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.
October 2, 1997 |
WorldCom Inc. isn't a household name for most consumers. But the telecommunications giant that has proposed a $30-million merger with MCI Communications Corp. has one of the world's best-known spokesmen--NBA superstar Michael Jordan. When WorldCom signed Jordan to a multiyear contract in 1995, executives cited Jordan's "worldwide popularity and business acumen." Jordan, who also holds contracts with Nike Inc., McDonald's Corp.
December 21, 2008 |
Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. will offer drinks with a no-calorie natural sweetener after the Food and Drug Administration said it had no objection to the use of the product made from the stevia plant. Coca-Cola said it would introduce Sprite Green using its version of the sweetener, which it calls Truvia, at youth-oriented events this month and plans a broader rollout next year. Two flavors of Odwalla juice sweetened with Truvia are being put on store shelves now, the company said.
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.
February 22, 1997
Frank J. Delfino, 85, diminutive actor who portrayed the Hamburglar in McDonald's commercials for 21 years. A native of Brooklyn, the 4-foot, 3-inch Delfino became a professional violinist and performed in Midget Village at the Chicago World's Fair. He first traveled as "Johnnie" to sell cigarettes for Phillip Morris, then advertised Curtiss candy.
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").
November 1, 1990 |
"Le Grand Chemin," which concludes Golden West College's French Film Series on Friday, may look to some like a French reflection on "My Life as a Dog." Both movies gaze at life primarily through a child's eyes, with adults always nearby, monolithic embodiments of the size and drama of The Real World. The films have something else in common, too: natural performances by very young actors.
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.