News archive from 7 September 2011

Gregory leaves Plum job to roar at Daily Beast

Keith J. Kelly MEDIA INK Rob Gregory, the president of the fast-melting Plum TV operation, is jumping to another media outlet under intense pressure: He’s leaving to become president of Newsweek Daily Beast. Though not spelled out directly in a staff...

 

Mark W. Smith: Droid Bionic smartphone from Verizon finally lands - and it's a winner

With the Droid Bionic, Verizon is finally delivering on a promise it made more than eight months ago. That's when Verizon first showed off the smartphone to journalists at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, saying it would be...

 
Managing 24/7 expectations

Managing 24/7 expectations

Suzette Espinosa Fuentes loves her job handling publicity for The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. She gets to highlight performers and build interest for theater. But she also checks her email inbox in the evening before slipping under...

 

Some ex-trainers say SeaWorld downplays risks of working with killer whales

The February 2010 death of SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was pulled underwater and killed by the 12,000-pound killer whale Tilikum, triggered the most exhaustive safety review in SeaWorld history and changes that are still being...

 
Carol Bartz dumped as Yahoo’s CEO with 16 months left on contract; CFO named interim leader

Carol Bartz dumped as Yahoo’s CEO with 16 months left on contract; CFO named interim leader

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. fired Carol Bartz as CEO Tuesday after more than 2½ years of financial lethargy that had convinced investors that she couldn’t steer the Internet company to a long-promised turnaround. To fill the void, Yahoo’s board named...

 

Buddy Holly's 75th on Wednesday? That'll be the day

What possible impact could a young pop musician make if given just 18 months to carve out a career? Only the most dreamy-eyed optimist could think of placing 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, much less scoring induction into the Rock and Roll...

 
Antique cannon to be pulled from the Detroit River today

Antique cannon to be pulled from the Detroit River today

The Detroit Police Department's dive team often discovers unusual items in the water -- cars, guns and even a statue stolen from the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Today, divers plan to recover another obscure find: a cannon measuring more than 6 feet...

 

Tears, but with a rebirth

Lois Weiss BETWEEN THE BRICKS For 10 years, I haven’t been able to think or write about the Twin Towers without tears welling. It just happens. That Tuesday morning’s crystal-clear blue sky made it easy to see, and riveted all of us who watched the...

 
After 9/11, international border patrol staff doubles; fewer tourists cross border, more criminals caught

After 9/11, international border patrol staff doubles; fewer tourists cross border, more criminals caught

Tourists. Gamblers. Drug traffickers. Human smugglers. Commercial truck drivers. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, North America's busiest commercial border between the U.S. and Canada has seen them all -- some too often, such as...

 

John Wayne's personal items are up for auction

Ethan Wayne, the youngest son of Hollywood legend John Wayne, hates to have anything in his pockets because as a young boy he couldn't go out of the house with his dad without a stack of business cards that read, "Good Luck, John Wayne" on...

 

Businesses post most job openings in 3 years

WASHINGTON - Companies advertised the most job openings in nearly three years, a hopeful sign after the worst month for hiring in nearly a year. The Labor Department says employers posted 3.2 million jobs in July, up from 3.17 million in June. That is...

 

Rain expected the next couple of days for metro Detroit

Remnants of tropical storm Lee is bringing wet weather to metro Detroit, according to the National Weather Service. "It’s going to rain pretty much off and on all day, actually for the next couple of days," meteorologist Steve Considine...

 

Little ‘left’ of O craze

Michael Goodwin President Obama is really in trouble. He’s losing the Sundance Kid. Robert Redford, one of Hollywood’s many uber-lefties, is fuming over Obama’s environmental policies. After listing three cases where the president’s actions fell short...

 

Tweets take their (expletive) place among city's rich literary tradition

Olivia Clemens, Mark Twain's wife, once tried to shock her husband out of his habit of profane tirades by repeating one to him verbatim. Bemused, he replied that he hoped he didn't sound like that because, "You got the words right, Livy, but you...

 
Plum TV announces layoffs

Plum TV announces layoffs

Plum TV, which moved its headquarters to Miami Beach last year amid plans to expand into multimedia, laid off most of its employees Tuesday and suspended publication of the September issue of Plum Miami Magazine. The company is restructuring...

 

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