Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Northridge Earthquake Raw Footage (01-17-1994)

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey Department of the Interior/USGS (Silent, Color)
Video Producer: Don Becker , U.S. Geological Survey

Raw silent video footage of the damage from the Northridge, CA earthquake that occurred on 1/17/94. At 4:30 on the morning of January 17, 1994, some 10 million people in the Los Angeles region of southern California were awakened by the shaking of an earthquake. The earthquake, named for its epicenter in the town of Northridge, was a magnitude 6.7 (M = 6.7) shock that proved to be the most costly earthquake in United States history. The shaking heavily damaged communities throughout the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley, and their surrounding mountains north and west of Los Angeles, causing estimated losses of 20 billion dollars. Fifty-seven people died, more than 9,000 were injured, and more than 20,000 were displaced from their homes by the effects of the quake. Although moderate in size, the earthquake had immense impact on people and structures because it was centered directly beneath a heavily populated and built-up urban region. Thousands of buildings were significantly damaged, and more than 1,600 were later "red-tagged" as unsafe to enter. Another 7,300 buildings were restricted to limited entry ("yellow-tagged"), and many thousands of other structures incurred at least minor damage. The 10-20 seconds of strong shaking collapsed buildings, brought down freeway interchanges, and ruptured gas lines that exploded into fires. Fortuitously, the early morning timing of the earthquake spared many lives that otherwise might have been lost in collapsed parking buildings and on failed freeway structures.

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Today in Labor History

January 17  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Radical labor organizer and anarchist Lucy Parsons leads hunger march in Chicago; IWW songwriter Ralph Chaplin wrote "Solidarity Forever" for the march - 1915
President John F. Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, guaranteeing federal workers the right to join unions and bargain collectively - 1962

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

From the shuttered Los Angeles Times Chatsworth production facility

McClatchy Sells 'Sacramento Bee' HQ - Media Post

Woman rescued thanks to piled-up newspapers - WSAU

Facebook rolls out fake news filter in Germany - The Verge

Being a nonprofit is better than being a “no-profit” - Nieman Lab

Madison Lake paper shuttered after 112 years - Mankato Freepress

Publishers use Instant Articles bundle for daily must-reads - Digiday

Video isn’t as popular with viewers as it is with advertisers - Poynter

As RedEye blinks, Sun-Times and Tribune move closer - Robert Feder

Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore - Medium

Morgan Stanley Acquires 1,461,200 Shares of Tribune Media - Sports Perspective

Monday, January 16, 2017

Selma Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr.

“SELMA” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Today in Labor History

January 16  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect - 1883

Thousands of Palmer Raids detainees win right to meet with lawyers and attorney representation at deportation hearings. "Palmer" was Alexander Mitchell Palmer, U.S. attorney general under Woodrow Wilson. Palmer believed Communism was "eating its way into the homes of the American workman," and Socialists were causing most of the country's social problems - 1920

Former UAW President Leonard Woodcock dies in Ann Arbor, Mich., at age 89. He had succeeded Walter Reuther and led the union from 1970 to 1977 - 2001

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Randy Kantor Rest in Peace

Former Los Angeles Times pressman Randy Kantor (60) passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. Randy had many tales, which he loved sharing with his colleagues, that would cause much laughter. No information available for services at this time.

Below are a few of the many comments regarding Randy

Rick Hansen Wow, shocked at this news. Always brought laughter to his stories. RIP Randy.

Owen Brennan Randy worked first at the downtown plant. I met him when he was fresh off the boat from New Yawk. He was my Jewish encyclopedia. Rest in Peace Rabbi.

Michael Klop Wow😢 ... l remember how Tony Samorodny called him "Randy The Wrecker" ... and I always called him "Murray" ... and he usually called me "Klopstein" 🤠

Randy was truly a zany character and l'll remember those nights we all worked together ... for the rest of my days ...💔

A Fond Farewell My Friend

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Today in Labor History

January 12  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Novelist Jack London is born. His classic definition of a scab—someone who would cross a picket line and take a striker's job: "After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a cork-screw soul, a water-logged brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles" - 1876
Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson orders police to raid an open-air mass meeting of shipyard workers in an attempt to prevent a general strike. Workers were brutally beaten. The strike began the following month, with 60,000 workers walking out in solidarity with some 25,000 metal tradesmen - 1919
President Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board to mediate labor disputes during World War II. Despite the fact that 12 million of the nation’s workers were women—to rise to 18 million by war’s end—the panel consisted entirely of men - 1942

Thursday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Who wants today’s newspapers? - The Drum

When newspapers were the social media - Press Connects

Tribune Set to Deliver Good News to Investors - Barron's

One Facebook post which shook Russia - Open Democracy

Newspapers' Only Survival Lies In Revenue - Net News Check

Debt restructuring helps Postmedia post first-quarter profit - The Star

Despite digital age, traditional newspapers still relevant - Monett Times

Stand up and fight to save our free press and the future of newspapers - Gazette

China's Xinhua to merge three newspapers into new media group - South China Morning Post

Number of Daily Newspaper Transactions in 2016 Highest Since the Great Recession - E and P

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Los Angeles Times Retirees Breakfast

On Tuesday January 31st 2017 at 9:00 A.M. the retirees from the Los Angeles Times will gather together for reminiscing about the good old days while working at the newspaper. The group is made up of mostly pressmen, but everyone is welcome to join us.

This is a buffet, that is very well presented, but you can have coffee only if you prefer.

Marie Callendars Restaurant
3117 East Garvey,
West Covina, CA. 91791


Today in Labor History

January 11
The IWW-organized “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children begins in Lawrence, Mass. It lasted 10 weeks and ended in victory. The first millworkers to walk out were Polish women, who, upon collecting their pay, exclaimed that they had been cheated and promptly abandoned their looms - 1912
(Notice in the Minneapolis Labor Review) “Minneapolis Ice Wagon Drivers’ Union will hold an exceptionally interesting meeting Sunday, at 16 South 5th St.  A Jazz Band, dancing, boxing and good speaking are among the attractions.” - 1918

Nearly two weeks into a sit-down strike at GM’s Fisher Body Plant No. 2 in Flint, Mich., workers battle police when they try to prevent the strikers from receiving food deliveries from thousands of supporters on the outside.  Sixteen strikers and spectators and 11 police were injured.  Most of the strikers were hit by buckshot fired by police riot guns; the police were injured principally by thrown nuts, bolts, door hinges and other auto parts. The incident became known as the “Battle of the Running Bulls” - 1936

National Hockey League owners end a player lockout that had gone for three months and ten days.  A key issue was owner insistence on a salary cap, which they won - 1995

Ford Motor Co. announces it will eliminate 35,000 jobs while discontinuing four models and closing five plants - 2002

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Palm Springs, California

Facebook rolls out journalism program - Poynter

Portland Newspaper Helps People Escape Poverty - Newsy

First Press laws in 300 years would cost newspapers - The Sun

D.C. publisher Local News Now closed two sites - Nieman Labs

After Verizon Deal, Yahoo to Become ‘Altaba’ - New York Times

Facebook and matters of fact in the post-truth era - Editors Weblog

Sessions 'not sure' whether he would prosecute journalists - Politico

RedEye reboots as weekly entertainment publication - Chicago Tribune

5 New Leaders Downtown Will Be Watching in 2017 - LA Downtown News

GateHouse Media Is Expanding Its Digital Sales Team - Editor and Publisher

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Why Warren Buffett Really Likes Newspapers!

Published on Dec 18, 2016

The brazilian reporter, Alberto Dines interviews Warren Buffett for the 15th Anniversary of "Observatorio da Imprensa" talking about the challenges Printed Media faces in the Digital Era.

Judge OKs $32 million settlement for Tribune employees

Hundreds Of Writers, Editors And Other Employees Will Recapture Money For Their Employee Stock Ownership Plan

By Jim Romenesko  October 26, 2011

CHICAGO - Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted preliminary approval of a $32 million settlement in the class action case of Dan Neil, et al. v. Samuel Zell, et al. The defendants in this case are GreatBanc Trust Company, Samuel Zell and EGI-TRB, LLC. Tribune Company was dropped from the case after its bankruptcy filing, but they are a party to the settlement. The Tribune Company includes the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, other major newspaper and media outlets. The final hearing on the settlement is on January 30, 2012.

Full article on Poynter

Tribune Co shareholders' legal woes over 2007 buyout near end

A New York federal judge has shot down an effort by creditors of the former Tribune Co to claw back $8 billion from shareholders who sold stock in the publisher's 2007 buyout, bringing a long-running legal battle sparked by its bankruptcy closer to an end.
The ruling stems from the tangled litigation following real estate mogul Sam Zell's leveraged buyout of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times publisher, which creditors blame for its 2008 bankruptcy.
In an attempt to recover money raised from the buyout, Tribune creditors have spent years pursuing unusual claims in court, such as trying to hold passive shareholders accountable for the failed deal.

In a ruling published on Monday, Judge Richard Sullivan dismissed such claims and absolved individual shareholders from complying with creditors' demands that they hand over the money from the sale of their stock in the buyout.

Today in Labor History

January 10  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

In what is described as the worst industrial disaster in state history, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Mass., collapses, trapping 900 workers, mostly Irish women. More than 100 die, scores more injured in the collapse and ensuing fire. Too much machinery had been crammed into the building - 1860
Wobbly organizer and singer Joe Hill allegedly kills two men during a grocery store hold-up in Utah. He ultimately is executed by firing squad (His last word was “Fire!”) for the crime despite much speculation that he was framed - 1914
Former AFL-CIO President George Meany dies at age 85. The one-time plumber led the labor federation from the time of the AFL and CIO merger in 1955 until shortly before his death - 1980
The Supreme Court lets stand implementation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) despite the lack of an Environmental Impact Statement - 2004

January 09

A Mediation Commission appointed by President Woodrow Wilson finds that "industry’s failure to deal with unions" is the prime reason for labor strife in war industries - 1918
Eighty thousand Chicago construction workers strike - 1922
Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union leads Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 families. They had been evicted from their homes so landowners wouldn't have to share government crop subsidy payments with them - 1939
Former Hawaii Territorial Gov. Ingram Steinbeck opposes statehood for Hawaii, saying left wing unions have an "economic stranglehold" on the islands. Hawaii was to be granted statehood five years later - 1954
The administration of George W. Bush declares federal airport security screeners will not be allowed to unionize so as not to "complicate" the war on terrorism. The decision was challenged and eventually overturned after Bush left office - 2003

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Editorial: The Solution to Fake News - Editor and Publisher

A Newspaper Circulation War for the Ages - Terrence Crimmins

Local Russian newspapers in crisis - The Independent Barents Observer

Curtains fall on arts critics at newspapers - Columbia Journalism Review

Good News for Newspapers: 69% Of U.S. Population Still Reading - Forbes

The Zacks Investment Research Downgrade Tronc Inc. (TRNC) to hold - Daily Quint

Newspapers' ability to hold people to account is under threat - Huddersfield Examiner

Celebrating 150 years: A Springfield newspaper's timeline - Springfield News-Leader

Students defy university tabloid newspaper ban by handing out free copies - The Telegraph

Longtime community newspaper man and activist Jonathan Sanchez dies at 64 - Los Angeles Times

Friday, January 06, 2017

Today in Labor History

January 06  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorses the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women - 1882
Eight thousand workers strike at Youngstown Sheet & Tube. The following day the strikers’ wives and other family members join in the protest. Company guards use tear gas bombs and fire into the crowd; three strikers are killed, 25 wounded - 1916

January 05

The nation’s first labor convention of Black workers was held in Washington, D.C., with 214 delegates forming the Colored National Labor Union - 1869
Ford Motor Company raises wages from $2.40 for a 9-hour day to $5 for an 8-hour day in effort to keep the unions out - 1914
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins. Ten of the 11 deaths on the job came when safety netting beneath the site—the first-ever use of such equipment—failed under the stress of a scaffold that had fallen. Nineteen other workers were saved by the net over the course of construction. They became members of the (informal) Halfway to Hell Club - 1933

January 04

Angered by increasing farm foreclosures, members of Iowa's Farmers Holiday Association threaten to lynch banking representatives and law officials who institute foreclosure proceedings for the duration of the Great Depression - 1933
What many believe to be the longest strike in modern history, by Danish barbers’ assistants, ends after 33 years - 1961
Eight thousand New York City social workers strike, demand better conditions for welfare recipients - 1965
United Paperworkers Int’l Union merges with Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers Int’l Union to form Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers Int’l Union, itself later to merge with the Steelworkers - 1999

January 03

The ship Thetis arrives in Hawaii with 175 Chinese field workers bound to serve for five years at $3 per month - 1852
Wobbly Tom Mooney tried in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing - 1917
In a familiar scene during the Great Depression, some 500 farmers, Black and White, their crops ruined by a long drought, march into downtown England, Ark., to demand food for their starving families, warning they would take it by force if necessary. Town fathers frantically contacted the Red Cross; each family went home with two weeks’ rations - 1931 
The Supreme Court rules against the closed shop, a labor-management agreement that only union members can be hired and must remain members to continue on the job - 1949
AFL-CIO American Institute for Free Labor Development employees Mike Hammer and Mark Pearlman are assassinated in El Salvador along with a Peasant Workers’ Union leader with whom they were working on a land reform program - 1981

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Downtown Los Angeles

Photographer dies in Port of LA copter crash - LAObserved

Man buys 1,000 newspapers to hide DUI arrest - Chicago Tribune

Tribune Media Authorizes $500 Million Special Dividend - The Wrap

Why Journalists Should Worry About ‘Satellite Reporting - Media Shift

The New York Times gets into augmented reality with a new app - DigiDay

There's a revolution on Britain's streets that newspapers never mention - Spectator

Are newspapers dead? Startups in Girdwood and Eagle River don't think so. - ADN

Medium lays off dozens as it tries to find a publishing business model - Nieman Lab

Why did the Los Angeles Times take so long to run an investigation? - The Guardian

North Carolina Newspaper Refuses to Let Hurricane Matthew Stand in the Way - E and P