By DANNY HAKIM The New York Times Tues., Sept. 4, 2018 Randy Credico, a comedian and left-wing political activist, has an appointment Sept. 7. With Robert S. Mueller III. Before a grand jury. Under oath. And he is planning to do impressions, because that’s what he does. “It’s like, ask me if I’m going to breathe? Of course I’m going to do impressions,” Credico, 64, said. “I’m taking the grand jury very seriously but doing impressions is part of the package just to calm my nerves,” he said, adding, “You got to give that grand jury some comic relief.” Mueller is interested in Credico’s odd friendship with Roger J. Stone Jr., the self-proclaimed political dirty trickster, Republican consultant and President Donald Trump’s longtime political adviser. Credico is seen in New York political circles as a dedicated if madcap activist. But he acknowledges that he also took part over the years in some … [Read more...] about ‘Of course I’m going to do impressions,’ says comedian to appear before grand jury in Mueller inquiry
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Several American cities that did not make the shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters, HQ2, are investing heavily into IT education programs, groups that fund local tech companies, and workforce development programs that focus on tech talent. An official from Cincinnati, Ohio, said that Amazon’s feedback after the HQ2 process persuaded the city to put its current tech programs “on steroids.” Some experts say that not every city should attempt to become a tech hub, but instead focus on boosting specific industries that fuel local economies. In January, Amazon named 20 finalists for its $5 billion second headquarters, HQ2, which promises 50,000 jobs over the next two decades. The announcement meant over 200 North American cities that had applied for the project did not make the shortlist. As The Wall Street Journal reported, Amazon made calls to these rejected cities in … [Read more...] about Amazon’s HQ2 competition is pushing ‘loser’ cities to become the next Silicon Valley — but some experts say it’s a dangerous plan
caption Sorry. Ride height requirements aren’t up for debate. source Diana Kelly/Flickr Walt Disney Worldemployees, also known as cast members, are trained in the art of creating a positive experience for guests. But some visitors to the famed Orlando park don’t make things easy for the people who work there. Business Insider spoke with eight former Walt Disney World cast members to get an idea of the most annoying guest behaviors. From overly-aggressive pin-hunting to blaming cast members for bad weather, here are things that are sure to annoy or concern Walt Disney World cast members. Walt Disney World cast members interact with a ton of guests every year. As many as 20.4 million people visited the park in 2016. Not all of cast members’ interactions with guests are going to be positive and seamless. Former Disney World cast member John … [Read more...] about Disney World employees share the 7 things they wish park-goers would stop doing
By Michele Lerner The Washington Post Fri., March 9, 2018 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—For Don and Susan Veatch, Margaritaville is more than just a state of mind. Acting like “Parrotheads” — the chilled-out, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing fan nation equivalent to Deadheads — the couple, 62 and 60, respectively, had camped out so they could be first in line for the object of their devotion, singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. But they weren’t queuing up for concert tickets or his latest CD. They were waiting for sales to open at the Buffett-branded Latitude Margaritaville development here for people 55 and older. “It was like a big party, with a band playing and free pizza for everyone in line,” Susan Veatch said. In this pastel paradise, Key West-inspired houses are being built along streets linked to lyrics of Buffett’s 1977 hit “Margaritaville.” Article Continued Below Read more: Jimmy Buffett inspires … [Read more...] about Jimmy Buffet fans can soon live in paradise at Latitude Margaritaville
By Laura Colby Bloomberg Polly Mosendz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 Will Wall Street ever let go of guns? That question has come up before—after the shootings in Newtown, in Orlando, in Las Vegas, and on and on. Now, with the nation’s emotions raw over the killings in Florida last week, evidence is mounting that investors may be rethinking their long, fraught relationship with the firearms industry. On Thursday, the day the head of the National Rifle Association issued a searing rebuttal to calls for stricter gun control, the nation’s largest privately owned bank announced it would stop issuing NRA-sponsored credit cards. Insurance giant MetLife Inc. followed Friday by saying it’d stop offering NRA discounts. The investment giant BlackRock Inc. said it was exploring ways to cull gun companies from the portfolios of clients who no longer wish to invest in them. Article Continued Below In Florida, site of the latest tragedy, teachers … [Read more...] about Will Wall Street ever give up on guns?