Today's Top Stories

New Hacking Case Outrages Britain

Britain was awash in a new surge of outrage over the phone hacking scandal on Thursday, as news emerged that Scotland Yard had added to the list of probable victims a woman whose 8-year-old daughter was murdered by a repeat sex offender in 2000. The phone in question apparently was provided to her by the onetime editor of The News of the World, Rebekah Brooks, as part of a campaign for a new law to warn parents if child sex offenders lived nearby.

Thomson CEO takes reins of main division

After disappointing results and slowing growth this year, Thomson Reuters Corp. chief executive officer Tom Glocer is taking direct control of the company’s largest division in an attempt to reverse its fortunes. Revenue for the markets division, which includes the well-known Reuters newswire service and accounts for about 55% of the company’s sales, rose just 1% in the second quarter.

‘News service’ just a wolf in disguise, whose stories increasingly turn up in that state's short-staffed local newspapers, is a new service concocted by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a conservative nonprofit that has had its hands in the tea party movement and the pro-Scott Walker rallies on the Capitol Square. In other words, it’s yet another endeavor by opportunistic conservatives to fill a void created by the economic woes of traditional media, which can use its stories for free.

A. H. Belo reports $6.8 million net loss in second quarter

With its revenue starting to decline again at a faster rate, A. H. Belo Corporation has reported a net loss of $6.8 million, or 32 cents a share, in the second quarter. A slight increase in circulation revenue at The Dallas Morning News, the company’s largest property, was offset by declines at The Providence Journal in Rhode Island and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. and advertising revenue, including print and digital products, declined 9.3%.

Unionists, allies rally against domestic program cuts

With the congressional high-wire act over raising the nation’s debt ceiling and cutting the federal budget coming down to the wire, unionists and their allies rallied yesterday to make it quite clear they oppose cuts in Social Security, Medicare and domestic programs to achieve those goals. But it was doubtful whether the House GOP majority, egged on the by Tea Party -- which held a smaller rally the day before -- listened.

How to Save the US Labor Movement

The first step in saving the labor movement is recognizing that it needs saving. Sadly, many union leaders -- including Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO -- refuse to accept this reality, choosing instead to dismiss the current threats against labor unions as "exaggerated," or limited to this or that Republican politician. In fact, the labor movement -- especially public sector unions -- is facing nationwide attacks by Democrats and Republicans alike.

L.A. Times Cuts Veteran Writers Tim Rutten, Mark Heisler, Jerry Crowe

Another round of layoffs is underway at the Los Angeles Times. On Wednesday, the first names began to surface: Tim Rutten, a former reporter and editor turned op-ed contributor is out. He had been at the paper nearly 40 years. Other Times veterans joining him are Mark Heisler, the Times’ long-time NBA writer, sports columnist Jerry Crowe, assistant travel editor Jane Engle and assistant business editor Sharon Bernstein. All three had been at the paper more than 20 years.

Guild wins three of four challenged positions at proposed Forward unit

A New York Guild drive to organize a business unit at The Forward Association, publisher of English- and Yiddish-language newspapers, was given a major boost recently when the National Labor Relations Board found that three out of four individuals the company claimed were not appropriate for union coverage are, in fact, eligible to vote in the upcoming election.