April 8, 2013 |
With the Dodgers' offense stuck in neutral through the first five games of the season, Manager Don Mattingly thought his team could use a little pick-me-up Sunday. So he held four regulars out of the starting lineup, replacing them with four guys who had combined for one hit this year. So guess what happened next. The Dodgers collected season highs for runs and hits in a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a sun-splashed sellout crowd of 52,053 at Dodger Stadium. "You ask for energy from those guys," Mattingly said.
February 14, 2013 |
A twisting, breakneck tale of spy craft and betrayal, "The Berlin File" is an action-oriented contemporary espionage thriller in which agents from North Korea and South Korea attempt to outwit and overmatch each other in Berlin while dodging the CIA, Mossad and Arab agents. Written and directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, the film is somehow both nimble and a bit lumbering, as crack set pieces are placed against dense plotting and moments of languorous character development. As an agent from the North (Ha Jung-woo)
January 1, 2013 |
Lumber had a good end of the year, with an improving housing market and renewed export demand from China resulting in prices that hit an eight-year high. But lumber futures prices are expected to fall in 2013 as production ramps up, according to Forest Economic Advisors. On Monday, lumber contracts for March delivery were selling at $374.80 per 1,000 board feet on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. That was down 6.1% from last week, when prices surged to almost $400 per 1,000 board feet.
December 31, 2012 |
An improving housing market and renewed export demand from China caused lumber prices to rally to an eight-year high late this year, but lumber futures prices are expected to fall in 2013 as production ramps up, according to Forest Economic Advisors LLC. On Monday, contracts for March delivery of lumber were selling at $374.80 per 1,000 board feet on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. That's down 6.1% from last week when prices surged to almost $400 per 1,000 board feet. Prices skyrocketed in November as lumber sellers with low inventory tried to meet a surge in demand for domestic consumption as the number of housing starts reached a four-year high this year.
December 5, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Some California lumber sellers are angry about a new state tax on 2-by-4s, plywood and other forest products, and they want to make sure that their customers blame the governor and legislators for the upcoming hike in building costs. The 1% special assessment, proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and approved in September by lawmakers, is expected to raise $35 million a year to pay for the regulation of commercial forest lands and for firefighting and prevention. Retailers, including home improvement mega stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's and traditional, single-store and small lumberyard chains, call the new tax unfair.
December 3, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Putting that addition on your house is about to get more expensive. On Jan. 1, the state will require buyers of lumber and "engineered" wood products to pay a 1% assessment on the price of such building materials. Retailers and contractors will be required to collect the fee from customers and pass the money, estimated to raise $35 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, to the state Board of Equalization. The assessment, passed into law as part of the current state budget act, is to fund programs in various state agencies charged with regulating timber harvests and preventing and fighting forest fires.