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Irvine-based Botox maker Allergan is the target of a $45.6 billion takeover attempt by a rival company. Patch file photo.
OldTimer April 22, 2014 at 02:48 pm
Just a matter of time before the pharma industry is composed of just a handful of companies. MyRead More guess is that Allergan bites at this offer and then swallows it all the way down to it's lower intestine. The days of the blockbuster drugs are practically over. Now all we see are molecular spinoffs of drugs that already exist or requests for extensions of patent lives! It's getting harder and harder for ethical drug companies to survive on their own. Buyouts are commonplace. And it's the trend. Expect more of it - like with the banking industry. Not good for Mr. Consumer tho. When the universe of companies gets smaller your wallets get lighter.
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Ted Buchanan April 21, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Who has even heard of these stores? Didn't Aaron Bros.go under in 1987? Who wants to take the timeRead More to hack into these accounts? Dummies that shop there don't have any money! Low-brow and low income customers who bring in their 5 screaming kids ( 4 are obese!) And their parents let them terrorize the rest of the shoppers. Free babysitting while Mommy orders an extra large Slushee for Remo and his ADD. Why ? Parents weren't parented either. Or its considered cute as Jr. has his meltdown with sticky chocolate fingers ! Count me out...
yourusmcboyelvises April 21, 2014 at 09:20 pm
you elvisees need to grab a par and march on the lilly house and drag those obummers and smoldens toRead More the streetskies for some real justskies. before icks too lakes.
Scott Peterson April 21, 2014 at 09:44 pm
Security is a deterrent not a preventative measure. There is no way to be secure from everyRead More possibility because it is impossible to even conceive of every possibility. Instead we try to secure against the threats we know of through experience and those we may anticipate through inference extrapolated from those experiences. The businesses are naturally and rightly profit driven and things that do not directly and or immediately hurt the bottom line do not get priority funding. Thieves too are profit driven though they are less regulated than business and in general face more personal risk than businesses typically do toward realizing their bottom line. Due to the actual few distinctions between the thief and business the thief must be the more resourceful of the two and thus more innovative. Security is always going to be a reactionary means of preventing theft. The proactive means to prevent theft are to accept there is no absolute security and otherwise either too expensive, too harsh, too time consuming or some combination of those. Considering how long humanity seems to have dealt with the issue, one might think we would have tried all of the available variables and figured it out sometime during the last 5000 years through trial and error. Oh wait, we have. Communities where the moral code is instilled in the population from cradle to grave coupled with punishment, justly applied, for infractions have almost zero crime and it costs them almost zero dollars. Face it folks, we're all hippy freaks living in/on a commune we call Earth. Continually spending good money over top of bad as our orthodox approach has required over the centuries has only produced more crime and or prisons. This implies more crime/prisons is the goal if you THINK.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
mark April 18, 2014 at 05:23 am
When taxes are imposed on various industries then to stay in business the prices increase on theRead More consumer! Obamacare , gas taxes, payroll taxes, tolls, the proposed soda and candy tax , your tobacco tax is 75% of what the product really costs! Commercial Property tax increases! Do you people see what's going on here? This country is being destroyed by the Democrats! It is starting to resemble The a Soviet Union! We should change the name of this country to the USSA!
all-c-ing-eye April 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm
And all this time i thought it was Pork Barrel spending.
JBrad April 19, 2014 at 11:57 am
Mark, Your words are absolutely disgusting. Please do not use this comment thread as a vehicle toRead More spew your racist mentality. And for your information, food-borne illnesses come from agriculture, period. All around the world, including in the U.S. Lastly, your hatred for people of colour does not mean that you understand disease, at all. Good luck in life.
Allan April 16, 2014 at 06:14 am
Let's see now. LA City starts new trash program which will kill some small business and certainlyRead More result in layoffs. Now SCE going to be laying off 900 plus. Now looking too good there, SoCal.
OldTimer April 16, 2014 at 08:34 am
Well, this is what they call 'progress', folks. Think about it. Not long ago they installed theRead More 'smart meters', right? Well, with 'smart meters' you don't need meter readers, do you? So this has nothing at all to do with democrats or republicans. Let's stop going there. It's about cutting costs with technology. Remember when garbage trucks were 2 man units? I do. Those were back the days when the men manually hoisted the cans and dumped the garbage in the trucks. Well, now the trashing dumping is automated and only a driver is needed. Sorry, folks. That's called 'progress', like it or not. Those layed off garbage men and meter readers need to reinvent themselves and find other work in another industry. But let's not make this political. That's so absurd.
Wolfman April 18, 2014 at 05:29 pm
IRS Forced Obama Care is illegal and unconstitutional and Edison also wants to get out of the healthRead More care benefit business for their employees and force them into Obama Care or just get rid of the them.
Toyota Tacoma. Credit: CarsDirect.com
Homer April 9, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Of course they did; especially after the judgement against the company for the accelerator switches.
andy fischer April 10, 2014 at 09:22 am
When the heck is an all new Tacoma going to come out? It's been the same truck since 2005 or so.
Health inspectors closed Elephant Thai Cuisine for a day last week. Patch file photo.
MFriedrich April 3, 2014 at 06:34 pm
Obviously the OC Health Agents have never been to Thailand. Another example of big governmentRead More over-regulation, overreach and heavy-handedness with job creating small business owners.
OldTimer April 3, 2014 at 06:59 pm
Gosh. I must disagree. I certainly don't want to unknowingly eat in a restaurant whose sewer lineRead More is clogged with feces and urine saturating the kitchen floor! Yuck. I want to live in a civilized and a reasonably sanitary environment. This is why I avoid restaurants whenever I can. To each his own though.
LF Matters April 5, 2014 at 05:56 pm
To MFriedrich: I do realize that this is America and even imbecilic speeches are protected, andRead More that, as such, you have every right to have expressed yourself. Here is mine: If you are trying to be funny with your comment, you are not. If you are being facetious, this matter is not something casual for anyone to make light of. If you are being serious, your sanity, or lack thereof, needs to be evaluated. And, I am NOT trying to be rude, funny, or sarcastic. A government is NOT overreaching when, under these very circumstances, it intervenes. On the contrary, welfare and safety of the people is any government’s first and foremost mandate.
Lowe's will pay various counties throughout California $18.1 million for mishandling hazardous waste. Patch file photo.
Rose Tingle April 2, 2014 at 08:17 pm
I love it when I see karma work.
Shripathi Kamath April 3, 2014 at 07:59 am
I thought corporations were people. People would have done some time behind bars for this. Thanks,Read More Obama.
Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Amanda LaRosa March 28, 2014 at 09:58 am
From my perspective, it's not how it's used, it is that the technology *exists* that's the story.Read More How else can it be used, and for what purposes?
Brian Hamilton March 28, 2014 at 11:07 am
HOW is it the App's fault? That's like blaming the telephone for the conversation.
just a parent March 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm
With Yik Yak there is no way to trace who made threats against people or property. On the otherRead More hand, most apps such as Patch require you to sign in with an email before selecting a moniker; thus, inappropriate posts can be traced. There is really no reason for students at a high school or middle school to have the ability to post anonymously without recourse on this or any other site. In fact, the app is meant for people over 17 years old; yet, there is no way to police the age of the anonymous users. Glad it is blocked around middle and high schools.
SONGS just south of San Clemente. Patch file photo.
Mike Syi March 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm
The public did not cause this incident. SCE made a huge mistake and they should pay for what theyRead More caused. They did not have to increase the size of steam generators but they did it on their own. It never made sense to change design on such a complicated system.
andy fischer March 28, 2014 at 07:41 am
Not sure if it makes much difference. "They" (SCE) isn't just a bunch if big fat guysRead More sitting around smoking cigars and drinking brandy. "They" is for the most part us. If "they" pay, somehow, we'll pay.
Mike Syi March 28, 2014 at 08:01 pm
When SCE management decided to upgrade the steam generators they assumed the risk not the public.Read More They should have stayed with the original design when worked great for many years. SCE has to be help accountable for their actions. The people who own SCE stock will pay not the ratepayers.
Patient care technical workers will not walk of the job Monday at UCI Medical Center. Patch file photo.
Chip Long March 23, 2014 at 10:57 am
I believe that the public should be more informed of the benefits and salaries that are beingRead More negotiated, as it we the taxpayers wind up footing the bill. The pensions of salaries have become a run away locomotive.
Following months of "Fight for $15" protests calling on higher wages for fast-food workers, some California McDonald's employees have joined in six lawsuits filed in three states. Patch file photo.
ChristieD March 14, 2014 at 09:44 pm
@ MFriedrich; I would hope that Most McD franchisees would not be so immoral as to rob theirRead More employees like these ones did. I am sure that the majority of the Franchisees abhor the kind of publicity that this has generated. And besides, if they are ethical and follow the law, they have nothing to worry about. I understand your point about "oversteering" but the other side of the coin is that this behavior would continue and perhaps even spread if not dealt with, swiftly and surely. This was absolutely the best, and probably the only, action to make sure this illegal behavior did not continue. And now McD corporate will make sure that it does not continue. Those employers who currently offer OT hours and pay to their employees will continue to do so...they have done nothing wrong. They are most likely as irritated by these franchisees/managers actions and immoral behavior as we are. Like I said, no one wants this kind of publicity!
John March 17, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Pay these people what they have coming to them. They deserve the overtime pay and not the shaft. TheRead More prices may go up and maybe the top of the organization may have a pay cut, but don't take the money from the people that need it the most. I do not understand the greed of some people. So you have to pay an additional $.50 for your Big Mack. What kind of greedy (bad word) would be so stingy to keep these people from getting paid. Shame on all of you that are against this!
andy k. liberman March 17, 2014 at 04:09 pm
...we should get $.50 NOT to eat a "Big Mac"
Now that SONGS is shut down, one proposal suggests using renewable sources to replace the energy it once produced. Photo courtesy of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
John Webb March 5, 2014 at 03:36 pm
keyplayer, I think you dad was talking about global warming. Europe spent a fortune trying toRead More switch to solar. You will find they are now rushing back to traditional sources of power to save their economies. Renewables sound great and someday might be the answer, but right now they are proving to be inadequate to power modern civilization. When effective alternate sources of power are developed, it will not take mandates to get people on board. Until then, only government mandates keep solar in business.
jeff s March 6, 2014 at 06:43 am
Geez global warming and cooling are cyclical natural cycles.. Tell the wooly mammoth 10,000 yearsRead More ago that the ice age (most recent one) was the result of pesky cavemen.. Sure..
phil March 6, 2014 at 08:06 am
jeff, jeff, jeff - EVEYONE knows the wooly mammoth was driven to extinction from smoking cigs,Read More drinking 32 oz sodas and eating the guac at Chipoltles!!! :>
Cockroaches were found at Manila Kusina Last week. Patch file photo.
Annie G. February 4, 2014 at 03:47 pm
nice job- bet the scare of having this posted all over wises up some. maybe not. that hand sanitizerRead More bottle being empty, check out how super clean that cockroach looks.