четверг, 15 марта 2012 г.


AMERICAN PREMIER DEAL: American Premier Underwriters Inc., acash-rich insurance company that is 59.6 percent-owned by AmericanFinancial Corp., said today it will acquire the parent company in astock merger. Under the definitive agreement, American Premier willoffer American Financial shareholders 28.6 million common shares ofan entity that will be created to own both companies. Eachoutstanding American Premier common share would be converted into onecommon share of the new entity, called American Premier Group Inc.The new holding company would in effect buy the 18.7 million or 40.4percent of American Premier common shares now owned by AmericanFinancial. CAT IN VIETNAM: …

Summary Box: Heineken says 3Q profit measure rose

BEER MONEY: The Dutch brewer Heineken NV said a measure of profitability rose more than 10 percent in the third quarter on a mix of cost savings, volume growth in Asia and Africa and price increases. It did not provide figures and the measure cited excludes exceptional items and amortization costs.


French defense chief: no new troops to Afghanistan

French Defense Minister Herve Morin says French troops already in Afghanistan could be used to train the Afghan military, but Paris has no intention of sending new contingents to bolster the NATO mission there.

Morin says France already is doing enough in Afghanistan.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told journalists after …

среда, 14 марта 2012 г.

Summer of '87; Remembering a momentous month of bombshells on the broadcast beat

OK, I'll admit it: The dog days of August typically are theslowest time of the year on the broadcast beat -- and this year'sbeen no exception.

But it was a totally different story 20 years ago, with such bigevents as the launch of Chicago's fifth television news operationand its first "New Age" format radio station competing for headlineswith the early retirement of a legendary "Superjock" and the deathof the Fairness Doctrine.

With the luxury of hindsight, here are the highlights of August1987 -- a pivotal month in local television and radio history:

- Credit a world-class general manager, Al DeVaney, and atrustworthy news director, Greg Caputo, with …

Grub Street



There's a primal voyeurism to peering behind the ritualistic staging area of public dining. The price of being nosy, though, more often than not, is disenchantment. George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London remains the sordid pinnacle of the restaurant and resort tell-all genre. His descriptions of grubby fingers arranging prettily presented plats will inspire you to consider eating at home-forever.

In the wake of Anthony Bourdain's surprise best seller Kitchen Confidential, this season offers an all-you-can-eat pig-out of foodie lit. Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque (Wiley) is Sirio …

FBI: Hate crime down in 2007 but anti-gay crime up

Hate crime incidents decreased slightly last year, despite a surge in crimes targeting gays and lesbians.

The FBI reported more than 7,600 hate crime incidents in 2007, down about 1 percent from last year. The decline was driven by decreases in the two largest categories of hate crimes _ crimes against race and religion.

But prejudice against sexual orientation, the third-largest category, increased about 6 percent, the report found.

The FBI report does not compare its data from one year to the next because the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the annual count varies from year to year. More agencies contributed to the 2007 …

Community briefs

5 on 5 tournament

Generation Charleston will sponsor a 5 on 5 invitationalbasketball tournament on Kanawha Boulevard near Magic Island onSaturday.

The event is part of the West Virginia Games to be held that dayby the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau

The entry fee for the tournament is $150, and proceeds willbenefit Generation Charleston.

For more information, visit www.thewvgames.com.

Cow Run Day

The annual Cow Run Day will be Saturday at the Jackson CountyJunior Fairgrounds in Cottageville.

The event is always on the Saturday before Labor Day and featuresfood and music.

The event began in 1983 when the …