His fans won’t like the way this looks. The Piedmont resident and 64-year-old founder, chairman and face of retailer Men’s Wearhouse has been fired after 28 years with the company. And with his exit comes perhaps the end of an era for one of television’s most recognizable pitchmen and his catchphrase: “You’re going to like the way you look—I guarantee it.” BloombergBusinessweek
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
As for the lovable orange Dodge van, the video was shot before Winterkorn allegedly used it to ram the vehicle her alleged victim was being transported in as friends rushed him to the hospital. That’s one tough cruiser. Marin IJ
AP’s television writer Frazier Moore calls the made-for-TV Jodi Arias movie “a pretty good film,” even if it is deceptively named. “Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret,” to air Saturday on Lifetime, has no secrets, he says. And how could it, the sordid story of the Arizona murderer having been run through the endless wringer of CNN/HLN as infotainment fodder for months (or is it years?).
Portraying what led up to the crime, it's tucked handily between the May verdict for the murder trial and the July retrial in the life-or-death-penalty phase.
As for the Lifetime publicity photo of actress Tania Raymonde as Arias, she’s got the gaze down. It remains to be seen how good she is with a knife.
Last seen here getting booed off the stage at Yoshi’s in San Francisco after a homophobic rant in March, singer Michelle Shocked plans a doozy of a PR move. She’s booked a free San Francisco concert during Pride week, sponsored by San Francisco Newspaper Co., mothership of the Examiner, SF Weekly and Bay Guardian. As part of the deal, the Examiner will let her publish an op-ed piece, and she’s to give an interview to SF Weekly.
Oh, and did we mention that Shocked’s plans are totally unaffiliated with SF Pride? Chronicle
Marin supes approve a county fair dress code aimed at gang members, push for off-the-boat retail at Fisherman’s Wharf, big conservation victory in the East Bay, more.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
San Jose wants the A’s to move there at least as much as owner Lew Wolff wants to get out of Oakland and this morning the city filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball to . . . speed the process along? The nut of the city’s argument: that MLB has “unlawfully conspired to control the location and relocation” of its teams (insert San Francisco Giants’ South Bay “territorial rights” reference here).
Let’s see. The A’s would-be move has been stalled for four years already, and, assuming the San Jose City Council’s effort ever rounds first base (not to mention second and third), it would likely be some June day in a year far, far away before we’d hear from the U. S. Supreme Court. By then, who knows where the A’s might be. Mercury News writes about it.
Will better street lights help curb crime in Oakland? Or will they help criminals see better? The city has embarked on a nearly $15 million project to replace all of the city’s 30,000-plus street lights with new LED bulbs. It’s a good deal environmentally and fiscally, with the energy savings alone covering the cost. But an anti-crime strategy? Chronicle$ writes about it.
The Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf has been sold by the descendants of founder Thomas Fong, ending a 50-year family tradition. But it isn’t going away. Madam Toussaud’s of London is the buyer and, after closure at the end of summer, plans to spend $35 million renovating and expanding. KTVU 2
Wildfire burns at Yosemite’s door, testimony from Richmond High gang rape victim, A’s Lew Wolff disses the Coliseum (again) after plumbing problem, more.
Monday, June 17, 2013
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