November 15, 2011
Home Depot says spending on home projects and storm-related repairs helped boost its third-quarter net income 12 percent. Home-improvement retailers are facing cautious consumer spending and a weak housing market. Atlanta-based Home Depot Inc.'s smaller rival Lowe's Cos. reported Monday its third-quarter net income fell 44 percent on restructuring costs. But Home Depot fared better. Its results beat expectations and the company raised its 2011 earnings outlook. The No. 1 U.S. home-improvement retailer says net income rose 12 percent to $934 million, or 60 cents per share.
October 31, 2012 |
Children in New Jersey will have to wait for Halloween this year after Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order postponing trick-or-treating and other holiday celebrations across the state. Executive Order 105 will postpone Halloween activities until Nov. 5 because of the dangerous conditions left in the wake of super storm Sandy. “I've taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christie announced in a written statement.
August 28, 2012 |
Forecasters are warning vacationers as far west as Houston to keep track of Hurricane Issac. The storm is expected to make landfall late Tuesday . . . . Flight cancellations due to the storm were well into the thousands by late Monday. Some airlines are giving passengers nearly a year to rebook while others are requiring passengers to be on planes as quickly as Friday. George Hobica of AirfareWatchdog.com says the process should be standardized. “It's not the passengers' fault that a hurricane happened, ” he told the Associated Press . . . . The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival starts Saturday and runs through through Labor Day. Go to www.TahoeFoodandWine.com . . . . Three days of fly-fishing classes, beginners to advanced, will be offered at a fly-fishing fair at Mammoth Lakes , Sept.
November 20, 2012 |
Winds and fierce rains lashed parts of the Northwest, putting the region on alert for flooding on Tuesday, officials said. The storm, which began on Monday, cut power to about 50,000 people overall, though most had service restored within hours. At least one death was reported. According to the National Weather Service, flood warnings were issued for parts of the Skokomish River area in Mason County and the Satsop River in Grays Harbor County, both in the state of Washington.
October 31, 2012 |
Super storm Sandy is over. It's time to consign to history books a storm that reached 900 miles wide, carried winds speeds of more than 90 mph, caused billions of dollars in damage and claimed at least 55 lives. "Thirty, 40, 50 years from now, people will be talking about Sandy," predicted meteorologist Eric Leister in an interview with The Times on Wednesday morning. There are a few infamous storms over the generations, he said, "For this generation, it's likely that Sandy will be that one that people will always be talking about.
June 12, 2009 |
There's a photo on the back jacket of Norman Ollestad's memoir, "Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival," that could make a parent weep. In it, a man is surfing in the ocean. On his back in a canvas papoose is a baby, blond, happy, oblivious to the danger of a stray wave or sudden paternal miscalculation. The baby is Ollestad, and the man is his father, also named Norman, a one-time FBI agent turned lawyer who devoted himself to training his only son in extreme sports.