Amazon internet program Project Kuiper will launch first satellites with Boeing joint venture
Amazon's secretive $10 billion satellite internet program, Project Kuiper, will send its first satellites into space on nine rockets owned by United Launch Alliance, a joint Boeing-Lockheed Martin venture, Amazon announced Monday. Questions remain as to when the rockets bearing Kuiper satellites will get off the ground. Redmond-headquartered Project Kuiper has yet to launch a test satellite, and Amazon declined to say when the ULA launch could occur. It's also unclear when Kuiper's internet network could be operational. The ULA launches are likely to lift fewer than 500 Kuiper satellites into ...
The Seattle Times
Coca-Cola sees 'promising signs' for COVID-19 pandemic recovery
Increased vaccinations are helping Coca-Cola Company recapture some of its global drink business, with the company reporting Monday that volume of drinks sold reached pre-pandemic levels in March. CEO James Quincey told analysts that he sees "promising signs that a broader recovery is on the horizon." The Atlanta-based company reported better financial results than some analysts had expected. That was welcome news following 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic left Coke with its steepest annual decline in the volume of drinks sold since the 1940s. Quincey also on Monday predicted a relatively quic...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tribune Publishing ends discussions with Maryland hotel executive, moving forward with hedge fund Alden’s bid for newspaper chain
Tribune Publishing is moving forward with plans to be acquired by Alden Global Capital and has ended discussions with a Maryland hotel executive interested in purchasing the Chicago-based newspaper chain. In a Monday morning news release, Tribune Publishing said it was notified Saturday that Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss had pulled out of a fully financed nonbinding offer of $680 million for the company made with Choice Hotels Chairman Stewart Bainum. Because that offer no longer can be reasonably expected to lead to a “superior proposal” to the $633 million offered by Alden, Tribune Publish...
Daniel Neman: The high(er) cost of eating
They call them the Three Bs, and they are getting more expensive. According to a recent story in Marker, an online publication covering business and culture, the Three Bs are bourbon, brisket and barbecue, and the reason they are rising so precipitately in price is that they are frequently featured on the Food Network. Supply, meet demand. Cause, meet effect. The article that this particular theory appears in is actually about how corned beef became associated with Ireland only after Irish immigrants came to America and began mixing with neighborhood Jews, who were already making inroads into ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A beer for baseball? Or tacos? Off Color Brewing’s beer pairing series a hit with fans old and new
CHICAGO — Off Color Brewing released a beer last year meant to pair well with tacos. It was bright, salty, fruity and tart — like a margarita — and in a nod to the basic nature of the inspiration, Off Color gave the beer a basic name: Beer for Tacos. It was a hit. Beer for Tacos became Off Color’s second-biggest selling brand in just three months. That quick success made the brewery wonder what more could be wrung from the so-obvious-it’s-hard-to-believe-it-hadn’t-already-been-done equation of tailoring — and just as important, branding — beers for specific events and occasions. A flurry of Of...
Nevada casinos returning to full capacity on June 1
Las Vegas, Reno and the rest of Nevada’s hotel casinos can begin to operate at full capacity beginning June 1, Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced. The announcement, reported in the Las Vegas Sun, was long in the making for businesses, especially in Las Vegas. Sin City is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world and has dramatically suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic. At one point last year, the entire state was shut down for three months until mid-June. But even then capacity limits were in place and hotel casinos were begging to return to full capacity. Steve Hill, president a...
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opening 2 live shows next month
TAMPA, Fla. — Busch Gardens Tampa Bay theme park will reintroduce live, indoor shows to its entertainment lineup in late May, including an ice-skating production, the company announced Thursday. Ice show “Turn It Up” and a new acrobatic show called “Cirque Electric” will open at the park May 28, the Friday before Memorial Day. The shows’ theaters will operate under several pandemic-ready modifications. They will have limited capacity, and audience members will be spread out. Entering and exiting procedures for visitors will be staggered. Face coverings will be worn by all visitors and performe...
Need to rent a car in Florida? US shortage of vehicles means you could pay up to $500 a day
ORLANDO, Fla. — Ra Brave arrived last week with his wife and son at the Orlando International Airport for a five-day stay. But after a year with most Americans avoiding long-distance travel, the real estate agent from Baltimore discovered a new challenge: getting around in the city. “There are no cars available at all,” Brave said after being turned away at rental car desk after rental car desk at the airport. Agents at desks for Enterprise and National confirmed that every available vehicle they had that day was already reserved. Battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, rental car companies are fac...
Rivian plant gearing up for June launch
Nestled among the cornfields of Normal, Illinois, a long-fallow stretch of land is preparing for a bumper crop this summer. Rivian, the startup electric vehicle maker whose inaugural truck, SUV and Amazon delivery van have captured the auto world’s attention — and billions of dollars in investor seed money — is launching production in June from a converted Mitsubishi factory, and gearing up fast. Powering through a pandemic, the first production vehicle — a $75,000 launch version of Rivian’s electric truck — will roll off the line more than a half-year behind schedule. It will be the first veh...
Dennis Young: Sandy Alderson, Mets skewered in new report on workplace sexual harassment
NEW YORK — Sandy Alderson rehired communications executive David Newman last year despite two women warning the Mets president about Newman’s past bad behavior. One woman told Alderson that Newman was a “creep,” according to a new report in The Athletic about the sexual harassment that was clearly endemic in the Mets’ workplace. The women went to Alderson detailing his behavior in an attempt to stop the hire. That behavior includes constantly discussing women’s appearances and bullying a woman over her pregnancy, according to The Athletic. Alderson’s response was to bring back Newman, then com...
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