The electroshock weapon called the Taser, which is typically used by police when trying to control a fleeing suspect, uses an electrical current that causes neuromuscular incapacitation. In other words, if you’re struck by a Taser, your chances of getting away are null.
There have been plenty of controversies involving the device and law enforcement. The most notorious may be the altercation that led to the phrase “Don’t tase me, bro.”The story of how the Taser got its name, however, is an even wackier yarn.
Taser is actually not a word, but an acronym for a fictional weapon:
Cover added the “A” to Tom Swift’s name. The original character did not have a middle name.
Victor Appleton is the author of the Tom Swift books. But Appleton himself was also a product of the imagination. He was a house pseudonym invented by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book-packaging firm. The actual authors consisted of half a dozen ghost writers.
The verb “to tase” was backformed from Taser.
Construction May Soon Start on Two Hotels in Downtown San Diego.
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News October 20, 2002 By Roger M. Showley, The San Diego Union-Tribune Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Oct. 20–Traveling San Diegans talk of trips to London and San Francisco. Now, those in London and San Francisco are returning the favor. site downtown san diego
The Centre City Development Corp., the City Council’s downtown redevelopment arm, has approved plans for a 461-room Inter-Continental Hotel to be developed by Six Continents, a British chain that also owns the Holiday Inn brand.
Estimated to cost at least $100 million, the 30-story building designed by Callison Partnership of Seattle would be built on a narrow parking lot at Third Avenue and G Street. The typical room price today would be about $200 or more per night.
Also approved was a 235-room hotel by San Francisco-based Kimpton Boutique Hotels in partnership with Padres owner John Moores’ JMI Realty Co. Estimated to cost about $50 million, the 10-story building is being designed by San Diego-based Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker and Bretton Associates. It would be at Sixth Avenue and J Street. The typical room price today would be between $150 and $195 per night, officials said.
If approved by the City Council, construction on the projects could begin next year with completion in 2005.
Both projects have long histories, and both were hailed by local officials and hotel experts.
“San Diego is one of the top markets in the U.S. right now,” said local hotel analyst and developer Bob Rauch.
Reint Reinders, president of the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the hotels would add new brands to the local market and support growing demand downtown.
“We need more rooms downtown, especially as downtown is becoming its own destination,” he said.
The Inter-Continental was the original operator of the San Diego Marriott and Marina when that hotel opened in the early 1980s next to the San Diego Convention Center.
The small, luxury-hotel chain, founded in 1946 by Pan American World Airways, was bought in 1998 from Japan-based Saison Group by the London-based Six Continents PLC.
Previously known as Bass Hotels & Resorts, Six Continents owns, manages or has franchised 3,114 properties with nearly 500,000 rooms around the world.
Besides Holiday Inn and Inter-Continental, the chain includes Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites and several other brands.
Inter-Continental’s return to San Diego also closes the chapter on downtown’s first redevelopment effort. The hotel site is the last undeveloped parcel in the 15-square-block Horton Plaza Redevelopment Project, created 30 years ago to jump-start downtown revitalization.
“We’re in the sunset of that redevelopment project area,” said Centre City Development President Peter Hall.
The big new hotel would occupy a tiny footprint a 56-foot-wide parking strip running 255 feet along G Street. Behind the hotel site is the Horton Plaza shopping center garage; to the west is the Nordstrom department store; to the east, the historic Golden West Hotel.
In an engineering feat that would be interesting for sidewalk superintendents to watch, the hotel would rise 402 feet and extend partly over the shopping center garage.
Unlike the pastel-colored, mix-and-match 1980s Post-Modern architecture of Horton Plaza, the Inter-Continental would appear very 21st century, with glass, aluminum, curving facades and stepped back upper stories. Hall’s analysts likened the effect to a sailboat on the urban skyline. go to site downtown san diego
Parking would be provided within the existing Horton Plaza garage, and the pool, ballroom and lobby areas would be located in a level spanning the top of the garage.
Isis Hotels of Houston is listed as the developer, with Westfield America, owner of Horton Plaza, as the lessor to Six Continents.
The second hotel deal replaces one earlier announced between JMI Realty and AmeriSuites. Kimpton stepped in to replace the original operator, and the project was slightly enlarged and redesigned. The San Francisco chain operates 36 hotels, all bearing unique names, and 28 restaurants. This would be only the third hotel Kimpton has built from scratch.
“We’ve been shopping San Diego for years and years and years,” said Kimpton chairman and chief executive Thomas LaTour.
He said he tried to acquire the U.S. Grant, Westgate, St. James and El Cortez hotels and even the Spreckels Theatre building, a portion of which he wanted to convert to hotel rooms.
“Every time, we were frustrated by the economics,” he said. “They wanted too much for their old buildings, and people weren’t willing to pay a lot for a hotel room. The underwriting never got approved.” LaTour said a hotel name and accompanying restaurant theme have not been selected.
E-shopping sales surge so far — Black Friday up 26 percent as many eye ‘Cyber Monday’
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) November 28, 2011 | Mark Jewell On the eve of “Cyber Monday,” online retailers reported an even stronger start to the holiday shopping season than brick-and-mortar stores.
Research firm comScore reported Sunday that e-commerce spending jumped 26 percent on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, compared with the same day a year ago. ComScore reported $816 million in online sales for the day, up from $648 million.
The 26 percent growth rate for online sales compares with a 7 percent retail sales increase reported for Black Friday by ShopperTrak, which gathers data from individual stores and shopping malls. At $11.4 billion, the brick-and-mortar sales total still dwarfs the online total. go to web site cyber monday sales
Thanksgiving is also a big day for online sales, and comScore reported an 18 percent increase this year compared with a year ago, with $479 million in sales.
Online sales also have been strong throughout November. Online sales through Saturday rose 15 percent compared with the same period a year ago, according to comScore, which is based in Reston, Va. Through the first 25 days of the month, online sales have totaled $12.74 billion. this web site cyber monday sales
ComScore said 50 million Americans visited online retail sites on Black Friday, up 35 percent from a year ago. Each of the top five retail sites reported double-digit gains in visitors, in percentage terms, led by top retail site Amazon. Walmart ranked second, followed by Best Buy, Target and Apple.
Next up is Cyber Monday, when many online retailers run promotions for the first business day of the week following Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday sales topped $1 billion last year, making it the heaviest day of online spending ever.
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