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TRAVEL
August 11, 2002
Don't be too quick to book passage to the Villa Vannini near Pistoia, Italy ("Unearthing a Hidden Jewel in Tuscany," July 28). I spent one of the worst nights of my life there. The article mentions the hotel's lack of air-conditioning, but of far greater concern was the lack of heating when I stayed there in October about five years ago. After a night of shivering uncontrollably in my room, I could not wait to leave. Also, the chef was on vacation, and the food was inedible in his absence.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, "Rio 2" is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are absolutely fabulous. "Rio 2's" music might even save the 3-D animated action-adventure about endangered South American blue macaws from the terrible 2s that affect so many sequels. The eclectic animal and human cast and respective star voices that "Rio" introduced in 2011 have all reconvened to continue the party.
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OPINION
February 2, 2004
Re "A Civic War Is Brewing Over 'Tara' Estate," Jan. 29: A historic designation on a building or site is not a "disposable" item. History and significance do not disappear because the economy changes or "affordable" housing is in short supply. Elsie Weisman's former property represents a preserved jewel in an increasingly decomposing city. West Hollywood has a committed obligation to the community and to the Weisman family. Period. The city needs to find an alternative site and live up to the promise it made when it accepted Weisman's generous gift.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Signet Jewelers Ltd., a giant in the retail jewelry business, has agreed to acquire Zale Corp. in a deal the companies valued at $1.4 billion. Signet, which operates more than 1,400 Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry stores, will add Zale's 1,680 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to its portfolio. Zale chief Theo Killion will continue to run the company after the acquisition, Signet Chief Executive Mike Barnes said. He will report directly to Barnes.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
Comparisons to such ensemble capers as "Ocean's Eleven" or "Tower Heist" are inevitable, but South Korea's "The Thieves" carves its own niche with moments of romance and stylish mayhem mixed with a more emotionally conflicted, winner-take-all sensibility than its American brethren. Director Dong-hoo Choi ("The Big Swindle"), who co-wrote the sometimes overly complex script with Gi-cheol Lee, begins by jauntily setting up the potential theft of a $30 million diamond from a Macau casino vault by an intrepid band of high-end crooks, each, of course, with a burgling specialty.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. publisher that took on O.J. Simpson's "If I Did It" after it was dropped in the face of public outrage has signed up another rejected project: Sherry Jones' "The Jewel of Medina," a novel about a wife of the prophet Muhammad that Random House canceled out of concern that it would anger Muslims. "We read the book; we loved it," said Eric Kampmann, owner of Beaufort Books, which managed a hit last year with Simpson's hypothetical confession to murder. Jones' novel should come out by mid-October, Kampmann said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1985 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
What happens when you unsex a nation, treat it like a nation of eunuchs? Because that's what we've done, isn't it? --Daphne Manners in "The Raj Quartet" I was sitting at my desk Monday when a copy editor came by and asked, "So?" I knew what he wanted to talk about: Sunday's episode of "The Jewel in the Crown," a brilliant miniseries about the turbulent last five years of the British Raj (rule) in India. Yes, it's historically and socially meaningful.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1993 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
Vicente Fernandez put another jewel in his long-held crown of mariachi king at the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday, and his talented son Alejandro showed that he's the logical inheritor of his father's legacy. The concert, the first of two nights at the Amphitheatre, was fast-paced and engaging.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 1999 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not the first place mainstream American record scouts might look for the next English-language female folk-pop star. After all, the other big names in the genre lately have all come from chilly, English-speaking lands--Paula Cole from Massachusetts, Fiona Apple from New York, Sarah McLachlan from Canada, Jewel from Alaska. But sunny Guadalajara is where singer-songwriter Elan Sara DeFan, 16, was born and raised. And more than a couple of important people in the mainstream U.S.
BUSINESS
June 6, 1985
The outbreak, which made thousands of Midwesterners sick, cost American Stores $3.5 million, the company said. The costs included closing its Jewel subsidiary's Hillfarm Dairy in Melrose Park, Ill., American Stores said. Jewel was acquired by American Stores last November. The salmonella outbreak, first reported March 29, affected an estimated 17,000 people in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"The Wolf of Wall Street" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are reportedly headed back to the big screen together, this time in an adaptation of the 1997 Vanity Fair article "The Ballad of Richard Jewell," about the man falsely accused of being the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber. According to Deadline Hollywood , Fox has acquired the rights to Marie Brenner's article and will develop it for Hill to portray Jewell, a security guard who was initially hailed as a hero after discovering a backpack bomb and helping to evacuate bystanders.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Prosecutors say Vincent Asaro expected to get rich off the infamous heist of about $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa vault in 1978, a crime that unleashed a murderous spree by a paranoid mobster and inspired Martin Scorsese's film "Goodfellas. " He didn't. "We never got our right money," Asaro is accused of grousing to an FBI informant in an expletive-laced conversation recorded in 2011. But Asaro did get arrested and charged Thursday as the FBI unsealed an indictment detailing allegations that he planned the record-breaking heist and was involved in other crimes dating back decades, including murder, arson and illegal gambling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
A Riverside County Superior Court judge is expected to rule this week on whether the money an 83-year-old career jewel thief wants to use to post her jail bond is from a legitimate source. The hearing over Doris Payne's $65,000 bail is scheduled for Friday. A trial readiness conference was scheduled for early February. Payne, whose exploits have garnered international headlines, is charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft - she is accused of stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store in October - and has pleaded not guilty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
A Riverside County Superior Court judge is expected to rule next week on whether the money an 83-year-old career jewel thief wants to use to post her jail bond is from a legitimate source. On Thursday, attorneys scheduled the hearing over Doris Payne 's $65,000 bail for Jan. 3. A trial readiness conference was scheduled for early February. Payne, whose exploits have grabbed international headlines, is charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft -- she is accused of stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store in October -- and has pleaded not guilty . In his decision this month to keep Payne in custody in lieu of $65,000 bail pending a hearing, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Erwood noted that the 83-year-old had listed her occupation on court papers as "jewelry thief" -- something she had done in at least one previous arrest.
OPINION
December 15, 2013
Re "At 83, career jewel thief to stand trial once more," Dec. 12 In your article on 83-year-old jewel thief Doris Payne, you describe how she tried on a diamond ring valued at $22,500. Later, Payne took the ring to a secondhand dealer and tried to sell it for $1,000. The dealer refused after complaining about the imperfections and size and offered $800. Let me see if I have this right: The first store priced the diamond ring at $22,500, and another dealer wouldn't even pay $1,000 for it. And they have the nerve to call Payne a thief ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
INDIO -- Doris Payne , the 83-year-old career jewelry thief whose worldwide exploits have grabbed international headlines, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday in her most recent case out of Riverside County. Payne has been charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft after allegedly stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store Oct. 21. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Erwood ordered Payne back in court Dec. 26, and denied her attorneys' request to release her from custody.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1998 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Promotion executive Andrea Gannis has been promoted to executive vice president of Time Warner's Atlantic Records label. Gannis, who has worked at Atlantic for nearly two decades, is credited with helping to transform such unconventional acts as Jewel into radio superstars.
TRAVEL
March 5, 1989
The Travel Section should sign Bob O'Sullivan to a long-term contract before someone else does. What a joy to read him on a gray Sunday morning! He is witty, warm, funny and a jewel. It amazes me that some writers can be so good so often. ELIZABETH PINKHAM Pacific Palisades
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
INDIO - Doris Payne, the 83-year-old career jewelry thief whose worldwide exploits have grabbed international headlines, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday in her most recent case in Riverside County. Payne has been charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft after allegedly stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store Oct. 21. She has pleaded not guilty. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Erwood ordered Payne back in court Dec. 26, and denied her attorneys' request to release her from custody.
IMAGE
December 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Several new style books focus on great American jewelry design. Here we zero in on two of the stand-out volumes of the season. David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler Ruth Peltason Assouline, $85 American jewelry designer David Webb was a fixture on New York's social scene during the 1960s and '70s, beloved by Diana Vreeland, Nan Kempner, Doris Duke, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand and many other style-setters. Webb is perhaps best known for his animal bracelets, more fierce than cute, featuring lions, tigers and dragons, which were part of the ladies-who-lunch uniform of the day. But his legacy encompasses so much more, writes Ruth Peltason in "David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler.
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