Daily Digest 1/12 - Curse Of The Zombie Title, Can A Global Collapse Be Avoided?
The grim ultimatum was delivered Thursday by Michael Lorenca, the media company's chief operating officer, according to Dan Gross, president of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia.
First, in 2010, the county sued Keller because the house, already picked clean by scavengers, was in a shambles, its hanging gutters and collapsed garage in violation of local housing code. Then the tax collector started sending Keller notices about mounting back taxes, sewer fees and bills for weed and waste removal. And last year, Chase’s debt collector began pressing Keller to pay his mortgage, which had swollen, with penalties and fees, from $62,100.27 to $84,194.69.
Albertsons L.L.C., owned by Cerberus Capital, today operates 190 Albertsons markets and two Super Saver food stores in eight states.
"Our focus is on growing same-store sales through running good stores and improving operations," said spokeswoman Christine Wilcox. "There are no immediate, specific plans for any of the banners. It's too soon and inappropriate to speculate on what will happen with operations."
AIG Should Sue the Government (Arthur Robey)
The suit is being brought by Starr International, which was, at one time, AIG’s largest shareholder. Starr is controlled by Hank Greenberg, AIG’s founder and former CEO. The suit seeks remuneration in the Federal Courts, claiming shareholders’ rights to due process and equal protection were violated under Fifth Amendment safeguards against seizing property without just compensation.
What’s driving the lawsuit?
Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided? (Arthur Robey)
The authors say serious environmental problems can only be solved and a collapse avoided with unprecedented levels of international cooperation through multiple civil and political organizations. They conclude that if that does not happen, nature will restructure civilization for us.
December set a record for the criminal background checks performed before many gun purchases, a strong indication of a big increase in sales, according to an analysis of federal data by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group. Adjusting the federal data to try to weed out background checks that were unrelated to firearms sales, the group reported that 2.2 million background checks were performed last month, an increase of 58.6 percent over the same period in 2011. Some gun dealers said in interviews that they had never seen such demand.
Over 50, and Under No Illusions (jdargis)
For millions of Americans over 50, this isn’t a bad dream — it’s grim reality. The recession and its aftermath have hit older workers especially hard. People 55 to 64 — an age range when many start to dream of kicking back — are having a particularly hard time finding new jobs. For a vast majority of this cohort, being thrown out of work means months of fruitless searching and soul-crushing rejection.
To which many experts say, “What did you expect?”
Heat, Flood or Icy Cold, Extreme Weather Rages Worldwide (Northernlights)
In Britain, where changes to the positioning of the jet stream — a ribbon of air high up in the atmosphere that helps steer weather systems — may be contributing to the topsy-turvy weather, people are still recovering from the December floods. In Worcester last week, the river Severn remained flooded after three weeks, with playing fields buried under water.
In the shop at the Worcester Cathedral, Julie Smith, 54, was struggling, she said, to adjust to the new uncertainty.
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