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WORLD
November 16, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Gazans seeking food aid walked away empty-handed from locked United Nations distribution centers after a strict Israeli border closure depleted U.N. food reserves. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to open the crossings to humanitarian aid. Measures that increase the suffering "are unacceptable and should cease immediately," he said in a statement. In the Shati refugee camp, hundreds of people sought food at a U.N. distribution center but were disappointed. A note taped to the center's gate said handouts were put off until Dec. 13 "because of a lack of food to distribute."
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BUSINESS
November 11, 2008 | Ronald D. White and Dan Weikel, White and Weikel are Times staff writers
Struggling shipper DHL said Monday that it would close its 300-employee West Coast hub in Riverside County as it pulls out of the U.S. domestic shipping business, eliminating 9,500 jobs nationwide and closing most of its DHL Express service centers. Deutsche Post, the Bonn, Germany-based parent of DHL, blamed the move on heavy competition from United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. as well as severe financial losses stemming from the weak U.S. economy. It follows 5,400 U.S.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The biggest independent advertising agency headquartered in California, Rubin Postaer & Associates, has agreed to move its offices to the Playa Vista neighborhood in one of the largest leases in the region this year. The ad agency, now in Santa Monica, will pay about $200 million over 15 years to occupy most of a former post office distribution center that has been converted to offices on Jefferson Boulevard adjacent to the Playa Vista development. Rubin Postaer will join a growing cluster of creative and tech businesses taking over a former industrial district south of Marina del Rey. Other firms that have recently signed large leases in Playa Vista are Fox Interactive Media, which oversees News Corp.'s Internet properties including My Space, and technology company Belkin International Inc. "We like what's happening down there," said Vince Mancuso, chief financial officer of Rubin Postaer.
BOOKS
July 20, 2008 | Lisa Anne Auerbach, Lisa Anne Auerbach is a Los Angeles based artist and writer. Her current project, The Tract House, is on view in Baltimore until July 31 and can be accessed online at TheTractHouse.com.
I HAD an epiphany the first time I visited the Free Tract Society, in a large storefront on York Boulevard in Los Angeles' Highland Park. Two 20-foot-long tables were weighed down with neatly stacked piles of fliers blaring lurid headlines that dealt with some of my favorite subjects: witchcraft, easy money, homosexuality and communism. Behind a worn Formica counter, an offset press churned out additional tracts almost continuously -- modest, mostly two-color, pamphlets and one-sheets.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Barnes & Noble Inc., the nation's largest bookseller, forecast profit and sales for this fiscal year that were well below analysts' estimates, sending its shares down 11% on Monday. The New York-based retailer reaffirmed its earnings guidance for the year ended Feb. 3 despite disappointing sales. It also said it was closing its Internet distribution center located in Memphis, Tenn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries, calling them magnets for crime and citing federal laws prohibiting the drug. The decision comes nearly 10 months after Riverside County became the first county in Southern California to issue photo identification cards in an effort to comply with a 1996 state law shielding medicinal users from federal prosecution.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Federated Department Stores Inc. said it was investing $130 million over the next two years to enhance its websites and to build a new distribution center for its Internet sales. Improvements in content and software systems of the main and wedding sites of Macy's and Bloomingdale's, as well as the Bloomingdale's catalog, will be in place beginning in 2007, the Cincinnati-based retailer said.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2006 | From Associated Press
Federated Department Stores Inc. said it would close five distribution centers, affecting as many as 750 jobs, as it strove to cut costs and realign its Macy's division after the acquisition of May Department Stores Co. last year. The department store operator, aiming to reduce duplicate locations, said it would close distribution centers in Manchester, Conn., and Baltimore in June. It plans to close centers in Aurora, Colo.; Portland, Ore.; and Salt Lake City in August.
OPINION
January 16, 2006
In response to the inquiry by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) into the poor performance of the U.S. Postal Service in Los Angeles (Jan. 12), I'd like to add my own story. I live three blocks from the post office and distribution center and have never received worse service in my life. You'd think living within walking distance from a postal distribution center would garner quality service, wouldn't you? Quite the contrary. When I lived in San Francisco, I always received Newsweek on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Catellus Development Corp., one of California's largest private landowners thanks to a lineage that dates to the earliest days of railroads in the West, has agreed to be sold for $3.6 billion in cash and stock to warehouse and distribution giant ProLogis. Both companies are real estate investment trusts that develop and operate industrial properties. Catellus also owns Union Station in Los Angeles and a portion of the residential and office development at Mission Bay in San Francisco.
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