Friday, January 31, 2014

Breaking: LA Stage Times suspends publication* - LA Observed

Breaking: LA Stage Times suspends publication* - LA Observed

Craig Steere Rest in Peace

I'm saddened to report that former Los Angeles Times pressman Craig Steere has passed away, I believe he was 58?

Craig left the newspaper after another one of the never ending downsizing of workers, he was really fun to work with, especially when he did his rendition of Curly Howard for his colleagues.

I will supply additional information as it becomes available.

Help workers clean up the “hotbed of corruption” in Orange County

Reports: Rams owner buys acreage next to Hollywood Park - LA Observed

Reports: Rams owner buys acreage next to Hollywood Park - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

Some 12,000 pecan shellers in San Antonio, Texas—mostly Latino women—walk off their jobs at 400 factories in what was to become a three-month strike against wage cuts.  Strike leader Emma Tenayuca was eventually hounded out of the state - 1938
2014.01.27history-ida-fullerIda M. Fuller is the first retiree to receive an old-age monthly benefit check under the new Social Security law.  She paid in $24.75 between 1937 and 1939 on an income of $2,484; her first check was for $22.54 - 1940
After scoring successes with representation elections conducted under the protective oversight of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the United Farm Workers of America officially ends its historic table grape, lettuce and wine boycotts - 1978
Union and student pressure forces Harvard University to adopt new labor policies raising wages for lowest-paid workers - 2002
Five months after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans school board fires every teacher in the district in what the United Teachers of New Orleans sees as an effort to break the union and privatize the school system - 2005

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In Memory of Arthur Sanchez Jr.

Additional information is now online at Guerra and Gutierrez

Click on the link below

Services for Art Sanchez Jr. February 14th, 2014

Art Sanchez Jr. and I enjoying a few cold beers in Monrovia

Visitation for Art Sanchez Jr. will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on February 14th, 2014 with Rosary to follow at 7:00 PM at Guerra Gutierrez Mortuaries

Guerra Gutierrez Mortuaries.
5800 E. Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90022

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger, 'living archive of America’s music and conscience' was 94 - LA Observed

Pete Seeger, 'living archive of America’s music and conscience' was 94 - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

American Miners’ Association formed - 1861
First U.S. unemployment compensation law enacted, in Wisconsin - 1932

2014.01.27history-uprising-bookcover(Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street: Wisconsin continues to be notable!  Ripped from the headlines, Uprising provides a bracing snapshot of the union-led protest movement that captivated the nation and paved the path for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Author John Nichols recounts the gripping story of the more than 100,000 public employees, teachers, students, and their allies who descended on the capital in Madison, Wisconsin in 2011 after Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced his plan to eliminate the right of public sector employees to unionize.)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Today in Labor History

Sojourner Truth addresses first Black Women’s Rights convention - 1851
The Sheet Metal Workers Int'l Association (SMWIA) is founded in Toledo, Ohio, as the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ Int’l Association - 1888
Two hundred miners are killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pa., Allegheny County. Many of the dead lie entombed in the sealed mine to this day - 1904

The Supreme Court upholds “Yellow Dog” employment contracts, which forbid membership in labor unions. Yellow Dog contracts remained legal until 1932 - 1915
Some 16,000 textile workers strike in Passaic, N.J. - 1926

The federal minimum wage rate rises to 75 cents an hour - 1950

Pension Cutters Bet Against Prosperity

Saturday Night in the Blogosphere

What many newspapers will look like in the near future

Decline of newspapers - Wikipedia

Jim Hayes is 88 and he is leaving us - Will this be on the test?

Newspapers and Television: Not Worlds Apart - The Daily Star

‘Catch the typos contest’ Isn’t about saving money - Romenesko

Five Growth Strategies For Local Newspapers - Net News Check

Free Lance-Star owner declares bankruptcy - Richmond Times-Dispatch

Canadian newspapers give status update on digital revenues - Digital Journal

Jury finds Courtney Love did not defame in first American Twibel trial - Poynter

Big news brands embrace sponsored content but distrust lingers - Editors Weblog

New circulation manager has high hopes for newspapers - Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Staples Commercial Filmed at the Los Angeles Times Press Room

Here's the Staples commercial filmed at the Los Angeles Times Olympic Production Facility, featuring the press room and mail room.

Look for the LA Register (staff of 75) around March - LA Observed

Look for the LA Register (staff of 75) around March - LA Observed

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star files for bankruptcy

Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star files for bankruptcy

Today in Labor History

Some 10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, N.Y., for the 8-hour day, a 10-percent wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18-year-old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union - 1913

In Allegany County, MD, workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal era public works program employing unmarried men aged 18-25, are snowbound at Fifteen Mile Creek Camp S-53 when they receive a distress call about a woman in labor who needs to get to a hospital.  20 courageous CCC volunteers dig through miles of snow drifts until the woman is successfully able to be transported - 1936

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kelly Thomas Protest at Hollywood and Vine - February 8th, at 4PM

Reports: 83% of web surfers have Facebook; 80% of them will soon abandon it

Reports: 83% of web surfers have Facebook; 80% of them will soon abandon it

WTF! 84-Year-Old Beat By NYPD Police For Jaywalking (VIDEO) | Global Grind

WTF! 84-Year-Old Beat By NYPD Police For Jaywalking (VIDEO) | Global Grind

Wednesday Night in the Blogosphere

Publisher Struggles in Chase for Growth - New York Times

Gannett divorcing print from TV after buying Belo - Telegram

Purdue police detain student journalist, seize his camera - Poynter

Los Angeles Times loses Ken Bensinger to BuzzFeed - LAObserved

For Publishers, User-Generated Content is The New Opportunity - Folio

Changing Places, Print Journalists Jumping to Websites - Editor and Publisher

Former Union-Tribune Newscarriers Awarded $6.1M In Attorney Fees - KPBS

Reuters plans to hire in 2014 after dismissing 5% of staff late last year - Romenesko

Departure from Tribune says much about approach on First Take - Sherman Report

Tribune Co (TRBAA) Emerges Stronger and Still Undervalued from Bankruptcy - Twst

Would You Like Fries With Your iPad?

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Today in Labor History

Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 1826
Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849
2014.01.20history-nyc-eviction-battleThe United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union - 1890
Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932
It was the morning of January 22, 1932, in a quiet, middle-class neighborhood of the Bronx. A crowd was gathering in front of 2302 Olinville Avenue, near the Bronx Park.

City Marshals and Police had moved in to evict 17 tenants who were on a "rent strike". A crowd of 4,000 had gathered nearby.

When the marshals moved into the building and the first stick of furniture appeared on the street, the crowd charged the police and began pummeling them with fists, stones, and sticks, while the "non-combatants urged the belligerents to greater fury with anathemas for capitalism, the police and landlords." The outnumbered police barely held their lines until reinforcements arrived. 

Every single reserve police officer in the Bronx had to be called in to prevent being routed by the rioters.

The situation at Olinville Avenue was only calmed down when a compromise was reached.
the strikers agreed to a compromise offer that called for two- to three-dollar reductions for each apartment and the return of evicted families to their apartments. "When news of the settlement reached the crowd," the Bronx Home News reported, "they promptly began chanting the Internationale and waving copies of the Daily Worker as though they were banners of triumph." 

In other words, the rent strikers won a complete, if temporary victory.
At nearby 665 Allerton Avenue the same scenario was repeated when the police attempted to evict three tenants.

"The women were the most militant," noted the New York Times they constituted the majority of the crowds, the arrestees, and those engaged in physical conflict with the police. This time, the evictions did occur, but only with the help of over fifty foot and mounted police and a large and expensive crew of marshals and moving men. 

After the Battle of the Bronx, as it was later called, the landlords at Bronx Park East asked a blue ribbon committee of Bronx Jewish leaders to arbitrate the dispute. But the strike leaders rejected arbitration. "When times were good," strike leader Max Kaimowitz declared "the landlords didn't offer to share their profits with us. The landlords made enough money off us when we had it. Now that we haven't got it, the landlords must be satisfied with less."

The Battle of the Bronx

The Coops were "a little corner of socialism right in New York," one activist recalled, "it had its own educational events, clubs for men and women, lectures, motion pictures." But the rest of the neighborhood's population, while not so militantly radical, came from comparable backgrounds to the Coops people. The majority were Eastern European Jews, skilled workers and small businessmen who had accumulated enough income to move out of the East Side and the South Bronx, but were hardly secure in their middle-class status. More important, many of them grew up in environments in which socialism and trade unionism provided models of heroism and moral conduct, and more than a few had extensive activist backgrounds, whether in bitter garment strikes in New York City or clandestine revolutionary struggle in Europe. Although relatively "privileged" compared to many New York workers ("Certain comrades . . . wanted to ridicule the movement," one rent strike organizer wrote apologetically, "not realizing that these 'better paid workers' are members of the American Federation of Labor, many of them working in basic industries"), they suffered serious losses of income and employment and were not about to sink quietly into poverty and despair in response to the "invisible hand" of the market. When Unemployed Council activists began to organize them into tenant committees, they responded in a manner that perplexed and enraged landlords and city officials.
In early January of 1932, the Upper Bronx Unemployed Council unveiled rent strikes at three large apartment buildings in Bronx Park East -- 1890 Unionport Road, 2302 Olinville Avenue, and 665 Allerton Avenue. In each of these buildings, the majority of the tenants agreed to withhold their rent and began picketing their buildings to demand 15 percent reductions in rent, an end to evictions, repairs in apartments, and recognition of the tenants committee as an official bargaining agent. In all three instances, landlords, moving quickly to dispossess leaders of the strike, argued that the demands were extortionate; judges readily granted them notices of eviction.

Register owner takes control of the Easy Reader - LA Observed

Register owner takes control of the Easy Reader - LA Observed

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

There's trouble in the air for Tribune - Crain's

Cox ruling reaffirms First Amendment rights for bloggers - Poynter

Israeli newspapers join global industry’s downward trend - Haaretz

Sources: About 20 jobs cut from Tribune Media Services - Poststar

Most Viewed New York Times' Stories of 2013 - Newspaper Alum

Oregonian is going from broadsheet to compact format - Romenesko

Has the Internet ushered in a new "golden age" of journalism? - Salon

Mariel Garza to leave as LA News Group opinion editor - LAObserved

You can’t tell an editorial writer by his (or her) cover - San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Tribune Co.'s Local TV acquisition deal biggest of busy 2013 - Chicago Business Journal

Newscow - Local newspapers dropping Monday editions

Newscow - Local newspapers dropping Monday editions

Newspaper carrier takes unexpected ride in man’s windshield

Newspaper carrier takes unexpected ride in man’s windshield

A Real Bud Bowl this Year

You change a few laws and suddenly this means something so different this year, doesn't it?

Today in Labor History

Some 750,000 steel workers walk out in 30 states, largest strike in U.S. history to that time - 1946
Postal workers begin four-day strike at the Jersey City, N.J., bulk and foreign mail center, protesting an involuntary shift change. The wildcat was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”- 1974
Six hundred police attack picketing longshoremen in Charleston, S.C. - 2000

2014.01.20history-chi-crib-disasterJanuary 20
Chicago Crib Disaster—A fire breaks out during construction of a water tunnel for the city of Chicago, burning the wooden dormitory housing the tunnel workers.  While 46 survive the fire by jumping into the frigid lake and climbing onto ice floes, approximately 60 men die, 29 burned beyond recognition and the others drowned - 1909

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) founded - 1920

The Nazis adopt the “Act on the Regulation of National Labor,” replacing independently negotiated collective agreements.  The act read, in part, “The leader of the plant makes the decisions for the employees and laborers in all matters concerning the enterprise... He is responsible for the well-being of the employees and laborers.  [They] owe him faithfulness.” - 1934
Hardworking Mickey Mantle signs a new contract with the New York Yankees making him the highest paid player in baseball: $75,000 for the entire 1961 season - 1961
Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," a eulogy for dying industrial cities, is the country’s most listened-to song. The lyrics, in part: "Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores / Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more / They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks / Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown..." - 1986

Kushner's Register play: 'Many people think we are a little crazy' - LA Observed

Kushner's Register play: 'Many people think we are a little crazy' - LA Observed

Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Sanchez Rest in Peace

We received sad news this afternoon that long time Los Angeles Times pressman Art Sanchez Jr. passed away due to injuries suffered last week. Art was a really fun colleague, that made work fun with his joking nature, and calm demeanor. He was but fifty-six years old and survived by his father Art Sanchez Sr. a brother and sister. He will be sorely missed at the newspaper.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gannett Blog: Mail | Their drug costs soared to $6,142 vs. $960

Gannett Blog: Mail | Their drug costs soared to $6,142 vs. $960: Anonymous@12:36 a.m. writes : Jim: I'd love to see you create a separate thread on healthcare costs pre- and post- "Employee ...

Sacramento Bee Op-ed: Stemming Income Inequality Hinges on Investing in California’s Middle Class

Sacramento Bee Op-ed: Stemming Income Inequality Hinges on Investing in California’s Middle Class

Glendora Fire still burning

Just before 6:00 AM Thursday morning a fire was started after a camp fire, which is completely illegal due to drought conditions in Southern California, somehow ignited a fire in the foothills above Glendora, which is located north east of Los Angeles. The clear skies of the basin was darkened with the smoke from the fire all the way to Catalina Island. The photo's below were captured from San Dimas, which is East of the fire.

The photographs below were sent to me by Debbie Richardson in Azusa, which is west of the fire. She shared the smoke was thick at times, but had thinned by early afternoon. 

Today in Labor History

The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect - 1883
2014.01.13history-palmer-raidThousands 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

Register to lay off 39 more at Riverside P-E - LA Observed

Register to lay off 39 more at Riverside P-E - LA Observed

Thursday Night in the Blogosphere

My granddaughter captured this as we headed to San Dimas at 8:30 am today, 
we're on the North 57 Freeway at Temple Avenue

Five Publishing Predictions for 2014 - Editor and Publisher

AOL to Partner with Hale Global on Patch - Market Watch

Rep. Waxman still worried about L.A. Times after meeting - Politico

Diane Pucin on being fired from Los Angeles Times - Sherman Report

Any there any happy newspaper journalists out there? - The Media Online

Layoffs come at OC Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise - Los Angeles Times

Kushner announces new team at Register, explains 'restructuring' - Kevin Roderick

Orange County Register names new newsroom leaders, confirms 32 layoffs - Romenesko

Washington Post Named Most Popular U.S. Newspaper Website On Twitter - Huff Post

700 Apartments Planned for Former L.A. Times Site in Chatsworth - Chatsworth N. Council

Just where is this exotic place called 'Glendora?' - LA Observed

Just where is this exotic place called 'Glendora?' - LA Observed

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tell A Friend - Get Covered Live Stream Event Thursday, Jan. 16,12-6 p.m.

Adam Levine is doing it. Olivia Wilde is doing it. Pitbull is doing it.  Want to join in on the conversation? On Jan. 16, actors, musicians, athletes and other influencers will come together to celebrate the Affordable Care Act and educate Americans about expanded healthcare coverage during a historic six-hour live stream event at

The event, taped at YouTube Studios in Los Angeles, will include interviews, performances, and more from a range of personalities, as well as stories from people who have directly benefited from the Affordable Care Act.

Confirmed hosts inculde former MTV personality Quddus and YouTube sensation Hannah Hart. There will be discussions with government officials and health experts (Peter Lee, Mary Sue Milliken, Quincy Jones III) addressing questions about health care and the Affordable Care Act posed live via Twitter. There will be live performances from six acts. And there will be some hilarious live skits: Richard Simmons Dance Off vs. Nathan Barnatt; Grace Helbig will teach Hannah Hart tricks to get free healthcare; Alphacat will be appearing live; and Taryn Southern will host Social Update desk.

Under the oversight of experienced producers and directors, the broadcast has been elaborately fitted as an extensive variety show combining the wits of Saturday Night Live-type skits and educational segments. Elements of social media have also been heavily integrated into the show to contain live updates from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and more. 

Covered California, partnered with Enroll America and other state health exchanges is leading this live broadcast. Maker Studios, an extremely popular multi-channel network on YouTube will be providing much of the talent. Content is also provided by Funny or Die, which has created a number of viral videos featuring celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, Olivia Wilde, and Elizabeth Banks. YouTube Studios is lending a hand in providing space, technical expertise, and distribution.

Maloof Racing Engines

Today in Labor History

Wobbly Ralph Chaplin, in Chicago for a demonstration against hunger, completes the writing of the labor anthem “Solidarity Forever” on this date in 1915. He’d begun writing it in 1914 during a miners’ strike in Huntington, W. Va. The first verse:
When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong - 1915

Seventeen workers in the area die when a large molasses storage tank in Boston’s North End neighborhood bursts, sending a 40-foot wave of molasses surging through the streets at an estimated 35 miles per hour.  In all, 21 people died and 150 were injured.  The incident is variously known as the Boston Molasses Disaster, the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy.  Some residents claim that on hot summer days, the area still smells of molasses - 1919
Martin Luther King Jr. born - 19292014.01.13history-dignity
(All Labor Has Dignity: People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social reform. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse of a financial system that puts profits before people, this collection of King's speeches on labor rights and economic justice underscore his relevance for today. They help us imagine King anew: as a human rights leader whose commitment to unions and an end to poverty was a crucial part of his civil rights agenda.)
The CIO miners' union in the Grass Valley area of California strikes for higher wages, union recognition, and the 8-hour day. The strike was defeated when vigilantes and law enforcement officials expelled 400 miners and their families from the area - 1938
The Pentagon, to this day the largest office building in the world, is dedicated just 16 months after groundbreaking. At times of peak employment 13,000 workers labored on the project - 1943

Rep. Henry A. Waxman on the future of the Los Angeles Times

Committee on Energy and Commerce 
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2014
Elizabeth Letter: (202) 225-5735

Rep. Waxman Statement on Meeting with the Tribune Company

WASHINGTON, DC— Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the meeting between Energy and Commerce Committee staff and representatives of the Tribune Company on the future of the Los Angeles Times:

“My staff met today for over an hour with the general counsel and chief financial officer of the Tribune Company. The purpose of the meeting was to learn more about the terms under which the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers will be spun off by the Tribune Company. It was a helpful meeting at which a range of issues were discussed, including the ownership of the Los Angeles Times building, the cash payment by the newspapers to the Tribune Company, the disposition of assets like and, the tax implications of the transaction, and the underfunded pension.

“I am better informed about the transaction as a result of the meeting, but my concern about the fate of the Los Angeles Times was not alleviated. The Tribune Company officials stressed their view that the company is acting in the best interests of its shareholders. My concern, however, is the best interests of the public in the on-going viability of the Los Angeles Times and other important newspapers. I intend to continue my inquiry and will be seeking a personal meeting with the CEO of the Tribune Company.”

Thomas case: Former officer says he'll seek to be rehired - The Orange County Register

Thomas case: Former officer says he'll seek to be rehired - The Orange County Register

Study says quality of content is down at

Study says quality of content is down at

Bunker Hill and Los Angeles Drive (1940) Vintage Footage

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Skid Row ‘Dumping’ Crackdown Must Be Forceful and Swift - Los Angeles Downtown News - For Everything Downtown L.A.!: Opinion

Skid Row ‘Dumping’ Crackdown Must Be Forceful and Swift - Los Angeles Downtown News - For Everything Downtown L.A.!: Opinion

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere

Sun-Times will test Bitcoin paywall - Poynter

Sun-Times to put bitcoins on trial - Robert Feder

GazetteXtra readers want bad news, stats show - GazetteXtra

Venezuelan papers threatened by newsprint shortage - WCNC

Respected American journalist expelled from Russia - Wan-Ifra

National newspapers cut jobs amid declining revenues - Leader-Post

Washington Post 'most popular' US newspaper site on Twitter - Editors Weblog

Poynter lost $1,747,581 IN 2012, according to newly posted documents - Romenesko

How many of the students read an actual paper over an online version? - George Solomon

Boston Globe Media Partners Launches Program To Support Non-Profits - Business Wire

Today in Labor History

Clinton-era OSHA issues confined spaces standard to prevent more than 50 deaths and 5,000 serious injuries annually for workers who enter confined spaces - 1993
Pennsylvania Superior Court rules bosses can fire workers for being gay - 1995
2014.01.13history-ge-striker-signSome 14,000 General Electric employees strike for two days to protest the company's mid-contract decision to shift an average of $400 in additional health care co-payments onto each worker - 2003

‘Undesirable’ U.S. journalist banned from Russia

‘Undesirable’ U.S. journalist banned from Russia

Monday, January 13, 2014

Fullerton Bar Owner Denies False Report Led To Homeless Man’s Death « CBS Los Angeles

Fullerton Bar Owner Denies False Report Led To Homeless Man’s Death « CBS Los Angeles

Fullerton officers acquitted in Kelly Thomas fatal beating - LA Observed

Fullerton officers acquitted in Kelly Thomas fatal beating - LA Observed

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

The newest New York Times - Jeff Jarvis

Sun-Times cuts 11 more jobs - Robert Feder

Ad Age Cuts Frequency by Almost Half - Folio

LA in Decline … and in Denial Too - Joseph Mailander

Workers plan joint bid for Philly newspapers - The Reporter

Sam Zell: How an Entrepreneur Sees the World - Huffington Post

Tribune Co. adds second in chief operating role - Chicago Tribune

Los Angeles Times Media Group launches shopping website - Wendy Lee

LA Times is Getting Into the Online Retail Business with District West - Fishbowl NY

No more free home delivery subscriptions for staffers at Roanoke Times - Romenesko

Consumer columnist David Lazarus a victim of ID theft - LA Observed

Consumer columnist David Lazarus a victim of ID theft - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

The original Tompkins Square Riot. As unemployed workers demonstrated in New York's Tompkins Square Park, a detachment of mounted police charged into the crowd, beating men, women and children with billy clubs. Declared Abram Duryee, the Commissioner of Police: "It was the most glorious sight I ever saw..." - 1874
Chicano citrus workers strike in Covina, Calif. - 1919
(Exact date uncertain) As the nation debates a constitutional amendment to rein in the widespread practice of brutally overworking children in factories and fields, U.S. District Judge G.W. McClintic expresses concern, instead, about child idleness - 1924

(Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, and the accompanying commentary by author Russell Freedman. Photographer Lewis Hine—who himself died in poverty in 1940—did as much, and perhaps more, than any social critic in the early part of the 20th century to expose the abuse of children, as young as three and four, by American capitalism.)