| Sep 25, 2012
| 8:36 AM
Staples Inc. is speeding up store closures, shaking up management and boosting its online business as the office-supply chain implements a multiyear plan to cut costs.
The Framingham, Mass.-based company is looking to save $250 million, before taxes,...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 2:23 PM
Over the past few months there has been much talk about approving or rejecting the proposed Costa Mesa charter, often described as a constitution for our community's governance. I invite you, my fellow Costa Mesa residents, to think of the charter in a...
| Jul 15, 2012
It's the height of summer, but inside many Baltimore-area stores, fall has arrived.
While shoppers sorted through racks of discounted shorts and tank tops, retailers at White Marsh Mall began displaying school backpacks and uniforms. Area Target stores...
| Jul 9, 2010
| 12:25 PM
Danny Black can run his closet design business from just about anywhere — his Mount Washington office, on the way to meet with clients, at home on weekends and even during his family's summer trips to Ocean City.
"Most clients don't know I've...
| Jun 12, 2007
As movie studios battle one another at the box office with their summer blockbusters, toy manufacturers that have hooked their fortunes to these films are facing a similar fight as they vie for the attention of young boys.
Yet, with nine movies having...
| Dec 1, 2008
Consumers opened their wallets this weekend not only for Black Friday retail sales but also for the movie industry, which recorded its second-highest Thanksgiving weekend box office ever.
Ticket sales for the five-day period totaled $236 million, spurred...
| May 10, 2007
You rock. We totally mean that. You're our favorite of the tabloid celebrities. We appreciate your operatic life (Paris gets in fights with Shana Moakler, you get abducted by your dad). Plus, you have talent. We haven't forgotten "Mean Girls....
| Feb 7, 2010
THE BEST WAY TO SARANDE AND BUTRINT
The only daily cruises to Albania sail from the northern Greek island of Corfu. Communications are quirky in Corfu; my ATT cellphone, with a built-in GSM chip for Europe, worked perfectly in Athens and Santorini but...
| Jun 14, 2010
| 5:30 PM
During a stay at a resort two years ago, Carol Arand bought $4,000 in genetic tests after a spa physician praised their potential to improve her health.
If ever she got sick, Arand reasoned, she could take the results to her doctor. "I hoped that this...
| Jun 16, 2009
State regulators have rejected a request from Connecticut Natural Gas that might have raised customers' rates by 1.9 percent.
In a decision issued Monday, the state Department of Public Utility Control said it would instead cut CNG's revenues by $16.8...
| Jan 8, 2009
5 tips on avoiding scams
1. Be vigilant. Scams appear to be more prevalent during this economic downtown.
2. Beware of financial-services firms requiring upfront fees. Lenders cannot do so.
3. Credit repair services can't require you to pay until...