January 27, 2014 |
Venerable jazz DJ Chuck Cecil and his long-running show "Swingin' Years" are leaving their Southern California radio home. As of Feb. 9, Cecil's famed big band music show will no longer be part of KKJZ-FM (88.1), or KJazz. Cecil broke off relations with the station, he said, because of repeated technical difficulties producing the show -- and because he feels it's time to start winding down the show he's produced, each week, for more than 50 years. "It really hurts me to stop, but I feel I can't continue and do justice to the musicians who made the music," Cecil said Monday.
January 16, 2014 |
Private equity firm Apollo Global Management has agreed to purchase the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant chain for $1.3 billion in cash and assumed debt, Apollo said in a news release. An affiliate of Apollo will pay $54 a share to acquire the pizza chain's parent company, CEC Entertainment Inc. The per-share price is 11.5% above CEC's closing price Wednesday -- and about 25% its close on Jan. 7, the day before reports surfaced that the company was preparing to be sold. "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Apollo, which maximizes value for all of our shareholders," CEC Executive Chairman Richard M. Frank said in a statement.
January 5, 2014 |
Indianapolis and San Diego are moving on in the NFL playoffs. And Sam Pagano is still catching his breath. His older son, Chuck, is coach of the Colts, who erased a 28-point second-half deficit Saturday to stun Kansas City. Sam's younger son, John, is defensive coordinator of the Chargers, who Sunday upset favored Cincinnati, 27-10, ending the Bengals' season with their first home defeat. About 1,200 miles west, a family erupted in celebration. "We're sitting here, my wife and I, and we're exhausted," the elder Pagano said from his home in Boulder, Colo.
December 7, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in Afghanistan on Saturday for a previously unannounced visit, said he had been assured by Afghanistan's defense minister that a post-2014 bilateral security agreement would be signed soon. Hagel, who landed in Afghanistan in secrecy while on a scheduled trip to the Middle East, said the defense minister, Bismullah Khan Mohammadi, told him earlier Saturday that the stalemated 10-year agreement would be signed "in a very timely manner.
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November 27, 2013 |
One evening in 1978, Hans and Nancy Benning attended a church social in the San Fernando Valley, but took a seat when the dancing began. That's when they met another non-dancing couple - Chuck and Charla Pereau - and the four of them got to talking about this and that. The Bennings told their new friends about how they met at a violin-making school in Germany and owned a music shop on Ventura Boulevard. The Pereaus had a pretty interesting story too. Chuck was an L.A. city fireman and Charla was a homemaker who also oversaw a Mexican orphanage that she and Chuck had established 10 years earlier, after adopting a Mexican child and making trips to Baja with donated church goods.
November 21, 2013 |
A first chance has given Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians a second wind. Arians was an interim coach last season when he led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs, then became the first fill-in to be named NFL coach of the year. Ten months ago, the Cardinals became the first NFL team to hire him as a head coach, and clearly he's invigorated. "There's no doubt about that," Arians, 61, said by phone Thursday. "The hours are still the same, but it doesn't feel the same. " Said his son, Jake: "When he was in Pittsburgh [as Steelers offensive coordinator]