April 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Carnival Cruise Lines prices have taken a dip this spring, according to pricing data, and some industry observers blame headlines about problems on several Carnival ships. Todd Elliott, owner of Cruise Vacation Outlet, said his agents had seen a drop in price of 20 percent or more for equivalent cruises. "Rates are far lower than I have seen in a while; for example, the Carnival Dream, seven nights, Eastern Caribbean out of Port Canaveral, May 4 is $299 per person," he said.
March 3, 2013 |
BEAVERTON, Ore. - An Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages, and other memories - as she did. "Everybody's going to face this kind of a situation at some point in their lives," says Karen Williams, whose 22-year-old son died in a 2005 motorcycle accident. The Oregon Legislature responded and took up the cause recently with a proposal that would have made it easier for loved ones to access the "digital assets" of the deceased, only to be turned back by pressure from the tech industry, which argued that both a 1986 federal law and voluntary terms of service agreements prohibit companies from sharing a person's information - even if such a request were included in a last will and testament.
March 11, 1990 |
All in all, 1989 was a pretty good year in the New Jersey Legislature for the tobacco industry. A threat to raise the sales tax on cigarettes was stopped dead. So was a plan to restrict smoking in restaurants. Lawmakers did ban smoking by teachers and staff in public schools, but the industry chose not to fight that effort and let the teachers do it instead. So considering what the tobacco companies were up against, the $440,000 they paid to some of the state's top lobbyists last year was money well spent.
January 12, 1989 |
According to the latest survey on smoking, the percentage of smokers among people who didn't finish high school is now twice as high as among people who have graduated from college. Who says that nobody is doing anything to raise the median level of education in this country? The tobacco industry seems to be on a campaign to kill off the dropouts. I'm all for raising the education level, but you'd think that the way to reduce the rate of dropouts might be to give the people in question something like incentive programs or tutoring sessions rather than emphysema.
February 28, 1998 |
In an effort to win friends for a national tobacco settlement, the tobacco industry released hundreds of thousands of internal documents onto the Internet yesterday. But because the first documents cover little new ground, and will be useful mostly to professional tobacco-watchers, industry opponents were skeptical of the companies' sincerity. "It's disingenuous for the tobacco industry to claim this PR stunt proves they are coming clean with the truth," said Hubert Humphrey 3d, the attorney general of Minnesota, which is in the midst of a lawsuit against the tobacco industry.
April 12, 1995 |
Closed captioning is not just for the hearing-impaired anymore, and dozens of companies are popping up to prove it. A cottage industry in closed captioning is burgeoning within the entertainment world, fueled by new federal requirements mandating the devices in most televisions sold in the United States. A handful of large companies that pioneered the service - and dozens of smaller ones that appeared in the last two years - now are being relied upon by large Hollywood studios to add printed dialogue to their television programs and videos.
May 11, 1986 |
Irvin E. Richter's office is decorated in the ever-fashionable taste of prosperity. The walls are high and oak-paneled, the light fixtures gleaming like candelabra, the windows wide, the carpets deep and patterned, the desk expansive. Not bad for a man who set himself up in business 10 years ago, on a hunch about the potential needs of the legal marketplace. Not bad, to be head of a company that will do between $30 million and $40 million in business this year. Richter is head of Hill International Inc., which is based in Willingboro, N.J. It is a company of technical experts - and expert witnesses for the courts of the nation.
February 26, 1997 |
Let's hear it for good drugs. One of the few bright spots in Philadelphia's regional economy has been the pharmecutical industry. The region has one of the nation's largest concentrations of drug makers, health-service providers, and medical research and development organizations. The benefits of having such health firms in the area are the many science-related, white-collar jobs that pay good salaries and help to spur the economy through increased sales of homes, cars and consumer products.
December 14, 2005 |
Record industry types can't be too careful these days. Given the onslaught of illegal downloading and file-sharing, they believe they have to keep coming up with new ways to fake out those who would steal their stuff. For one thing, this means they're stingier with giving out advance CDs to the media. And those who do wangle a copy receive a "watermarked" version, with the writer's name encoded so the company can come and get you if you try to trade the music in any way. Lately, the industry has found a creative twist in this game: They're deliberately mislabeling CDs, giving artists pseudonyms and sometimes even fake song titles to throw off those who might swipe a record from a desk or mailroom and spread it over the Web. The trend began this summer.
August 1, 1997 |
In a late-hour addition to the tax bill that cleared Congress yesterday, lawmakers inserted a favor to the tobacco industry that could exceed $50 billion - by letting cigarette-makers keep money that was supposed to compensate victims of smoking-related diseases. The provision would undercut a settlement reached in June among the tobacco industry, state attorneys general, and lawyers for smokers and their families. The negotiated settlement required the tobacco industry to pay about $10 billion a year for 25 years into the funds for victims.