For those who absolutely must cook their birds in hot oil, there are plenty of safety videos showing how to do it. Among the most entertaining is Shatner's rap.
If Scotland were to pull away from the United Kingdom, what would its society look like? What would its economy look like? The Scottish National Party today issued a kind of mission statement to start answering those questions. In 10 months, voters in Scotland will be asked, yes or no: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
Some of the big challenges they would undoubtedly face would be economic, and one of the big issues they'd have to decide is which currency to use. The Scottish National Party is proposing a currency union with the rest of the United Kingdom. And -- as we know from the euro zone -- running a currency union with more than one government involved can sometimes be pretty challenging.
For more on the Scottish economy and the challenges an independent Scotland would face, click the audio player above.
Katie Couric announced that she is taking a job as an internet anchor of a news show at Yahoo. Couric is still hosting her ABC daytime talk show "Katie" -- for now anyway. ABC hasn’t decided if it will renew the show. That may have been a factor in her decision, but what else did Couric, a television network anchor, consider when deciding to take a job hosting an internet show?
Susan Wise Miller, a career counselor in Los Angeles, says that if Katie Couric had asked for advice on whether to take the job at Yahoo, one of the first things she would have done is, “ask her what all the pluses of the new job are.”
One of the pluses, says DePauw media studies professor Mark Tatge, “Yahoo is writing some big checks.”
Another plus of going to Yahoo is the excitement of shaping the future of new media. “Yahoo is going to make some really bold changes or it’s not going to be around,” says Tatge.
Of course. that’s where the other part of the decision-making process, the minuses, or the down side of not taking the new job, come in. “I think Ms. Couric has to also be thinking what the future of broadcast news is and where broadcasting is going,” Tatge says.
Couric clearly believes it’s going in the direction of digital but it was not exactly an all or nothing decision for her. Yahoo and ABC have a content-sharing agreement so at least for now, she will be both the host of an internet news show and appear on network television.
There are few more dreaded phrases than this: "Can I borrow your car?"
But just as people increasingly rent out their houses to strangers on Airbnb, a new company is betting that we'll be willing to hand over our car keys when we go out of town.
The co-founders of FlightCar look like college freshman, and that’s because they would be if they hadn’t decided to start this company, putting their Ivy League educations on an indefinite hiatus. Nineteen-year-old Kevin Petrovic was accepted at Princeton University and 18-year-old Rujul Zaparde was on his way to Harvard University. Instead, they decided, along with co-founder Shri Ganeshram -- who was accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- to try to change the way we rent cars and take on the $11 billion airport car rental industry. That’s even though they’re too young to rent a car themselves.
“At any moment, there’s something like 360,000 cars in long-term parking lots in the top thirty U.S. airports,” said Zaparde. “That’s very inefficient.”
FlightCar will let you park for free and pay you if someone rents your car -- up to $20 a day. It picks you up and drop you off in a black sedan and washes your car. And, perhaps most importantly, it offers all of the peace of mind that a $1 million policy can buy.
“Everything is insured up to a million dollars,” said Zaparde. “We’ll cover liabilities, any collision, theft, and damage. Even if there’s a small scratch on the car it’s fully covered.”
The first location opened in San Francisco in February, followed by Boston in May, and L.A. last week.
So, who is actually brave enough to loan their car to a complete stranger? We all know how people treat rental cars, right? It tends to be those in their late 20’s or early 30’s. But not everyone is so youthful.
Walt French is a 65-year-old San Francisco portfolio manager who’s rented his Acura more than 10 times.
“To me, the great value of this is that before I learned about FlightCar, I was paying to park at the airport $15-$18 a day,” said French. Now, he collects money when he gets home, as he did recently following a weeklong trip to Shanghai.
“I got a check a couple hours ago for $111,” said French.
French is hooked. So is Joe Rosenberg, who now rents his BMW twice a month when he has to travel for work. His car has always been returned spic and span.
“I mean there’s obviously little things, like the mirror or the seat is in a different spot,” said Rosenberg. “But that’s no different than if you valet parked your car somewhere or went to carwash.”
Other customers haven’t been so positive, sharing horror stories on the the online review site Yelp about finding decomposing fried chicken wings stuffed in the side door pocket. Or worse, not getting fully reimbursed when their car was in an accident.
So far, investors haven't been scared away, even though the company is a long way from profitability. The teenage founders have raised around $6 million in funding. Among their investors are celebrities Ryan Seacrest and Ashton Kutcher.
Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was attacked and seriously wounded by his adult son, who then committed suicide. Deeds says the state's mental health system failed. He says his life's work now "is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living."
South Carolina is sweetening the pot in an effort to grab more of Boeing’s manufacturing operations. The state this week will sell $85 million in bonds, part of which will pay for land used by the aerospace giant. State officials also hope to send the message that South Carolina is ready to build the company’s new 777X.
But so are Texas, Alabama, California, Kansas, and Utah. In all, 15 sites are courting Boeing’s newest offering. For most, that means tailoring a package touting a brand new facility and workforce to build the brand new plane.
Not smart, says aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia, adding, “If there’s one absolute no-no on this project, it’s [to build] a completely ‘Green Field’ facility.”
Boeing learned that lesson after choosing South Carolina to build the troubled 787. Most early kinks are now worked out, and compared to Washington state, where Boeing has traditionally been based, South Carolina offers looser regulation, workers generally earn lower wages, and the facility is non-union.
But Seattle’s highly-skilled workforce and the state of Washington’s generous incentives give it an edge, says Seattle-based aviation consultant Scott Hamilton. “It’s the best business choice,” he says, but adds he doesn’t know how much weight such logic will carry with Boeing CEO Jim McNerney.
After the International Association of Machinists union recently voted down Boeing’s contract offer, which would have guaranteed 777X production stay in Seattle, McNerney wasted no time in entertaining other states’ offers. Consultant Scott Hamilton says if Seattle loses the 777X, it will likely accelerate the decline of Boeing’s presence there.
States Battle for Boeing Biz FINAL
For MMR: 11/26/13
South Carolina is sweetening the pot [today] in an effort to grab more of Boeing’s manufacturing operations.
The state will sell $85-million in bonds… part of which will pay for land used by the aerospace giant.
As Jim Burress tells us, the state hopes to lure Boeing’s next big model—the 7-77-“X” away from Seattle.
Burress 1: So do Texas. Alabama. California. Kansas. .… 15 sites are courting Boeing.
Many are pitching a brand new factory and workforce to build the brand new plane.
Not smart, says aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia. (Ah-boo-laff-ee-uh)
ACT 1 :“If there’s one absolute no-no on this project, it’s a completely “Green Field” facility.”
Burress 2: Boeing learned that lesson after choosing South Carolina to build the troubled 7-87.
Those kinks are mostly worked out,. And compared to Washington, South Carolina offers looser regulation, lower wages, and no union.
But aviation consultant Scott Hamilton says Seattle’s highly-skilled workforce and the state’s generous incentives give it an edge.
ACT 2: “It’s the best business choice. I don’t know how likely it is given the antipathy Jim McNerney has for the union.”
Burress 3: The Boeing CEO wasted no time reaching out to other states after the machinist union recently voted down Boeing’s contract offer. Which would’ve guaranteed the 7-77x stay in Washington.
I’m Jim Burress for Marketplace