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April 24, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc said its first-quarter loss widened but that it expects to be profitable for the year. The company posted a loss of $90.8 million, or 37 cents a share, compared with $17.5 million, or 8 cents, excluding a one-time cost of $382.3 million a year earlier for a change in film-accounting rules. Sales fell 8.4% to $315.1 million. MGM said in February that recent film releases, especially "Rollerball" and "Hart's War," hadn't met expectations and cut its first-quarter and 2002 profit forecasts.
April 26, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
The industrial city of Vernon in southeast Los Angeles County has long been known for its small number of residents and voters - just 42 turned out for a municipal election last year, for example. So on Friday, when city leaders and state and national elected officials announced the groundbreaking of a new apartment complex in the city, it was hailed as a good governance reform that will bring more voters to the city. The 45-unit Vernon Village Park is hailed as an environmentally conscious, energy-efficient facility that, as city officials put it, "will make the concept of a live/work community a reality in Vernon.
February 21, 2001
TNN, a cable channel owned by Viacom Inc., said it will close its 11 NASCAR Thunder Stores in the Southern U.S. over the next six weeks because they're not a core business and don't fit the network's strategy.
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was a bit flustered, something opposing defenses might not be able to cause this fall. Asked how the college football world will greet the Bruins when they return for August training camp, Hundley said, "Great question. With open arms?" Hundley turned serious, "That's a tough question to answer because what I expect is different from what everyone else will expect of us. " Actually, not so much. The bar will be set high for UCLA entering the 2014 season … in the locker room and in the public's eye. "We definitely should be considered as a big-time program," said linebacker Myles Jack.
June 23, 1989
Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics expects to play about 30 minutes in a charity game Sunday at Indianapolis, his first competition against professional basketball players since he underwent foot surgery last Nov. 19.
December 9, 2008 | Times Wire Services
A leading advertising forecaster lowered expectations for ad growth in 2008 for the second time in two months but said a mild recovery should begin late next year. ZenithOptimedia now expects global growth of 1.3% this year over 2007. In October, the British ad company had forecast growth of 4.3%, which itself was a reduction from the June forecast of 6.6%. For 2009, ZenithOptimedia now expects a 0.2% reduction in ad spending, not the 4% growth projected in October.
November 12, 1996
What a country! UCLA fires its basketball coach for lying about an expense report (Nov. 7) while Bill Clinton is reelected as president of the U.S. It's ironic when a college coach is held answerable to a higher standard than the American public expects its president to meet. Nevertheless, it's refreshing that honesty is demanded someplace. ROGER NICHOLSON
May 19, 1985
Still looking for a summer job? Here is a list of programs in the South Bay that help young people who are looking for work: - Youth Employment Summer (YES), operated by the Private Industry Council of Carson, Lomita and Torrance. Finds jobs for students 16 to 21. Expects to have 350 jobs available, ranging from fast-food to gardening to clerical positions. Pay varies. For information, call (213) 540-JOBS.
July 31, 2005
The three letter writers who condemned artist Fernando Botero because he criticized the U.S. by going on a world tour with his Abu Ghraib paintings missed his point [Letters, July 24]. Why, they asked, didn't Botero criticize the much greater cruelties in Hussein's Iraq, North Korea and Palestine? But those are places where injustice is the norm and no one expects any better. The U.S., on the other hand, is exalted by most of the world for its freedom and humanity -- of which Americans proudly boast -- and, as Botero pointed out, should be held to a higher standard.
September 16, 2013 | By Tom Kington
GIGLIO, Italy - Twenty months after it capsized off the Italian coast in a disaster that killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship emerged from the Mediterranean on Monday thanks to a painstaking $800-million salvage effort. Fifty-six giant pulleys slowly heaved the half-submerged vessel back to an upright position in a 19-hour operation that went into the early hours of Tuesday, revealing a section of hull darkened by rust and algae during months underwater. "The rotation has finished its course, we are at zero degrees, the ship is resting on the platforms," said Italy's civil protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, at a 4 a.m. news conference on Giglio island, where he was applauded and cheered by residents.
April 24, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
In a push to make toll lanes permanent fixtures on two of Los Angeles County's most congested freeways, local transportation officials approved a $1 monthly fee Thursday that will apply to all drivers with electronic tolling accounts, even carpoolers and infrequent users. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 8-3 vote signals a shift in the agency's approach to drivers who use the 25 miles of experimental toll lanes that link the South Bay and El Monte with downtown Los Angeles.
April 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The band is getting back together. Well, at least two-thirds of it. Based on line rushes at Thursday's morning skate at Staples Center, it appears as though Kings captain Dustin Brown and center Anze Kopitar will be reunited for Game 4 against the Sharks on Tuesday night. They were a fixture, along with winger Justin Williams, during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012, and a frequent partnership during many of their years with the Kings. There is a slight wrinkle, however, as Marian Gaborik was with them on Thursday morning.
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Talk of Silicon Valley losing steam was put on hold as two technology titans, Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., tallied better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue. Apple's stock climbed more than 7% in after-hours trading after it reported that sales of iPhones blew past Wall Street's projections. Facebook's shares spiked 4% after it said ad revenue rose 82% year over year. Although many tech stocks slid in recent weeks, the robust financial results demonstrated that, at least for now, the underlying businesses of these two leading companies remain strong.
April 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Joakim Noah will join Michael Jordan as the only Chicago Bulls players to win the NBA's defensive player of the year award, the Associated Press reported. The official announcement of the award is expected to come from the Bulls at a 2 p.m. PDT news conference. Jordan won the honor in 1988. The award comes for Noah after a season in which he emerged as an offensive force after primarily being known for his defense and rebounding. However, even as he has become an offensive focal point for the Bulls, Noah remains their defensive anchor, averaging 1.5 blocked shots a game and creating havoc by rotating onto smaller players in pick-and-roll situations.
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.
April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's springtime in Los Angeles, otherwise known as the season when the Clippers march merrily into the playoffs and the Lakers conduct exit interviews. OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an annual occurrence. The Lakers haven't missed the playoffs during a season in which the Clippers qualified since 1975-76, when the Clippers were located in Buffalo and the Lakers somehow finished two games below .500 with a roster that included Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich.
The Menendez family estate, once valued at up to $14 million, is virtually depleted, it was disclosed Tuesday at Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial. Shrunken by taxes, legal fees and other costs, Jose and Kitty Menendez's estate is worth no more than $800,000--and has debts at least that high, defense lawyer Leslie Abramson said in court. Probate records are sealed and the defense had kept financial figures secret throughout the trial.
May 12, 1986 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
The night before had been unseasonably cold for late April, with a low near 20, but now the campus was basking in sunshine. Shirtless joggers bounded past pale co-eds stretched out on blankets, and leafless trees seemed to sprout green buds in a matter of hours, as in time-lapse photography. In a dark and cramped basement room in venerable Sorin Hall, a restless freshman football player slipped on a pair of shorts and boat shoes.
April 17, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Consider this the leader setting the tone. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf - two days after he was smashed by a puck that did so much damage to the left side of his face that doctors quit counting the stitches required to close the wound - expects to pop in some aspirin and play Friday in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars. "If I saw my captain take a puck in the face and come back the next day, I'd want to play as hard as I possibly can," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Thursday.
April 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Keys to the best-of-seven series between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks: 1. CAPTAIN OF CONTROVERSY: Kings captain Dustin Brown's ability to stay on course will be tested in the heated confines of SAP Center. "I'm prepared for the battle that it'll be - regardless of the history," he said, referring to his knee-on-knee hit on Tomas Hertl in December that sidelined the dynamic rookie until last week. "Generally, if they [the fans] hate you, it's because you're doing certain things that are expected of you. " 2. DEFENSE FIRST: How will Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who was injured at San Jose on April 3, respond after missing the final four games of the regular season?
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