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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.
July 19, 2007 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Lew Wolff, who owns a large chunk of the Oakland Athletics and has been known to dabble in real estate, has a new venture going. On Wednesday, Wolff, along with business partner and fellow A's owner John Fisher, were unveiled by Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber as the owners of the league's 14th team, the San Jose Earthquakes, which will begin playing -- again -- in 2008. If the name sounds familiar, it should.
June 15, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Britain's culinary reputation has always been locked in the infamy of mashed peas and gray roast beef. But it is no secret that Londoners, for all their pretensions to blandness, are foodies. Forget the gastro-pubs -- just go shopping in London for Sunday dinner. At the Borough Market, a cook can find a nice feathered pheasant and redolent disks of Double Gloucester cheese.
June 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said it had struck a deal with two franchisees to open 90 Gap stores and 20 Banana Republic stores in Saudi Arabia and Turkey over the next five years. San Francisco-based Gap said its franchisees were Fawaz Alhokair Group in Saudi Arabia and Fiba Holding in Turkey.
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