McCLATCHY BOOSTS SPANISH-LANGUAGE FOCUS: McClatchy Co. will increase its commitment to the rapidly growing Latino community by sharing articles and other content with a major publisher of Spanish-language publications. The partnership, to be announced today, will allow McClatchy's Spanish-language papers and Web sites to feature information produced by ImpreMedia, a privately held publisher that operates in markets covering about two-thirds of the Latinos living in the United States. The seven ImpreMedia newspapers covered in the agreement are: El Diario La Prensa and Hoy Nueva York in New York; El Mensajero in the San Francisco Bay Area; La Opinion in Los Angeles; La Raza in Chicago; La Prensa in Orlando, Fla.; and Rumbo in Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. McClatchy, the third largest U.S. newspaper publisher, runs three Spanish-language papers: El Nuevo Herald in Florida, Vida en el Valle in California's Central Valley and La Estrella in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Vida circulates more than 30,000 copies in Stanislaus County through The Modesto Bee.
ALLEN SUES CLOTHING MAKER OVER BILLBOARD: Woody Allen asked a federal court Monday to strip a clothing company known for its racy ads featuring scantily clad models of at least $10 million for using his image on billboards and on the Internet. In a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the actor-director said he does not endorse commercial products or services in the United States, which makes the May 2007 American Apparel billboards in Hollywood and New York and Web site displays "especially egregious and damaging." The lawsuit said Allen was not contacted by the company and did not consent to the use of his image, which was taken from one of his movies.
PREMIUM VODKA BRAND CHANGES HANDS: Spirits group Pernod Ricard SA is adding Swedish flavor to a liquor cabinet stacked with Scotch whisky, French champagne and Cuban rum with its $8.34 billion purchase of the state-owned maker of Absolut vodka. The company said Monday that it was delighted to add the premium vodka brand to its assortment of drinks, after the Swedish government accepted its bid for Absolut's parent company, Vin & Sprit.
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9.5: Average number of hours Americans are putting in at work each day, according to NSF's 2008 Sleep in America poll
4.5: Estimated number of hours of additional work they do at home
32: Percentage of those surveyed who say they only get a good night's sleep a few nights per month
77: Percentage of female middle managers who aspire to senior level positions, according to a Hudson research study
25: Estimated percentage of women who ever achieve that goal
JOHN MacINTYRE, UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE