January 2, 2011 |
Travelers never seem to have enough power outlets for charging all those electronics that simply must come along. So here's a four-outlet power strip with a big asset: It's water-resistant. Wet Circuits Power Strip ($70) sloughs off hot-tub splashes or a spilled cup of coffee, not to mention rain or snow (apres ski party on the deck, anyone?). A circuit break protects against overheating and electrical surges. www.wetcircuits.com .
July 20, 2006
Re "Breaking news," Current, July 16 The problem with today's fractured media marketplace is not the variety and number of outlets but the reliability of those outlets. In the halcyon days of the news, the major networks and news bureaus had the resources and the staff to cover stories thoroughly and thoughtfully. Today, any news junkie can pull a few quotes from other sources, post them on a blog and call himself a journalist without doing any of the work. I spent three years in high school journalism and consider myself more a journalist than any blogger because I did the research -- I read endless documents, made phone calls and wrote e-mails and actually set foot in the offices of the people I interviewed face to face.
October 10, 1995 |
The Right Start Inc. in Westlake Village, a nationwide marketer of products for infants and young children, enjoyed increased business at its chain of retail stores in the quarter ended Aug. 30, but the improvement was more than offset by a decline in catalogue sales. Revenues at the retail outlets rose 146% over the same period last year, but catalogue sales, a larger factor in the company's business, plummeted 50%.
May 19, 1989 |
First, the counter worker called in sick. Then the other sales clerk said he would be late because he had to meet with his kid's teacher. Meanwhile, a reporter was pestering Bill Koenig for information about his Postal Instant Press franchise. "I'm all by myself," the harried PIP owner said. "Can you call back late today?" It was a typical scene. As the self-described owner, manager and janitor of the PIP store in Anaheim, Koenig has been coping with his store's day-to-day disasters for 20 years.
August 19, 1987 |
Two offspring of the bankrupt ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning firm are beginning to squabble as the one-time Wall Street darling and its whiz-kid founder, Barry Minkow, wend their separate ways through bankruptcy court proceedings. A Huntington Beach man who bought the name and some of the assets of ZZZZ Best has sued a rival firm and two former ZZZZ Best workers for $10.8 million, alleging that they wrongly appropriated the company name. Peter D.
August 17, 1986 |
Hong Kong is a paradise for clothing shoppers. Thousands of small retail shops sell current fashions at prices that make bargain hunting a breeze. The colony's tax-free status is one reason for the low prices. Many garments, sold in the United States and Europe at higher prices, are manufactured in Hong Kong, where labor is still cheap. Low production costs and the lack of shipping charges are passed along to shoppers in Hong Kong.
June 21, 1986 |
May Department Stores of St. Louis said Friday that it will spend a record $2 billion over the next five years to build new stores, including perhaps as many as eight new May Co. outlets in Southern California. Thomas A. Hayes, president of May Department Stores, told the company's annual meeting in St. Louis that the capital expenditure program for 1986 to 1990 calls for a total of 1,254 new stores. Most of those will be the company's Payless ShoeSource self-service shoe outlets.
October 2, 1985 |
Boise Cascade on Tuesday sold its San Diego operations for about $27 million to a group of investors led by Boise's San Diego regional manager, Alan Quinby III. The company's San Diego ventures include a lumber yard and mill, a wholesale distribution facility and seven retail building-materials outlets, which will be renamed Westy's, the name used by Boise Cascade for its retail operations until the mid-1970s. The new partnership, called Western Lumber Co.
October 23, 1987 |
A Riverside congressman wants to ensure that Judge Robert H. Bork and every other American may rent films for viewing in the privacy of their own homes without fear that their video rental records might be revealed to the public. Rep. Al McCandless (R-Calif.) introduced the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1987 in the House on Wednesday, proposing that video rental customers be allowed to sue for $10,000 if rental store employees disclose rental records without the customer's permission.
June 12, 1989 |
Kentucky Fried Chicken today reopened its three fast-food outlets in strife-torn Beijing, including its flagship restaurant at Tian An Men Square ordered closed June 4 for the safety of its 200 Chinese employees. "None of our stores received any damage, and we have no word that any of our employees were injured" in the confrontation last weekend between soldiers and pro-democracy demonstrators, said Gregg Reynolds, a vice president for the fried chicken chain based in Louisville.