July 29, 2012 |
Consider this first, and last, call. Tickets go on sale Thursday for the nation's largest one-stop showcase of craft beers, the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver Oct. 11-13. Last year, 49,000 tickets to the event at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St.;  228-8000 ) , a chance to sample the wares of 475 or so brewers from around the country, were snapped up in less than a week. The bed A sure sign of the festival's firepower: Good luck finding lodgings near the convention center for less than $300 a night for this weekend.
June 23, 2012 |
General Motors is recalling more than 475,000 of its Chevrolet Cruze autos because of reported engine fires that destroyed two of the vehicles. In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation into the two fires, both of which occurred with 2011 Cruze models. The carmaker said there were no crashes or injuries caused by the problem it traced to engine shields on the undersides of the cars. GM said fires could start or spread if oil or other flammable liquids dripped on to the shields.
May 23, 2012 |
Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister, has found a new ally in his quest for lower borrowing rates and liquidity in his recession-racked country: France's new President Francoise Hollande. A week after his inauguration, Hollande met with Rajoy at the Elysee Palace to talk policy before heading to a European Union summit in Brussels later in the day. There, they'll likely present a unified front against Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has resisted Hollande's growth proposals in favor of deficit and debt cuts.
April 25, 2012 |
In preparation for the start of demolition this summer of the now-closed 936-room Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the hotel will reopen its doors Thursday for the start of a massive sale of its furniture, plates, towels and television sets, among thousands of items in the building. Everything must go, including the kitchen sinks, which are priced at $350. "But our kitchen sinks are a little bigger than most," said Frank Long, president of International Content Liquidations Inc., the Ohio firm that is running what is expected to be a $2-million liquidation sale starting at 9 a.m. Long lines are expected.
April 22, 2012 |
Lather, rinse, repeat. We all do it — usually with a liquid shampoo. But a handful of manufacturers are getting rid of the plastic bottles and the liquid and offering shampoos in solid bars that look like traditional hand soap. Canadian cosmetic company Lush makes nine formulas of solid shampoos, as well as a solid conditioner. J.R. Liggett's, in New Hampshire, makes six. And countless artisan soap makers also are capitalizing on growing customer demand for a concentrated product that has all the performance of a regular shampoo but with less packaging and fewer chemicals.
April 18, 2012 |
Ailing Twinkies maker Hostess Brands Inc. is going toe-to-toe with its workers' unions in a courtroom clash that the company said may lead to its liquidation. Hostess is trying to persuade a federal bankruptcy judge in New York to allow it to reject existing collective bargaining agreements with the Teamsters and bakers' unions. The maker of Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, three years after emerging from its last bankruptcy.
February 24, 2012 |
Acer's Liquid Glow smartphone, announced Friday, is bringing Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and a bit of an odd name to market this summer. The Liquid Glow smartphone will be detailed at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, next week, but for now, Acer says that the new handset will bring a "balance between style, performance and affordability -- ideal for today's fun-seeking, social-networking youth. " With a pitch like that, it's likely that the Liquid Glow will be a lower-cost, entry-level handset.
February 3, 2012 |
Shares of video game maker THQ Inc. tumbled 30% after an analyst said the Agoura Hills company might need to draw on a revolving line of credit. THQ declined to 53 cents, its lowest close since July 1995, and on a day the stock market rose strongly. The company has a $50-million revolving credit facility, according to a Nov. 9 regulatory filing. Todd Mitchell, an analyst with Brean Murray Carret & Co. in New York, said the cancellation of the uDraw game tablet has created "a liquidity crisis for the company that puts its viability in question.
December 31, 2011 |
A federal judge has approved a plan to liquidate the estate of Alfred J.R. Villalobos, former board member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the state's biggest public pension fund. The action by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Reno, Nev., ended an 18-month bankruptcy proceeding and cleared the way for the state to pursue a fraud lawsuit against Villalobos, who the state alleges plied pension fund officials with luxury trips and gifts to influence investment decisions.
December 25, 2011 |
As bad as things got for Willie Nelson, at least at the end of his financial nightmare, they still called the guy Willie. That may not be the case for Nashville rapper Young Buck, who could lose his trademarked nickname in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation case, the Tennessean newspaper reported . The multiplatinum recording star, who was born David Darnell Brown, apparently owes a lot. He owes child support. He owes the IRS. And he allegedly owes more than $10 million to rapper 50 Cent and his G-Unit record label, with whom Young Buck is engaged in a nasty contract dispute.