Barneys added that it did not expect the firm liquidating the remaining seven stores, B. Riley Financial’s Great American Group, to hit sales targets of at least $303 million, which would have resulted in an infusion to the severance fund of at least $2 million. Great American is not in charge of administering employee severance, pensions or benefits, according to a company representative. … [Read more...] about Barneys’ slow death march leaves workers in the lurch
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While there are dozens of animatronics, including one of John Boyega’s Finn that can be relatively hidden depending on the route taken by your vehicle, this is the rare modern theme park attraction where screens and projections are used with artistic restraint. Yes, there are lots of projected and filmed effects, but they always interact with the set — when a Stormtrooper shoots a blaster, it triggers a mini explosion effect. Elsewhere, projections give way to blaster-scarred walls, and near the end giant laser cannons firing into a hectic space battle retract and advance, impeding our stop-and-start journey. When Kylo Ren’s lightsaber crashes through the ceiling it’s a surprise, but we’re kept at just enough of a distance to not spoil the razzle-dazzle of it all. … [Read more...] about A showstopping Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — a new hope for Galaxy’s Edge?
For a couple of years in the 1960s I had, like John, gone to a suburban Chicago high school. On Friday and Saturday nights when the weather was warm kids from suburban Chicago high schools would park on Lake Forest’s residential streets, walk stealthily to Cemetery Road, slip under the bar and sneak down the sandy track to the Lake Michigan beach. It was an inversion of the Shermer High School detention experience with all sorts of assistant principal Vernon-like people such as the Lake Forest police trying to keep us out rather than in. Sometimes we had to hide in the dunes with our Budweiser and beach towels. … [Read more...] about Don’t You Forget About Me: The John Hughes I Knew
Chong: I’ll answer the question. I think all the questions of whether or not he paid her will help Trump with his negotiations with North Korea! I think it might make him at ease with Kim Jong Un because it might give them something in common to talk about. … [Read more...] about Cheech & Chong Can’t Stand Marijuana-Hater Jeff Sessions: ‘I Can’t Sleep at Night, Man!’
"I'd like to hear from -- he's a corrupt politician, Adam Schiff. He's corrupt. He gave a sentence. You know, he never knew I was going to release the transcript. He gave a sentence that he made up. He made it up. And it was not the -- it was not what was said in the conversation. That's why I released the transcript; got approval from Ukraine. We released the exact transcript, and it turned out to be totally different." -- January 9 exchange with reporters after speech on National Environmental Policy Act regulations … [Read more...] about Reverting to his usual level of dishonesty, Trump made 81 false claims last week