FROM David Livingston
The Final Check-Out for an Ambitious Grocery Chain Early this year, a grocery chain with just 18 stores in Washington and Oregon bought up 146 supermarkets in five other states , including 83 in California. Just nine months later, Haggen has declared bankruptcy , and announced plans to close all its California stores , and laid off 2000 workers -- with another 6000 jobs on the line. (We invited Haggen and Comvest Partners to participate in this discussion, but they both declined.)
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.