June 23, 2013
North Carolina Wal-Mart shooting planned, police say A man who investigators think shot four people near a Wal-Mart in Greenville, N.C., appears to have planned the shooting but chose his victims at random, Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden said Sunday. He identified the suspect as Lakim Faust, 23, of Greenville and said he will be charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder when he recovers from gunshot wounds he suffered as he was taken into custody Friday.
January 24, 2013 |
The last Twinkies rolled out of Hostess factories in November. But the iconic brand appears to be making a comeback. Eleven companies have submitted bids to acquire the Hostess cake brands, which include Twinkies, out of the bankruptcy process, according to court documents filed this month. The number of bidders indicates a robust interest in reviving the snacks. "Somebody's going to make Twinkies — that's not a concern," said a person close to the negotiations, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are ongoing.
November 25, 2012 |
Driving past the shuttered Wonder Bread Bakery Outlet in Suitland, I had a two-for-a- dime childhood memory about Twinkies. Tonguing out the cream filling like an anteater. Sinfully delicious. But nothing that would send me into sugar shock over news of the snackmaker's demise. Ever since Hostess Brands went out of business last week, conventional wisdom has held that baby boomers like me have been doing most of the bawling. The iconic snack of the sweet-tooth generation — we who could have our cake and eat...
November 23, 2012 |
"All Gods were immortal. " — Stanislaw Lec And also brands, the gods of the marketplace. Earthquakes may strike, dynasties may fall and locusts may devour the crops, but Oldsmobile and Pan Am are forever. Never mind. But about the death of Twinkies: Write obituaries in the subjunctive mood. Like Lazarus, but for a reason more mundane than miraculous, this confection may be resurrected. In any case, the crisis of Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies, involves two potent lessons.
November 21, 2012
Regarding the Nov. 17 front-page article " It turns out Twinkies don't last forever ": Far more worrisome than the demise of Twinkies and other Hostess brands is the potential loss of 18,500 jobs as a consequence of the company's bankruptcy. Since many of these jobs are manufacturing positions, the affected employees are unlikely to have the skills needed to find jobs in other industries. If efforts aimed at saving the company fail, it will be incumbent on government and the private sector to retrain many of these workers...
November 16, 2012 |
Twinkies , the unpretentious, freakishly versatile and seemingly indestructible snack pastry dubbed "the cream puff of the proletariat," died Friday of complications from economic reality. Texas-based Hostess Brands announced it would shutter operations amid a debilitating labor dispute. Twinkies were 82 . Although they pre-dated the baby boom, Twinkies became a lunchtime staple for post-World War II generations of schoolchildren — something to take the sting off the bologna sandwich and the dutiful apple.