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July 26, 1989 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
That envelope stuffed with discount coupons may be junk mail to you, but it's become a cost-effective way for a growing number of small businesses to get inside your home to peddle their products. It has also become a gold mine for Money Mailer, a Huntington Beach direct-mail firm that specializes in helping proprietors of small businesses band together to pitch their wares in one mailing. Money Mailer is one of a few national firms that specialize in what is called "cooperative" advertising.
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March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The death this week of Ralph Wilson, founder and sole owner of the Buffalo Bills, was but half the heartache of the NFL franchise and its fans. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, found out two weeks ago that the oral cancer he was originally diagnosed with in June has returned. His wife, Jill, wrote on her blog that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " The 54-year-old Kelly, an icon in western New York, is hospitalized in Manhattan, and has been visited by a steady stream of Bills teammates.
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BUSINESS
November 17, 1990 | ANNE MICHAUD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an effort to fuel expansion, Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc. said Friday that it plans to sell 57 company-owned Carl's Jr. restaurants in Northern California to franchisees over the next two years. Analysts said franchising will allow Carl's to expand faster in Northern California because franchisees will pay for new construction. But the plan depends on Carl's ability to arrange financing for its franchisees, according to a restaurant consultant.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Phil Jackson wasn't overly visible Tuesday at Staples Center, hanging out in a luxury suite in a corner across from the New York Knicks' bench. Probably better that way for him. His former team drilled his new team, the Lakers bashing New York, 127-96, in front of a keyed-up crowd that hadn't seen a victory this one-sided all season. BOX SCORE: Lakers 127, New York 96 The Lakers avoided another loss and also the "We want Phil!" chants that would drift through the arena from time to time.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment key franchises Batman/Arkham Upcoming game: Batman: Arkham City (Oct. 18) Developer: Rocksteady (Britain) Lego Upcoming games: Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Nov. 1); Lego Batman 2 (2012) Developer: Traveller's Tales (Britain) Mortal Kombat Next sequel expected in 2013 Developer: Netherrealm Studios (formerly Midway Chicago) Lord of the Rings Ongoing game: Lord of the Rings Online Developer: Turbine (Boston)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2007 | John Horn
WHO says there are too many sequels? Certainly not the movie studios. In addition to new installments in the "Spider-Man," "Shrek" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, at least four other movie franchises will offer up third episodes this summer. The highest-profile entries are George Clooney in "Ocean's 13" (June 8), Matt Damon in "The Bourne Ultimatum" (Aug. 3) and "Rush Hour 3" (Aug. 10), the first starring role for Chris Tucker since the last "Rush Hour" movie came out six years ago.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1990 | JANE APPLEGATE
Ask entrepreneurs if they've thought of franchising their businesses and watch the gleam in their eyes. With 2,400 franchise companies and 500,000 franchises in operation across the country, cloning a successful business is tempting. But it's not as easy as you might think, according to Mark Frydman and Robert (Goody) Goodman, principals in Box Bros., a Canoga Park packing and shipping company that is struggling to launch its franchise program.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2000 | CHRIS KRAUL
The International Franchise Assn., which is holding its annual convention in San Diego this week, is hoping for a "damned good recession," quipped President Don DeBolt. That's because a healthy stock market and rising economy have made potential franchise buyers less prone to "look at options," or make bold career moves, such as acquiring a dry cleaning, hamburger, office products or automotive franchise. DeBolt said U.S.
SPORTS
April 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
The WNBA, its second season looming, has expanded again. The WNBA announced Wednesday that it would add franchises in Minnesota's Twin Cities and Orlando, Fla., for the 1999 season, bringing the league to 12 teams. "This broadens our geographic reach to two new regions," WNBA President Val Ackerman said. The WNBA, owned and operated by the 29 NBA teams, begins its second season June 11 with expansion franchises in Detroit and Washington.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2006 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
After completing military service, many veterans are being targeted by a new set of recruiters who, instead of pushing for another tour of duty, are touting small-business ownership. Attracted to the self-discipline, work ethic and perseverance needed to succeed in the military, dozens of U.S. franchise companies are increasingly looking to former military personnel in their efforts to sign up high-quality franchisees.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Let's pause for a moment of appreciation for Rogie Vachon and Toe Blake. And Marian Gaborik. First, the present-day man of the moment: Gaborik. The recently acquired Gaborik set up the first goal and later scored the decisive goal in a three-round shootout, leading the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Kings 2, Capitals 1 (SO) The victory was the Kings' first in four games, stopping a three-game losing streak.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Meg James
Time Warner Cable Inc. has stirred anger over its hike in subscription rates for customers and its efforts to extract hefty fees from rivals to air the L.A. Dodgers channel. Now it has incurred the wrath of city officials. On Friday, the city of Los Angeles sued the cable giant, alleging it stiffed the city on franchise fees over four years through 2011. The city seeks nearly $10 million in fees, money it said could have helped ease its budget problems during the financial crisis.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers would have been so incredibly happy Thursday if NBA games lasted only six minutes. They would have beaten the Clippers by three after charging to a quick lead and getting DeAndre Jordan in early foul trouble. Predictably though, reality swung its hammer the next 42 minutes ... in a very large, embarrassing way for the Lakers. The Clippers outscored them by 31 in the second quarter and absolutely humiliated them at Staples Center, 142-94. The Lakers had never lost this badly.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The gig: Amit Kleinberger, 33, has been the chief executive of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt since 2008. From his company's headquarters in Encino, he oversees what has become the world's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, with more than 370 stores. The stores serve sweet and tart flavors of yogurt, with a choice of candy, fruit and nut toppings. There are about 50 Menchie's locations in California. An early start: As a kid, Kleinberger saw the 1987 movie "The Secret of My Success," which stars a young college grad - played by Michael J. Fox - navigating the corporate world in New York City.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
The Dodgers head into their 57th season in Los Angeles as one of the favorites to win what would be their first World Series title in more than a quarter century. Many of the components that played an integral role in the team's National League West title and National League Championship Series appearance in 2013 remain as the Dodgers look to build upon one of the most-storied histories in baseball. The Dodgers' baseball lineage can be traced back more than 130 years, with the franchise spending the first 73 years of its existence playing in Brooklyn, N.Y. During their time in Brooklyn, the team won the National League pennant 13 times and beat the New York Yankees for the 1955 World Series title.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
The parrot wasn't talking. "I'm teaching her to say, 'I miss Mace,"' said Mace Neufeld, who at 85 reckons the bird, whose name is Margie, will outlast him. With no words of affection forthcoming, Neufeld, a New Yorker who landed in Beverly Hills back when you could grab a sandwich at the Ontra Cafeteria and rent a house with a pool for $300 a month, headed toward the sitting room. He once wrote music for Dorothy Loudon, managed Dusty Springfield, produced "The Omen. " But Neufeld moves with the fervor of a man less concerned with his legacy than the spread sheet of his latest film.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1992
After concentrating on developing an extensive network of company-owned stores, the Del Taco chain of Mexican-style fast-food restaurants said it plans to start aggressively franchising. Only about 25% of the 279 units in the Del Taco/Naugle's chain are franchised, but Paul Hitzelberger, executive vice president, said the field is ripe for expansion.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2000 | Daryl Strickland
A new residential real estate group called the Alliance Team said Friday it has acquired two Century 21 franchises in Orange County for an undisclosed sum, boosting its total number of offices to eight. Alliance, which operates in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties, said it purchased offices of Century 21 Duncan & Associates in Garden Grove and Los Alamitos.
SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
It was Showtime at Staples Center on Sunday night, starring the return of Chris Paul, the comeback of Blake Griffin from an injury scare and the rest of the Clippers playing their roles. Playing in his first game since he separated his right shoulder Jan. 3 at Dallas, Paul had seven points and eight assists in the Clippers' show-stopping and franchise-record-setting 123-78 victory over the overmatched Philadelphia 76ers. With Griffin overcoming a bruised left shin suffered in the first quarter to score 26 points, grab 11 rebounds and hand out six assists, the Clippers set a franchise record for biggest margin of victory.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks have been sold to an investment group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago-based financial services company. Todd Boehly and Bobby Patton, other members of the group that paid a record $2.15 billion for the Dodgers in March 2012, are also in on the Sparks purchase. The only Dodgers owner who is not is Peter Guber, who owns a stake in the NBA's Golden State Warriors. The WNBA had no comment about the Sparks purchase, which was confirmed to The Times by a person with knowledge of the situation.
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