December 17, 2012 |
— The files are crammed into boxes, stacks upon stacks of boxes, shoved to the side of the room. This is prime real estate, a rectangular conference room on the 25th floor of a Manhattan office building. No one uses the room these days. This is the retirement office of Donald Fehr. Fehr led the baseball players' union for 26 years and three work stoppages. He retired in 2009, and the union provided him with a room to write his memoirs, keep his files, conduct his business, or just come in and say hello every now and then.
December 11, 2012 |
Consumer confidence in California weakened slightly in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a Chapman University index released Tuesday. The California Composite Index of Consumer Confidence decreased to 92.7 from a revised third-quarter reading of 93.4, which was its highest level since the recession, according to the university. Despite the latest decline, the index shows consumer confidence has been steadily rising as the labor market has improved. Quiz: The year in business The gauge is based on a survey of consumers about their outlook on current and future economic conditions and their spending plans.
November 3, 2012 |
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Soaring music filled the air and a gleaming white plane with "Believe in America" painted along its length - and a stylized "R" on its tail - rolled into view of more than 1,000 people gathered in an airplane hangar. The crowd roared as Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, left the plane, and the Republican nominee told them that he could feel growing momentum as the campaign drew to a close. "Now I know that across America people have watched as our campaign has grown into a movement.
October 24, 2012 |
For a floundering screenwriter and deadbeat dad, the unexpected appearance of the daughter he abandoned 16 years earlier spells screwball trouble - albeit fewer surprises than one might hope for - in Neil Simon's “I Ought to Be in Pictures” at the Falcon Theatre. This revival of Simon's 1980 comedy-drama features Robert Wuhl as Herb Tucker, one of the playwright's prototypical protagonists: an acerbic, narcissistic man-child and transplanted New Yorker who waxes poetic about the scarcity of good deli food in L.A. Having successfully evaded commitment to his undemanding and level-headed girlfriend (Kelly Hare)
October 5, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- If a chair hangs in a tree, does it represent murder? The debate on whether lawn chairs with the president's name on them and hanging from trees are innocent references to Clint Eastwood's famous "empty chair" rant at the Republican National Convention -- or symbolic lynchings of America's first African American president -- now spans the country. A white plastic chair suspended above a yard in Camas, Wash., is the latest exhibit. Like the others before it, including in Austin, Texas, and Centreville, Va ., the chair is marked "No-Bama.
September 28, 2012 |
For the growing fan base of period drama, the BBC's "Call the Midwife," which debuts Sunday on PBS, fits in chronologically and somewhat thematically between "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men. " Set in London's very pre-revitalized East End during the late 1950s and based on the memoir of Jennifer Worth, it chronicles the adventures of a group of midwives working at the Nonnatus House, a nursing convent named for the early cesarean-surviving patron saint...
September 3, 2012 |
After Greg Harty rolls out of bed in his Sherman Oaks apartment, he grabs a cup of coffee and starts his work day at a desk in the corner of his living room. His assignment: Watch three episodes of "Modern Family. " As the hit sitcom plays, the aspiring screenwriter opens another window on his laptop and pulls up a spreadsheet. He begins picking labels - his employer, Netflix, calls them tags - to describe what he sees. The comedy: "quirky. " The humor: "light dark. " The tone: "humorous," "irreverent" and "heartfelt.
July 16, 2012 |
It's an axiom of modern American politics that most Republicans are reflexively - even stridently - anti-gay. The hiring, then forced resignation in May, of openly gay foreign policy expert Richard Grenell by the Romney campaign enhanced the party's, and Mitt Romney's, anti-gay image. To be sure, anti-gay sentiments still run deep in the GOP. Yet if one digs deeper than the conventional wisdom, one finds large, overlooked pockets of gay tolerance among rank-and-file Republicans.
July 5, 2012 |
In December 1988, the residents of a small Scottish town hosted unusual guests: dozens of corpses that lay for days in streets, fields and gardens until investigators could process them as forensic evidence. The dead were the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing that claimed 259 passengers and crew, as well as 11 people on the ground. Deborah Brevroot wrote her tribute to “The Women of Lockerbie,” now onstage at Theatricum Botanicum, eight years before 9/11. Despite its sentimentality, the play reminds us that it takes a very long time to process the effect of terror.
June 15, 2012 |
With a sense of doom creeping over Europe and labor woes in the U.S., the level of American confidence in June is at a low for the year, according to a preliminary index from Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan. The measure fell to 74.1 in early June - a six-month low - after reaching a more than four-year high of 79.3 last month. The gauge had gone up for the past nine months. Analysts had expected - and hoped for - better. Consumer sentiment is considered a bellwether for spending, which accounts for about 70% of the U.S. economy.