This time, it’s all about a really big party in Las Vegas in 2010:
The General Services Administration’s inspector general issued a 16-page “management deficiency report’’ on Monday outlining its findings concerning the 2010 Western Regions Conference in Las Vegas. The report concluded that the five-day event for 300 attendees in October 2010 at the M Resort Spa Casino cost more than $822,751. It added that many expenditures were “excessive and wasteful.”
In the wake of the report, the head of the GSA resigned and two of her deputies were fired. (The GSA is the federal agency that manages U.S. government buildings.)
Note to self: from this point forward, trust Philadelphia papers about as much as you trust Pravda (emphasis added).
A group of local investors bought Philadelphia Media Network Inc., the parent company of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, Monday for $55 million, with up to an additional $10 million in working capital for operations. The deal represents the fourth ownership change for the media properties in less than six years.
Led by businessman Lewis Katz, 70, and insurance executive and Democratic leader George E. Norcross III, 56, the group purchased PMN from a collection of hedge funds and other financial firms that have owned the daily newspapers and their related website since they emerged from bankruptcy in October 2010.
Presented for what it’s worth (probably not much):
When the Roundtable discussion on ABC’s This Week Sunday predictably turned to who Mitt Romney should pick as his running mate if he seals the Republican presidential nomination, former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones made an interesting observation.
“You want to do something bold, put Condoleezza Rice on the ticket and watch the Obama campaign go crazy”
Another defeat for those that want to divide Americans by color:
Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as California’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities was upheld by a federal appeals court panel.
The ruling marked the second time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned back a challenge to the state’s landmark voter initiative, Proposition 209, which was passed in 1996.
This is, what, about the eleventy-dozenth “green energy” company to go under despite the Obama administration’s subsidies?
A California solar energy company that was unable to meet a deadline for an Energy Department loan guarantee last year has sought bankruptcy protection in Delaware.
Solar Trust of America’s Chapter 11 filing on Monday listed assets between $1 million and $10 million, and liabilities between $10 million and $50 million.