July 4, 2013 |
A faint meaty aroma drifts through parts of the Vernon industrial district south of downtown Los Angeles, hinting at a seldom-discussed facet of the Southland persona: Frankly, we're the wurst. Although obscured by the giant meat-packing industry in the nation's heartland, Southern California is arguably the hot dog and sausage capital of the Western U.S. Of the 150-million hot dogs Americans are pegged to wolf down Thursday, some of the most famous originate in the area. Hoffy has produced its hand-tied, natural-casing meat links in Vernon for more than 75 years.
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July 4, 2013 |
After Philip Slater published "The Pursuit of Loneliness," a 1970 best-seller that delivered a blistering critique of American culture, he moved to California and adopted a lifestyle aimed at avoiding the fate of the fellow citizens he saw as so unhappy. "Pursuit" argued that despite widespread influence and prosperity Americans were overwhelmingly dissatisfied. A key reason for that, he said, was a collective obsession with the success of the individual. The book established him as a social critic and set up a future for Slater as an academic.
June 30, 2013 |
Latin America has had a good decade. Over the last 10 years, economic growth averaged 4.2%, and 70 million people escaped poverty. Macroeconomic stability, open-trade policies and pro-business investment climates have supported and will continue to support strong growth in the years to come. Crucially, economic gains are being broadly shared. A recent World Bank report found that the middle class in Latin America grew by 50 million people between 2003 and 2009, an increase of 50%. For a region long riven by wealth inequality, this is a remarkable achievement.
May 17, 2013 |
“Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $13.5 million during its first day in U.S. theaters Thursday, putting it on track to approach $100 million at the domestic box office by the end of this weekend, according to studio estimates. The take includes $3.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings and late-night IMAX shows on Wednesday. The movie, budgeted at an estimated $190 million, opened on 3,762 screens, 336 of them IMAX 3D. Paramount Pictures expects "Into Darkness" to surpass J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, particularly overseas, where the film franchise, which now totals 12 entries, has languished over the years.
May 2, 2013 |
Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, urged corporate America in an essay published online Thursday to help develop women's workplace potential, arguing women are the key to America's economic prosperity. The essay, written for the May 20 issue of Fortune Magazine, made the economic -- and ethical -- case for expanding opportunities for women. It comes just a few months after Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, published her book "Lean In," which pushes women to be more assertive in their careers and calls for more mentorship of female employees.
May 1, 2013 |
Ever feel like you were the one doing all the work while everyone else just sat back and enjoyed the fruits of your hard labor? Well then you might appreciate the plight of those lowly yeast cells that work overtime breaking down table sugar into glucose and fructose while other free-loading fungi soak up the nutrients and proliferate wildly. In a paper published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology , researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used yeast to investigate the consequences of widespread "cheating" among microbial societies.
April 5, 2013 |
Just before the congressional spring break, a Senate budget proposal to decrease, but not eliminate, the deficit over 10 years was denounced as "pro debt" by an Alabama senator. It was the kind of proud and loud anti-deficit rhetoric that, no matter how nonsensical, plays nicely into Washington group-think on the subject. The deficit has arguably gained the distinction of being the single most widely misunderstood public policy issue in America. Just 6% (6!) of respondents in a recent poll correctly stated that it had been shrinking, which has in fact been the case for several years, while 10 times more, 62%, wrongly believed that it's been getting bigger.
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February 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - A revenue redistribution scheme probably was not what Californians had in mind when they passed Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase to salvage public schools. But as it turns out, the tax hike, Prop. 30, was essential to help pay for the governor's plan to redistribute state education money - sending more to mostly inner-city schools at the expense of suburban districts. Brown's proposal wouldn't work without Prop. 30. But voters weren't told about that during the election campaign.
February 5, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Blue Jackets defenseman/ironman Jack Johnson was downplaying his recent impressive feat, having come within one second of logging 35 minutes of ice time against Detroit on Saturday. How tired did he feel the next day? “I felt great, actually. I've had nine months off,” Johnson said, smiling. “So there's no excuse not to be ready to go. That's why you train in the summer too. You train to be able to go through that. “To play 48 games in 99 days, your body has to be ready to do that.
November 6, 2012 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Inside a low-slung brick building off a busy commercial corridor, a half-dozen volunteers with the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity were juggling cell phones Tuesday morning as they made one final push to get voters to the polls. “I know you've probably gotten a million calls, but I'm just calling one more time because this election is so critical,” said Scott Jackson, a 30-year-old bartender, sitting below a bulletin board festooned with signs that declared “CUT SPENDING” and “Socialism Isn't Cool.” AFP has been one of the biggest independent spenders of the 2012 elections, pouring $75 million into media ads this year lamenting the direction of the country under President Obama and other Democrats.