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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.
August 7, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
The Nokia Theater in downtown L.A. will open with two shows in October as the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks, the epitome of the Southern California country-rock sound past and present, team up to play their only U.S. dates of 2007. The Nokia is part of the $2.5-billion, 4-million-square-foot L.A. Live complex that will be adjacent to Staples Center. Tickets for the Oct. 18 and 20 shows at the 7,100-seat venue go on sale Monday through Ticketmaster.
July 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
MySpace started a Mexican version as part of international growth plans that include expanding in 10 other countries in the next year. MySpace Mexico began a test phase in January and page views since then have jumped 67% while sign-ups climbed 39%, the company said. The website's community in Mexico has more than 1.5 million users, adding to MySpace's 115-million-person network in 18 countries.
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