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May 11, 2000 | SI FRUMKIN, Si Frumkin, a Holocaust survivor and human rights activist, lives in Studio City
My father had a name before he became a number. In English, his name would have been Nicholas Frumkin, but in Lithuanian he was Mykolas Frumkinas. In Russian, which we spoke at home in Kaunas, Lithuania, he was Nikolay Grigorievich Frumkin, but his friends called him Kolya. And, of course, to me he was Papa--Daddy. Strangers called him, in the East European fashion, "Engineer Frumkin" because he had an engineering degree from a major German university.
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December 31, 1990
The supporters of Proposition 103 were foolish to believe that any action short of recalling insurance commissioner Roxani Gillespie would provide relief from rising insurance companies. Her lame-duck actions reveal that the system doesn't have checks and balances, rather it favors the checks that don't bounce and large insurance companies' account balances. J. BRIAN AMSTER, Newport Beach
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July 5, 2009 | Jason Felch
In the top-floor ballroom of a downtown San Francisco hotel, Steve Slepcevic took the podium to share the story of his success. The son of Serbian immigrants, he began working on construction sites at the age of 12. By 17, he had started his own general contracting business. Soon enough, he was chasing natural disasters, looking to help victims rebuild their property and put their lives back together.
BUSINESS
July 13, 1991 | Associated Press
New York state is investigating auto insurance companies for failing to give required discounts to consumers who have safety and anti-theft devices on their cars, officials said Friday. Attorney General Robert Abrams said car owners have been cheated out of as much as $30 million in New York--and more nationally--by insurance companies that advertise discounts and then don't give them.
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November 19, 1988
Isn't it time for our government to start an InsureCare program so that, in addition to health care, people can buy automobile, household and other insurance at a reasonable, affordable price? If the government made only half the profit made by the insurance companies, it would go a long way toward paying off the deficit. So let the insurance companies in the private sector move to Siberia! MONROE RUBINGER Beverly Hills
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April 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
When the casket that was supposed to hold the earthly remains of Jim Davis was finally lowered into the ground, the only thing missing was the late Mr. Davis. The coffin had been weighed down to simulate the approximate heft of a corpse. And Jim Davis was not inside the box. Federal prosecutors said the phony funeral was among the inventive tricks that Jean Crump - a onetime Long Beach mortician - used to loot insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. On Tuesday, she was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
SPORTS
February 27, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Money, money, money. So much money. From places only the most sophisticated financial followers truly understand, not that they always agree. Last year Guggenheim Partners formed a group to buy the Dodgers and spent a record $2.1 billion on the purchase. In a remarkably short time, it skyrocketed the team payroll to a baseball record $230 million. They're dropping another $100 million or so on a quick little makeover of Dodger Stadium. Yet exactly where all this money has come from remains something of a mystery, credit going to Guggenheim's sudden explosion on the Wall Street scene and Chief Executive Mark Walter's preference for privacy.
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August 10, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
The state of California is likely to receive tens of millions of dollars more from insurance companies to clean up the Stringfellow Acid Pits toxic waste dump as a result of a ruling Thursday by the California Supreme Court. In a unanimous decision, the high court said consecutive insurance policies by various companies required each to pay up to their policy limits for damage caused by the Riverside County waste site. The companies wanted to restrict liability to just a share of the damage that occurred during the time each insurer's policy was in effect.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2004
Former financier Martin Frankel was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for bilking seven insurance companies out of more than $200 million. Frankel, 50, had pleaded guilty in New Haven, Conn., to 24 federal charges of fraud and racketeering. He admitted plotting to loot seven insurance companies in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee that mostly sold funeral policies to the poor.
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