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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1996 | BRETT ANTHONY COLLINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Wagner, a Burbank civic and business leader known for wearing red socks, has died. He was 57. Wagner suffered a fatal heart attack Nov. 19 after playing racquetball at the Burbank YMCA, according to his family. Born Oct. 17, 1939 in Chicago, Wagner earned a business degree from the University of Illinois. In 1959 he began a six-year stint in the U.S. Army, during which he married and moved to California.
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BUSINESS
April 28, 1995 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. business executives are anticipating a huge victory in Congress in coming weeks as a result of their prodigious push to make it tougher for aggrieved consumers to win multimillion-dollar damage awards against product manufacturers. "We will spend whatever it takes to win," promised Frank Coleman, a spokesman for the U.S Chamber of Commerce, which is spearheading an aggressive business coalition pushing hard for change.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1995 | STEVE SCHEIBAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police and FBI agents are searching for three well-dressed men who robbed a Westminster bank before it opened Wednesday, injuring two employees. Gary Morley, special agent for the FBI's Santa Ana office, said that three men wearing business suits forced their way into the Sanwa Bank at 7751 Westminster Blvd. when employees opened the bank at 8:15 a.m. The robbers then forced bank employees to open the bank's vault.
NEWS
December 1, 1994 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN
"I was tired of wearing a suit," says Mike Hogan, a one-time computer salesman. When he saw pictures of a friend's father's restaurant in the Sacramento- and Folsom-based Java Centrale chain, he almost immediately decided to buy a franchise. So a year and a half ago, together with another friend (and now partner) Keoni Smith, he took off his suit and opened this coffee/sandwich/dessert place in Torrance just across from Del Amo Fashion Square.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1994 | From Associated Press
Sometimes it seems like suing a company is guaranteed to make a plaintiff a millionaire. A secretary is awarded $7.1 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Chicago law firm Baker & McKenzie, although she worked at the firm for just three months. An 81-year-old woman receives a $2.9-million jury award against McDonald's after suffering third-degree burns from the fast-food chain's hot coffee. Big awards like these grab big headlines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN
An Irvine business has agreed to stop selling belt buckle knives and "cane swords" and to pay $7,500 in costs and civil penalties in the wake of a consumer protection lawsuit filed against it by the Orange County district attorney's office, prosecutors said Friday. Without admitting liability, the company, Ken Nolan Inc. and its president, William C. Warren, agreed to resolve the lawsuit that was filed Thursday, according to a statement released by the district attorney's office.
NEWS
June 16, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like no other material, a wisp of lace can stir romantic feelings and memories of a bygone era. Lace recalls the days of the early 1900s, when women wore lace all over: on the fronts and high collars of their blouses, encircling the bodices of their dresses and bordering the hems of their petticoats. As the 20th Century ends, women have once again taken up lace, but they're wearing it in a much different fashion than their grandmothers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1994 | KURT PITZER
Eight businesses have filed lawsuits against the city of Agoura Hills in an effort to block a law requiring them to remove their pole-mounted advertisements. Chevron, Unocal, McDonald's, Texaco, Burger King, Denny's, Lumber City and Roadside Lumber have filed separate suits during the past two weeks challenging the city's ban of tall signs that line the Ventura Freeway.
NEWS
April 8, 1994 | PATRICK MOTT and ANN CONWAY
W hat would the guys in the suit crowd wear if they allowed themselves to be dressed by pros? That question gets answered every year at Gentlemen's Haberdashery, a benefit fashion show for the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in Santa Ana that grabs up a bunch of actual local captains of business and industry (and in some cases, their sons), stuffs them into some of the finer threads from men's shops and parades them down a runway before the eyes of several dozen women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1992 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Tom Umberg (D-Garden Grove) dispatched a letter Wednesday to Gov. Pete Wilson asking him to rescind his endorsement of Republican challenger Jo Ellen Allen, citing lawsuits and tax liens against her husband's business and the couple's failure to promptly pay $14,600 in back rent on the family's former residence.
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