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March 14, 2001 | WALTER HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The blame for the horrific plunge in technology stocks over the last year can be laid partly at the door of companies such as 21st Century Insurance. The Woodland Hills-based firm spent the last three years developing a Web site and a pair of sophisticated telephone call centers-- and, in the process, boosted its spending on technology equipment by a heaping 30% to 40% annually.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2004 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
State and local firefighters and chiefs who gathered Tuesday to discuss last year's wildfires blasted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying he has not done enough to provide the equipment and staffing needed to battle a fire disaster. The criticism came during a special California Senate hearing in San Bernardino to discuss the progress made since last October's fires and ways to reduce the threat of out-of-control blazes in the state's increasingly populated mountains and hillsides.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu
Van Nuys sporting equipment maker Easton-Bell Sports Inc. has acquired lacrosse goods manufacturer Talon Lacrosse for an undisclosed amount, the companies said Monday. The deal will result in a new Easton Lacrosse division, to be based in Scotts Valley, Calif. The more than 2,000 employees at Easton-Bell produce equipment for sports including baseball, ice hockey, cycling and football. Talon founders Doug Appleton, Cort Kim and Blake Kim, who launched the private firm in San Carlos, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury in Bakersfield ordered the McDonald's Corp. to pay the major share of $700,000 in punitive damages awarded Tuesday to the family of a 9-year-old girl whose leg was broken while she was using playground equipment at one of the chain's restaurants. On Monday, the same Kern County Superior Court jury had held McDonald's and JBI Inc. of Long Beach, manufacturers of the equipment, liable for $43,900 in general damages for the injury Marlena Escalera suffered Dec.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2002 | JONATHAN D. SALANT, Associated Press
At airports, the war on terrorism is being fought with 30-year-old weapons. Metal detectors and X-ray machines used to screen passengers and carry-on luggage date from the 1970s, when they were deployed to prevent hijackings. They can't detect plastic explosives, such as those allegedly hidden in the shoes of a man aboard a Paris-to-Miami flight Dec. 22. A passenger, Richard C. Reid was arrested after American Airlines attendants allegedly saw him try to touch a lighted match to his sneakers.
BUSINESS
March 10, 1992 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shop Television Network Inc. in Burbank, once a distant third in the hotly competitive U.S. home shopping market, has filed for bankruptcy protection after one of its largest creditors won a court order to repossess most of the network's video production equipment. The filing under Chapter 11 of U.S. bankruptcy laws puts the court order and other litigation on hold while Shop Television works out a plan with its creditors to repay its debts. The company listed $10 million in assets and $4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2001 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an attempt to hasten the replacement of outdated election equipment, Secretary of State Bill Jones on Monday moved up the deadline to 2005 for Los Angeles and eight other counties to have new voting machines. To spare California the kind of "hanging chad" debacle that stalled the last presidential contest in Florida, Jones in September banned the use of punch-card ballot systems in California beginning in January 2006.
NEWS
June 10, 1999 | STEPHEN FUZESI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost half of the new television sets in the United States will be equipped with a V-chip by July 1, and manufacturers are on track to meet a year-end deadline for including the blocking device in all new sets, federal officials said Wednesday. The V-chip is designed to allow parents to black out shows that they find objectionable. The industry rates programs on content and suitability for age.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
The sounds could have been from any construction site. From seven stories up came the clang of steel against steel, punctuated by wolf whistles and catcalls directed at young women walking by below. But that was Monday afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Tonight, the edifice will ring with "Steel Wheels" and cries of "awright" and "whooo!"
BUSINESS
March 29, 2011 | By Christopher Hinton
General Electric Co. said Tuesday that it would purchase power-conversion specialist Converteam Group for more than $3.5 billion to widen its portfolio of high-efficiency automation equipment for the oil and gas, thermal-power and renewable energy markets. The Fairfield, Conn., conglomerate will shell out about $3.2 billion for a 90% stake in Converteam, buying the French company's remaining shares from senior executives over the next two to five years at an estimated cost of no more than $480 million.
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