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BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Collective Brands Inc., which owns footwear brands such as Sperry Top-Sider and Keds and the shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource, will be split in two by multiple buyers in a purchase valued at $2 billion, including debt. Wolverine Worldwide, Blum Capital and Golden Gate Capital formed an acquisition company to buy Collective for $21.75 a share. The deal was unanimously approved by Collective's board and is expected to close late in the third quarter or early in the fourth. The price represents a 104% premium on Collective's 30-day average stock price before Aug. 24, when the company first announced that it was looking into a strategic and financial shift for its operations.
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BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The iconic Matterhorn Bobsled ride at Disneyland has been closed for a six-month renovation and is scheduled to reopen June 15. The overhaul is the first top-to-bottom construction project of the 147-foot-tall peak since it was built in 1959. Through the use of time-lapse photography, Disney released a video Wednesday that shows workers wrapping the snow-dusted summit in scaffolding and then removing the scaffolding again in only 47 seconds. Disney officials said they plan no significant changes to the ride itself.
NEWS
February 29, 2000
Something is missing from your calendar this year. At least, that's the way many people born Feb. 29 see it. "Calendar companies don't recognize the day for what it is," said Raenell Dawn, an L.A. native born on leap year day 1960. For 16 years, she and other members of her club, the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies, have asked calendar manufacturers to include the words "Leap Year Day" on Feb. 29, "just like it says New Year's Day." So far, her efforts have been in vain.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deals and Travel Blogger
Grab your mouse ears and get ready to spend an all-nighter at Disneyland and Disney World at the start of Memorial Day weekend, with Pixar characters from the upcoming movie "Monsters University" roving around and other special events.  The Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla., as well as Disneyland and California Adventure Park in Anaheim will open at 6 a.m. May 24 and remain open for 24 hours, according to a Walt Disney World announcement....
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2012 | By Ada Calhoun, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If on a recent weekday afternoon you saw an otherwise sane-seeming thirtysomething woman running her hands along a chain-link fence in the parking lot of Philippe the Original or thrashing around in the woods of Griffith Park above the Greek Theatre, that was me. Contrary to appearances, I was neither on drugs nor hiding a dead body; I was just geocaching. The American geocache - or GPS-enabled treasure hunt - craze began in 2000 when decent GPS technology became more accessible to the masses.
SPORTS
March 3, 1996 | MAL FLORENCE
What would be comparable to Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson? Or the U.S. hockey team defeating the mighty Soviets in the "miracle on ice" at the 1980 Olympics? For followers of cricket, it would be the West Indies, the longtime masters of the game, losing Thursday at the World Cup in Pune, India, to Kenya, a semipro team making its debut after qualifying for the first time.
NEWS
February 28, 1992 | NONA YATES
Notice anything unusual about this year? No, not the presidential campaign and elections. . . . There's an extra day, 366 instead of the usual 365. 1992 is a Leap Year. "Leap days" are added every four years to bring the calendar in line with Earth's orbit around the sun, which takes about 365 1/4 days. Without leap days, it could get so out of sync that at some point we would be celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1991 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
No socks were knocked off, no bells rang and genuine thrills appeared seldom at the latest Monday Evening concert. Still, hope was not denied: Fascinating recent music, bracketed by 20th-Century standards, made up the program. The flexible-sized, contemporary-music specialist ensemble Xtet, one of the better local inventions of the 1980s, took over Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for this event, presenting scores by David Ocker, Bright Sheng and Donald R.
MAGAZINE
March 13, 1988 | ROBERT LAWRENCE BALZER
The John Daniel Society's Dominus debuted on "Leap Day," Feb. 29, at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, March 2 in Chicago and the following Friday in San Francisco. By now, all the enophiles in the country are critiquing this first release of Dominus 1984. What makes Dominus so special? Once more, it's the man before the grape. Christian Moueix, 42--the managing partner in the family that owns many splendid vineyards in Pomerol and St.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sales at McDonald's restaurants slipped 1.5% last month, but not because of global economic difficulties or fast-casual competition. The fast food behemoth attributed the slide to the difficulty of comparing February's performance against the same month in 2012, which had an extra day due to the leap year. Factoring out the calendar quirk, the Oak Brook, Ill., company said its worldwide same-store sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 1.7%. Same deal with its U.S. sales, which dipped 3.3%.
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