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September 23, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Seeking to expand his ill-gotten wealth, gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) gravitates to sunny/rainy Florida like a moth to a flame in “Acres of Diamonds,” Episode 39 of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.”   First Nucky endures coconut drinks and a syrupy sales pitch from transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy (Pearce Bunting), the middleman in a Tampa real estate deal. Then Bill introduces Nucky to August Tucker (Andrew Howard), a redneck land baron who runs the local rackets. Turns out Bill owes August big bucks for a Scotch shipment seized by the authorities, but all is forgiven if Nucky invests in the questionable land scheme.
September 17, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
In one of the largest office building sales of the year in the Inland Empire, investor Michael G. Rademaker has acquired buildings in Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga in a $26.6-million transaction. Rademaker, founder and chief executive of Upland property brokerage MGR Real Estate, bought Centerlake Plaza. The six-story building at 3401 Centerlake Drive sits on more than 3.5 acres near the intersection of Haven Avenue and the San Bernardino Freeway in Ontario. As part of the deal, he and his partners also bought the two-story Havengate Center at 10350-10390 Commerce Center Drive in Rancho Cucamonga.
September 16, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Before gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) explores a money-making opportunity in Florida, he takes care of business on his Atlantic City turf in Episode 38 (“Resignation”) of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.”   First there's an issue with German valet Eddie Kessler (Anthony Laciura), who threatens to resign unless he's shown more respect -- and involved more deeply in Nucky's criminal enterprises. “Are you quitting or asking for a promotion?” Nucky asks. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times It's a promotion, turns out, for Nucky entrusts Eddie with a big wad of cash extorted from Mayor Edward Bader (Kevin O'Rourke)
September 13, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
Max Ataka loves insects. All kinds, from the beetles on his T-shirt to the Anise swallowtail butterfly perched on the back of his hand. The 12-year-old loves the colors, the weird behaviors, the fact that he can actually handle them. "When I was a baby, my first insect was a grasshopper," he said, recalling the memory as if it were from a distant era. Max is the youngest member of the Lorquin Entomological Society, an organization of Southern Californians who prefer six legs to four (or two)
September 10, 2013 | By Martin Miller and Elaine Woo
If you watched television in Southern California in the 1970s and beyond, it was impossible to miss Cal Worthington, the lanky pitchman in the cowboy hat touting deals on a sprawling car lot with his "dog Spot. " "Spot," however, was anything but a dog - think lion, tiger, bull, penguin, anteater, iguana, even a whale. And Worthington, the Oklahoma transplant who rode and wrestled with the exotic creatures in one of TV's wackiest and longest-running ad campaigns, kept the gag going for decades, building a cult following along with one of the most successful car dealerships west of the Mississippi.
September 9, 2013 | By Scott Collins
"Boardwalk Empire" is learning that there are tougher opponents than New Jersey mobsters. Like, say, NFL games. HBO's Prohibition-era drama returned for Season 4 on Sunday night with 2.4 million total viewers at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen. That was a 17% slide compared with the Season 3 opener a year ago. INTERACTIVE: Fall 2013 TV preview A big part of the problem? "Empire" was competing head-to-head against the kickoff of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" franchise, with two perennial top draws, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.
September 5, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Last Tango in Halifax" -- The best new show of the fall is a rapturous mix of absurdly fairy-tale-romance and frantic modern complications, set in the sylvan drear of Yorkshire and brought to life by masterfully shaded performances. “Last Tango in Halifax ” tells the story of a widow and a widower who reconnect via Facebook and quickly rekindle a romance that never quite happened. But time, and her grim attendant's age and infirmity, are not the only obstacles this new/old love must face.
August 2, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Los Angeles builder KB Home will open four new developments in the Inland Empire next week, another sign that the hard-hit region is rapidly becoming a home-building hot spot again. The builder said Friday that it would open new developments in Chino, Ontario, Temecula and Perris. It has more than a dozen developments already selling homes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The region east of Los Angeles and Orange counties still sees foreclosures and suffers from high unemployment compared with the rest of the nation.
July 18, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Julianna Margulies, Jon Cryer, Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family," "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Walking Dead" were among the key snubs in major Emmy categories. Margulies, who stars in CBS' "The Good Wife," was shut out of the lead actress in a drama category, where she has been nominated three times, winning in 2011. Also left out this time around was Cryer, who won last year for lead actor in a comedy for "Two and a Half Men. " Cryer has been nominated seven times in a row and won supporting actor for the role in 2009.
July 11, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A federal grand jury has indicted 14 Inland Empire residents in a sweep of people accused of stealing government benefits or lying on passport applications, federal prosecutors said. Federal officials said Thursday that over the last two weeks, 13 indictments -- including one that charges two people -- have been issued. Eleven of the 14 who were indicted are charged with theft of government property, allegedly taking and spending government benefits to which they weren't entitled -- including cases in which the person took payments issued to dead relatives, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
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