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February 2, 1989 | From Times wire services
Grace Hayes, legendary Las Vegas and Hollywood nightclub hostess of the 1940s and 1950s, died Wednesday at a convalescent home. She was 93. Forty years ago, Hayes operated the Las Vegas Strip's most chic nightclub, The Red Rooster. In its day, the nightclub catered to customers such as Howard Hughes, Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel and a host of Hollywood movie stars. Before that, she owned and operated a movie stars' nightclub hangout called Grace Hayes' Lodge in the San Fernando Valley.
May 30, 1991
Angeline Lieber, 82, the UCLA representative for the World Students Associates who, with her husband, Louis, hosted dozens of exchange students from around the world during the 1950s and '60s. She also was president of the West Los Angeles Women's Lawyers Club and a vice president of the Assistance League Junior Auxiliary. She maintained close ties over the years with her former student guests, visiting them regularly in Greece, India, Egypt and Germany.
October 19, 2006 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Society Hostess, who has won three of four since arriving in the U.S., will try for her first victory at Keeneland in the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County today on the turf. A 4-year-old Seeking The Gold filly owned by breeder Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd. and trained by Christophe Clement, Society Hostess enters the 5 1/2 -furlong race this afternoon at the Lexington, Ky., track off a win at Belmont Park. The 17-10 favorite in the License Fee on Sept.
January 14, 1989
Ruth Bernard, who as Ruth Brande was an Earl Carroll beauty as a young woman, and then as an older woman provided a televised showcase for talent at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, died Jan. 6 at UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. She was believed to be in her middle 70s. Miss Brande, who married and divorced Bruno Bernard, the fabled Hollywood photographer who died in 1987, studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris before joining Earl Carroll's revue in New York City.
January 9, 1992
United Hostesses' Charities' gala Bal D'Hiver, held Nov. 9 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, raised more than $300,000. Proceeds will go toward the organization's $2-million pledge to fund a cardiac research floor in the Barbara and Marvin Davis Research Building under construction at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The ball was chaired by United Hostesses president Roni Heller and co-chaired by Merri Kaplan. Since its founding in 1942, the group has raised $7.5 million for Cedars-Sinai.
February 11, 2004 | Stephen Bayley, Stephen Bayley is a London design consultant and the author of "A Dictionary of Idiots" (Gibson Square Press, 2003).
Martha Stewart's tribulations have had me thinking about sacred cows. The term comes from India, an import from the Raj, where it was noted that pious Hindus venerated bovine ruminant quadrupeds. In our turbulent and godless times, sacred cows -- the human kind, the Martha Stewart kind -- provide pleasing stability. Or they did until recently. The need for them is buried deep in our collective memory.
January 12, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Time
If only the bottom line of Hostess Brands were as rich as the calorie count of its Twinkies. The 82-year-old company, which also makes HoHos, DingDongs and Wonder Bread, filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming what it said are onerous union contracts and pension liabilities. Analysts said that despite a cupboard of iconic confections, Hostess has been unable to capitalize on trends that theoretically should fatten its profit. "You can't pick up a paper without reading about obesity in America," said Adam Hanft, chief executive of Hanft Projects, a brand-strategy firm in New York.
November 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Hostess Brands Inc. will start selling off the rights to Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other baked brands after a federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved its plan for an “orderly wind-down.” The company will also start shrinking its employee head count to 3,200 workers from 18,500, the 82-year-old pastry maker said. Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York gave Hostess the go-ahead to start fielding bidders for its assets, the company said.
November 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
There may be hope for Twinkies after all: Hostess Brands Inc. and its striking union agreed to a mediation that will forestall the company's planned liquidation for the time being. At a bankruptcy court hearing Monday in New York, 82-year-old Hostess had planned to ask permission to start shutting down its business. Instead, Judge Robert Drain urged the company and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International union to consider mediation. Both sides agreed to try to work through their conflict, which would preserve more than 18,000 jobs that will otherwise disappear if the Irving, Texas-based company closes its doors.
November 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, This story has been updated, as indicated below.
Looks like it'll be a bake sale after all. Hostess Brands Inc. said Tuesday afternoon that mediation efforts with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union were about as successful as a Twinkie without the cream filling. That means the pastry maker will return to bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y., on Wednesday morning to argue its case for liquidating and selling off its assets. The company “will have no further comment” until then, it said. [Updated: 4:35 p.m. Nov. 20: The failed talks will likely be devastating news to legions of Americans who stockpiled Ding Dongs and Ho Ho's over the weekend -- after Hostess first said Friday that it was shutting down -- then rejoiced when the company agreed Monday to attempt a reconciliation with its union.
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