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September 26, 2006 | Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Joe Francis, the founder and chief executive of the "Girls Gone Wild" empire, pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of violating federal record-keeping laws by failing to document the ages of young women in his racy videos. The pleas in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles were the result of an agreement announced this month between Francis and the Justice Department after an investigation into whether his Santa Monica companies filmed minors.
February 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Vikki LaMotta, the Bronx, N.Y.-born beauty whose marriage to boxer Jake LaMotta was portrayed in the film "Raging Bull," has died. She was 75. LaMotta died Jan. 25 at Boca Raton Community Hospital in Florida, about six months after open-heart surgery, said her son Harrison Foster. In the movie, Robert DeNiro plays the boxer who is obsessed with his young wife, played by Cathy Moriarty, but his obsession drives her away.
September 8, 1992
San Diego County's largest labor organization announced Monday it will endorse mayoral candidate Peter Navarro. The San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, with a membership of more than 108,000, weighed in on Navarro's side primarily because of his opposition to the proposed free-trade pact between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
December 24, 2006
Regarding "Maker of 'Girls Gone Wild' is sentenced," Dec. 14: Was this an opinion piece or a straight news story? So Joe Francis "made a fortune persuading drunken women on spring break to bare their bodies." Really? None of the hundreds, if not thousands, of these women over the years volunteered for or initiated their involvement in these videos by seeking out his crews the minute they found out the "Girls Gone Wild" production was in town? You obviously haven't been to a youth-oriented spring break or Mardi Gras-type event if you think most of the youngsters at these things have to be persuaded to do any partying.
January 21, 1994 | Associated Press
The Washington Redskins completed an agreement to buy all the land needed for a 78,600-seat football stadium to be built halfway between Washington and Baltimore. Redskin owner Jack Kent Cooke said he signed an agreement with Joe De Francis, principal owner of the Laurel and Pimlico racetracks in Maryland, to purchase 100 acres now part of the Laurel facility. * The Green Bay Packers named Ted Thompson as director of pro personnel.
October 9, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
One would never expect the lives of Mary Grillo and Doug Baylis to cross. Grillo comes from an affluent East Coast family, attended exclusive Wellesley College and, she says, was "expected to marry a Harvard man." Baylis was raised in San Diego by working-class parents. Although he received a state scholarship to UC San Diego, Baylis had to work his way through school doing menial jobs, even shining shoes for money during his freshman year.
May 28, 1992 | GREG JOHNSON
Local labor leaders reportedly have pledged to picket three non-union hotels that will lodge United Auto Workers delegates during the organization's convention here in June. Hotel and Restaurant Union Local 30 business manager Nancy Browning on Wednesday told the Detroit News that the UAW's decision to book some of its delegates into non-union hotels was "hypocritical," given the UAW's attempts to get Americans to buy union-made domestic vehicles.
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