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August 22, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD
Working as a Disneyland magician in the late 1960s taught Bob Rogers show business: Perform a trick (the show), then sell the trick (the business). He later designed attractions at Disney World and Knott's Berry Farm, and his company's current projects include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and a Woody Woodpecker attraction for Universal Studios Osaka. Rogers has become a bit of a specialist on the show business of theme parks, the design and the story line behind attractions.
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August 25, 1990 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council gave the go-ahead Friday for a $650-million development project bordering the Harbor Freeway, despite protests from some council members that it will add congestion to already overburdened freeways.
NEWS
January 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
A day before what they hope will be the biggest display of inaugural dissent in almost 30 years, seven activist groups declared today a nonviolent "day of resistance" against the "illegitimate" presidency of George W. Bush. The demonstrators said Friday that, despite their diverse agendas, they are uniting to demand an overhaul of the electoral system. This came only hours after protesters failed to persuade a federal judge to relax inauguration security arrangements.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Financially troubled Danish toy maker Lego Holding is about to sell four of the biggest bricks in its empire -- its Legoland theme parks. Blackstone Group, a New York-based private equity firm, is close to an agreement to buy Lego's family entertainment parks, including one in Carlsbad in San Diego County. The deal would be valued at about $461 million, according to sources close to the deal cited by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1990 | BILL BOYARSKY
Despite their vows as born-again environmentalists, Mayor Tom Bradley and the Los Angeles City Council just can't resist huge construction projects. The last big one was Porter Ranch, where 10-story office buildings, a shopping center, a hotel and 3,395 dwellings will be built in the Santa Susana foothills in the far northern San Fernando Valley. Now, City Council committees have approved a project that will really have commuters fuming--Metropolis.
NEWS
June 19, 1994 | SCOTT COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The eight-year tug-of-war over historic preservation in the Miracle Mile South area has taken an unexpected turn in recent weeks: One group of bureaucrats has accused another of missing a key procedural deadline--by seven years. The snag means the effort to designate the neighborhood a "historic preservation overlay zone," or HPOZ, to protect older and architecturally significant buildings has been delayed indefinitely.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
It was a stirring sight in World War II: the biggest U.S. battleship ever built passing slowly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific, bound for battle. On Saturday, thousands witnessed the same historic passage as the Iowa was towed from San Francisco Bay on one last mission - a journey to Southern California and its permanent home as a floating museum on the San Pedro waterfront. The 45,000-ton warship, a fixture in the U.S. mothball fleet for years, was to start its voyage May 20, but weather-wary planners delayed the trip because of predicted storms.
NEWS
May 26, 1994 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
Technology marches on. In one of Knott's Berry Farm's earliest Ghost Town attractions, the Covered Wagon Show, visitors look at a static scale diorama of a wagon train crossing a desert plain while listening to recorded voices retell the travails of the Knott family pioneers as they came out West. It's an oddly affecting slice of Americana, but a special effects extravaganza it's not. Opening this weekend just outside the bounds of Ghost Town, behind the old Birdcage Theater, is Mystery Lodge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
Mark this down on your calendar (though I'm not sure where): This week's Wednesday Morning Club luncheon featuring Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale) will be held Friday, of all days. If you can't make that, the Wednesday Morning Club's next event will be Thursday, Dec. 9. Which I guess makes as much sense as holding the Hollywood Christmas Parade in November. IF YOU THINK JANUARY IS LONG NOW . . .
NEWS
July 30, 1995 | MELANIE BURNEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When New Jersey opened an aquarium in 1992, it looked like something dreamed up by a comedian: The fish were brown. Three years later, with attendance lagging, the New Jersey State Aquarium is trying to lure visitors by livening up the place with $4 million in improvements, including the introduction of brightly colored tropical fish. Electric blue chromides, yellow royal gramma and red cardinals now dip and dive where once only home-grown brown and gray flounder, cod and mackerel swam.
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