March 29, 2012 |
Are bricks-and-mortar stores dead? The prognosis certainly doesn't look good. Best Buy says it will shut down 50 of its big-box stores and experiment with outlets that are 20% smaller. The electronics heavyweight also says it will slash $800 million in costs by 2015, including about 400 jobs. The problem is partly attributable to consumers' growing habit of using stores like Best Buy as storefronts for cheaper online merchants. In other words, people will check out new TVs or appliances at Best Buy and then buy them for less from the likes of Amazon.
February 4, 2012 |
The Pew Research Center released a report about Facebook on Friday, providing insights into the company that you won't find in its IPO filing. Rather than focusing on the company's financials, the report, "Why Most Facebook Users Get More Than They Give," sheds light on how Facebook's 845 million users engage with Facebook and what they get out of it. The findings by the Pew Internet and American Life Project show that social interactions on...
January 29, 2012 |
For the first time this year, LAUSD has prepared reports for teachers that rate their effectiveness. When I received an email saying I could now view my own personal "Average Growth over Time" report, I opened it with a combination of trepidation, resignation and indignation. First, the indignation. It is, I think, the key factor that has kept me teaching past the five-year mark, when most new teachers quit the profession. I am in my sixth year of teaching after a nearly 20-year career as a professional writer.
January 9, 2012 |
If you made a new year's resolution to quit smoking and you're counting on nicotine patches or gum to help you, you may want to reconsider: A new study finds that these and other nicotine replacement products aren't much good at preventing former smokers from relapsing. In a sample of 787 adults who had quit smoking within the previous two years, nearly one-third reported having gone back to using cigarettes. In the first wave of the study, 30.6% of recent quitters had gone back to smoking, and in the second wave of the study the figure was 31.3%.
December 22, 2011 |
With most lawmakers gone for the holidays, President Obama took full advantage of the empty stage, appearing with everyday Americans to make the case that House Republicans need to relent and pass a payroll tax cut extension that would mean an extra $1,000 a year to a typical family. Obama struck a note of disgust Thursday with the paralysis in the Capitol, making the point that only a small minority of House Republicans is blocking a tax cut extension that would help struggling families heat their homes, fuel their cars and pay for essential groceries.
July 1, 2011 |
In 2008, as financial crisis threatened the U.S. banking system, President George W. Bush asked Congress to approve an emergency bailout. Leaders of both parties blessed the idea; both presidential candidates — Barack Obama and John McCain — endorsed it. But conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats rebelled, the House defeated the bill — and the stock market plummeted in real time during the roll call. It took the prospect of economic meltdown to get the House to reverse itself and approve Bush's Troubled Asset Relief Program.
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June 13, 2011 |
On his first day as a student at Stanford University after serving as an enlisted Marine in Iraq, William Treseder rushed to get to the dining hall by 6 a.m. Stanford dining halls, it turned out, open in the morning at the same time that Marine chow halls close: 8 a.m. "That was the beginning of understanding of what a different place this is," said Treseder, now 28 and just a few classes away from graduating with a degree in science, technology...
June 11, 2011
'Finding Sarah: From Royalty to the Real World' Where: OWN When: 9 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children) 'Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals' Where: OWN When: 10 p.m. June 19 Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
June 6, 2011 |
Whenever there’s an advance in the fight against cancer, there’s going to be some real excitement. And, if history is a judge, there’s going to be some disappointment, too. Treatments that look promising in the lab can fizzle in human trials. And even drugs that seem to work well in human studies may not end up helping many patients in the real world. A new study showing that the chemotherapy drug vemurafenib can prolong the lives of people with malignant melanoma — the especially aggressive and dangerous form of skin cancer that kills about 8,700 Americans each year — has rightfully lifted the spirits of doctors and patients alike.
May 5, 2011 |
Asthma pills appear to work just as well as inhaled steroids at relieving asthma symptoms in real-life settings, researchers have found, apparently because people prefer swallowing a pill to sticking something up their nose. In one clinical trial, asthma sufferers who took as a first-line therapy the oral medications Singulair or Accolate , each a brand of leukotriene-receptor antagonists, reported as much symptom relief on a quality-of-life survey at two months as those who used an inhaled glucocorticoid, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.