February 5, 2006 |
It's one thing to buy a house in the Amalfi Rim area of Pacific Palisades, perched on top of almost 3 acres at the end of a private cul-de-sac and neighboring the homes of Steven Spielberg, Sugar Ray Leonard, Brian Grazer, Bill Cosby, Tom Hanks and Dennis Tito, the businessman who paid the Russians $20 million for a trip to outer space. It's another, however, to gut that house and reinvent it with the help of "green" building and feng-shui experts.
February 23, 2008 |
Virgin Galactic, billionaire Richard Branson's space travel venture, plans to order five more spaceships and aims to turn a profit within five years of its commercial launch in 2010, a company official said this week. Prospective space travelers have so far placed deposits totaling more than $31 million for tickets that cost $200,000 each and would give them five minutes in space, said Alex Tai, the company's group director.
April 25, 2002 |
Three astronauts, including fee-paying South African Internet millionaire Mark Shuttleworth, blasted off today in a Russian rocket for an eight-day trip to the International Space Station. Shuttleworth, 28, is the second amateur to pay his way into space after California businessman Dennis Tito visited the International Space Station a year ago. He is the first African citizen to go into space.
July 1, 2001
At a congressional hearing Tuesday, members of the House Science Committee suggested subsidizing the astronomically expensive International Space Station by giving space shuttle seats to the lucky and the rich. They would consider selling lottery tickets for space rides to the masses and perhaps let others, like Soyuz passenger Dennis Tito, pay millions outright. NASA's space station administrator, Michael Hawes, huffed that the U.S. space program is all "about science."
May 28, 2001 |
Pizza Hut now delivers to outer space. Boldly going where no restaurant chain has gone before, the company recently sent a small, vacuum-packed salami pizza into orbit aboard a Russian rocket. No, the rocket didn't have one of those lighted Pizza Hut signs on the roof. It was a cargo ship ferrying supplies to the International Space Station. Once the craft docked, cosmonaut Yuri Usachov unpacked the 6-inch disc, heated it in a tiny silver oven and took a bite.
March 9, 2004 |
Two state pension funds said Monday that they are reviewing their consulting contracts with Santa Monica-based Wilshire Associates in the wake of a recent management shakeup at the investment advisory firm. The moves by the $17-billion Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System and the $9-billion Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund follow previously announced reviews by the $167-billion California Public Employees Retirement System and the $29-billion Massachusetts pension plan.
May 4, 2001 |
Tony Kornheiser of the Washington Post, anticipating that Deion Sanders' one season with the Redskins will be his last: "[He] dropped us like a bag of feed from a flatbed Ford. One season and: See ya; wouldn't want to be ya. And for what, baseball in Cincinnati? What's Cincinnati got that we don't got? "Baseball, stupid." * More Kornheiser: "The Deion thing is amazing. He wasn't here long enough to go through his full wardrobe. What he wore here would basically fill one closet.
August 26, 1993 |
* REWARD: Approved offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing Joseph Dennis Cole on Dec. 19 during a street robbery in the Oakwood area of Venice. Cole, 30, was the son of actor Dennis Cole. * FLOOD DAMAGE: Approved spending $170,000 to repair a storm drain near 2012 Roscomare Road in Bel Air Estates that was damaged by the heavy rains in January and February.
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November 29, 1993 |
Richard Riordan's arrival at City Hall nearly a decade ago won special, if not particularly glowing, notice: The newly appointed Recreation and Parks commissioner had loaned $300,000 to then-Mayor Tom Bradley's failed gubernatorial bid, the largest contribution the campaign received. Big givers have traditionally found their way to coveted spots on City Hall commissions.
April 12, 2001 |
Dennis Tito's countdown has begun. Russian space officials, defying complaints from NASA, on Wednesday formally approved the 60-year-old Los Angeles millionaire to serve as the third member of Moscow's next mission to the International Space Station. They set the launch date for April 28. Tito will fork over about $20 million for the flight, making him the world's first American "space tourist." But he considers himself a space pioneer in his own right.