Bethany Storro A case for pity or punishment

first_imgo Timeline of Storro storyo Was hearing loss a factor?o Watch for signs of depressionPolice spent thousand of dollars in resources, chasing more than 100 tips, to find a suspect in a random acid attack.But after more than two weeks of investigation, officers determined this: Bethany Storro’s biggest danger was herself.The Vancouver woman’s case has now raised the attention of psychologists, who call her behavior a clear call for help, and has sparked the question: Does she deserve pity — or punishment? Clark County prosecutors have filed three counts of second-degree theft by deception against the 28-year-old relating to the money she received from three charitable donors after claiming a black woman threw acid in her face Aug. 30.Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik said Storro’s state of mind will be considered when deciding how to move forward and that her defense attorney Andrew Wheeler will likely request an evaluation for mental competency and sanity. Her first court appearance is set for 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.In the coming weeks, Golik said prosecutors will be weighing the effects of the alleged crime — thousands of dollars given to Storro by a sympathetic community. They also will consider her state of mind — when confronted, she told investigators she dabbed her face with caustic drain cleaner because she wanted to die or get a new face.The deputy prosecutor filed an aggravating factor that the offense was allegedly committed against Samaritans, which could bring her potential punishment outside the normal sentencing range of three to five months in jail.last_img read more

Gun found with man wounded by Astoria police

first_imgASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Police found a bloody handgun in the van driven by a man wounded by Astoria police.Deputy Chief Brad Johnston says investigators also seized a rifle and ammunition.Johnston and District Attorney Josh Marquis talked to reporters Tuesday about the Sunday night shooting at an Astoria motel.Officers responded after ammunition was seen in the man’s room.Police say he pointed a gun at officers when he opened the door. They fired. He fled, and was stopped after a chase on Highway 26. The Washougal man is at a Portland hospital with gunshot wounds to a shoulder and arm.The Daily Astorian reports the man may not have fired at officers. Marquis says officers were justified in shooting the man.Information from: The Daily Astorian.last_img read more

Mike Wallace 60 Minutes pioneer dies at 93

first_imgAs the self-described “black hat” of television’s premier newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” Mike Wallace crafted a persona of a probing reporter known for his often caustic questioning of sometimes reluctant guests on the program. Beginning in 1968, as one of the first hosts of the enduringly popular news show, he circled the globe, displaying his charm and wit and asking sometimes barbed, always penetrating questions of kings and presidents, business magnates and bureaucrats, entertainers and cultural personalities.Wallace, who had triple bypass heart surgery in early 2008, died Saturday at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., the CBS network announced. He was 93.Of the roughly 800 pieces the pioneering correspondent did for “60 Minutes,” two stood out the most for him, Wallace told The Associated Press in 2006.One showed his tender side as Wallace persuaded piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz to pound out “Stars and Stripes Forever” in 1977. The other, in 1979, showed Wallace’s tough side as he became the first Western reporter to interview Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after 53 Americans were taken hostage in Tehran. To Khomeini’s face, Wallace quoted Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as calling him a lunatic.“I figured what was he going to do, take me as a hostage?” Wallace said. “The translator looked at me as if I were a lunatic.”last_img read more

State warns Ridgefield company it may be liable for fire cost

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — Washington state has warned a construction company that it will be liable for property damages and firefighting costs if investigators determine its work started a wildfire northwest of Ellensburg.The Washington state Department of Transportation notified Ridgefield-based Conway Construction Co. by letter on Friday that its contract makes the company responsible for safety at the work site, especially risks of fire.The Taylor Bridge Fire is believed to have originated Aug. 13 at a bridge construction site near Cle Elum. The project is under contract to Conway Construction and its subcontractors.The Department of Natural Resources has not yet completed its investigation into the fire’s cause.The fire blackened more than 36 square miles, or 23,500 acres, and destroyed nearly 100 structures. It was fully contained at the end of August.last_img read more

Survivors remember 89 crash

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — As he sat in a crippled airliner, Ron May braced his head between his legs and prayed for his wife, who was seven months’ pregnant with their first child. Everyone on the jet feared they were about to die.That was back on July 19, 1989, when May was a passenger aboard United Flight 232. The DC-10 was traveling from Denver to Chicago when it lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. The crew used the remaining two engines to steer a winding course to Sioux City, where the massive plane crash-landed, cartwheeling down the runway and bursting into flames before breaking apart in a cornfield.Of the 296 people on board, 184 survived. Most couldn’t believe it.“We’re upside down, and I’m alive,” May, now a 55-year-old Chicago pastor, recalled of the landing. “Everything was chaos.”A quarter of a century later, the flight is considered one of the most impressive life-saving efforts in aviation history. At the time, Capt. Al Haynes was hailed in much the same way as US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who safely ditched his Airbus A320 into the Hudson River in New York in 2009.The legacy of the crash lives on. It changed the way planes were designed, ensuring more backup systems to prevent the kind of catastrophic hydraulic failure that made Flight 232 almost impossible to control. It also drew attention to the need for emergency preparedness. And the efforts of the crew were remembered in movies and books.This weekend, survivors are gathering for 25th anniversary memorial events at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City.Still, some of the safety changes sought by survivors have not happened. Jan Brown, the lead flight attendant on Flight 232, has led an unsuccessful campaign to get the Federal Aviation Administration to end the practice of allowing children under the age of 2 to travel on a parent’s lap without a ticketed seat. She is haunted by the memory of a 22-month-old lap child who died in the crash.last_img read more

Working in Clark County Crystal Payne bridal consultant

first_imgWorking in Clark CountyWorking in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columbian.com; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Crystal Payne worked for Hilton Reservations Worldwide in Vancouver. She liked her job, but they closed the call center and she was unemployed. She started working as a bridal consultant at The Hostess House/Bridal Arts Building 10 years ago. I have learned a lot from the brides and from my mistakes, but I have a job I love, she said.Name: Crystal Payne.Job/employer: Bridal consultant and manager of The Hostess House/Bridal Arts Building, 10017 N.E. Sixth Ave.Age: 46.Education/professional background: I graduated from Columbia River High School and attended business college in Georgia. I served in the Army for four years and two years in the reserves. I returned to Vancouver and worked for Hilton Reservations Worldwide. After they closed the call center I needed a job. That was 10 years ago. And for the last eight years I have also been the manager of the Bridal Arts Building. I was not technically trained for the job but have learned a lot from the brides and from my mistakes. Brides come in with no idea of what they want. They may have seen a dress on a television show and they want that particular dress. I can usually find something a bride likes. We have 1,000 gowns in the shop from five manufacturers and are one of the few shops that carries plus-sized gowns up to size 32. Bridezillas: I haven’t had to deal with bridezillas. The biggest problem is usually the mother of the bride. Some mothers are trying to live through their daughter, and some brides don’t want to disappoint their mother.last_img read more

From metroarea business summit looking up

first_imgPORTLAND — A sense of optimism tinged with concern for those left behind in the post-recession economy permeated Greater Portland Inc.’s 7th Annual Economic Summit held Tuesday morning at the Portland Art Museum, an event that attracted a full house of regional business and political leaders, including many from Clark County.Local and national economic development experts praised the region as a place that offers a skilled workforce, abundant water and low energy costs, relatively inexpensive land, and a quality of life that encompasses marriage equality and “bacon on maple bars,” in the words of Alisa Pyszka, a Greater Portland Inc. vice president who was formerly Vancouver’s economic development director.But the Portland region and the nation face the daunting challenges of a 4 percent post-recession decline in median incomes despite productivity increases; a shortage of 5.6 million jobs needed to return to pre-recession employment, adjusted for population growth; and a 23 percent unemployment rate among workers ages 16 to 19.Those numbers were part of a presentation by Amy Liu, co-director of the Brooking Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Liu is working on a program called the Global Cities Initiative, co-sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, to help leaders in some 100 U.S. metropolitan regions focus their economies on world markets.In her information-packed presentation, Liu downplayed the importance of competing for business relocations, saying that only 2 percent of new jobs come from such moves, which often require heavy subsidies. Instead of such recruitments, she said, “we need to visibly reward expansion and jobs” from established businesses.last_img read more

PAGCOR boss to request easing of Presidential ban on new Philippines casino

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Duterte, who has often stated his dislike of gambling, declared a moratorium on new casino licenses in January 2018 for a period of five years and subsequently put a halt to planned IR developments by Galaxy Entertainment Group in Boracay and Landing International in Manila’s Entertainment City precinct.“Gaming seems to be the sunrise industry now in Asia,” Domingo said. “There are still areas in the Philippines that can still absorb and benefit from these investments, which won’t go here with the current ban.”Domingo recently stated that she expects the Philippines’ gaming revenue to reach US$4.1 billion by the end of 2019, driven largely by the increasingly strong results of Entertainment City IRs Solaire Resort & Casino and City of Dreams Manila as well as the ongoing ramp of Okada Manila. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage The head of Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR, Andrea Domingo, will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to ease a ban on the issuance of new casino licenses over concerns the country will fall behind in Asia’s increasingly competitive gaming and hospitality industry.Domingo revealed her plans in an interview with Bloomberg this week in which she stated that she would prefer the President adopt a more selective means of determining whether new casino licenses were to be issued.last_img read more

Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose

first_img Complaint filed against Imperial Pacific for failure to pay US$15 million annual license fee Load More Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 RelatedPosts Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Ma, a graduate of the Beijing Business Management College, is also an investor in and CEO of Beijing Yangguang Zongheng Culture Development Limited. His appointment is for an initial one year term.Ma’s arrival comes as the Commonwealth Casino Commission revealed it plans to impose a fine of US$375,000 on IPI for the late payment of its annual casino license fee.According to the Saipan Tribune, CCC executive director Edward Deleon Guerrero said the fine represents US$25,000 per day for each of the 15 days that the US$15 million payment was late. Imperial Pacific International has strengthened its board with the appointment of Mr Ma Wentao as a non-executive director.The 34-year-old already has ties to the company in his role as a director of American Sinopan LLC, the operator of Saipan’s Casha resort hotel of which IPI holds a 50% stake.last_img read more

G Man Insulation to pay over 270000 due to wage law violations

first_imgInsulation and drywall organisation G Man Insulation has been ordered to pay $272,253 (£208,413.76) in back wages, damages and penalties.The fines are the result of an investigation by the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD), which uncovered violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affecting 39 employees.WHD investigators found the organisation, based in Nampa, Idaho, paid workers either by the hour or by the day, and that in both cases it had failed to pay overtime when employees worked more than 40 hours in a working week.The investigation also found that G Man Insulation paid employees in cash for overtime hours, at the rate for normal working hours, and that this overtime was then not recorded in the employer’s payroll records.The employer will pay $126,262 (£96,655.45) in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to resolve the violations. G Man Insulation has also been assessed for $19,728 (£15,102.08) in civil penalties.Thomas Silva, WHD district director, said: “Ensuring that construction workers are paid the wages they have earned will level the playing field in the industry. Violations and penalties like these can be avoided.“We encourage all employers to make use of the many tools we offer to help them understand their responsibilities, and to reach out to us directly, and confidentially, with any questions they may have about how to comply with the law.”G Man Insulation was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Man airlifted after dog bites him in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A man had to be airlifted to the hospital after he was attacked by a dog in Miami Gardens.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene at Northwest 37th Place and 161st Street, just after 4 p.m., Wednesday.The victim was identified by a resident as Luis Capote.According to the resident, Capote was working on a fence for his neighbor across the street and going back and forth between homes when the 35 to 45 pound American Bulldog terrier-mix got loose.“This afternoon, at around 3:44 p.m., we received a call of an animal bite,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay. “Arriving on scene, our units assessed that the patient suffered significant injuries from a dog and was treated on scene.”7Skyforce hovered over the scene as the victim was placed on a stretcher, taken to a chopper, and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.“The units transported the patient to St. Thomas University – right here, nearby the home – solicited the services of our air rescue and transported the patient to the main trauma center here in Miami,” said Lay. “The patient is in serious condition, and we always advise the public, if you ever come close to a dog that is a stranger to you, make sure that the animal has its distance, and don’t come close unless you know the dog.” Authorities said the victim was alert and speaking with paramedics as he was transported.The dog is back home. Miami-Dade Animal Services arrived to the scene and met with the owner, but left without the dog. The dog was not taken because it was with its owner in a controlled environment, according to Animal Services.“She’s hurt. She has some gashes in her head,” said the dog’s owner, with blood still on his shirt.The brother of the dog’s owner said the victim used a tool to defend himself and injured the dog. Pictures of the dog’s injuries showed blood on the animal.The investigation remains open, and Animal Services said they may interview the victim once he is released from the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 injured 1 killed at graduation ceremony in Georgia

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A shooting at a Georgia high school ceremony injured one and killed another.The shooting took place near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta, Friday night.According to investigators, one person was killed on scene. Another was injured due to the shooting.Officials said both victims in this case are female.This was reportedly a graduation ceremony that was taking place across the street from the high school.Crime scene tape could be seen on scene in what appears to be a parking lot.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story. last_img read more

Miami Beach officer cleared in 2015 fatal shooting of suspected bank robber

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Beach police officer has been cleared of charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a suspected bank robber.The Florida State Attorney’s Office decided not to file criminal charges against Fabio Cabrera.Officials determined the officer was justified in using deadly force against suspected bank robber 51-year-old David Winesette.Winesette, armed with a straight razor, was stunned with a Taser and shot after, police said, he claimed he had a bomb while attemping to rob a South Beach bank in 2015.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Davie jiujitsu instructor accused of fondling students hit with additional charge

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A Davie jiu-jitsu instructor accused of sexually assaulting two minors during class has been hit with an additional charge.Hollywood Police charged 34-year-old Joao Da Silva with sexual assault of a minor after, they said, he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old student of his after he told her he would show her how to be with a man.Police said the incident happened when Da Silva went to the beach with a group of students.Da Silva already faces additional counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and sexual assault on a minor after he was accused of grabbing the breasts of a 13-year-oled and 15-year-old at RAVIA Jiu Jitsu.He appeared in bond court Wednesday morning and was denied bond on one count, and $75,000 each for the other three charges. He has also been ordered to stay away from the victims’ homes and schools.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sunrise teaching assistant arrested for child abuse

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a Sunrise teaching assistant accused of abusing a child.Thirty-nine-year-old Ophelia Thompson has been charged with three counts of child abuse and has been ordered to stay away from JAFCO Children’s Ability Center on North Nob Hill Road.Thompson is a teaching assistant at the center, which caters to children with special needs.Thompson was ordered to stay away from anyone with disabilities and is being held on a $8,500 bond.JAFCO released a statement that reads in part, “At JAFCO the safety of all children entrusted in our care is of paramount concern.  As soon as we learned of the staff member’s response towards the boy we terminated her immediately. We had vetted her before hiring her – as we do all of our employees and volunteers. We initiated a report on behalf of this non-verbal child to the appropriate state authorities and fully cooperated with the investigation.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Growing Problem with Online Display Advertising

first_imgThe age-old debate pitting direct response marketing against brand marketing is now occurring in the online world. Legacy publishers have been dealing with this issue in a relatively successful manner for generations. Technology aside, the discussion basics are very much the same.  Measuring direct response via clicks, etc., is pretty straightforward.  Brand marketing, however, is murkier, and online display is taking it on the chin as a result.  The IAB and OPA are doing everything within their respective powers to ward-off naysayers.  Randall Rothenberg’s “A Bigger Idea” and OPA’s new ad units proposal may be steps in the right direction, but both groups need to better address two very important questions:1.  Do Web publishers do as good a job as legacy publishers selling the halo benefits of quality content environments?2.  Have halo benefits even been considered or have Web publishers thrown the proverbial baby out with the bath water in pursuit of their new media evangelism?Since technology and analytics have driven Internet ad sales to date, one would have to conclude that new media leaders have fallen short when selling environment and seem to have paid it little mind.  Web publishers may be ahead of the game in terms of breakthrough technologies and evolutionary consumption habits, but it appears they lag far behind when it comes to articulating the non-measurable impact of their offerings to brand advertisers.Perhaps the reality is that many have nothing to offer.  With the barrier to entry online being so low, just about anyone can play. Publishers that lack capital cannot make the necessary investments that make content a true win for advertisers.  With all due respect to IAB and OPA, all the manifestos and new ad units in the world won’t change this reality. To amplify the quality content issue, various digital media blogs indicate there is a struggle within the community over which is more important—content, eyeballs or interactivity.  If you don’t have content, I guess you have a debate.  It’s ludicrous.  Content wins and it always will.  Great content will find its audience.I am a huge believer in the concepts James Surowiecki posited in “The Wisdom of Crowds.” The crowd holds many solutions and its voice must and will be heard.  As a result, I cannot predict what the media ecosystem will ultimately look like, but I do know one thing for sure—the beating online display is taking will continue until Web publishers learn to sell the brand-building benefits of great content environments, and find the investment to deliver on what they evangelize. In a recent discussion of online display advertising, Erin Hunter, EVP at comScore, said the following:“While the click can continue to be a relevant metric for direct response advertising campaigns, certain studies demonstrate that click performance is the wrong measure for the effectiveness of brand-building campaigns.  For many, the branding effect of the ads is what’s really important and generating clicks is more of an ancillary benefit.  Ultimately judging a campaign’s effectiveness by clicks can be detrimental because it overlooks the importance of branding while simultaneously drawing conclusions from a subset of people who may not be representative of the target audience.”  Since recent digital industry reports have questioned the efficacy and future of online display advertising, Ms. Hunter’s comments are interesting on a number of levels.  If, as she asserts, the subset of people who click on an ad is not representative of the target audience, then I have three questions: Who is clicking? Why are they clicking? And what value, if any, do they hold?We’d always been told that buying online advertising was the future because the medium offered advertisers better targeting and better results.  Now we are being told this may not be the case.  The comment that clicks are an “ancillary benefit” sounds an awful lot like something out of the print ad seller’s handbook (circa 1999) when clients would chastise the rep’s property for not delivering enough leads.  As Yogi Berra once said “It’s déjà vu all over again.”last_img read more

Que ProReader Shipment Delayed

first_imgCustomers who’ve ordered a Que ProReader from Plastic Logic are getting a disappointing e-mail from CEO Richard Archuleta. Shipments are being delayed until “this summer.” At CES in January, Plastic Logic originally pegged a ship date of mid-April.This, of course, is not an uncommon experience in the device world, but the e-reader and tablet market has ramped up to hyper-competitive levels. PaidContent had news of the delay on its site earlier today, the same day Apple is taking pre-orders for its iPad.The customer e-mail that was forwarded to FOLIO: was dated yesterday, which is when customers were first notified, a Plastic Logic spokesperson said. The spokesperson declined to provide any more detail beyond what was said in the the e-mail—that the delay is necessary to “fine-tune the features and enhance the overall product experience.”Specifics beyond a summer ship date were unavailable as well. Plastic Logic will contact customers again “within the next month,” said the spokesperson.While Plastic Logic is positioning its reader for the business user, the field is nevertheless getting crowded—fast. In addition to being available via its own Web site, the Que will also be sold in Barnes & Noble, alongside the mega-bookseller’s nook e-reader, which itself is a direct shot at Amazon’s Kindle (the Que is also benefitting from a Barnes & Noble content partnership). Sony has its e-Reader, the iPad is scheduled to ship in April, and Dell, HP and Microsoft are said to be releasing tablets as well.And let’s not forget Hearst’s Skiff reader will be available this year, and Next Issue Media, a consortium of five publishers is getting ready to announce its consumer-facing identity while developing its own content platform, storefront and “related technology.”Here’s Archuleta’s e-mail in full:From: Richard ArchuletaSubject: QUE proReader Shipping UpdateDate: March 11, 2010Dear [REDACTED],Thank you for being one of the first customers to order a QUE proReader from Plastic Logic. We appreciate your business.Today, I wanted to personally inform you that we are postponing the first QUE proReader shipments until this Summer in order to fine-tune the features and enhance the overall product experience.Within the next month we will send you an email with more details about your order. If you also ordered accessories for your QUE proReader, we plan to ship them at the same time as your QUE proReader.I can imagine that you want to get your QUE proReader as soon as possible. We are sorry for the delay. For your inconvenience, the shipping charges will be on us.Please note that we will not charge your credit card until your order is ready to ship.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at QUEhelp@PlasticLogic.comOnce again, thank you for being one of our first QUE proReader customers.Best regards,Richard ArchuletaCEOPlastic Logiclast_img read more

Hearst Magazines Hires Two New Senior Executives for US Magazine Division

first_imgToday, Hearst Magazines announced that two new senior executives would be joining its U.S. magazine division. Debi Chirichella, former chief operating officer at Condé Nast Digital, will join as senior vice president, chief financial officer; while Grant Whitmore, former chief operating officer at HFM US Digital Media, will join as vice president of digital. Chirichella previously served at Condé Nast Digital for seven years, while simultaneously working as COO of the Fairchild Fashion Group, beginning in 2010. She will be in charge of financial planning and reporting at Hearst Magazines, in this newly created position.Prior to his COO position at HFM US Digital Media, Whitmore served as COO at Jumpstart Automotive Group. Whitmore will now be responsible for Hearst Magazines’ primary U.S. digital operations; these operations comprise of 28 websites with an accumulation of 22 million unique visitors per month, and 14 mobile websites. Chirichella is scheduled to assume her role November 14, while Whitmore starts immediately.last_img read more

McGrawHill Sells Education Business for 25 Billion

first_imgMcGraw-Hill has agreed to sell its education business to investment company Apollo Global Management for $2.5 billion. This leaves the company with its remaining McGraw-Hill Financial operation and after the close of the deal, which is expected later this year or early 2013, it will become the company’s official name.McGraw-Hill split in September 2011 into two companies—McGraw-Hill Financial and McGraw-Hill Education—in an effort to reduce its cost structure and unlock new value. The Financial group, headed by Terry McGraw, includes the publishing assets under the Aviation and Construction groups—as well as the Standard & Poor’s and J.D. Power and Associates brands. Of the two companies, Financial is the larger, with 2011 revenues of about $4.1 billion. Of that, the Commodities & Commercial segment, which includes the J.D. Power, Construction, and Aviation Week groups, made about $900 million in 2011 revenues. McGraw-Hill Education ended 2011 with revenues of $2.3 billion. Estimated 2012 revenues for McGraw Hill Financial are $4.4 billion. “Today’s transaction marks a transformative time for our company, shareholders, customers and employees,” says McGraw in  statement. “This move builds on McGraw-Hill’s strong legacy and gives us an unprecedented opportunity to focus on accelerating the growth of our iconic brands and leading franchises such as Standard & Poor’s, S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P Capital IQ, Platts and J.D. Power and Associates. Estimated net proceeds of $1.9 billion from the sale will be used to pay off short-term debt, make tuck-in acquisitions and sustain the company’s share repurchase program.last_img read more

Face Up Online Lucky Peach

first_img “I was a chef for 10 years,” says Caysey Welton, associate editor at Folio:. “So I’m bored by a lot of food covers these days. But this one is fresh and cool.” He is spot on with his analysis. At my local Whole Foods, this cover jumped out at me, amidst a wall of food and health magazines, all of them featuring beautiful, sensual, refined photographs, very sophisticated and well-polished in their design and styling. By comparison, Lucky Peach looks like a funky homemade dish that cares less about being perfect and pristine in its presentation, but with a much greater sense of passion, delight and soul. Lucky Peach is the quarterly food and eating magazine brainchild of Momofuku restaurant owner and chef David Chang. Originally published in partnership with McSweeney’s, Lucky Peach ended the relationship late last year; this is the second issue published as a completely independent operation. The Spring 2014 cover of Lucky Peach magazine is a tasty, illustrated concoction that highlights its “All You Can Eat” issue. It’s a very unusual and very creative cover with a 3D illustration by Jordan Speer that looks straight out of an old Gumby claymation cartoon. I think this is a brilliant cover, very different and unique compared to most other food magazines. And it’s simply one of the most fun covers I’ve seen this year. Not only did this delightful cover illustration convince me to buy the magazine, but everyone who has seen my copy has grabbed it away and started reading. Lucky Peach is somewhat of a throwback to the illustrated Gourmet magazine covers of the 1940s and 50s. Those covers were artful but zany and quirky. Often illustrated by Henry Stahlhut, the illustrated Gourmet covers were the total opposite of the perfectly styled plates of food and gourmet dishes on magazine covers today. The “All You Can Eat” cover reminds me of Bloomberg Businessweek, with its pure disregard for any of the standard operating techniques of its genre. I took my daughter to the Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village of New York City over the past weekend to celebrate her 14th birthday. She’s a big fan of the Momofuku Milk Bar on the Upper West Side, where she favors strawberry milkshakes and pork buns. At the Noodle Bar she ordered Momofuku Ramen, while I gave up my meatless diet for a bowl of Spicy Miso Ramen (with chicken and pork broth). The food was hearty and delicious, and sitting in the restaurant at one of the long communal tables, I was reminded why the Lucky Peach cover is so perfect. It’s a lot like the Momofuku restaurants: funky, uncompromising, hip (but not hipster), downhome and totally delightful and tasty. Like any great cover, it engages the readers in a visual conversation and invites them inside to discover a world of wonders, while at the same time maintaining the essence of its brand. Fun is really the key to this cover, and that’s what makes it so unique. It’s rare to see a magazine cover that looks like it was actually fun to make, while also keeping it representative of the richness and quality of the material inside. For a sense of what Lucky Peach looks like, visit their Tumblr page, which is an explosion of exciting graphics and visual inspiration. This cover, art directed by Walter Green, is a big departure from Lucky Peach’s first few independent issues. Those covers were raw, punky, graphic and somewhat off-putting, with photographs of big slabs of raw meat, knives, and burly tattooed arms and hands. The typography and headlines were aggressive, and the overall feel was very masculine and almost fatally hip. Honestly, I didn’t like it and thought it was the wrong approach, although it was certainly effective in getting attention. After six or seven issues, the Lucky Peach cover direction changed dramatically. Recent covers have boasted colorful, playful illustrations, like something you’d see in a children’s book. Headlines have been minimized and, the original hand-drawn logo remains, which in the context of the lighter illustrations looks charming and homespun. The covers are now accurate reflections of the inside pages of the magazine, which are a lush, visual treat. It’s a rich, diverse, multi-textured look, with very little of the “food porn” photography that fills most epicurean magazines these days.last_img read more