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BUSINESS
December 27, 2007 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Bursts of spending marked both ends of the holiday shopping season, but retailers will probably still be disappointed when the fourth quarter is over. Sales at stores open a year or more rose 2.8% last week, the International Council of Shopping Centers said Wednesday, and Michael Niemira, the group's chief economist, predicted the total for November and December combined would be "a tad below" 2.5%, which is what Niemira had forecast would be the gain over last year.
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BUSINESS
December 16, 2007 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
It's time for the top 10 scams of 2007. From cruel foreclosure frauds to Nigerian puppies -- in other words, from the tragic to near comical -- this was a banner year for consumer scams. Much like many other years. The Internet continued to provide a worldwide platform for fraudsters. New scams popped up and some old-fashioned schemes came back. So, without further ado, here's a countdown of infamous notables for the year. Hold your applause, and your wallet. 10.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2008 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach remained the nation's busiest seaport complex for cargo containers in 2007, even though they saw a decline in traffic for the first time in at least 20 years. But in a shift, exports grew as the dollar's declining value helped U.S. companies ride into new markets and to record-breaking sales. One of those benefiting was Los Angeles Grain Terminal in Long Beach, a 49-year-old company that packs cargo containers with grain from the Midwest for sale in Asia.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2007 | ANN POWERS
In October, I published a list of what I thought most other critics would put on their 2007 Top 10s. My predictions are panning out, though I should have ranked LCD Soundsystem higher and recognized that few would grasp that Rihanna's more than a singles artist. Understandably, some readers thought that list represented my own faves.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2007 | DON HECKMAN
Michael Brecker "Pilgrimage" (Telarc). There's a tendency to give sentimental credibility to recordings released after an artist's death. But this is a major recording by a major artist, even though it was Brecker's last -- a stunning epilogue to a brilliant, far too short career. Charles Mingus Sextet With Eric Dolphy: "Cornell 1964" (Blue Note). Newly discovered, this is sheer gold -- historic performances by one of the very finest ensembles Mingus ever led.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2007 | AGUSTIN GURZA
Calle 13, "Residente of Visitante" (Sony). The devilish duo from Puerto Rico is more mature though no less outrageous in its sophomore effort, expanding the boundaries of urban Latino with two of the most memorable songs of the year -- the deliciously seductive "Tango del Pecado" and the gritty immigrant anthem "Pal Norte," with a chorus by the Cuban hip-hop trio Orishas. Juanes, "La Vida Es . . . Un Ratico" (Universal).
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2007 | RICHARD CROMELIN
I guess the Brits are back from that post-Oasis lull. My 10 favorite albums of 2007 include five from English artists, not counting patriarch Robert Plant's collaboration with Alison Krauss, and easily could have included this year's collections by the Arctic Monkeys, Jamie T., Lily Allen and PJ Harvey, among others.
SPORTS
December 30, 2007 | Randy Harvey
Was this an extraordinarily bad year for women in sports, or what? Television has its Emmys. Music has its Grammys. We have our Dummies. In a tradition begun all the way back in 2006, The Times again bestows dishonor upon the worst of the worst in sports for the year. The nominees are limited in 2007 to those who were mean to women. It is hardly an exclusive list. Don Imus or Isiah Thomas for No. 1? How about Dubliner magazine? Matt Leinart? You can't really go wrong. NO.
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