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April 26, 2008 | Diane Haithman
Silk Roads Design Gallery on La Brea Avenue, dealer of Asian antiques, art and contemporary items, will close June 1 after 15 years to transition to a solely online business. Cari Markell, co-owner of the gallery with husband Jon, said Friday that "rents are going up" and that, with a worldwide clientele, the gallery is "getting more Web business than walk-in business." The website, she said, also allows the opportunity to provide information that helps potential buyers put artworks into historical, religious and cultural context.
April 7, 2008 | Peter Pae and Ken Bensinger, Times Staff Writers
The nation's air travelers may be wondering whether last week's three airline shutdowns signal more trouble ahead. But a bigger concern this spring may be the likelihood of more flight delays, jammed planes and even higher ticket prices. With rising fuel costs, fewer planes in the sky and heightened safety concerns with aging aircraft, travelers can expect flights to be more expensive, crowded and late, giving passengers more reasons not to fly this year.
December 28, 2007 | From Reuters
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has canceled its video download service less than a year after the site went live, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. The retailer shut down the download site after Hewlett Packard Co. discontinued the technology that powered it, spokeswoman Amy Colella said in an e-mail. She added that it would not look for another technology partner.
December 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Gilbert, Ariz.-based Re/Max 2000, one of the Phoenix area's largest real estate brokerages, shut down its 13 offices this week, as the housing bust hits a city that was once one of the nation's hottest markets. Robert Kline, who started the franchise in 2000 and grew the business through acquisitions, said his decision to close was made after a particularly rough patch in December, when it became clear he no longer could afford to pay overhead expenses.
December 22, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Law enforcement authorities have closed down a trash storage operation in Kern County linked to a recycling firm already under investigation for allegedly violating health and safety codes in Long Beach and the Riverside County community of Blythe.
December 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Movie Gallery Inc. plans to close its direct-to-home video rental unit MovieBeam Inc. on Saturday to cut costs. Movie Gallery filed for bankruptcy protection Oct. 16, blaming two years of losses and competition from Blockbuster Inc. and Netflix Inc. Initially backed by Walt Disney Co., Burbank-based MovieBeam started its video service in February 2006.
December 7, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
R.D. Hubbard, who ran Hollywood Park from 1991 to 1999 as the Inglewood racetrack's chairman, says he has been back only once in the past four or five years. And he won't be there Saturday, either, even though one of his horses, Spring House, is a contender in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup. Hubbard will be in Lexington, Ky., through the weekend for Breeders' Cup meetings, but he says he will watch the race on TVG.
December 5, 2007
Tempelhof Airport, which played a key role in the Berlin airlift after World War II, will close to passengers Oct. 31, 2008, Germany's top administrative court confirmed. The court threw out a bid by airlines to prevent Tempelhof's closure as part of plans to expand Schoenefeld Airport, a former military airport on the city's outskirts, into Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport. Several airline companies that use the centrally located Tempelhof Airport tried to block the closure.
November 6, 2007
Conde Nast Publications plans to halt publication of House & Garden magazine, citing the unexpected departure of Publisher Joseph Lagani last month. The December issue, on newsstands next week, will be the last, New York-based Conde Nast said. The website will also be shut down. House & Garden began publishing in 1901.
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Topps Meat Co. said it was closing its business, days after it was forced to issue the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history and 67 years after it opened its doors. The decision will cost 87 people their jobs, the Elizabeth, N.J., company said. Topps on Sept. 25 began recalling frozen hamburger patties that may have been contaminated with a potentially fatal strain of E. coli bacteria. The recall eventually expanded to 21.7 million pounds of ground beef. Thirty people in eight states had E.
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