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October 26, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Santa Monica-based shopping center operator Macerich Co. will open a $205-million mall near Phoenix today as part of an expansion program in Arizona. SanTan Village is the first of several regional shopping centers the company is building in metropolitan Phoenix. The outdoor mall will include department stores, theaters, restaurants, offices and 130 shops.
October 19, 2007 | Sharon Bernstein and Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writers
With tickets sold out and limousines at the ready, the Nokia Theatre threw open its doors Thursday night with performances by the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks. But it's the performance of the theater itself that has planners and city leaders holding their breath. The 7,100 seat venue -- combined with Staples Center and the Music Center complex -- positions downtown Los Angeles to be the region's leader in big-ticket live entertainment.
October 15, 2007 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Among Fox News Channel's influences on television news has been the proliferation of the "swoosh," the dramatic sweeping graphics and loud chime that accompany a breaking news bulletin on the cable network. So, as its sister Fox Business Network launches today, what kind of attention-grabbing innovations will News Corp.'s latest cable venture introduce? "We have a klaxon from a World War II submarine, one of those, 'Ah-oo-gahs!'
October 8, 2007 | James Prichard, Associated Press
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The new Grand Rapids Art Museum building is open and airy, a deceptively large concrete-and-glass structure featuring abundant space to exhibit and store artwork and plenty of natural light for visitors to easily view it. It's a stark contrast to the museum's previous home: a cramped, old post office where a work could be overlooked due to its proximity to the men's room.
October 2, 2007 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of people had been waiting in line for nearly an hour by the time Orange County's new satellite office opened its doors at 9 a.m. Monday in Little Saigon. Most were Vietnamese residents with questions about applying for low-income housing. Some came by bus, towing young children and suitcases filled with documents and bills. They were participating in an experiment: the county's first multi-service office outside the Santa Ana Civic Center.
October 1, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Eight years after Homeboy Bakery burned down, the business that gave former gang members a job and a chance to break from their past will reopen Tuesday in more spacious quarters near the Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles. Bakers were cleaning pans and counter tops Friday as they prepared to welcome customers this week. "It's going to do a lot of good," said Luis Rivera, 39.
September 1, 2007 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
Wu Peng hurried out of the ferry terminal here Thursday afternoon, scampered across the bus-jammed street and headed straight for the Venetian Macao, the world's largest casino, which opened this week. For the next 24 hours, the pharmaceuticals trader from Shenzhen, China, was glued to a baccarat table, like thousands of other Chinese. Wu, 40, had no interest in strolling down the Venetian's mall under its faux blue sky, swimming in the six pools or riding in a gondola.
August 29, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Pakistan's painstakingly built National Art Gallery opened to the public Tuesday with an expansive exhibit of 600 works -- from Persian-style miniature paintings with a modern twist to large-scale sculpture created specially for the site.
August 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Hawaii's only passenger ferry between the islands embarks on a rushed launch today, but legal problems could quickly immobilize it. The Hawaii Superferry moved up its maiden voyage by two days and offered discounted $5 trips from Oahu to Maui and Kauai after the Hawaii Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that an environmental review should have been required before it could start service.
August 9, 2007 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
For a moment Wednesday, the shiny new planes seemed like a throwback to an era when flying was glamorous, service was a priority and airline food didn't cost extra. Champagne was flowing. Every seat had a tiny TV monitor of its own. Celebrities strutted through the cabin, which was lighted in cool blue and pink. It looked like an airborne discotheque. Virgin America took off in raucous style Wednesday.
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