March 19, 2013 |
[ Updated, 1:45 p.m. March 19: The National Park Service announced Tuesday that it plans to reopen the Statue of Liberty to visitors by July 4. Repairs to the docks where visitors disembark would be fixed with federal transportation funds, the announcement said.] The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island received $59 million to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October, but how to fix them remains up in the air. "Should the island be patched up quickly and reopened at the risk of further flooding or should longer repairs be made to relocate infrastructure up higher, with the hopes of minimizing further flooding?
March 19, 2013 |
Media mogul John Malone is returning to his roots. Malone's Liberty Media is acquiring 27% of cable television operator Charter Communications for $2.62 billion. Liberty is buying 26.9 million Charter shares and 1.1 million warrants at a per-share price of $95.50 from private equity firms Apollo Management, Oaktree Capital Management and Crestview Partners. As part of the agreement, Liberty will have four seats on the Charter board. In return, Liberty said it would keep its holdings in Charter under 40% and not engage in lobbying on behalf of other potential board members as long as its own spots on the board were safe.
February 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Judges across the country are increasingly split over whether private employers and their companies can cite their religious beliefs as a valid reason for denying birth control coverage to their employees. Earlier this month the Obama administration proposed a compromise for some nonprofit religious organizations, such as Catholic hospitals and colleges, that would allow them to avoid paying directly for such insurance. But the administration refused to consider a similar exemption for private, for-profit employers.
February 6, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing how 'Smash' did in the ratings. The Skinny: I tried to get back into "Smash" last night but they lost me for good with the "Would I Lie to You" number. "Smash" makes me appreciate "Nashville" all the more. Wednesday's headlines include Fox looking to get an early jump on next year's Super Bowl, CBS talks on the record about Joe Flacco's swearing and why they don't want to put a delay on live sports and Liberty Media buys British pay-TV operator Virgin Media.
February 5, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to do without football. The Skinny: Last year I watched every episode of NBC's "Smash" (no, I didn't lose a bet) so I feel obliged to give the Season 2 premiere tonight a shot. Tuesday's headlines include a big shake-up at NBCUniversal; Liberty Global wants Virgin Media and a review of "Smash. " Also, Hollywood celebrates itself with a lunch and a party. In other words, it was a typical day. Daily Dose: ABC Entertainment head Paul Lee is determined to make John Leguizamo a TV star.
February 2, 2013 |
So how do you train the body's core? Good results can come from unexpected places, including the weight room. James Schoffstall, director of exercise science at Liberty University in Virginia, says dead lifts and squats are proven ways to strengthen the core. As he explains, the core muscles have to stiffen throughout the lifts. He adds that the moves prepare the body for real-life activities outside of the gym. "Picking up a suitcase - that's a dead lift," he says. "Getting up off the toilet - that's a squat.
January 25, 2013 |
British model and actress Liberty Ross has reportedly filed for divorce from Rupert Sanders, the "Snow White and the Huntsman" director who infamously cheated on her last summer with actress Kristen Stewart. She's asking for joint custody of their 5- and 7-year-old children, spousal support and attorney's fees, in papers filed Friday in L.A. Superior Court, according to TMZ . Sanders, who filed his response Friday as well, also is seeking joint custody but wants to share the legal fees.
January 6, 2013
Congress and President Obama have been buffeted by criticism for the way they handled, or mishandled, legislation designed to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. Comparatively, little attention has been paid to another recent failure of statesmanship by both of those branches of government: the perpetuation of laws and policies that undermine civil liberties and government transparency in the name of the "war on terror. " On Wednesday, Obama signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, a $633-billion blueprint for Pentagon spending that is objectionable for both what it contains and what it omits.
December 28, 2012 |
We travel, we craft bucket lists , we read about exotic destinations that will open a window on the world, but do we actually retain anything? Here's a chance to find out. Napa Valley-based freelance writer Bob Ecker created the Travel Quiz 2012 for his travel column at Examiner.com . It has 25 brain-busters that will leave you thinking, singing and maybe embarrassed about how few you can answer. The answers will be posted next week (though I've already seen them)
December 28, 2012 |
Pay-TV channel Starz is trying to chart a new orbit. Early next year, its parent company, Liberty Media, plans to spin off the premium network and its sister channel Encore into a new, stand-alone, publicly traded company. Such a move would normally be cause for celebration. But for Starz, the separation comes amid uncertainty. Its track record producing original shows has been mixed. The market is getting increasingly crowded not only from Starz's traditional competitors, HBO and Showtime, but also from new rivals including Netflix, Amazon and Redbox.