February 13, 2009 |
Coca-Cola Co. said its fourth-quarter profit fell 18% as it felt the effect of the stronger dollar and took several write-downs, but the world's largest soft drink maker sold more of its products around the world. The results, including a 4% increase in worldwide case volume, beat Wall Street estimates, and Coca-Cola's shares rose $3.12 to $44.39. The Atlanta seller of Sprite, Fanta, VitaminWater, Minute Maid orange juice and Nestea also plans to accelerate spending cuts and said it would save $500 million a year by 2011.
December 5, 1997 |
Jean Giraudoux uses an "ondine" (French for water sprite) to sardonically comment on the oddities of human culture from an outsider's point of view in "Ondine," currently in a sparkling revival of Maurice Valency's adaptation at the Powerhouse Theatre. Like Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," Giraudoux's water sprite falls fatally in love with a human. Both stories underscore the problems of this mismatch.
July 3, 1988 |
She's "Dirty Diana." According to Michael Jackson's chart-topping single, she'll be your everything if you make her a star. Her shapely legs are seen strutting in a tight black leather micro-skirt in Jackson's "Dirty Diana" video, at this writing No. 1 atop MTV's Top 20. But who do those mysterious legs belong to? Answer: Lisa Dean, a native of San Diego, who hopes her big break with the Buckled One does help make her a star.
May 19, 2002 |
Richard M. Sudhalter begins this invaluable book with the memory of meeting two college juniors, female and blond, on a United flight. You see, these kids don't know who Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981) was, even though Sudhalter has just told them that work on Carmichael is dominating his life. It doesn't matter what Sudhalter looks like; just evoking Carmichael's name--for those who knew who he was--summons up the lazy stare, the bravura deadpan teasing, the looking the girls over.
January 5, 1986 |
After four years of "re-education," 17 months in a refugee camp, a 16-hour flight across the Pacific and a two-hour slog through immigration at Los Angeles International Airport, Lien Phuoc finally clasps the hands of his two dazed children and leads them cautiously through the pneumatic door into a new life.
August 24, 2000 |
Coca-Cola Co., hard hit last year by a contamination scare that left hundreds of Europeans complaining of illnesses, said Wednesday it had suspended production of one-liter bottles of Sprite and Coca-Cola in Senegal after being alerted to the discovery of a mold-like substance in two items.
June 13, 1996 |
"It takes people a few minutes to really get it," says John Dorbacopoulos, gazing fondly on a highly customized '62 Austin-Healey Sprite. It has no seats and no engine. In their place are three welded steel barbecue pits (the steering wheel has to be removed whenever the driver's side is fired up). The hood and trunk lids fold out to make tables for setting out food. The specially reinforced race car fuel tank known as a fuel safe has been replaced by a beverage cooler ("cool safe").
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1991 |
As a small farmer from Northern California, visiting Los Angeles on business, I am startled by the hair-raising lack of personal responsibility about water that I've seen. Beyond the newspaper articles and brown patches along the freeways, beyond the few concerned citizens and officials who stare into empty reservoirs, I see little sense of personal emergency. In wealthy areas, lawns are uniformly lush and fertilized. Thousands rushed to refill pools and spas before rationing started.
February 27, 2001 |
Being cool is very important. Just ask any 13-year-old. Who knew it could be a vital socioeconomic barometer? According to Douglas Rushkoff, host of tonight's "The Merchants of Cool," an hourlong "Frontline" on PBS, coolness is very big business. "Merchants" begins with the startling fact that there are now more American teens than at any previous time. They constitute a bigger gaggle of youth-quakers than even their baby-boomer parents.
August 5, 2003 |
The maker of Nutella chocolate spread said Monday it is phasing out endorsements from Kobe Bryant in part because of the sexual assault charge against the NBA superstar. Ferrero, an Italian company with U.S. headquarters in Somerset, N.J., said its contract with the Laker guard expires in January. "Marketing plans established earlier this year did not contemplate a contract renewal," the company said in a statement.