February 8, 2012 |
Protesters descended on Apple stores around the world, including in Washington, on Thursday to protest labor conditions at the company's manufacturing facilities in China. The issue has become a thorny one for Apple after the factories that make its products experienced explosions in 2011 and worker suicides in 2010. A recent report in The New York Times contained graphic descriptions of cramped working conditions and the voices of workers who said they were suffering injuries from repetitive motion and...
September 13, 2011 |
You might have noticed that Granny Smith has plenty of new company in the apple bins these days: Zestars, Elstars, Macouns, Mutsus, Ginger Golds and more. To a large extent, farmers markets are feeding the demand for different varieties. "It's a way of distinguishing ourselves and getting people interested," says Mary Margaret Kuhn of Kuhn Orchards in Cashtown, Pa., which sells its fruit at markets in Alexandria and at 14th and U streets NW. Thirty-seven years ago, her family farm grew six kinds of...
October 28, 2011 |
The Apple Store employees were closing up for the night. One of them heard strange sounds from the other side of the wall: grunts, thuds, hysterical screams. "Talk to me. Don't do this," a voice said. "Talk to me. What's going on?" "At that point, there was some more sounds, kind of, screams, yelps, yells," Jana Svrzo, a manager at the Apple Store in Bethesda, said Friday, testifying on the third day of Brittany Norwood's murder trial in the killing of her Lululemon...
March 16, 2012 |
The new iPad hit shelves around the world Friday morning, and across the globe, customers are swarming Apple stores to buy one. Photos of the crowds show that customers have gone to great lengths to be among the first to step into the store Friday morning. In London, they're stuffed like sardines behind a barrier gate; in Tokyo, some have slept overnight in sleeping bags on the sidewalks. The fervor may not be surprising since there've been similar scenes for the launch of...
April 17, 2011 |
Not long before police say Brittany Norwood stabbed and bludgeoned Jayna Murray to death last month inside the Lululemon Athletica store in downtown Bethesda's high-end shopping district, the two were the perfect sales team. Murray was showing regular customer Janay Carlson items from the store's posh running collection when Norwood walked over to chat up Carlson and help put her at ease. Norwood brought up a top Carlson had recently bought at the store. "When...
September 7, 2013 |
Black teens personalize Trayvon Martin's death in their poetry: "What it means to be a young black man in society...people don't value your life," says Ayinde Grimes, 17. Ayinde Grimes splits the crowd on the sidewalk as he and a friend window-shop in Georgetown one afternoon. People break a wide arc around the tall teen from Anacostia, strolling on Wisconsin Avenue with his afro bouncing and his black-power medallion swinging. Were they just giving him space? he wonders.