Rest easy, Twinkie lovers: Hostess Brands, the storied American manufacturer of snack cakes, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday, but said it will continue to churn out Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and other iconic products.
Let's start with what a health assessment actually is. It's an online questionnaire with 25 - 80 questions that over half of companies are giving to employees according to a recent study by Aon Consulting. The information is collected by a third party.
These are trying times for talent scouts. Not long ago, a classic "bird-dog" like Jerry Krause could make a stealth trip to central Arkansas, find a versatile swingman and acquire him before other teams had ever seen the guy play. Imagine the equivalent of Scottie Pippen today: His first-triple would be posted on You Tube before sunrise. By which time, some scouting service would have posted his seventh-grade stats on a Web site.
I know what you might be thinking: another no-name enters the NBA Draft to get his 15 seconds of fame. I will not lie to you -- this is what I am doing -- but I fancy myself as more than a generic 6-foot-5 college student who thinks he can be the next Steve Nash. My name is Monty Singh Harika and I am the first Sikh to enter the NBA Draft. In fact, I'm the first Sikh to be a part of any sport's draft. Is that what makes me different from any other person who has entered the draft? I guess it does.
When schools opened in Texas this fall, some favorites were missing from the cafeteria menus: sodas and candy bars had been banned for grade schoolers; chips and cookies were mini-size. And that perennial favorite, the French fry, was given just one more year before it too will be banned. Howls of protest could be heard from Lubbock to Laredo. And not just from students.
Kraft Foods is about to get the seal of approval from the South Beach diet on some of its products, including Kraft cheese, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Cool Whip and Planters peanuts, according to a published report.