What ensued was the only time I can recall seeing [Apple CEO] Tim Cook angry, and he categorically rejected the worldview behind the NCPPR’s advocacy. He said that there are many things Apple does because they are right and just, and that a return on investment (ROI) was not the primary consideration on such issues.
“When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind,” he said, “I don’t consider the bloody ROI.” He said that the same thing about environmental issues, worker safety, and other areas where Apple is a leader.
The reactions from Goshen Township residents are priceless:
Carol Pullen, a Goshen Township resident, said she was “shocked” it closed.
Pullen last visited the Miami Township Applebee’s this summer where she received good food and good service.
“It was expensive, but anywhere is anymore,” she said.
Tom Altum, a Goshen Township resident, said he usually goes to the Cracker Barrel on River’s Edge Drive instead of Applebee’s when he eats out.
He hasn’t been to Applebee’s in “several years.”
The restaurant “got too loud,” Altum said.
The discount retailer, which has long focused on large stores in suburban markets, completed a lease last week on its smallest store yet, a 20,000-square-foot location in Minneapolis, a test store for a new format called TargetExpress. [...]
John D. Griffith, executive vice president for property development at Target, said that as more people, and especially young people, opted to live in cities rather than suburbs, Target wanted to remain convenient.
“Many of them grew up with a Target experience,” Mr. Griffith said. “Now, they show up at their cool little bungalow they’re redoing, they’re five miles from downtown, and yet, Target is a little bit of an effort to get to.”
Most Northern Kentucky leaders have accepted the fact that tolls will be needed to help fund the new Brent Spence Bridge. However, if Kentucky lawmakers don’t vote to allow tolls on the bridge, the project could be shelved for another year.
It’s a few months old, but this New York Times piece on Jason Isbell is excellent. It turns out that his departure from the Drive-By Truckers wasn’t as amicable as originally presented:
[Isbell's] exit from the band was carefully stage-managed. It was said to be about creative differences among friends, and about Isbell’s desire to go solo because he was writing more songs than the band could handle. [...]
But the reality was more complicated. Hood called Isbell and suggested he take some time off and get his life together. Isbell replied that if the band was going to tour under the name Drive-By Truckers, he wasn’t going to miss even one show. Cooley then called Isbell and said, as Isbell recalls, “that isn’t going to work for us.” He was forced out.
As more states offer their own film and TV production credits, fewer big budget productions are being shot in Hollywood:
The findings echo results of a recent Times report that found a 60% drop in the number of top grossing movies that shot in California in last 15 years. They are likely to add more ammunition to industry advocates who are pressing Sacramento to beef up California’s incentive program. [...]
Unlike many other rivals, California’s film tax credit excludes movies with budgets greater than $75 million. The bulk of big budget movies flocked to Georgia, Louisiana and other states and countries, such as Britain and Canada that don’t have such restrictions.
In Cincinnati’s election of November 2013, an anti-streetcar mayor and several new anti-streetcar city council members were victorious. Construction of the streetcar was “paused” when when the new administration took office in early December. However, after looking at the costs of canceling the already under-construction streetcar, City Council voted 6-3 to resume construction, and that occurred on December 26.
The following photos show how much progress construction crews made during those two months, while supporters of the streetcar were organizing and making progress on the political side of the project.