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June 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
State officials are shutting down a San Joaquin Valley farm labor contractor that hired a pregnant teen who died while pruning grapes last month. Authorities suspect 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez died because Merced Farm Labor denied her proper access to shade and water even as she worked in 100-degree heat. The California Department of Industrial Relations issued the stop-work order Thursday.
May 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Clothing retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. posted a wider fiscal first-quarter loss on lower sales and a charge related to the closure of an Anaheim facility. The loss was in line with Wall Street predictions, but the company cut its guidance for the year, sending its shares down 51 cents, or 5%, to $9.60 in after-hours trading. Its stock rose 7 cents to $10.11 in the regular session. For the quarter that ended May 3, Pacific Sunwear posted a loss of $37.1 million, or 53 cents a share, compared with a loss of $5.1 million, or 7 cents, a year earlier.
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.
February 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Wilsons the Leather Experts Inc. will close the majority of its 260 mall locations and cut more than 1,000 jobs, the clothing retailer said Friday. Wilsons will keep 100 stores open, revamping them under a "Studio" concept focused on fashion accessories for women. All stores should be remodeled by August. About 938 store-related jobs and 64 positions at the company's corporate headquarters, overseas offices and distribution center in Brooklyn Park, Minn., will be cut.
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.
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