October 20, 2011 |
Greeting card companies have taken a cue from the nation's 9% unemployment rate. In a 6-by-4-inch envelope, someone can send a friend who lost a job a pre-printed message of encouragement and sympathy. Although not available at every corner store, layoff greeting cards are being produced by Hallmark and sold at its stores and online — and selling well, said Frank Fernandez, owner of two Hallmark stores in North Texas. "We're in the emotional business," Fernandez said.
October 15, 2011 |
As anti-Wall Street protests crop up around the nation, many of the bankers and traders at the center of the storm are focused on a more immediate concern: keeping their jobs. The financial industry shed 8,000 jobs in September, and 10,000 more are expected to be cut by the end of 2012. JPMorgan Chase posted a 13% drop in revenue this week, and next week mighty Goldman Sachs Group is widely expected to say it lost money for the first time since the financial crisis. The woes the industry is facing now are in contrast to the success it experienced after the financial crisis — a success that helped stir up the current protests.
October 8, 2011 |
More than six months after mass protests began spreading through the streets of Syria, activists say they remain committed to a peaceful rebellion against the government of President Bashar Assad, despite a rising death toll, a wave of assassinations and the reported emergence of soldiers switching sides and battling security forces. "Our revolution remains a nonviolent one," Omar Edelbi, spokesman for a grass-roots opposition network, the Local Coordination Committees, said in an interview Saturday in Beirut.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2011 |
It's natural to feel sympathy for youthful murder defendant Brandon McInerney, who grew up in a home so violent and dysfunctional that he wasn't even allowed to cry after his father punched him in the face. But the law does not allow for sympathy, prosecutor Maeve Fox told jurors Thursday during closing arguments in the teenager's much-watched trial. Emotionally, the case is a "tragedy on all levels," Fox told the packed Chatsworth courtroom, but factually McInerney's fatal shooting of a gay classmate in a junior high school computer lab is first-degree murder.
July 31, 2011 |
Question: I own three apartments and allowed a young woman to move in without giving me a security deposit or the first month's rent. I felt sorry for her because she told me that she had just left an abusive relationship. For the first couple of months she was late with the rent but she eventually caught up. In the last several months she has not paid at all. Every time I ask her for the rent, she promises to pay but doesn't. Lately she just ducks me altogether. What can I do? Answer: You need to apply a business model approach to your decision to rent to new tenants.
June 17, 2011
It's not often we can witness two NBA championship celebrations for the same season: the Mavericks in June 2011 and the Heat in July 2010. Alan Sworski Thousand Oaks :: The NBA Finals decision: The Dallas Mavericks took their talents to South Beach and beat the Miami Heat. Ron Tom Pasadena :: After a series of fourth-quarter disappearing acts, can we finally put the Kobe/LeBron and Jordan/LeBron debates to rest? The only stat that matters is that between the three of them, they have won 11 NBA championships.
June 17, 2011 |
Pop star Cheryl Cole lasted only a few days as a judge on Fox's new talent-spotting program "The X Factor. " But she was dumped from the job so unceremoniously that, in the eyes of many Brits, she might as well have been on "The Apprentice," with snarky "X Factor" impresario Simon Cowell bellowing, "You're fired!" at her before an audience of millions. Cole's public humiliation set Britain's tabloids and society pages abuzz, mostly with sympathy toward her and contempt for Cowell.
May 28, 2011 |
In the 2008 presidential campaign, some Republican contenders called for millions of people living in the country illegally to return to their native lands before being able to seek legal status. As the next presidential election nears, would-be GOP nominees are emphasizing sympathy for some illegal immigrants, in what is either a strategic feint or a reflection of changed political terrain. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich opened the door to more flexible treatment of illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for decades, obey the law and are married with children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2011 |
For the Stow family, Los Angeles was the city where one of their own spent weeks in a coma after a brutally beating over a baseball rivalry. But it was also the city whose people sent donations, lemon cakes and cards — sometimes more than 20 a day — and stopped family members in the hallways of the hospital to apologize on behalf of Angelenos and Dodger fans everywhere. It was the city where they lived for more than six weeks at the downtown Marriott hotel, 10 minutes from the hospital where their son and brother lay unconscious.
May 6, 2011 |
Political operatives for both parties believe that pocketbook issues, not foreign policy, will determine the next election, and Obama was quick to pivot from terrorism back to voters' economic concerns — high gasoline prices, for example. At the end of a momentous week, President Obama headed for Indiana, hoping he's now in a position to woo voters like Charlotte Michalak. Michalak voted for Obama in 2008 and now finds herself uncertain. She works two jobs so she can pay her bills.