May 15, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- The state government's contribution to employee pensions is expected to jump to $3.7 billion from $3.5 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1. On Tuesday, a committee of the board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System recommended the increase as well as a $29-million drop to $1.2 billion for non-teaching school and community college district workers. Even with the increase, the state's contribution is lower than the $3.9 billion paid in fiscal 2010-2011, CalPERS said.
May 9, 2012 |
Time Warner Cable is launching two regional sports networks: Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Spanish-language network Time Warner Cable Deportes. Entertainment reporter Joe Flint gives the rundown in this video. The cable operator has already spent billions of dollars to take the Los Angeles Lakers away from Fox Sports West. It's won the rights to broadcast Galaxy soccer games too, and now it is vying for the Dodgers. All the money the company is paying raises the likelihood that cable rates will go up, Flint says.
July 20, 2009 |
Allergies are on the rise, experts know. What they don't know is why. The most popular theory is the so-called hygiene hypothesis. It holds that our culture's addiction to cleanliness, antiseptics and antibiotics prevents our immune systems from developing the ability to ward off real infections. Our bodies then end up overreacting to things they should be ignoring.
February 8, 2012 |
Romance doesn't come cheap - at least not on St. Valentine's Day. A dozen red roses usually cost about $60, according to the Society of American Florists. But with Valentine's Day coming next week, most people will pay about $80, the trade group said. And although restaurant prices don't change, people tend to eat at more upscale restaurants for those Valentine's dates. Romantic couples will spend an average of $146.52 on Valentine's dinner dates, according to restaurant ratings guide Zagat, compared with about $70 on a typical meal for two. "On Valentine's Day, budgets go out the window," Zagat spokeswoman Tiffany Herklots said.
May 6, 2012 |
Insurgent A Novel Veronica Roth Katherine Tegen Books, 544 pp.: $17.99, for readers age 14 and up There's no questioning the impact of "The Hunger Games. " Its success has given birth to an explosion of dystopian young adult literature that invariably unfolds in some environmentally compromised, governmentally bizarre future version of the United States. The more successful books in the genre rearrange society in ways that are unfamiliar and inventively oppressive, creating a perfect petri dish for young heroines to rise up against their circumstances in ways that not only reveal their inner strengths but lead to romance.
July 27, 1985 |
A baby boom generation entering child-bearing age will increase Peking's population to 11.1 million by the end of the century, more than 1 million over the government's target, a report said Friday. The capital's population now stands at 9.45 million.
May 17, 2008 |
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said its first-quarter profit rose 3% from a year earlier on stronger sales. New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie & Fitch said it earned $62.1 million, or 69 cents a share, compared with $60.1 million, or 65 cents, a year earlier. Sales increased 8% to $800.1 million.
April 23, 2010 |
Wholesale prices in the U.S. rose more than forecast in March, boosted by higher costs for energy and the biggest gain in food since 1984. The 0.7% increase in prices paid to factories, farmers and other producers followed a 0.6% drop in February, the Labor Department said Thursday. Excluding fuel and food, so-called core prices rose 0.1% for a second month, restrained by cheaper autos and appliances. Inflation may be limited as companies rely on productivity gains to offset higher costs of energy and raw materials.
August 30, 2009 |
Wilmot Greene was sitting on a stoop next to the hulking Georgia Theatre, the movie-palace-turned-music-club that was supposed to be his ticket to a carefree future in this rock 'n' roll college town. It was a hot Monday afternoon and Greene, the club's co-owner, was pulling drags on a Camel and talking into his iPhone in his deep, emphatic and subtly Southern voice. These days, there are charity concerts to pump up, and Greene was practicing the art of the pump. "Oh, they're huge," he was saying to an ex-girlfriend.
January 22, 2000
In response to the Saturday Letters headline question last week, "Is Dr. Laura's Anti-Gay Stance Based on Religion or Bigotry?": Might it be religious bigotry? A. GILMAN Rancho Palos Verdes Reader Stuart Krane's claim that "hateful people do not rise to Dr. Laura's level of success--not in America, anyway" is plain wrong. In the 1930s, Father Charles Coughlin, a charismatic radio preacher, enjoyed considerable success by pandering to Americans' fears and insecurities, scapegoating both urban Irish-Catholics and Jews.