March 11, 2010 |
The number of homes caught up in some stage of the foreclosure process in February fell 2% from the previous month to 308,524, a real estate firm will report Thursday. That number is up 6% compared with the same month a year earlier but marked the smallest year-over-year increase since January 2006, according to RealtyTrac Inc. Executives at the Irvine firm attributed the steady decline in foreclosure activity to efforts by banks to keep people in their homes through the Obama administration's $75-billion plan to help troubled borrowers.
March 16, 2010 |
Declaring expansion of broadband Internet access the nation's next great infrastructure challenge, federal regulators Monday unveiled an ambitious, decade-long project to make super high-speed connections available in every corner of the country. The plan by the Federal Communications Commission sets a goal of making sure at least 100 million homes have affordable access to networks that allow downloading data from the Internet at speeds of at least 100 megabits per second -- at least 20 times faster than what most people get today.
June 17, 2008
Today's question : Does the Food and Drug Administration have too much regulatory power or not enough? Paul Roberts and Jacob Grier debate the new food economy . Yesterday, they discussed food panics . Later this week, they'll cover food shortages and other topics. Milton, thou shouldst be living at this hour Point: Jacob Grier "I blame Milton Friedman," Paul Krugman wrote in a column about America’s food safety problems last year, perversely blaming the late free-market economist for the failures of government regulation.
April 15, 2010 |
As I declare every chance I get, I hate to shop. Department stores make me feel as though Chanel No. 5 was mustard gas, seeping into my skin. Big-box stores make me hate humanity. Pricey boutiques make me hate myself. So when I read about a new study that found that the average woman spends eight years of her life shopping, I smugly reveled in my un-averageness. After surveying 2,000 women, the global market research company OnePoll found that over a period of 63 years, the typical female spends 25,184 hours and 53 minutes shopping for food, clothing and other household essentials for the family.
January 26, 2010 |
Although I am a New Yorker now, I am proud of my Los Angeles roots. I was born in Monterey Park, and my first job was as an usher at the Music Center in downtown L.A. I have hiked in Griffith Park, camped out overnight for a seat at the Rose Parade and wolfed down many roast beef sandwiches at Philippe's. That said, I confess that I read Karen Stabiner's Jan. 25 Times Op-Ed article, "Just one Big Fruit," with a mixture of concern, amusement and pity. Stabiner describes her experiences as an L.A.-to- New York transplant, saying she prefers to see common bonds between the Big Apple and the Big Orange.
December 24, 2009 |
Senate Democrats this morning passed a sweeping healthcare overhaul bill, setting the stage for reconciliation early next year with similarly historic legislation passed by the House last month. The vote was 60-39. It came after months of bitter partisan warfare, culminating in a series of votes this week that thwarted a threatened Republican filibuster. The bill, which is President Obama's top domestic priority, would extend insurance to about 30 million people who now lack it, expand the reach of Medicaid for the poor, and impose new rules on health insurance companies.
March 22, 2010 |
As the office phones buzzed, party leaders hectored and protesters outside roared, several undecided House Democrats this weekend faced an unpleasant and all-too-realistic prospect: that voting for the healthcare overhaul could doom their careers. Some bit their lips and went ahead, perhaps saying a silent prayer along the way. But others begged off, declining to support the bill for a number of reasons, including its effect on state Medicaid budgets and concerns about its effect on seniors.