| Oct 25, 2010
| 9:19 AM
From the Midnight Sun blog:
Justin Bieber is getting into the fragrance business. Some genius at Etoile Nation Beauty convinced the 16-year-old to go into the trade where Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker have thrived, as if it were possible to...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:41 PM
Trying on shoes at a department store, I was struck by how long it took for the salesperson to return from the stock room.
"Where did he go?" I asked author Rachel Shteir, my new shopping companion.
"Now, if you wanted to steal those, you would just...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 4:44 PM
Fifty percent of thermal paper receipts and most dollar bills tested in a new study are tainted with Bisphenol A, according to a report released on March 30, by the Washington Toxics Coalition.
BPA, a chemical that disrupts hormones and has been linked...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 4:34 PM
As Americans fret over how to tax the rich and Occupy protesters rail against the 1%, new reports find that the definition of wealth is a tenuous one. According to analysis from labor economist Sylvia Allegreto with UC Berkeley, based on the most recent...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 9:35 PM
Discount giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its operations overseas may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a federal law dealing with bribery and accounting rules for American companies doing business abroad. In a quarterly filing with the...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 4:36 PM
With lobbyists for Amazon.com Inc. watching silently, the Florida Senate on Thursday took the first step toward trying to force the Internet giant and other online retailers to collect state sales taxes. The Senate Finance and Tax committee introduced a...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Despite efforts by L.A. City Council members to throw up roadblocks, retail giant Wal-Mart has secured the construction permits needed to open its 33,000-square foot grocery in Chinatown, city officials said Friday....
| Aug 11, 2011
Want to be authentic? Good luck! These days it takes deliberate effort, focus, even a long-term commitment to change. This might sound surprising to those of you who associate authenticity with just being yourself, but misconceptions about authenticity...
| Mar 24, 2011
Every morning, children at hundreds of Los Angeles schools start their day hungry, making it tough to learn much or to get through the morning without a trip to the nurse with headaches or belly pains. That doesn't happen at Rosencrans Elementary School...
| Oct 23, 2011
Occupations such as those underway in cities across the country pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept reasonably warm and dry. Trash has to be removed; medical care and rudimentary security provided. But for the...
| Nov 1, 2011
The J.D. Byrider used-car dealership in Visalia, Calif., sits amid a jumble of tow yards, hubcap vendors and vacant lots littered with empty beer cans.
More than $7 billion in subprime auto securities were sold by a dozen issuers through June 30,...