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Radio Shack May Need To File Chapter 11

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, September 12, 2014
RadioShack warned Thursday that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization if it can’t rework its debt or   find another  way to ease its cash crunch.

The struggling retailer said in a regulatory filing that it is in talks with its lenders, bondholders, shareholders and landlords to fix its balance sheet, but if it can’t, it will try to file a prepackaged bankruptcy.

RadioShack, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, has been working on turning around its business for the past 18 months. The company’s efforts have included cutting costs, renovating and closing stores, and shuffling management. It reported another quarterly loss on Thursday.

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.  Joan Rivers was 81

 

“Kelly Tough” For The Second Time

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, September 5, 2014

Great news from One Bills Drive – Jim Kelly has beat cancer for the second time.

Last week, Kelly underwent a series of biopsies in New York City.  Yesterday, he learned that his biopsies showed no signs of cancer. Kelly said it’s some of the greatest news he’s ever gotten.  He said he’s still not 100% but he has a lot to be thankful for.  I am so thankful for the support and prayers of my family, my friends near and far and everyone in Western New York and throughout the country through my illness. I also want to thank the medical specialists who have done such amazing work.  Most of all, I want to thank God. Without my faith and God’s constant presence, there would be no such thing as “Kelly Tough’.”

President Obama on NY PA Bus Tour

Billy T —  Friday, August 23, 2013
President Obama stopped for lunch yesterday at Magnolia’s Deli and Cafe on Park Avenue. Secret service vehicles everywhere, and ropes kept onlookers back as the President greeted people and posed for pictures with people in the cafe.
Earlier the president spoke at the University at Buffalo pitching a rating system for colleges.
The president is doing a bus tour in New York and Pennsylvania the head of the republican party called it a lame duck bus tour.
Boston Marathon Bombing

Boston Marathon Bombing

A backpack with emptied fireworks is at the center of new arrests in the Boston marathon bombing.

Two suspects were charged yesterday with obstruction of justice and another is charged with lying to investigators.  One suspect is accused of finding the backpack in the dorm room of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

According to an affidavit, that suspect says that once he saw the backpack, he immediately realized that Tsarnaev was involved in the bombing.  The suspect also allegedly said that he and the two other suspects decided to put the backpack in the trash to protect Tsarnaev.

St.Lawrence & Atlantic

Local railroad Genesee & Wyoming Inc. saw its net income nearly quadruple in the first quarter.

The railroad operator reported a net income of $82.7 million compared with $22.2 million during the same period last year.

The company attributed the large increase in part to an income tax break.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean American from Washington state, has been sentenced by North Korea to 15 years of hard labor  for crimes against the state.

Bae was arrested in early November  North Korea’s far northeastern region bordering China and Russia The exact nature of Bae’s alleged crimes was never revealed. Friends say he was volunteering for a humanitarian organization based in the Chinese border city of Dalian and traveled frequently to North Korea to feed orphans.

Analysts say North Korea could use Bae as a bargaining chip as it seeks dialogue with Washington.

The U.S. State Department had no immediate comment.

Carnival Cruise passengers sue

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, May 2, 2013
Carnival Cruise ship "Triumph"

Carnival Cruise ship “Triumph”

More than 3,000 passengers who were stranded on Carnival’s Triumph cruise ship for days are now suing the company.

But Carnival is asking the court to throw out the lawsuit. The cruise line claims tickets clearly state passengers cannot bring class actions against the company, but lawyers for passengers say Carnival was negligent in allowing the ship to sail with its history of mechanical problems.

The ship is now in Mobile, Alabama undergoing repairs.

Just days before a federal court imposed deadline, the Food and Drug Administration has  announced The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter.

Tuesday, the FDA lowered to 15 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription – and said it no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.

Instead, the pill can sit on drugstore shelves but that buyers would have to prove their age at the cash register.

Earlier this month, a federal judge had ruled there should be no age restrictions and gave the FDA 30 days to act. The FDA said its latest decision was independent of the court case.

Katherin Russell, the widow of 26 year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects will ask the Massachusetts medical examiner to release her husband’s body to his family.

Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with authorities. The  medical examiner has determined the cause of Tsarnaev’s death but it will remain private until his remains are released and a death certificate is filed.