September 17, 2013 |
Most Americans have gotten an earful about the too-big-to-fail banks, which created a financial tsunami that engulfed the world - only to be rewarded with a bailout by Uncle Sam. But what about the little banks caught in the ensuing economic and regulatory backwash? Banks that wrote no dicey home loans, sold no toxic securities, never considered trading leveraged derivatives - the ones whose shareholders and customers live within an easy drive of the head office. While the too-big banks have gotten even bigger, smaller community bankers are finding it increasingly tough to survive, in part because they must commit more of their limited resources to complying with new regulations stemming from the global near-meltdown.
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September 16, 2013 |
After falling 40 feet into a crevasse in Glacier National Park, Ted Porter prepared for the worst. Alone with his back broken, he turned on a video camera and recorded a goodbye message. “You guys, if I don't make it out, I love you,” he said. “I'm not kidding; this is no joke.” The footage of what the Los Angeles resident thought would be his final moments was aired on “Good Morning America” on Monday, roughly two weeks after his fall from a glacier at the park in Montana.
September 15, 2013 |
I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We will never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on Oct. 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire from the drumbeat's sparks. To the beat of that drum, the working women of the marketplace marched all the way to the Palace of Versailles, a dozen miles away, occupied the seat of French royal power, forced the king back to Paris and breathed life into the French Revolution.
September 14, 2013 |
It may not have been as shocking as the 2007 loss to Appalachian State, but it would have been close. No. 17 Michigan held off Akron, 28-24, on Saturday when the Zips' chance to pull off the huge upset fell short on an incomplete pass into the end zone on the game's final play. Michigan Coach Brady Hoke improved his record at Michigan Stadium to 17-0, but this is not a victory he'll cherish. "You play like that you can't win championships," Hoke told the Big Ten Network after the game.
September 5, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egypt's interior minister survived an assassination attempt Thursday when two explosions targeted his convoy en route to the ministry, state media and the Interior Ministry reported. Mohamed Ibrahim was unhurt but a driver and several bystanders were injured, said an Interior Ministry security official, who did not want his name published because he was not authorized to speak publicly. "We still have not been notified with the exact number of injuries, but the minister is fine," he said.
September 5, 2013 |
The World 3-D Film Expo III, which opens Friday and continues through Sept. 15 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, has lined up some of the well-known classics of the format's heyday 60 years ago, including 1953's "House of Wax" with Vincent Price, the 1953 musical "Kiss Me Kate" with Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller, and 1954's "Creature From the Black Lagoon" with Julie Adams and the Gill-man. FOR THE RECORD: World 3-D Film Expo: In the Sept. 5 Calendar section, an article about the World 3-D Film Expo misspelled the name of the Arriflex camera as Aeroflex.
September 4, 2013 |
An intense nationwide push to speed hospital treatment for heart attack patients has been a success, cutting by 20% the average time people waited before getting their clogged arteries opened between 2005 and 2009. But in a twist cardiologists called "disappointing," the improvement did not translate into lower death rates, according to a study published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. "We had hoped this would make a huge difference, and it hasn't," said study senior author Dr. Hitinder Gurm, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
September 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Bob and Mike Bryan, the twin brothers from Camarillo and the top-ranked doubles team, survived a third-round match against Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil on Sunday at the U.S. Open. The Bryans came away with a 6-7 (1), 7-5, 6-2 win over the Canadians. The Californians are aiming for a 2013 Grand Slam sweep. They've already won at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this season. Nestor ended the match with his eighth double fault. Advancing in men's singles was fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych, who once upset Roger Federer at Wimbledon and had no trouble knocking out Frenchman Julien Benneteau, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, on Sunday.
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September 1, 2013 |
In the misery of a Jewish ghetto in German-occupied Poland, Jack Lewin remembers, the books helped him survive. Reading the Yiddish words late into the night, Lewin could forget the hunger that sometimes brought him to tears. "I lived with the characters of the books," he says in his home near Wilshire Boulevard, his green-and-gray eyes distant with memory. Maybe it was those books that made it possible for him and the others to be human after Auschwitz. Now he traces his fingers over the faded spines of his collection and worries aloud: Will anyone read them a century from now?
August 27, 2013 |
Though the post-racial world has yet to materialize, there's no denying this country has changed some over the last half a century, with an African American family living in the White House and a 30-foot-high statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Washington Mall. It was not far from that statue that King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, to a quarter of a million people, on the occasion of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.