Last week, we took a look at some of the biggest stories of the first half of 2018. This week, we present some of the most newsworthy releases of the second half of the year.
On July 25, the Rose-Coleman family issued the following statement: “The Branson, Missouri duck boat disaster has devastated the Rose-Coleman family. The tragic loss of 17 duck boat passengers, including nine members of our extraordinary family, has left us in complete shock as we struggle to mourn the deaths of three generations of family members ranging in age 1 to 76.”
If cold temperatures, above-normal snowfall, and biting winds aren’t your favorite, you’re not going to like the forecast from the 2019 Farmers’ Almanac. “Teeth-chattering,” “biting,” and “stinging” cold are a few of the adjectives the Farmers’ Almanac is using to describe the upcoming winter, and not only in northern areas.
On. Sept. 9, Leslie Moonves released the following statement: “For the past 24 years it has been an incredible privilege to lead CBS’s renaissance and transformation into a leading global media company. The best part of this journey has been working alongside the dedicated and talented people in this company. Together, we built CBS into a destination where the best in the business come to work and succeed. Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am. Effective immediately I will no longer be chairman and chief executive officer of CBS. I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company. I wish nothing but the best for the organization, the newly comprised board of directors and all of its employees.”
Sears Holdings Initiates Processes to Accelerate Strategic Transformation and Facilitate Financial Restructuring
Sears Holdings Corp. on Oct. 15 announced a series of actions to position the company to establish a sustainable capital structure, continue streamlining its operating model and grow profitably for the long term. To facilitate these actions, the company and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the red planet after an almost 7-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed.
On Dec. 11, TIME named “The Guardians” the 2018 Person of the Year. TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote, “Today, democracy around the world faces its biggest crisis in decades, its foundations undermined by invective from on high and toxins from below, by new technologies that power ancient impulses, by a poisonous cocktail of strongmen and weakening institutions. From Russia to Riyadh to Silicon Valley, manipulation and abuse of truth is the common thread in so many of this year’s major headlines, an insidious and growing threat to freedom … In its highest forms, influence — the measure that has for nine decades been the focus of TIME’s Person of the Year — derives from courage … This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment…”
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.