Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The new name: Willis Tower.
Willis Group Holdings, based in London, didn't say when the name change would become effective, but said it got the naming rights as part of a deal to consolidate five area offices in the 110-floor tower that opened in 1974. That move will be completed by late summer.
But it's questionable whether anyone will call the 1,474-foot building--the city's most famous landmark--anything other than Sears Tower. Sears itself moved out to Hoffman Estates quite some time ago and sold it. It has been owned since 2004 by a real estate investment group. The Sears name was retained by the new owners.
The tower was the world's tallest building until 1996, when it was surpassed by the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This is quite stunning. I wonder if the name Chicago will be changed next?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Michigan's high unemployment is no laughing matter, but Jay Leno will offer a little comic relief with a free show next month at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The NBC "Tonight Show" host said on Monday's show the April 7 performance will be for "anybody out of work in Detroit."
People only have to say they're unemployed to get tickets.
Refreshments and parking also will be free when "Jay's Comedy Stimulus Plan" comes to the home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons.
Tickets will be available starting Monday at the Palace box office. Only four tickets will be allowed per person.
Michigan's unemployment rate has been among the highest in the nation. It was at 11.6 percent in January.
How is this going to help the people of Michigan? Jay's not that funny. What would be funny is if they didn't give all the tickets away.