July 21, 2010 |
The allure of ants may escape most people, but Uncle Milton Industries Inc. has based decades of success on the creatures. The Westlake Village toy maker is famed for inventing the ant farm in 1956 as well as other playthings in the science-and-nature niche. Uncle Milton's Ant Farm is so popular and has spawned so many imitators that company President Frank Adler may be only half joking when he says: "We do supply the ants from a secret source; we'd tell you but then we'd have to kill you. ... Competition is always seeking out that information."
November 29, 2000 |
Flour in a resealable package is one of the best ideas to come down the pike. No more flour on the shelf from a torn paper bag. Why didn't they think of this sooner? Gold Medal all-purpose flour, 4.25 pounds, $1.99 at major supermarkets.
October 23, 2010 |
Sherlock Holmes ? you all know that guy. (And if you don't, I would very much like to speak with you; your strange case interests me.) Like Santa Claus or Peter Pan or Hamlet, he is among those ? spoiler alert! ? fictional characters who stand for a whole class of behavior and purpose and who shape the very way we think about thinking. We greet his periodic returns to the screen with excitement, but also with trepidation: As a man out of copyright, he is subject to all sorts of remaking and remodeling and speculation upon his closeted character.
December 25, 2013 |
Don't think that Gina Marie Lindsey is up in an ivory control tower. This week, the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports will be joining an estimated 2.6 million passengers in the Christmas/New Year's scrum at LAX, on her own holiday travels. In 2007, the woman who once ran Seattle's airport was appointed to run L.A.'s by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In October, Mayor Eric Garcetti decided to keep Lindsey on to, in her words, "continue to push this" - Los Angeles International Airport - forward.
May 6, 2010 |
When Jordan Hoffner left YouTube last fall, the former head of content partnerships had just begun forging deals with Hollywood studios to provide television and movie clips to the Internet video giant. The former NBC digital media executive's wrangling with Time Warner Inc., the Walt Disney Co. and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., among others, took years to conclude because of concerns over cannibalizing existing business relationships and questions about whether the videos would reach the desired audience.
January 25, 2000 |
The chief executive of 21st Century Insurance Group has resigned as insurance behemoth and majority shareholder American International Group continued to strengthen its hold over the smaller Woodland Hills-based insurer. William L. Mellick, president of 21st Century since 1994 and its CEO since 1995, said in a statement released Monday that he is resigning his positions at the company and on its board, effective Feb. 4., to "pursue other business and personal interests."
September 28, 2007 |
American International Group Inc. acquired Woodland Hills-based 21st Century Insurance Group on Thursday and said it would eliminate 600 jobs in combining its auto unit with 21st Century. Call center staff, claims handlers and administrative workers are among employees from the two companies who will lose their jobs as a result of the transaction, said Chris Winans, spokesman for New York-based AIG, the world's largest insurer.
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July 4, 2000
21st Century Insurance Co. in Woodland Hills has been upgraded to an A+ rating by A.M. Best, the world's oldest authoritative insurance rating and information source. The new A+ (Superior) rating represents Best's recognition of 21st Century's improvement since the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which forced the company to liquidate $500 million of its investment portfolio. The company paid more than $1.
August 3, 2003 |
Three original members of the Doors will be together again in December. No, drummer John Densmore has not dropped his lawsuit against keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger to get them to stop touring as the Doors 21st Century. Rather, Manzarek and Krieger will be taking their show to Paris, where on Dec. 8 they will mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of singer Jim Morrison by visiting his grave at the Pere Lachaise cemetery.
April 9, 2003 |
The battle against severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, has brought back something that most people know only from history books: quarantine. Some critics tell us that quarantine -- restraining the movement of people to prevent the spread of infectious disease -- is unworkable and ineffective and deserves to be put back on the shelf. Modern medicine, civil rights and technology have made quarantine impractical and obsolete, we are told. But history suggests this assumption is mistaken.