Copies of the Orange County Register slide through the presses.
The parent company of the Orange County Register plans to launch a new Los Angeles daily newspaper next year.
Freedom Communications spokesman Eric Morgan said the newspaper will be called the Los Angeles Register.
“No specifics on launch date, but distribution will include the entire Los Angeles area,” Morgan wrote in an e-mail. He did not immediately respond to follow-up questions of the paper’s employees or which areas it would cover.
The launch of the Los Angeles Register is part of an aggressive campaign led by Freedom Communications to expand its empire.
Freedom was purchased last year by the holding company 2100 Trust, and since then, has increased the staff at the Orange County Register, expanded its coverage in Long Beach and bought a Riverside newspaper.
Boeing announced Thursday that it is shifting hundreds of jobs to Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina as part of a restructuring of its U.S. research operations over the next two years.
The Chicago-based aerospace company said the reorganization will result in fewer research jobs in Washington state and California and is being undertaken to better meet the needs of its commercial airplane, military and space and security units.
The announcement comes as those same states, and several others, are competing to assemble Boeing's 777X passenger plane - a much-sought-after facility that could generate thousands of jobs.
Boeing spokesman Daryl Stephenson said the restructuring of the company's research operations has been in the works for several years and is unrelated to the new airplane or Boeing's contract negotiations with a Seattle area machinists union.
The research restructuring will add 300-400 employees each in the St. Louis area, Huntsville, Ala., and North Charleston, S.C. Research jobs will decline by 800-1,200 in the Seattle area and by 200-300 in southern California, the company said.
The restructuring is to start early next year and be complete by 2015.
After the changes, Boeing will still have about 4,000 employees in its research and technology operations, but they will no longer be concentrated predominantly on the West Coast. The Seattle and St. Louis sites will have the most employees, and each site will have specific research tasks.
The Alabama site is to focus on simulation and decision analytics and metals and chemical technology. The southern California location is to focus on flight sciences, electronics and networked systems. The St. Louis site is to conduct research on systems technology, digital aviation and support technology, and metallic and fabrication development.
The South Carolina location is to focus on manufacturing technology, and the Seattle site is to focus on the integration of manufacturing technology.
Boeing plans to announce a decision by early next year on where it will assemble the 777X airplane. States are offering billions of dollars of tax breaks, property and customized employee training as part of the competition to land the assembly plant.
Unlike for the 777X, Stephenson said Boeing did not seek out incentives from states for the research jobs. But some states are nonetheless offering incentives to Boeing. In Missouri, for example, Boeing could receive up to $16.8 million of incentives over six years, depending on the number of jobs created and their salaries.
Earlier this year, Boeing announced that it also was restructuring its information technology unit.
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“I’m not sure I could come up with a worse idea for a baby toy,” said pediatrician Victor Strasburger. “It starts a habit that is not healthy.”
Toymaker Fisher-Price has come out with what it calls the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat — a bouncy chair for infants with a holder for an iPad — and, predictably, the critics have pounced.
- One group is demanding that Fisher-Price — a unit of El Segundo-based Mattel, Inc. — stop selling the seat immediately.
- A prominent pediatrician is sounding alarms about exposing infants to such electronic devices too early.
- Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, meanwhile, has mined the product for jokes.
Fisher-Price promises the $80 seat will “stimulate and engage baby … while protecting your iPad from sticky fingers.”
But the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a Boston-based consumer group, has started an online petition to demand Fisher-Price stop selling the seat.
“It’s literally strapping a kid down and making them watch it,” said Josh Golin, the group's associate director. “It encourages parents to leave babies alone with an iPad before they can even sit up or hold one,” he said. More than 5,000 people have signed the petition.
The Los Angeles Times building in downtown L.A.
Kathy Thomson, the former president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Times Media Group, is now chief marketing officer and executive vice president at Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Sirius XM Radio has 25.6 million subscribers and considers itself the world's largest broadcaster by revenue.
SiriusXM's CEO Jim Meyer said in a staff memo that Thomson will help efforts to grow and retain subscribers. She will also work to strengthen the company's marketing, Meyer said.
"It is a crucial and important role at our company as we work to continue our outstanding growth and expand the ways consumers can enjoy our service," Meyer said. "I am excited about the possibilities we can achieve in this area under Kathy’s leadership."
Thomson left her position at the Los Angeles Times Media Group on Nov. 29. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing the Times' products. She was also the COO of Tribune Publishing and led the expansion into digital, including increasing the use of video.
The average ticket for The Rose Bowl is going for $900, which is a whopping 112 percent pricier than last year.
Two of college football’s biggest bowl games will be played in Pasadena next month, the BCS Championship on January 6, and of course the 100th annual Rose Bowl on New Years Day.
Both games are already sold-out, but in the ticket resale market, prices are going in opposite directions compared to last year, according to TiqIQ, a ticket reseller based in New York.
This year’s championship features number one Florida State versus number two Auburn, an interesting match-up to be sure, but nothing like last year, when the title game was played in Miami between two of most storied schools in college football – Notre Dame and Alabama.
Tickets for that game – an Alabama rout as it turned out - would have set you back an average of $2,811.32 at this time last year. This year, they’re going for 35 percent less.