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May 28, 2011
For travelers who enjoy gracious hosts as well as lovely old houses, I recommend the Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast in Carthage, Mo. My 86-year-old sister and I enjoyed their Missouri hospitality, which included a generous library of books and movies. Breakfasts were delightful, as was the tea we enjoyed. The Branson music scene is only an hour and a half from Carthage. It's lovely country with lovely people. Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast, 1615 Grand Ave., Carthage; (888) 380-6786, http://www.grand-avenue.com . Weekday rates from $77. Rose Carnahan Whittier
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BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Ford
Few entrepreneurs have grasped as clearly as Richard Branson the importance of public relations in modern business. Over the past 25 years, the tycoon has assembled an empire by trading access to the likable image that he and his Virgin brand project in return for hard assets and stakes in enterprises. Behind the happy-go-lucky exterior is a carefully contrived pose. This portrays Branson - in fact a vastly rich, private-jet-toting tax exile - as a combination of hippie and buccaneer, a scrappy outsider taking on complacent and anticompetitive giants of big business.
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TRAVEL
March 31, 1996
What's the big deal about hotel rooms for $100 or less ("R & R for Under $100," Feb. 25)? Given the economy, I'm sure many families cannot afford to spend $100 plus tax for one night's lodging. Last September, my husband and I drove to the Grand Canyon, Branson, Mo., and Illinois to visit friends and family. Our nightly lodging averaged $60.55 with tax, and we stayed at Best Western, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Days Inn and Ramada. We made no reservations, except at the Grand Canyon and Branson.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
"Downton Abbey" fans, in January it'll be time to jump on a plane and head to ... Georgia. That's where Irish chauffeur and Lady Sybil's widower Tom Branson (a.k.a. actor Allen Leech) will be holding court in mid-January at Sea Island, a coastal resort about 80 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla. Leech, along with Jessica Fellowes, niece of "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes and author of "The World of Downton Abbey," will oversee a slew of activities about the popular PBS show that begins Season 4 on Jan. 5. The weekend begins with a pub quiz and dinner ($35 a person)
NEWS
April 18, 1985 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, Times Staff Writer
Eddie Watkins, like more than 125 other law enforcement officials scouring this rugged Ozark Mountain terrain, was bone-weary and frustrated Wednesday as the search went on through the hot afternoon. The small army of law officers was looking for David C. Tate, 22, a neo-Nazi survivalist member of a group called The Order, sought for the killing of a Missouri patrolman Monday and by federal officials in Seattle on other charges.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Where is a dead Turkish diplomat when you need one? As we approach the midpoint of “Downton Abbey's” third season, I am increasingly concerned the show has lost its ability to surprise. I find myself nostalgic for the long-ago days when you never knew who might slip on an errant bar of soap, die from ingesting rat poison, or carry on a same-sex affair with closeted members of the nobility. What was so seductive about “Downton Abbey” the first time around was how it offered all the usual trappings of British costume drama, while also indulging the more prurient impulses of the contemporary viewer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sisters, sipping their soup and picking at their salads, barely resemble the glossy publicity photographs they have dutifully toted along in a battered briefcase. Certainly the pair still look like performers. Still pretty, yes. Still stylishly slim--and then some. Still wearing artfully applied cosmetics that almost conceal dark under-eye circles and the telltale tracks of stress. Almost. The Buckelew sisters--Aleta, 34, and Sonya, 37--still smile on command.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Delta Air Lines Inc. agreed to buy the 49 percent stake in Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. held by Singapore Airlines Ltd. for $360 million to boost its share of the lucrative trans-Atlantic travel market. Delta and Virgin Atlantic, the biggest long-haul rival to British Airways at London's Heathrow airport, will also begin a joint venture on 31 roundtrip daily flights between the U.K. and North America, the companies said today in a statement. The deal positions Atlanta-based Delta to grab a bigger slice of the world's biggest market for premium passengers.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
To celebrate the launch last month of Virgin Atlantic's newly redesigned upper-class section, the British-based airline is giving passengers some extended face time with Richard Branson, the carrier's billionaire founder. Upper-class passengers can order drinks chilled by ice cubes shaped to look like Branson's head and face. Four designers hired by the airline spent six weeks creating the mold for the Branson cubes. Branson founded the Virgin Group, a conglomerate that owns interests in Virgin Atlantic and San Francisco-based Virgin America airlines, among other businesses.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1999 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Having built a successful track record challenging established players in the airline, soft drink and music industry, Virgin founder Richard Branson now says he plans to jump into the Internet bookstore fray next month. At the opening of his first Virgin cinema in Japan here in a suburb of Fukuoka, Branson said his most recent brainchild is a book and CD retailer on the Internet to be called, what else, Virgin.Com. "In two weeks' time, we'll be taking on Amazon on the Internet," Branson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
NBC is hoping to get a space-travel reality show off the ground this time.  The network is teaming up with producer Mark Burnett and billionaire Richard Branson to make "Space Race," a competition series that would send the winner up in SpaceShipTwo, a commercial space-travel service from Branson's Virgin Galactic. The series could offer Virgin a key opportunity to plug its services.  FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 "Virgin Galactic's mission is to democratize space, eventually making commercial space travel affordable and accessible to all," Branson wrote in a statement.
OPINION
August 18, 2013 | By Richard Branson and James Cameron
We share a deep and abiding passion for and fascination with the ocean that has led us since childhood to wander the world under the waves. We also share an increasing concern that the health of the ocean is rapidly deteriorating under the strain of human pressure and neglect. The evidence is everywhere, from plastic waste at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to flattened remains of deep ocean reefs hundreds of miles from land, bulldozed by bottom trawlers. No part of the ocean, no matter how deep or remote, is safe anymore.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is among the first group of billionaires from outside the U.S. who have signed up to donate at least half of their wealth to charitable causes as part of the Giving Pledge initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. The 12 foreign billionaires who have signed on to the pledge bring the total of signatures to 105 families, according to Bloomberg News. The initiative asking billionaires to pledge at least half of their fortune to philanthropy has largely been focused on the wealthy in the U.S. “As a young man, I never set out to make money,” Branson wrote in his pledge letter.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Where is a dead Turkish diplomat when you need one? As we approach the midpoint of “Downton Abbey's” third season, I am increasingly concerned the show has lost its ability to surprise. I find myself nostalgic for the long-ago days when you never knew who might slip on an errant bar of soap, die from ingesting rat poison, or carry on a same-sex affair with closeted members of the nobility. What was so seductive about “Downton Abbey” the first time around was how it offered all the usual trappings of British costume drama, while also indulging the more prurient impulses of the contemporary viewer.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Delta Air Lines Inc. agreed to buy the 49 percent stake in Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. held by Singapore Airlines Ltd. for $360 million to boost its share of the lucrative trans-Atlantic travel market. Delta and Virgin Atlantic, the biggest long-haul rival to British Airways at London's Heathrow airport, will also begin a joint venture on 31 roundtrip daily flights between the U.K. and North America, the companies said today in a statement. The deal positions Atlanta-based Delta to grab a bigger slice of the world's biggest market for premium passengers.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sir Richard Branson has become the first person on LinkedIn to get 1 million followers as one of the social network's "thought leaders. " The English entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group reached the feat Friday morning. He currently has nearly twice as many followers as President Obama, the second most followed person on LinkedIn with more than 506,000 followers. The accomplishment is noteworthy for Branson but even more important for LinkedIn. The social network introduced its "LinkedIn Influencer" feature -- which lets certain individuals have followers without having to add people as "connections" -- last month.
NEWS
December 25, 1998 | Times Wires Services
British tycoon Richard Branson's hot-air balloon reached the halfway mark in its round-the-world record bid Thursday, with the crew hoping to celebrate Christmas by eating turkey stew over the United States. Branson, American Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden were about 1,500 miles east of Japan. "They are pleased with their progress, but there is still a worry about the weather in the Pacific," ground crew spokeswoman Jackie McQuillan said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Alan Mulally; Richard Branson; Joel Osteen; Ken Follett. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Pattie Mallette; Mindy Kaling; Pink; Penny Marshall; organizing a garage. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Jewel; Easton Corbin. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Chef Guy Fieri. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Kelsey Grammer.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
British billionaire Richard Branson and his space company Virgin Galactic unveiled plans to build a rocket designed to be launched in midair and then deliver small satellites into orbit for a fraction of today's launch prices. LauncherOne will be a two-stage rocket capable of carrying satellites that can weigh as much as 500 pounds into orbit for less than $10 million, Branson said. The new vehicle's first commercial flight is scheduled to take place by 2016. Virgin Galactic makes its spaceships in Mojave, where the crafts are undergoing test flights.
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