March 20, 2010
If the Dead Rise Not A Bernie Gunther Novel Philip Kerr Marian Wood/Putnam: 438 pp., $26.95
November 21, 2009 |
The effect of climate change is anything but hypothetical to retired Colombian naval officer German Alfonso. Just ask him about the time his neighborhood in this historic coastal city became an island. For five years, Alfonso, 74, has watched tides rise higher and higher in the Boca Grande section of Cartagena. This month, tides briefly inundated the only mainland connection to his neighborhood, a converted sandbar where about 60 high-rise condo and hotel towers have been built in the last decade or so. "Before, people thought it a normal phenomenon.
August 24, 2012 |
Here is today's Consumer Confidential segment from KTLA. Topped things off with latest word from the feds on food prices (they're going up). Also looked at how people are taking pay cuts to land new jobs, and the average $15(!) weekly allowance kids now receive.
February 21, 2013 |
First-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The larger-than-expected increase followed a drop in claims the previous week, when 342,000 filed initial jobless claims. The Labor Department's less volatile measure of jobless claims, a four-week moving average, was 360,750, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average of 352,750. Investors will get a stronger read on the labor market on March 8, when the federal government releases its report on unemployment in February.
September 20, 2010
Think the bedbugs are biting? You're not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say the pest that was oh-so last century is making a big comeback in the United States as well as other countries. There's currently no bedbug hotline to record the extent of the bug's return, but federal agencies suspect the rise of pesticide-resistant bedbugs and increase in international travel may have led to the latest invasion. Cities like Chicago are feeling the pinch.
April 11, 2012 |
The Southland's economic recovery may be halting and tepid, but the cost of apartment living is rising sharply with rents in Los Angeles County predicted to soar 7.9% over the next year, according to a USC report. The annual Casden Multifamily Forecast by the university's Lusk Center for Real Estate showed rents last year rose in 39 of the submarkets the report tracks in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino. That across-the-board increase is a change from 2010 when 26 markets showed flat or increasing rents and a big turnaround from 2009 when only three submarkets saw rents rising.
April 6, 2012 |
Commercial property prices in the U.S. are mostly holding steady, analysts said, though some apartment buildings and shopping centers are appreciating. Prices for such buildings as warehouses and offices have been relatively steady since last summer after a sharp two-year rally saw them rebound to within 10% of their all-time highs, according to Green Street Advisors Inc. of Newport Beach “With the exception of apartments and high-end malls, we haven't really seen values go anywhere in almost a year now,” analyst Peter Rothemund said.
February 26, 2012 |
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III didn't throw at the scouting combine -- he will do that at his campus pro day -- but he wowed NFL teams with his blistering-fast 4.41-second 40-yard dash. Maybe his socks had something to do with it. Griffin, you see, is an avid collector of all kinds of socks. You might remember the Superman ones he wore at the Heisman Trophy ceremony, complete with dangling capes. On his first full day at the combine, he wore a pair depicting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
August 21, 2009 |
The voice gushed with excitement, making it a phone message worth saving. "'Mom, I'm traded to the Sparks!' " Noelle Quinn exclaimed after learning she was leaving the Minnesota Lynx and heading home to L.A. Her mom, Golden Quinn, a Sparks season-ticket holder since the WNBA's inception, has listened to the message a dozen times. "It's her dream come true," the elder Quinn said. "It's a joy to see the sparkle in her eye and her laughter. It's a moment of joy we continue to celebrate."
January 27, 2011 |
U.S. housing and factory data on Thursday showed the economy still gaining strength in December but at a pace unlikely to cause the Federal Reserve to rethink its stimulus program. Economists said they expected Friday's reading of gross domestic product to show the world's biggest economy picking up speed, albeit short of the pace needed to bring down unemployment significantly. The National Assn. of Realtors said its pending home sales index, based on contracts signed in December, rose 2% to 93.7.