Like the Cold War arms race, retailers' assault on Thanksgiving appears to have reached the point of unremitting insanity. Next week Target, Kohl's, K-Mart, Sears and many other retailers will be opening their stores for some Thanksgiving hours starting in the evening or earlier.
Retail sales jumped 0.4% last month, handily exceeding the 0.1% month-over-month increase anticipated by economists.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest days of the years at malls and other shopping centers around the country, as the prospect of bargain bin televisions and dirt cheap clothing draws hordes of deal-hunters to shake off their turkey-fed stupor.
Black Friday? Try Thursday. More retailers, fearful of slow sales, are opening earlier on Thanksgiving, but some analysts warn of a consumer backlash.
On a dusty clearing between a fallow wheat field and wilting orange groves, Steve Arthur's crew of two mud-splattered well drillers worked furiously to deliver a lifeline to another despondent farmer.
Sometimes airfares are just too good to be true.
Can a bench be benched? The Clippers essentially did it this season, signing, discarding and trading a variety of reserve players until finally arriving at the right combination …they hope. Dying to add some punch to Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison, the Clippers tried Stephen Jackson for a few winter weeks. He wasn't the answer. They signed Sasha Vujacic for a 10-day trial period. Darius Morris made it through two 10-day contracts before politely being shown the exit. Reserves Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullens were traded on the same day, both off-season signings that never fit with the Clippers. But in a four-day February span, the Clippers might have found what they...