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BUSINESS
May 22, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Motel 6 and Studio 6, the no-frills budget hotel chains that once offered rooms for $6 a night, are being sold by French parent Accor for $1.9 billion. Their new owner, an affiliate of private equity firm Blackstone Group, already owns Hilton Worldwide. Blackstone's Real Estate Partners VII fund said it plans to "accelerate the expansion of the franchise base" for Motel 6 and Studio 6. Accor said it will use proceeds from the sale to slash its debt and grow its luxury Sofitel and Novotel hotels in expanding markets such as Asia, Latin America and Europe.
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NEWS
April 25, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"HOJO to Don Draper: Sorry about the pool, your next stay is on us. " That's the word from Howard Johnson after the "Mad Men" character had a motel meltdown on Sunday's episode of the AMC TV series. The getaway he planned with his young bride Megan to a fictional HoJo's in upstate New York went super sour after he arrived to find the pool was closed. "We've all been there," says the hotel's statement sent Tuesday. "You plan a weekend away only to check in to your hotel and find that a much desired amenity - the hotel pool - is closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The state's ethics watchdog agency on Thursday dismissed allegations against Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) that he misused campaign funds to pay for a motel stay in Orange County for personal benefit. The state Fair Political Practices Commission overruled its chief of enforcement, who argued that Norby lied when he claimed to have checked into a motel as part of a study of homelessness issues. "He listed the date of separation from his wife as the exact same date he checked into the motel," Gary Winuk, the commission's chief of enforcement, told the commission.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Hotel brands generally received low scores in a large survey of customer service experiences. Hampton Inn and Marriott were the only two out of 12 major hotel brands to receive "good" ratings in a study by Temkin Group, a customer service research firm. "Many of the hotel brands in our study aren't delivering the level of hospitality that consumers want," said Bruce Temkin, managing partner of Temkin Group. The research is based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers in January 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2011 | By David Kelly, Special to The Times
Inside a stuffy Cleveland classroom, Tim Boehnlein explained the mechanics of domestic violence and then posed a question. "So why do women stay?" he asked his class of would-be counselors. Ignorance, low self-esteem, lack of education, they speculated. No one really knew. PHOTOS: Survivors of abuse Except maybe the silent woman in back - the one fidgeting and looking at the floor. "I thought if I said something, it might frighten other people," she explained later.
TRAVEL
September 3, 2011
The Beach House Inn in Santa Barbara is a lovely, pet-friendly motel in a residential neighborhood close to Pershing Park and the beach, and walking distance to Cabrillo Boulevard and restaurants. All units have been freshly updated, and most have a kitchenette. There is a nice, relaxing lawn area for sitting outside and enjoying the day. Beach House Inn, 320 W. Yanonali St.; (805) 966-1126, http://www.thebeachhouseinn.com . Rooms from $118. Arlene Pearce Via email
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2011 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
A 33-year-old Van Nuys man was arrested after his DNA was linked to the 2002 rape of an unconscious 16-year-girl in a South Glendale motel, police said. The Tri-Cities Fugitive Apprehension task force arrested Armen Shakhbazyan about 5 p.m. Thursday after tracking him to an auto body shop in Van Nuys, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. He faces two felony counts of rape of an unconscious victim and willful harm or injury to a child likely to produce great bodily harm, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
More than 500 people, including clergymen, elected officials and mothers pushing strollers, gathered here Sunday to denounce the killing of an African American auto plant employee in what authorities say was a racially motivated hate crime. The slaying of James C. Anderson initially attracted little notice outside the immediate area, but since a security camera recording of the June 26 incident was broadcast nationally last week, the case has drawn coast-to-coast attention. Anderson, 49, was beaten and run over in the parking lot of a motel.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2011 | By David S. Cloud
A possible terrorist plot against military personnel at Ft. Hood in Texas was disrupted with the arrest of an Army private who had purchased ammunition and bomb-making materials in preparation for such an attack, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, a 21-year-old Texas native who had successfully argued that he was a conscientious objector whose Muslim faith would not allow him to deploy to Afghanistan, was arrested at a motel Wednesday by Killeen, Texas, police after his purchase of gunpowder at a local gun store aroused employees' suspicion.
HOME & GARDEN
July 2, 2011 | By Sam Watters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time in Fourth-of-July America, when gas was cheap and highways were empty, Mom, Dad and the family headed out for summer vacation. Packing the Ford the night before, they left at dawn, rolling over dusty valley roads to Santa Barbara. They might have stopped for lunch, some culture at the historic mission and an ice cream cone, and then they were back on the road to San Luis Obispo. As the sun tipped over the ocean horizon, Dad turned off Highway 1, the Camino Real. He rumbled along a country lane to the Milestone Mo-tel, the first of its kind in California.
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