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April 14, 2001 | CHARLES PILLER and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Yahoo Inc. cut short its brief romance with the adult-entertainment industry Friday, saying it will shutter its X-rated online store and block merchants from selling adult-oriented material on the world's leading Internet site. The online giant also said it will stop accepting classified ads or auction listings for adult items and will accept no new advertisements for pornographic materials or Web sites.
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February 5, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
The red carpet was buzzing, and actress Riley Reid was trying to practice her acceptance speech. But a sheepish fan in a bow tie wanted a picture. Fellow performers wanted good-luck hugs and kisses. Reporters wanted interviews. Reid, 22, said she'd spoken with her mother before the show and they talked about what the actress might say if she won Female Performer of the Year. Her mom wanted a shout-out from the stage. After all, the actress had inherited one of her better-known attributes from her. Reid had promised she wouldn't forget her. "It's super-flattering and I would be super-happy if I won," Reid said.
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June 21, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
"I have never liked bargains," Hedy Lamarr once said, "when it came to sex." True, but if you were ever looking for a good value on a French maid's uniform, a "talking" sex toy or one of those sporty, studded leather collars, well, this may be the weekend to get your freak on.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deleting my Jill Kelley emails. The Skinny: How can Thanksgiving be a week away? Where is this year going? Ponder that while reading today's column, which includes stories about the adult entertainment industry's threats to leave Los Angeles in reaction to a new law, a battle for power at Netflix and Tim Tebow pitching TiVo. Daily Dose: NBC isn't the only one beefing up its cable sports channel. CBS Sports has acquired the rights to the Arena Football League for its cable network.
NEWS
October 11, 1992 | CAITLIN RANDALL, REUTERS
Spain's state-owned telephone monopoly has just discovered what phone companies in the United States and Britain have known for years: sex sells. Adult entertainment lines with names like Eroticon and Adrenaline, introduced about five months ago, are now the hottest business in Spain, proving a gold mine for both Telefonica S.A. and owners of the sex phone services. The lines draw an average of 18,000 calls a day at a rate of about $9 for a lusty fantasy, according to the sex line owners.
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July 16, 1994 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After crashing her white Corvette and injuring her much-glorified face on the way home from another night of hard partying, Shannon Wilsey sent a friend out to walk her Rottweiler, Daisy, and then shot herself in the head. For the 23-year-old sex video superstar known as Savannah, it was the most outrageous act in a short but outrage-filled public life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Extasy, a Northridge club featuring nude dancers, will remain open through the weekend, despite action against it by the Los Angeles City Council and building inspectors. "We're open and we're planning to stay open," said Steve Gamer, a spokesman for the club on Corbin Avenue near Nordhoff Street. "We're going to adhere to the law. We plan to fight any attempt to close us down."
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July 6, 2001 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When 43-year-old porn actor Tyce Bune goes to work these days, he makes sure to pack something extra in his briefcase along with the usual script and change of clothes: a vial of Viagra tablets. On a typical day, when filming can stretch on for 14 hours, Bune will strip down and have sex in front of a camera crew as many as three times. During busy times, he might work five days a week.
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March 3, 1992 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first sex shop in Russian history opened to the public on Monday--only, please, its management insisted, don't call it a sex shop. "We call it 'an intimacy salon,' " director Alla Burashnikova said as she sat primly in a corner watching deeply interested Russians examine glow-in-the-dark condoms, an inflatable woman and six sets of shelves holding probably the broadest array of sexual devices ever gathered in one public place on Russian soil. "We propagandize health," Burashnikova said.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
I found the story regarding older adults' favorite weekend ["Adult L.A.," Aug. 23] so boring -- though these mature hipsters' voices were long overdue. Wish I would have participated in that article and shared some enlightening times. Here I am in my 60s and I travel by myself to Palm Springs, concerts, restaurants, Oxnard beaches, book signings, wine tastings, Spanish and Italian meet-ups, go salsa dancing, and, yes, even go to happy-hour places where the young waitresses refer to me as "babe."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Los Angeles has been a fighting a tide of runaway production of big-budget movies and television dramas. Now it may face an emigration of another homegrown industry - adult entertainment. That's the specter raised by some of the hundreds of porn producers in L.A. after voters approved Measure B, which requires performers to wear condoms and establishes a new permitting system for adult entertainment shoots. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments The law was advocated by AIDS activists who argued it would protect performers from disease outbreaks.
OPINION
October 18, 2012
Performers in adult films risk their health and their very lives to do their controversial work. Despite advances in the treatment of HIV, there is not yet a cure for the virus, which causes AIDS. New, more virulent and in some cases reportedly untreatable strains of once manageable sexually transmitted diseases continue to appear: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia. So it stands to reason that government would consider common-sense regulations to protect performers in the workplace. Just as regulations require helmets on construction sites to protect against debilitating head injuries, government could mandate that performers whose work requires sexual contact wear condoms.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
Given California's reputation for hassling businesses with petty regulations, it was probably only a matter of time before we heard squeals of complaint from what is arguably the San Fernando Valley's most famous export industry. Yes, I'm talking about porn. The particular issue is how to protect adult film performers from sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS and gonorrhea. Medical authorities say there's only one way to do that reliably — require condoms for high-risk activities portrayed on screen (you know what I'm talking about)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A 23-year veteran Los Angeles traffic officer has been fired for appearing in a pornographic online video while on duty and in uniform, officials said Thursday. John K. Dancler was discharged Monday, said Maggie Whelan, general manager for the city Personnel Department. He challenged his firing on the same day, filing an appeal with the city's five-member Civil Service Commission. Dancler was dismissed for engaging in misconduct on the job and in uniform, and participating in "indecent acts" that reflected unfavorably on the city workforce, said Bruce Whidden, the commission's executive director.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
A feud has broken out among competing Los Angeles trade shows, and it's getting nasty. Also, it's about sex. For the last few years, the biggest show celebrating the adult entertainment industry at the Los Angeles Convention Center has been Adultcon, which is expected to draw an estimated 30,000 visitors during three events this year. But the managers of Adultcon have announced that they are canceling two of next year's shows because the city has refused to bar competing adult entertainment shows from operating at the convention center within three months of Adultcon.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The pornography industry, like the rest of Hollywood, has been buffeted by the economic downturn, the falloff in DVD sales and a cornucopia of free content on the Internet. Still, for better or worse, the adult entertainment business remains alive and well in the San Fernando Valley, where thousands of films are shot every year in warehouses and private homes. One of the 10 busiest sites for on-location filming in Los Angeles last year was a two-story industrial building in Chatsworth operated by Penthouse Studios, a spinoff of the adult magazine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
Continuing efforts to place tighter controls on adult entertainment businesses, the City Council's Planning and Land Use Committee decided Tuesday to require that adult cabarets meet conditional-use permit requirements. The committee directed the drafting of ordinances to regulate standards of behavior within the clubs, possibly including a requirement that performers be licensed to ensure that they are of legal age.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
A feud has broken out among competing Los Angeles trade shows, and it's getting nasty. Also, it's about sex. For the last few years, the biggest show celebrating the adult entertainment industry at the Los Angeles Convention Center has been Adultcon, which is expected to draw an estimated 30,000 visitors during three events this year. But the managers of Adultcon have announced that they are canceling two of next year's shows because the city has refused to bar competing adult entertainment shows from operating at the convention center within three months of Adultcon.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
A night out at a risque West Hollywood nightclub was an "after-hours nonofficial get-together" that followed a meeting of young Republican donors and should not have been paid for with party money, a top Republican National Committee official said in a memo released Tuesday. RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay said no senior party officials attended the outing at Voyeur, which features performers in bondage and sadomasochistic scenes. Nor did party officials know of the purpose of the reimbursement to the donor who paid the nearly $2,000 tab, the memo said.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas
The Republican National Committee is investigating the expenditure of nearly $2,000 in party funds at a racy West Hollywood nightclub, a party spokesman said Monday. RNC spokesman Doug Heye acknowledged that the party had reimbursed Erik Brown, president of a Southern California firm that has provided direct mail services to political campaigns, for a Jan. 31 outing at Voyeur West Hollywood. The club, inspired by the film "Eyes Wide Shut," is intended to be "risque and provocative" and "a combination of intimidation and sexuality," one of its partners, David Koral, told The Times in October.
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