But instead of basking in celebrity, Salinger walked away and slammed the door. After one brilliant novel, a novella and a couple of dozen short stories, he turned his back on the cult hunger for his writing and after 1965 refused to publish further.
October 9, 2009 |
Is the love affair between cars and young people starting to cool? That could be the case, according to a new study of auto-related online commentary among teens and young adults by J.D. Power and Associates. The market research firm analyzed hundreds of thousands of online conversations held from January to August on auto-related websites such as Autoblog, on personal blogs and on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. The goal was to gauge the perceptions of Generation Y (those born in the 1980s and early 1990s)
August 21, 2009 |
J.D. Drew homered twice, Jon Lester pitched eight strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1, on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. Victor Martinez homered for the second straight night for the Red Sox, who have hit two or more homers in six consecutive games, nine of 10 and 15 of 19. Drew hit a leadoff homer to right in the second and a two-run drive to almost the same spot in the third, and finished with four hits. The homers came against rookie left-hander Brett Cecil.