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Archives: October 2010

Yes, Chiquita CEO Has Lots of Bananas

LA-based AOL Jobs editor Lisa Johnson Mandell continues her look today at the high-profile Season Two contestants on CBS Sunday night smash hit Undercover Boss.

Her latest interview is the byproduct of a true rags-to-riches immigrant tale. Chiquita Brands International CEO Fernando Aguirre (pictured) has gone from selling Datsuns in Mexico, to a baseball scholarship at Southern Illinois University, to his present part ownership of the Cincinnati Reds MLB franchise.

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Better Homes And Gardens Launches A New iPad App For Holiday Party Planning

Here’s a lil’ virtual stocking stuffer y’all might enjoy: Better Homes and Gardens is launching its first iPad app today, “Celebrate The Holidays with Better Homes and Gardens,” available on iTunes for $3.99. The app provides users with recipes, menu ideas, decorating tips, playlists, 19 party ideas and more for celebrating this holiday season. Suggestions and party planning tips are centered around the themes “Autumn,” “Thanksgiving,” and “Christmas” and provide input on everything from casual tailgate parties to formal holiday dinners.

The app includes over 500 images of its suggested events, over 100 recipes, how-tos, games and activities for children, links to iTunes music playlists customized for each party idea, and the ability to share ideas and images via email, Facebook, and Twitter

‘Questionable Shipments’ Found On UPS Planes In Newark, Philadelphia

UPDATE: While no explosives have been identified, officials have now revealed that all the packages being investigated this morning in Newark and Philadelphia originated from “a specific address in Yemen” that is also connected to the device found in the U.K. yesterday. An investigation is underway to determine whether these packages were all part of a dry run for a mail bomb plot.

Authorities are looking into suspicious packages on three UPS planes — one at Newark airport in New Jersey, and two others at the Philadelphia International Airport. A spokesperson for the NYPD has also confirmed that the bomb squad is on the scene to investigate a “suspected explosive device” on UPS truck in Long Island City, Queens.

All planes involved landed safely, and the packages in question have been removed from the aircraft for inspection.

Today’s events follow news of another suspicious package found at a UK airport last night. According to CNN:

The suspicious package, which contained a “manipulated” toner cartridge, tested negative for explosive material, the source said, but it led to heightened inspection of arriving cargo flights in Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a UPS truck in New York.

Police also were investigating a suspicious package at the distribution center of an airport in East Midlands, in the United Kingdom, an airport spokesman said. Authorities said they could not immediately connect that investigation to the ones unfolding in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

We’ll provide more news on this story as it unfolds.

Former LA Times Editor Michalene Busico Named Deputy Editor of Robb Report

Former Los Angeles Times deputy features editor Michalene Busico has been named the new deputy editor of the self-described “journal of connoisseurship”  Robb Report. The position is newly created. Prior to her arrival at Robb Report, Busico was the executive editor of Entrepreneur magazine.

Press release after the jump:

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Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Joins Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has lent their voices to Dan Savage‘s online “It Gets Better” campaign to end bullying against LGBT youth–with a rendition of Cyndi Lauper‘s “True Colors.” The production team for the video packs some serious names, including Brian Graden, former President of Programming at MTV, VH1, CMT and the LGBT channel Logo; Emmy Award-winning producer/director Tim Atzinger; and John Lavin of Bloodrush Films.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Fort Worth City Councilman’s ‘It Gets Better’
  • Obama Makes an ‘It Gets Better’ Message–Dan Savage Tells Him to ‘Make It Better’
  • Texas Lawyer Files Continuance So He Can Watch the World Series

    Dallas Lawyer Darrell Cook had to explain in writing why he had to file a continuance for a routine hearing in a lawsuit. He has to go to the World Series to see the Rangers play.

    We think there is some parable here about America, baseball and lawyers. About the best and worst things about America, baseball and lawyers. Feel free to write it yourself. We’re not going to do our job either…USA USA!

    ABA Journal reports:

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    AMC’s The Walking Dead to Premiere This Halloween

    AMC’s upcoming zombie show The Walking Dead is set to make its television premiere this Sunday night on Halloween. The show has gotten a huge amount of attention from its global marketing campaign–unleashing costumed zombies in front of major landmarks in 26 cities. Here’s video of the LA event if you’re interested. Looks kind of half-assed, actually, but it got attention.

    As the LA Times notes today–unlike vampires–it’s tough to turn an undead, rotting, flesh-eating creature pop-sexy. So we’re looking forward to a new weekly dose of zombie hijinks.

    Captain Kangaroo Star and CBS Stage Manager James Wall Dies at 92

    James Wall, who played Captain Kangaroo’s friendly neighbor “Mr. Baxter” on the 60′s TV show, died in his sleep Wednesday night. Aside from his television celebrity, Wall worked behind the scenes as a stage manager at CBS for more than 50 years, overseeing some of the network’s most important broadcasts. CBS News writes more about his accomplishments.

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    INN Doubled Its Membership This Year

    The Nonprofit Investigative Journalism Network, INN is adding news organizations.

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    51 Nonprofit News Organizations Now Form Powerful Network

    Washington, DC, October 29, 2010 – With the addition of four news organizations this week, the Investigative News Network (INN) is now an alliance of 51 nonprofit news organizations located across the U.S. and Canada, CEO Kevin Davis said today.

    Speaking at the Online News Association annual conference, Davis said INN has effectively doubled its membership since it was formed last year during a meeting in Pocantico, N.Y.

    Initially funded by four foundations and a major philanthropist, INN pool resources among its members, widens distribution of their work, works on sustainable business models, and fosters the highest quality investigative journalism.

    “The INN train has left the station,” said Davis, who joined INN in June. “We are moving into the next phase of development, focused on innovation in production and publishing of content, and generating a sustainable revenue stream for our members.”

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