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October 2, 2003 | Gary Cohn, Carla Hall and Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writers
Six women who came into contact with Arnold Schwarzenegger on movie sets, in studio offices and in other settings over the last three decades say he touched them in a sexual manner without their consent. In interviews with The Times, three of the women described their surprise and discomfort when Schwarzenegger grabbed their breasts. A fourth said he reached under her skirt and gripped her buttocks.
August 10, 2003 | Michael Cieply, Gary Cohn, Claudia Eller and Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writers
Some three decades back, young Arnold Schwarzenegger and a bodybuilder friend, Franco Columbu, came up with a get-rich-quick scheme. Tipped by an acquaintance that a planned new international airport and freeways were about to trigger a land rush in the Antelope Valley, the two scraped together cash from their joint bricklaying business and bought parcels in the desert. But the jets never came, nor did the real estate stampede. In fact, the promised land turned out to be nothing more than dirt.
December 15, 2007 | Joel Sappell, Times Staff Writer
They are sons of La Jolla, five friends who came of age on the edge of the Pacific. They all played on La Jolla High School's football team. One was the defensive player of the year. Another was a star quarterback mentored by former pro standout Doug Flutie, who said he'd be proud to have the boy as his own. Off the field, they cruised around town and hung out in picturesque coves beneath bluffs lined with spectacular homes.
February 4, 2005 | By Mike Hudson and E. Scott Reckard, Special to The Times
Mark Bomchill says he'd like to forget the year he spent hustling mortgages for Ameriquest Capital Corp. in suburban Minneapolis. Slugging down Red Bull caffeine drinks, sales agents would work the phones hour after hour, he said, trying to turn cold calls into lucrative "sub-prime" mortgages -- high-cost loans made to people with spotty credit. The demands were relentless: One manager prowled the aisles between desks like "a little Hitler," Bomchill said, hounding agents to make more calls and push more loans, bragging that he hired and fired people so fast that one worker would be cleaning out his desk as his replacement came through the door.
July 28, 2006 | Kimi Yoshino and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
Forget whether you have an ocean view or a new Lexus. A more pressing question this week in Southern California: Do you have central air conditioning? The answer in Los Angeles and much of Southern California: Probably not. Less than half of the homes in the city of Los Angeles have air conditioning, and fewer than 1 in 4 have central air, a utility survey says. Statewide, coastal areas have fewer air conditioners; inland, they're working nonstop.
July 1, 2005 | Walter Hamilton, Times Staff Writer
Ivan Boesky paid $100 million for his crimes and Michael Milken shelled out more than $1 billion. So the $45 million put up Thursday by former WorldCom Inc. Chief Executive Bernard J. Ebbers is no barnburner, except for this: The deal would wipe him out. Although Boesky and Milken still had fortunes in reserve after their celebrated payments, prosecutors say Ebbers has agreed to forfeit virtually all he has -- including his multimillion-dollar home, his rice farm and other enterprises.
April 19, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of Iraq's Kurdish north have unveiled a controversial plan to consolidate their hold on the region's future petroleum resources, raising concerns about how the ethnically divided nation will share its oil revenue. The Kurdish parliament will be asked to vote on the creation of a Ministry of Natural Resources that would regulate potentially lucrative energy projects in newly discovered oil and natural gas fields within the three provinces of Iraqi Kurdistan.
February 25, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
A Yorba Linda man killed his wife and three of his children late Saturday night before turning the shotgun on himself in a small condominium across the street from the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, police said Sunday. A 14-year-old stepson of the man was also shot but was expected to survive. Police said they did not know the motive for the attacks. Before he underwent surgery, the stepson was not able to explain what started the rampage.
March 3, 2005 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
British health authorities Wednesday cleared the way for Chiron Corp. to resume flu vaccine production immediately, ending a five-month suspension that created temporary shortages in the U.S. last fall. Although the factory in Liverpool still faces regulatory hurdles, analysts on Wall Street said they expected Chiron would provide shots to the United States later this year, easing worries about another season of scarcity. The timing of the British action was important.
For this, they pay him? Tom Fricke, long blond hair clipped back in a ponytail, is hanging out. He's hanging out with farmers, with a high school principal, with a manufacturing executive. He orders the 13-ounce prime rib when they do. He matches them, scoop for scoop, at the ice cream counter. He zips about town in his mini-sport-utility vehicle, gabbing with the locals every chance he gets. And yes--although even his parents don't believe it--all this hanging out is work.
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