July 9, 2001 |
In a meeting room at the San Jose Airport Hyatt Hotel, a weary auctioneer is working a crowd of bidders, desperately trying to spark some excitement over the latest flood of leftovers from the boom-and-bust Internet economy. The assets of more than 20 defunct high-tech companies are on the auction block, packing the sales catalog with the usual list of desktop computers, printers and copy machines.
February 25, 2001 |
Mark Price still turns heads when he walks into the gym. Most people can't believe that a four-time NBA all-star, the greatest free-throw shooter in league history, is now coaching an obscure, private academy with just 80 students in its upper grades. "Everywhere we go, people say, 'Is that Mark Price?' " said Barry Morris, whose 10th-grade son, Tim, is a star for Whitefield Academy. "We tell them it is, but one guy said, 'I don't believe you.' " Believe it.
December 18, 1998 |
With seven days remaining on the holiday shopping calendar, retailers are slashing prices to boost apparel sales that have been hurt by warm weather throughout most of the country. While chilly and windy weather whipped up demand for sweaters and jackets and other clothing in Southern California during the first weeks of December, unseasonably warm weather in the East and Midwest has caused consumers to pass up knits and overcoats or postpone shopping for leisurely outings.
January 18, 1997 |
Blue-chip stocks leaped to their fourth record close for the week Friday as a slew of strong earnings reports lifted the Dow Jones industrial average above 6,800 points for the first time. The Nasdaq composite, Standard & Poor's 500 and New York Stock Exchange indexes also finished at new highs. Bond prices slipped. The Dow ended up 67.73 points at 6,833.10, beating Thursday's record of 6,765.37. Just 12 trading sessions into the new year, the index is up nearly 385 points, or a sizzling 6%.
April 28, 1996 |
The '80s are over, the Lakers learned last week. In the '80s, the Lakers never used to have any confusion about "roles." They were as set in stone as if Moses had brought them down from Mt. Sinai. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took hook shots. James Worthy ran the floor and posted up. Byron Scott took jumpers. Michael Cooper hounded Larry Bird and dunked Coop-a-loops. Pat Riley looked good. Magic Johnson did everything else.
February 4, 1996 |
OK, so it doesn't look like a very big mistake. Here he is again, still larger than life and even larger than he used to be, high-stepping across half-court and suddenly it's as if he never went away, never announced a comeback and then did a 180. He's Magic. Everything's going to be all right. The passion, the game, the will, the smile--they're all still there, even if Magic Johnson is 36 and looks more like Antoine Carr these days.