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July 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Several gay bars in West Hollywood have begun removing Stoli Vodka--made from Russian ingredients--from their shelves to protest recent anti-gay laws in Russia. “Come on down and drink something other than Russian vodka!” said Brian Rand, an accountant at Eleven Bar & Nightclub, a gay bar on Santa Monica Boulevard. Eleven stopped selling Stoli and all Russian vodka products Wednesday night, Rand said, with the enthusiastic support of its customers. In a statement on its Facebook page , Revolver Video Bar, also on Santa Monica Boulevard, announced Thursday that it, too, would boycott all Stoli products “effective immediately.” “Revolver Video Bar could not support any brand associated with Russia at a time when the Russian government is implementing its anti-gay law that bans gay 'propaganda,'” the bar said in its Facebook statement.
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BUSINESS
December 7, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Few aerospace employees had it as good as William Grayson Hunter. He was paid simultaneously to work full time at two aerospace firms but rarely went to work, instead spending his days at bars, amusement parks and movie theaters, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. One of his employers, Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, paid $2.5 million last week to settle Justice Department allegations that the company defrauded the Air Force for several years by billing for Hunter's time when it knew he was rarely at work, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1997
Re "Keep the Lifestyle Cops Out of Bars," Commentary, Sept. 10: I found M. Lester O'Shea's column a conglomeration of mostly self-serving rationalizations. He can't separate what is "irritating" from what is an "assault." How would O'Shea like it if I were to go up to him in a bar and stomp on his toes? In bars, stomping on toes is illegal because it is an "assault" on another person, yet smoking isn't. Why shouldn't there be laws against O'Shea blowing his smoke in people's faces? Toe-stomping may damage your feet over time, but secondhand smoke may kill you. Both "assaults" are irritating, only smoking is irritating and dangerous.
OPINION
October 21, 2007
Re "Dying prisoners may be given leniency," Oct. 15 Prisons are built to house people who are a threat to society, not to be houses of torture. The way the legal and prison systems treat dying prisoners is a crime against humanity. How can an old person in the end stages of cancer be a danger to me or anyone else? Criminals usually lack compassion and empathy, but does that justify the prison system's own lack of compassion? Ann Logan Gardena
NEWS
February 16, 1989 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
Ever the proper businesswoman, Yuka Sakamoto is poised for that moment late in the night when the bankers and international trade executives who are her regular customers fish into their pockets for business cards. Dutifully, Sakamoto produces her own: "Yuka Sakamoto--Mama." It is the appropriate job description for her line of work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2010 | By Amina Khan
New businesses opening in downtown Huntington Beach can cut beer pong out of their possible entertainment lineups. City leaders recently voted to ban alcohol games for new businesses or those renewing their entertainment licenses. Beer pong has been a form of entertainment at a number of establishments in Surf City, where aficionados tested their accuracy and alcohol tolerance in a satellite tournament during the World Series of Beer Pong in 2008. Beer pong starts out with partially filled cups of beer arranged in triangles on opposite sides of a table.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1997
Authorities Tuesday charged Michael Smith with more than two dozen felonies in connection with the robbery of a Northridge bar that ended in a wild shootout with undercover police officers that left three alleged robbers dead and a bystander wounded. The robbery of the ClassRoom bar led to the shooting near Corbin Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard last month by the Los Angeles Police Department's controversial Special Investigations Section.
NEWS
August 29, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
After a long night of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, the Assembly late Thursday gave new life to legislation that would permit smoking in bars and casinos past Jan. 1, when smoking in the establishments is set to become illegal. The legislation had been dormant until Assemblyman Edward Vincent (D-Inglewood) used a parliamentary procedure to amend an otherwise unrelated and minor Senate bill dealing with horse racing at county fairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State investigators have cleared a bar owner of allegations by the city's Human Rights Commission that he discriminated against black and female customers and job candidates. Investigators from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control went undercover last year to investigate Les Natali's two Castro neighborhood bars, said John Carr, a department spokesman.
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