December 10, 2006
IT constantly baffles me how certain performers become critic's pets. Currently, we have Sarah Silverman, Catherine Keener, Steve Carrell and now, Jack Black ["Funny in Love," Dec. 3]. I'm not saying that all or any of them aren't talented, but it is confounding how uncritical and worshipful outlets such as the Los Angeles Times are to these figures regardless of the quality of their current works. JOE STEMME Culver City
April 17, 1988
Many people are concerned that if drugs were legalized, they'd be advertised. In America, this seems unlikely for two reasons: Congress would never permit such advertising, and any corporation that marketed psychoactive drugs commercially would be sued into bankruptcy. Corporations meeting federal standards might be granted limited immunity from damage suits if they sold such drugs to the government for distribution though federally licensed outlets. Yet other, and perhaps more potent, drugs would continue to be manufactured and sold on a black-market basis.
January 14, 2007
I am surprised that you failed to mention whether a seat has a power outlet as a selection criteria ["Snag the Best Seat on the Plane," Jan. 7]. On many planes, only a small number of rows in coach have power outlets (cigarette-lighter style). If the flight is more than three hours, I will sometimes take a middle seat to ensure I can plug in my computer. RICHARD HARBAUGH Irvine
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 .
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.
December 4, 1987 |
Imagine a system that sells theater seats over the phone and charges several dollars extra but won't tell buyers where they'll sit, that accepts only cash at store outlets and still has so many customers it can sell out a 70,000-seat rock concert in a couple of hours. That's today's ticketing by computer, most often provided by one of two big nationwide companies. Ticketron, 20 years old, estimates that its system sells $1 billion worth of tickets annually.
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%.
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.
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.