Love has driven a man from Everett, Wash., to allegedly steal a Kubota lawn tractor from an area church and hock it for bail to free his girlfriend from jail. She was released, promptly re-arrested on other warrants and released again. Now, he has been charged with the mower theft, and both are suspects in another robbery.
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing greenhouse-gas regulations. The GOP-sponsored House bill, supported by some Democrats, would have also invalidated a 2007 Supreme Court decision that granted EPA the authority to curb carbon emissions. It could have difficulty passing in the Senate.
Retail analysts thought U.S. sales would fall 0.7% in March, but they increased 1.7%, despite a late Easter, high unemployment and rising gasoline prices, according to Thomson Reuters data on 25 major chains. Michael Niemira, chief economist of the International Council of Shopping Centers, said the increase demonstrates "a solid underlying trend in consumer demand." Sales exceeded expectations at more than 80% of the retailers.
Do you believe that mean people make bad bosses? If so, writes Steve Tobak, you've been suckered by one of the many mistaken management theories that still permeate the business world. "Since theories -- true or not -- have a tendency to stick around, well, that means there are lots of myths," Tobak warns. "And one thing successful managers have in common is that they don't drink the Kool-Aid."
A group known as Citizens Against Leafblower Mania has asked the Board of Selectmen in Greenwich, Conn., to impose a six-month ban on leaf blowers, saying they cause too much noise and air pollutants. However, former Echo executive Larry Will said most manufacturers of leaf blowers have already lessened the equipment's emission by 90%, and Echo has turned down the noise levels of some of its leaf blowers to that of a conversation -- about 65 decibels.