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May 2, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
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March 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and other properties. The separation is expected to happen this summer. Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a non-executive role.
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NEWS
August 23, 2012
Perhaps you've heard of the Ikea hackers, the folks who turn budget buys from the Swedish superstore into pieces of custom furniture? Well, how about some Target tweaking? Los Angeles designer Kyle Schuneman found these basic blue chairs that sell for $67.99 for a set of two - free shipping, no less - from Target.com. He felt they needed a little something though, so he added racing stripes with leftover semi-gloss paint. “Remember, customizing isn't just for old or expensive pieces of furniture,” he writes in his forthcoming book, "The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The coaches on "The Voice" amped up the inter-chair drama -- yes, even further -- on night two of the Season 6 blind auditions. There was name-calling, umbrage taking and the defending of reputations. (Usher and the rest of us have been advised to remember Shakira's hips aren't the only part of her that don't lie.) There were sneaky last-minute spins to try to outmaneuver the competition (backfired!), crude jokes at one another's expense (something about rainbows and orifices it's best not to dwell on)
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009
That humble staple of holiday parties, the folding chair, has been getting an artful makeover lately. Whether you're a space-crunched urban dweller or a host with a long guest list, choices are expanding dramatically. We've highlighted a couple from midpriced retailers plus boundary-pushing designs (including Moooi's Clip chair pictured on Page E1) whose creativity very well could filter down to the mass market in the months to come. -- Katherine E. Nelson
BUSINESS
October 4, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Facebook announced Thursday that it had signed up its 1 billionth user. To celebrate, the company released an ad. The ad isn't really designed to sell anything. It is designed to help us understand Facebook's role in the world. And it starts with chairs. "Chairs are made so people can sit down and take a break," a woman's voice tells us as we watch all kinds of people sitting in all kinds of chairs. "Anyone can sit on a chair, and if the chair is large enough, they can sit down together....
WORLD
January 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Libya said it was uncomfortable with the idea of sanctions against Iran but vowed to be "constructive" in dealing with Tehran's nuclear program while chairing the U.N. Security Council this month. Libya took over the rotating presidency this week. Among the issues that may come up are Western calls for a new round of sanctions against Iran, which has ignored demands that it halt its enrichment program. Libyan Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi said that "as a country that has suffered from sanctions we would definitely be in a difficult position."
NEWS
May 23, 2001 | ALLAN M. JALON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It is a fine spring morning as Fred Dewey guides us in my red Honda to a Dumpster in front of the Santa Monica Courthouse from which he recently spirited 65 old seats on a journey to a new life. As a result, the small theater at the Beyond Baroque Literary Center, where Dewey is executive director, is finally doing comfortable justice to the writers who give and audiences who hear readings there each year.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 216,000 OfficeMax Task Chairs, made in China and imported by OfficeMax Inc., are being recalled because the chair's back and base post can break while in use, causing falls. The company has received about 35 reports of the chair backs or posts breaking, including 15 reports of injuries involving cuts, bruises, muscle strains and concussions. The recalled chairs have model numbers OM182 and OM96614, which are located under the chairs' seats on a white label. The chairs come in charcoal or dark charcoal.
NEWS
May 24, 1987 | LARRY PRYOR
Atlantic City's rolling chairs, once almost extinct, have recovered, thanks to Larry Belfer, a 32-year-old entrepreneur who dresses in designer suits and prefers getting around the city now in his Mercedes-Benz. "I don't push the chairs--it's not me," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
After eight years at the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke might have been ready for a vacation. But it's been less than a month since he stepped down as chair, and he's announced he's been planning a memoir. He expects to meet with publishers in the next several weeks, the Associated Press reports . Bernanke joined the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in 2002 and in 2006 was appointed chairman by President George W. Bush. He followed the long tenure of Alan Greenspan, the chair who put the position in the spotlight.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By James Barragan
The gig: Noel Massie is president of United Parcel Service's Southern California District, which has 20,000 employees and serves 144,000 customers in the area that includes the Southland, Hawaii and the southern tip of Nevada. On top of being responsible for a typical budget of $190 million, Massie oversees every aspect of the district's operation, including sales and customer relationships. Massie was installed as chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce this year. Early days: Massie grew up in an integrated East Oakland neighborhood, where his appreciation for people with diverse backgrounds would later apply to his work at UPS. Massie attended Berkeley High School for its math and science curriculum.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Opting for arts-administration and fundraising credentials over star power, the White House announced Wednesday that President Obama will nominate Jane Chu, president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu has led the Kauffman Center since 2006, when it was being planned. She oversaw a $414-million campaign to build the center, which opened in September 2011. Chu, who has spent most of her life in the Midwest and Texas, has had a much lower national profile than most nominees for the NEA chairmanship over the past 20 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By David Ng
The future head of the National Endowment for the Arts will likely face many of the same funding challenges that have beset the organization for years, according to two former chairs of the federal arts organization. In separate interviews, Dana Gioia and actress Jane Alexander, both of whom have served as chairs of the NEA, said that the organization continues to be under-funded and that restoring cuts to its budgets will likely be at the top of the next chair's agenda. On Wednesday, Jane Chu was announced as President Obama's nominee to be chairwoman of the NEA. Chu, the president and chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., faces Senate confirmation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 23-year-old gang member who was convicted this week of the murder and robbery of a father of two was linked to the crime through phone records and evidence at the scene, prosecutors said. Jesus Mendez, 23, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery. A jury spent fewer than three hours deliberating before delivering the verdict in the 2012 killing of Jaime Sharif Abuawad , 27. Though there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, Mendez was identified as being close to the crime scene in the 800 block of West 81st Street in Vermont Knolls approximately 10 minutes before the killing, said Deputy Dist.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Ben S. Bernanke, whose eight-year tenure as Federal Reserve chair ended Sunday, will join the Brookings Institution think tank as a distinguished fellow in residence. The news came Monday as his replacement, Janet L. Yellen, was sworn in as the first woman to lead the powerful U.S. central bank. Bernanke will be affiliated with the new Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Brookings said Monday. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years “His firm, steady hand at the Fed's tiller came at a crucial time in our nation's history, including during the worst financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression," said Strobe Talbott, president of the Washington, D.C., think tank.
HOME & GARDEN
March 6, 2010 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
It can be a bit delicate to ask a furniture shopper: "Oh, sir, um, maybe, ah, you'd like to see something a bit, hmmm, sturdier?" We are, as a people, as a sitting-in-chairs public, big. Bigger than we ought to be, health authorities frequently tell us. And bigger than many standard chairs of years past were made to hold comfortably. So the scale of furniture has increased over the last decade — to suit both the size of homes and the size of their occupants, said Max Shangle, professor and chairman of the furniture design department at Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Joseph Serna, This post had been corrected. See note below for details
An L.A. police detective was hit in the head and upper body Wednesday when a defendant in a murder case threw a chair in court, also clipping a prosecutor. The female detective was struck during a 10:30 a.m. hearing when the defendant, identified as Jesus Mendez, grabbed a chair and tossed it about 15 feet, authorities said. The chair struck the detective and grazed a deputy district attorney prosecuting the case, police said. The judge, the prosecutor, the defense attorney and the investigating officer were present at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) recommended Tuesday that Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) be replaced as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and observers say it appears part of a political squabble between the two over the race for Evans' district. Steinberg's recommendation that Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) replace Evans as chairwoman will be considered Wednesday by the Senate Rules Committee, of which Steinberg is chairman, according to the agenda.
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