Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sponsors keep close watch on NFL investigation

Major brand sponsors are watching closely to make sure the National Football League doesn’t fumble the investigation into how its executives handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case. For big companies like Anheuser-Busch, General Motors and Procter & Gamble, an NFL sponsorship is a coveted prize. The deals can cost up to $10 […]

Recalls this week: smoke alarms, generators

More than 1 million smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are being recalled because a power outage could render them useless. Inflatable rubber tubes that can irritate skin and boys jackets posing an entanglement hazard are also among this week’s recalled consumer products. Here’s a more detailed look: SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS DETAILS: Kidde hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon […]

Park City resort must pay $17.5 M to stay open

SALT LAKE CITY — Park City Mountain Resort will have to pay $17.5 million to stay open this winter during an ongoing court battle between two ski company titans. The ruling is much closer to Park City’s $6.6 million request than the $124 million demand from its opponent, Vail Resorts Inc., raising hopes that the ski […]

Recalls this week: children’s sunglasses, bikes

More than 200,000 children’s sunglasses are being recalled because they contain excessive levels of lead paint. Other consumer products being recalled this week include children’s shoes with a metal thread in the liner and bicycles with potentially defective forks. Here’s a more detailed look: CHILDREN’S SUNGLASSES DETAILS: 20 styles of Disney, Marvel and Sears/Kmart brand […]

A Closer Look: Reading tablets decent, but needed?

Anick Jesdanun NEW YORK (AP) — E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can’t be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads. Tablets can. In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble released a reading-centric tablet last week, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Amazon, meanwhile, has the Kindle […]

Tech Tips: Sprint’s good rates come with a price

Anick Jesdanun NEW YORK — In revamping its prices and plans this week, Sprint is joining Verizon and AT&T in letting families share pools of data. The new Sprint plans are now available and reward families that need a lot of data. But the company is also keeping an unlimited-data plan that’s beneficial for individuals […]

Green Valley teachers get wet for a good cause

FAIRFIELD — There is nothing like watching one of your favorite teachers get a bucket of ice water dumped on their head. Multiply that by four, and that’s what the delighted student body at Green Valley Middle School witnessed Friday at lunch – four of their teachers participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge in the quad. It’s […]

The Leaven helps reach at-risk kids

I confess, I was wrong. Completely wrong. I discovered just how wrong I have been because of a talk at the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary noon club recently. Mark Hagan spoke to the club about The Leaven. For me, it was a revelation. I had mentally written off The Leaven as just another feel-good community organization spending a […]

Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths

JOYCE M. ROSENBERG NEW YORK — A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses. Work requiring an attention to detail and with repetitive tasks is ideal for an autistic person who wants to start a business, says Gregg Ireland, co-founder of Extraordinary Ventures, a Chapel Hill, North […]

Small talk: Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism

Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket’s bakery, she told him he’d never do anything more than collect grocery carts. After six years of bagging groceries and pushing carts, Cottle wanted more. He had already learned how to do some baking. Cottle is […]