January 16, 2014 |
"The Rocket" winds through the mountains of northern Laos, the contemporary drama carrying a touch of fable and a powerful sense of place. Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), the 10-year-old at the center of the movie, makes an appealing rooting interest, not only because he's sparky and resourceful but also because he challenges the superstitious antipathy of his grandmother, who believes he's cursed. Displaced from their village by a dam project - after viewing a heartlessly chipper corporate video on the wonders of relocation - Ahlo and his family find themselves in a barren field of tents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - The top Democrat and Republican on the California Assembly budget committee both reacted with cautious optimism to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal Thursday, while calling for greater investments in their parties' divergent priorities. "What's good is that there's a number of similarities or compatibilities between what the Assembly released and what he has in his budget," said Rep. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who chairs the Assembly budget panel. Skinner noted that the plan does not include some of the Assembly's budget priorities, including universal transitional kindergarten or restoring cuts for Medi-Cal providers.
December 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Big gains in factory and construction jobs last month have experts optimistic that the labor market is starting to produce enough higher-paying jobs to fuel stronger economic growth. "It's not just the quantity of the jobs but the quality," Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, said of Friday's Labor Department report of a surprisingly strong 203,000 net new jobs added in November. Of those hires, manufacturers accounted for 27,000, the most since March 2012 and a sharp increase from October's 16,000 new jobs.
November 15, 2013 |
There is a moment in every bull market when investors worry more about missing gains than suffering losses. The current rally appears to have reached that point. The market coasted to its sixth straight weekly advance Friday, propelled by optimism over the Federal Reserve's easy-money policies and a torrent of cash from small investors. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 85.48 points, or 0.5%, to 15,961.70, its 38th new high of the year. The blue-chip index rose 1.3% for the week.
October 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Amid discord over how to solve the nation's fiscal problems, key senators Sunday held out hope that a deal can be struck before Thursday's deadline to raise the debt ceiling, after which the federal government, already hobbled by a shutdown, could risk a default. “I do believe we're going to see a resolution this week,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), one of the leaders of a bipartisan Senate group that has tried to negotiate a solution to the shutdown of government agencies and the need to lift the debt limit.
October 7, 2013 |
The new video and song fell painfully flat, but the light show was nifty and the introductions brimmed with rah-rah enthusiasm before the Kings' first game at Staples Center this season. The festivities - mercifully - were brief, but that wasn't the only difference between Monday's opener and the events the Kings staged to launch last season. This time there was no Stanley Cup banner to raise or title to defend. "It kind of feels like we had something taken away from us last year, which angers me," winger Justin Williams said.