April 6, 2005 |
For all the recent very public indignities surrounding the unfortunately euphemistic-sounding "end-of-life issue," it is refreshing to see the final stages of one woman's life and eventual death treated with such humanity, compassion and dignity as is the life of the mother of author Elinor Fuchs in her memoir of those last years, "Making an Exit."
September 8, 2003 |
Graphic designer Sheridan Obrien is fed up with the flood of ads for vacation cruises and penny stocks that routinely emerge from her fax machine. The unsolicited pitches use up her toner and paper and wake her late at night. "I feel very invaded and very angry and very helpless," said Obrien, 53, who works from her home in Orange County. That kind of frustration has led to dozens of lawsuits and two major court rulings in the last six months against faxed ads.
August 12, 2003 |
U.S. machine tool orders rose for the first time in three months, another sign the economy is strengthening, according to an industry survey. Bookings for domestic and foreign-made tools surged 67% to $244.6 million in June from $146.36 in May, the Assn. of Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors Assn. said. Orders rose 3.3% from June 2002, the first time monthly orders grew from the corresponding year-earlier period since November 2000.
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July 17, 2002 |
Joseph L. Burg, an entrepreneur and co-founder of Burgmaster Corp., a company whose machines helped speed manufacturing in the 1950s, died Saturday of a rare blood disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 80. The company, started in 1944 in a Hollywood garage by Burg's father, Fred, was the largest machine-tool manufacturer west of the Mississippi in the 1960s.
April 1, 2001 |
The symptoms are ominous. The pulse of business is slow, orders are feeble. The stock market suffers from fits and fevers. And yet "it doesn't feel like a recession," says longtime investment banker Eric Lomas after visits to companies across the U.S. For the vast majority of businesses, finances are healthy, unsold inventories are moderate and companies are responding quickly to the slowdown.
January 16, 2001 |
Orders for machine tools rose in November after dropping a month earlier, leaving orders for new metal-cutting and forming equipment on track to end the year on a high note, industry statistics showed. Orders rose 0.8% to $474 million from a revised $471 million in October, according to the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Assn. Previously, October orders were estimated at $484 million.