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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.
June 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
True Religion Apparel Inc., which sells jeans for more than $200 a pair, said it ended its review of alternatives and would focus on opening its own stores and expanding its wholesale and licensing business. The Los Angeles-based company, which had retained Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to review "a number of strategic opportunities," said in a statement that it would add six retail stores for a total of 14 in 2007 and would have at least 50 stores by the end of 2009.
June 3, 2007 | Nicole LaPorte
IT was 40 minutes before the afternoon showing of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," and things were getting busy outside Malibu's only movie house, in the Cross Creek Center. Two minivans pulled up, spilling out seven little girls, all of them shrieking as they raced up to the "Shrek the Third" poster. By all appearances, Malibu's cinema scene has fully rebounded since an April 2005 fire damaged what was then the Cross Creek Plaza Theater, forcing it to shut down.
May 23, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nike Inc. and Foot Locker Inc. said they would open as many as 50 House of Hoops stores in the U.S. in the next three years as they seek to boost flagging sales of basketball shoes. Most of the stores will be converted Foot Locker locations, the companies said. Stores are planned in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Houston and New York. New York-based Foot Locker and Beaverton, Ore.
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