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BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
A month after parting ways with its founder, suit retailer Men's Wearhouse Inc. is executing a new strategy, buying designer Joseph Abboud's brands for $97.5 million in cash. The purchase of JA Holding Inc., which is majority-owned by funds affiliated with J.W. Childs Associates, gives Men's Wearhouse Inc. exclusive labels to sell in its stores. The strategy is popular among retailers such as J.C. Penney and Macy's, which tout the unique brands as a point of differentiation from rivals.
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SPORTS
November 3, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
A request by American women's skiing star Lindsey Vonn to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race has been rejected by the sport's governing body. The International Skiing Federation council met Saturday in Oberhofen, Switzerland, and ruled that women are not entitled to compete against men, and vice-versa, during World Cup events. "It's very clear," said Sarah Lewis, FIS secretary general, in an interview with the Associated Press. "It's called the men's World Cup and the ladies' World Cup. The men race the men's World Cup and the ladies race the ladies' World Cup. FIS and World Cup points are not transferable from one circuit to another.
NATIONAL
June 4, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Xeni Jardin would like to have a word with the New York Times. “Men invented the Internet,” the paper's David Streitfeld wrote in a Saturday story about sexism in Silicon Valley. The article, at its core, was about the “group of 21st-century men who may be hard at work building the 22nd century but, when it comes to dealing with women in the workplace, are stuck firmly in the caveman era - or at least in the 1950s.” Jardin, the iconoclastic co-editor of the blogging hive known as Boing Boing, took issue with Streitfeld's opening assertion.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
My mother taught me to begin any criticism with a compliment, so here it is: CBS' new comedy "We Are Men" lasts only half an hour and stars four likable performers, including Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn. Now for the criticism. "We Are Men" lasts an entire half-hour and stars four likable performers, including Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn. Television prides itself on allowing the writer to be king, and that is never more clear than when a show is far better cast than it is conceived.
NEWS
December 19, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
How fast do you have to walk to stay ahead of the Grim Reaper? About 3 miles an hour. Australian researchers used the mythical character as a device to determine what walking speeds allow older men to outpace death. The results were published recently in the British Medical Journal's Christmas issue. They clocked walking speeds of 1,705 men from a mixed demographic pool and followed them for six to 21 years. The average walking speed was about 2.9 feet per second. Also, in that time there were 266 deaths among the participants.
SCIENCE
October 23, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The way we walk is not just the way we walk. The strolling pace of men and women may give away some clues about our romantic partnerships and friendships, according to a study published Wednesday in the online journal PLOS One. Men slow their pace for female romantic partners, more so than for women they don't know. And when they walk with other men, dudes are practically racing, according to the study. Women, on the other hand, hardly varied their pace for their beau or guy friend, but when walking with each other, they slowed down appreciably.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Shan Li
The pay gap between men and women has been a subject of debate for decades. But a new survey reveals a clue to the discrepancy: the number of hours worked by men with full-time jobs versus women in full-time positions. On average, men log 8.46 hours a day versus the 7.87 hours worked by women, according to a recent Labor Department American Time Use Survey . However, that difference is flipped when it comes to part-time gigs. In those positions, women work 5.29 hours per day compared with men, who put in 5.16 hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2008
After reading your excellent article on "Mad Men," I was so intrigued that I watched the program that very evening. While I enjoyed the acting, the clothes, etc., I was somewhat appalled at the portrayal of the men, especially. They were mostly portrayed as "pigs" in their treatment of women, and while I was working during that period, I do not remember it as being that outrageous. Carol Saunders Newport Beach
NATIONAL
April 20, 2012 | By David Horsey
We have learned a secret of the Secret Service: At least a few of those tight-lipped tough guys are not quite as straight-laced and serious as they appear to be. In fact, they apparently love to party like frat boys. Three Secret Service agents have already lost their jobs after it was revealed that 11 agents and 10 U.S. military personnel engaged the services of as many as 20 prostitutes in one wild night while they were doing advance work for President Obama's visit to Colombia. According to preliminary reports, the dusk-to-dawn drunken sex spree came to light when one of the women - who insisted that she was a high-paid call girl, not a common street hooker - got upset when one agent refused to pay her a fee worthy of her status.
NEWS
September 26, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Men who don't have children may be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, a study finds. The study, released Monday in the journal Human Reproduction , followed 137,903 male married or previously married AARP members for an average of about 10 years. At the beginning of the study, the participants, whose average age was about 63, had no history of heart disease, and 92% had fathered at least one child. Half had three or more children. During the course of the study, 3,082 men died due to cardiovascular causes.
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