Father apologizes for 40-year-old daughter’s ‘nut rage’
The chairman of Korean Air Lines Co. apologized Friday for the behavior of his adult daughter who delayed a flight in an incident now dubbed “nut rage.”
Cho Yang-ho made a deep bow before journalists in response to simmering public anger over his daughter’s over-mighty attitude and the airline’s handling of it. Cho Hyun-ah, who was head of cabin service at Korean Air, was angered when a flight attendant in first class offered her macadamia nuts in a bag, not on a plate. She ordered a senior crew member off the plane, forcing it to return to the gate at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City.
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Cho Yang-ho called his daughter’s behavior foolish and says he regrets he didn’t raise her better. “It’s my fault,” he said. “As chairman and father, I ask for the public’s generous forgiveness.” Shortly after her father’s apology, Cho Hyun-ah, 40, also made a deep bow in her first public appearance since the Dec. 5 incident. She was meeting with transport ministry officials who are investigating whether she violated aviation safety law.
Sorry, Homer, they’re empty
A western New York brewery has constructed a Christmas tree out of hundreds of beer kegs. All that’s missing is the beer. The Genesee Brewing Co. built the 23-foot-high Christmas tree out of 300 stainless steel kegs outsides its Brew House in downtown Rochester.
The keg tree is trimmed with 600 feet of green lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign. More than 20 of Genesee’s elves – also known as employees – got to work designing and building the keg tree. Alas, beer lovers, the kegs are empty. But the company says when the tree is dismantled the kegs will return to the production line and be refilled.
The official public lighting ceremony - yes, public lighting of the keg tree - is set for Dec. 18.
Did they sell them at everyday low prices?
Prosecutors say Pittsburgh drug traffickers smuggled bricks of cocaine alongside food bound for Wal-Mart.
A grand jury indicted six men this week on charges they conspired to move large supplies of cocaine and heroin into the region from California and Arizona. Investigators tapped phones, found documents that outlined the suspects’ supply chain and seized more than $900,000.
They say they came across two of the men in Somerset County driving a tractor-trailer carrying about 42 pounds of cocaine and pallets of Wal-Mart-bound groceries. Wal-Mart says the truck belonged to an outside carrier. The company says it destroyed all the food after the drug seizure because of contamination concerns.
Prosecutors say the suspected ring leader and three others face up to life in prison and a $10 million fine.
How much information is too much?
If you use a road service like OnStar, you know that your car can track your location and send an ambulance automatically if you crash. What you might not know is that your car manufacturer stores this location information, along with the date and time of the incident and whether the airbags deployed. Little “black boxes” akin to the flight recorders on airplanes monitor your braking habits, whether you use a seat belt and how fast you go. Your car may be one of millions. But in its electronics is a unique profile of you and your decisions as a driver.
Some fear that this automotive data could someday be seized by government spy agencies or used against helpless drivers by insurers or worse. How automakers use, store and protect even the most mundane data collected from our increasingly smart vehicles is going to become even more important as cars start talking to everything around them – from other cars to sensors embedded in the road to nearby businesses. Manufacturers are taking their first steps to safeguard this information. But even they acknowledge there’s a lot they don’t know how to do.
When was the last time you went into a bank?
When it comes to making deposits, consumers have left bank tellers in droves, according to a recent report by Novantas Research.
The percentage of consumers preferring to make deposits with a teller has fallen to 34 percent in 2014 from 54 percent in 2012, partly reflecting investments that banks have made in technology, including improved ATMs and the ability to deposit checks by taking photos of them with smartphones.
But other types of transactions aren’t budging from branches, according to the advisory firm to the financial services industry. From 2006 to 2011, the percentage of survey respondents who said they preferred to solve a banking problem in a branch fell to 37 percent from 53 percent. But that percentage has remained almost unchanged in 2012 and 2014 surveys.
The bank branch, in some shape or form, also “remains vital” for banks that want to attract new checking account customers, Novantas said.
The Associated Press, Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post contributed.