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April 22, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
The NCAA on Thursday announced plans to expand its men's basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams -- and a new, $10.8-billion broadcasting deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting that will allow every game to be shown live. The three-team expansion is far more modest than the 80- and 96-team proposals the NCAA outlined only a few weeks ago at the Final Four. The new format will be in place next year, though exactly how it will work still needs to be ironed out by the Division I men's basketball committee.
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BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Former professional basketball star Bill Walton's back and leg pain was once so severe that he considered suicide. Nothing worked until he underwent spinal surgery with a procedure by NuVasive Inc. of San Diego. "I had lost everything. But now I'm back in the game of life. There is hope," said Walton, who has been a paid spokesperson for NuVasive, in company publicity materials. NuVasive is a medical device company that develops minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine.
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BUSINESS
November 8, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
The gig: Igor Pasternak, 45, is the founder and chief executive of Worldwide Aeros Corp., a Montebello-based developer and maker of blimps used for surveillance, advertising and transport. Childhood: Pasternak grew up in Lviv, a Ukrainian city of 700,000 near the Polish border in the former Soviet Union. It was his childhood dream to become an airship designer after he saw pictures of blimps in a magazine. "It was something that I fell in love with right away," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Adria Ponsar and her son Rhyon are huddled over a child-sized table scattered with pieces of Mr. Potato Head. She is wearing an earpiece that the 4-year-old doesn't see. Rhyon is frantically sifting through the pile for the body part he needs. On the other side of a mirrored wall, social worker Aja Bryant murmurs into a mic, coaching Ponsar through the play session with scripted precision. The mother compliments her son on handling the toy gently. Good label praise, Bryant whispers into the microphone . Good reflecting.
SPORTS
August 2, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Upon further review, turns out instant replay in baseball isn't such a bad idea after all. And not just for disputed home run calls but for forceouts, tag plays on the basepaths, hit batters, even to determine if a runner missed a base. Oh, did we mention we're talking about Little League? While Commissioner Bud Selig and major league umpires continue to treat the idea of video replay as if it were radioactive, Little League President Stephen Keener is expanding its use at this month's World Series to include virtually everything except ball and strike calls.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2009 | Andrea Chang
Gap Inc., parent to the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy chains, announced on Thursday several moves to expand its international presence. The San Francisco company said it would open its first Gap store in China in 2010, expand its outlet store presence abroad and launch online businesses in Canada and the Britain next year. Gap brand will also return to television advertising in November after a two-year absence, the company said. "With our improved economic model, we're ready to step up our investments and strategies to regain market share and expand our international platform," Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive of Gap Inc., said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA
The Surfrider Foundation has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop a national beach water-quality public notification system. "We hope this system will provide the public with the ability to know before they go," Christopher J. Evans, executive director of Surfrider, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it would invest at least $1 billion in Brazil to expand its operations in Latin America's biggest country. The U.S. retail giant will open 80 to 90 stores beginning in 2009. Wal-Mart opened its first store in Brazil in 1995 and today has 318 stores employing 70,000 people.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The federal government's highway safety agency said it was studying whether it should expand past recalls involving the Honda Accord after receiving complaints of the car rolling away and crashing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had received 15 complaints about a failure of the ignition park-shift interlock system in the 2002-03 Honda Accords.
BUSINESS
February 25, 1999 | Jonathan Gaw
Newport Beach-based TriZetto Group Inc. said it has acquired a Texas company to expand its managed care consulting and technical services. Terms of the cash and stock deal for Creative Business Solutions Inc. and its subsidiary, HealthWeb Systems Ltd., were not disclosed. TriZetto specializes in information technology services for the medical services industry. The acquisition gives the firm Web-based software systems for health care organizations.
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- It appears that Ernesto Frieri is no longer a one-pitch pitcher. The Angels closer started Corey Hart with a slider for a called strike and then struck out the Seattle slugger looking at a slider Wednesday night, part of a scoreless ninth inning that secured his first save and a 2-0 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field. “All the hitters pretty much cheated on me -- they knew the fastball was coming,” Frieri said. “It's time for me to start pitching, moving hitters' feet, using my secondary pitches.
AUTOS
April 10, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors announced Thursday it will take a $1.3-billion write-down to cover the cost of repairs related to faulty ignition switch recalls, and placed two engineers at the center of the recall scandal on paid leave. The company also said it will replace a second part in the affected cars. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra confirmed Thursday that engineers Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman were put on leave following a briefing from Anton Valukas, the former U.S. attorney overseeing an independent investigation into circumstances leading to a safety recall of 2.6 million GM cars because of a faulty ignition switch.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
After years of eliminating jobs in Southern California, aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced plans to increase its engineering workforce in Long Beach and Seal Beach by 1,000 positions. It is a rare and welcome development for the Southland's beleaguered aerospace industry, which has been stung by layoffs and assembly line closures for decades. "I couldn't be happier for the region," Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. "We want to continue to carry on our aviation tradition here.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Popular ride-sharing start-up Lyft announced Wednesday that it has raised an additional $250 million in its latest round of funding and that it intends to begin expanding internationally. Lyft connects users seeking rides with others who are driving around in their cars. Users hail drivers with the Lyft smartphone app, which is also used to deliver payment. The ridesharing company launched in 2012 in San Francisco. It now delivers rides in 30 cities across the U.S. PHOTOS: April Fools' Day tech roundup Lyft said the new funding will allow it to expand into more cities within the U.S. and to begin expanding internationally.
SPORTS
March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - The game between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Sunday broke in Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay system. Well, kind of. Neither team challenged a call in the Padres' 3-1 victory. Manager Don Mattingly didn't sound particularly concerned with the implementation of the new technology, even though it wasn't available to the Dodgers until they hosted the Angels on Thursday in the opening game of the Freeway Series. The new system wasn't in effect for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
I liked Major League Baseball's decision to dramatically expand its use of instant replay, believing it was time for a sport that is often resistant to change to embrace technology the way the NFL, NBA and NHL have. But after seeing the replay process play out - rather clumsily at times - this spring, I'm less of a fan. The new system requires too many layers of evaluation and communication, and it is sure to disrupt the flow of games. First, the manager, in what amounts to an on-field filibuster, must initiate a discussion with an umpire to give his video coordinator time to review the play to determine whether the call should be challenged.
REAL ESTATE
March 8, 1987
Field/La Cagnina Associates has obtained a loan for more than $12 million to purchase, expand and rehabilitate two Los Angeles shopping centers. The Beverly Hills-based partnership plans to add about 10,000 square feet of retail space to the 70,000-square-foot Hollywood Plaza at Santa Monica Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. Another 2,500 square feet will be added to the 39,000-square-foot Sherman Plaza at Sherman Way and Winnetka Avenue, Canoga Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
Candidates hoping to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky addressed a range of chronic challenges facing the county board Thursday evening and offered different prescriptions for reforming the governing panel. Meeting in their third debate, the candidates agreed that the county needs to build more supportive housing for the homeless to reduce the number of people living on the street. They also voiced support for initiatives to break up bureaucratic "silos" separating agencies and making it harder to deliver healthcare to the needy and help for families in the troubled foster care system.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a “full discussion” on the topic among team owners and executives this week. “I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right,” Goodell said.
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