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July 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Chrysler said Monday that it would indefinitely close one Missouri plant and cut production at another because of slumping demand for pickup trucks and minivans. Executives said in a conference call that the automaker would shutter the St. Louis South plant, which makes minivans, effective Oct. 31. The St. Louis North plant, which makes full-size pickups, will be cut from two shifts to one effective Sept. 2. Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler said the moves would affect 2,400 jobs.
June 21, 2008 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
It was meant to be a magazine for "your city" -- Tu Ciudad. But in the end, the glossy lifestyle publication aimed at affluent, assimilated Latinos failed to find a home in the region's turbulent media landscape. After more than three years serving as a guide for the city's best mojitos, taco stands and cultural trendsetters, Tu Ciudad magazine abruptly shut down this week.
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 19, 2008 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
Dustin and Lindsay Phillips had no idea they were part of the beginning of the end of the Guggenheim's great Las Vegas adventure, a seven-year gamble that is coming to a close with the museum taking its chips -- its paintings -- back home. The Nashville couple hadn't even known there was a Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in the Venetian. They'd come to town "just for Las Vegas," spotted the Guggenheim's entrance around the corner from the hotel-casino's check-in desk, then wandered in.
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.
April 4, 2008 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
Travelers with visions of Waikiki, sandy beaches and island cruises were stranded Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport and across the nation as low-fare carrier ATA Airlines Inc. abruptly grounded all flights and ceased operations. A single sheet of paper posted at an empty ticket counter at LAX delivered the bad news for travelers on the carrier's three scheduled daily flights from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Passengers scrambled -- with limited success -- to make alternative arrangements.
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.
February 14, 2008 | Jack Leonard and Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County healthcare officials unveiled a draft cost-cutting plan Wednesday that calls for closing all but one of the county's dozen clinics and reduces services at its six comprehensive outpatient health centers. Officials said a $195-million deficit makes the cuts necessary even under a "best-case scenario" for the badly strapped public healthcare system. The county faces the threat of more reductions in state and federal aid in the next few months.
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