Stand Your Ground In Clearwater, Fl

** BACK IN THE NEWS ** The accused killer of Markeis McGlockton, Michael Drejka, went back to criminal Court in Pinellas County on Thursday to seek a reduction in his $100,000 bail. The request – in a hearing described by the St Petersburg Times as feeling “more like a trial” – was denied. Drejka is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on one count of manslaughter in the July 19th shooting at a Clearwater, FL convenience store. The genesis of the shooting and resultant Read More +

Standing Your Ground In Clearwater, Fl

Clearwater, Florida is normally a quiet community that does not appear in the pages of national newspapers or on the nightly news broadcasts. Ordinarily, Clearwater’s “fame” centers on its laid-back lifestyle, pristine beaches, and a reputation for being a destination for vacationers and “snowbirds” seeking warmth in the winter and a place to frolic when the kids are out of school. That sense of the “normal” and “ordinary” was shattered on Thursday, July 19th of this year when an altercation over a parking spot at Read More +

The Millennial Generation: “selfish Slackers” Or Next Modernist Generation?

Who are the “Millennials”? According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, “Anyone born between 1981 and 2000 (ages 18 – 37 in 2018) is considered to be a Millennial… anyone born from 2001 onward will be part of a new generation”. As stated on its website, the Pew Research Center is a “non-partisan ‘fact tank’ that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.” The Center is a subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the primary funder of Read More +

Leveraged Buyouts… Bain Capital… And The “art” Of Bankrupting Companies

lev·er·aged buy·out ˌlev(ə)rijd ˈbīˌout/ – noun Plural noun: leveraged buyouts The purchase of a controlling share of a company by its management, using outside capital A leveraged buyout (“LBO”) is the acquisition of one company (or division of a “target” company) by another outside company using a significant amount of borrowed money to finance the acquisition. The purpose of a leveraged buyout is to allow companies to make very large acquisitions without having to commit a lot of upfront capital. The assets of the “target” Read More +

Gibson Brands, Inc. Dba Gibson Guitars Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

*** UPDATE TO PREVIOUS ARTICLE *** Ending months of speculation concerning the future of the once iconic guitar manufacturing company, Gibson Brands, Inc., the parent of Gibson Guitars, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection earlier this week. The Nashville, TN-based company is said to have in excess of $100 million in outstanding debt (some reports say that such figure is at least five times greater than the reported amount). In a statement released by the company on Tuesday, CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said, “We are working Read More +

Connecticut – A Legacy Of Debt And The Possibility Of Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

The State of Connecticut ended the 2017 fiscal year on a note of financial doom. As of the end of December, 2017, the state had the most underfunded pension system in the nation with over $127 billion in government-worker pension liabilities and no viable plan to institute needed reforms. Public-Worker Pensions – The BIG Problem: Pension woes are not the state’s only problem that threatens the economy, but they are the worst. The problem is huge, made up of the following critical components: pensions for Read More +

The Weinstein Company Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy After 5-month Delay

****** MARCH 20218 UPDATE ****** BREAKING NEWS THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY AFTER 5-MONTH DELAY The Weinstein Company – founded by embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein in 2005 – has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Delaware bankruptcy court. Media reports indicate that the filing occurred late in the day on Monday, March 19th. Former company Chairman Harvey Weinstein has been under fire for serial assault, sexual harassment and rape that allegedly occurred over the Read More +

Harvey Weinstein / The Weinstein Company – Chapter 11 Bankruptcy In The Offing As Sale Talks Fail

“Born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all…” (“Born Under a Bad Sign” -Original Version, Albert King, 1967; covered by Cream, 1968) Today, Albert King’s song might seem like the “anthem” of (former) movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and, by extension, his former corporation The Weinstein Company LLC (more universally referred to, and known more simply as TWC). According to online news / gossip source TMZ.com, The Weinstein Company Read More +

Hcr Manorcare, Inc. – $7 Billion In Debt – Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

HCR Manorcare, Inc., the second largest nursing home operator in the United States, has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The Toledo, Ohio-based company has $7 billion in debt.. Informed sources say the Chapter 11 petition is part of a pre-arranged debt-for-equity swap deal whereby ownership of the HCR will be transferred to its landlord, Quality Care Properties, Inc. (“QCP”). According to the QCP website, the company is “…a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT)… focused on post-acute/skilled nursing and memory Read More +

Remington Outdoor, Co. (remington Arms) Set To File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Iconic arms manufacturer Remington Outdoor Company (operated for nearly two hundred years as the Remington Arms Company) is on the brink of filing a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Remington Outdoor is headquartered in Madison, NC. The company’s original intent was to begin solicitation for the plan on March 5, 2018, with the bankruptcy filing to follow on March 7th. Those dates were set back one week (March 12th for start of solicitation and March 14th for filing for Chapter 11 protection) after Bank Read More +