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January 27, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
The Symphonica Toscanini is Italy's newest major orchestra. Its players are a young collective and mostly Italian. They are full of pizazz and looked good Thursday in Costa Mesa. They undoubtedly wear the best shoes and sport the most stylish haircuts of any orchestra of comparable quality.
January 25, 2007 | Leslie Earnest and Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writers
In the days since Gap Inc. ousted its chief executive, Wall Street has continued to ruminate about the nation's largest specialty retailer's problems and its need to win back customers. Shoppers, likewise, have plenty to say about how the parent company of 3,200 Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores could woo them back and end a continuing sales slump. Just ask the women at Yoga Works in Costa Mesa.
December 15, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
CBS Corp. plans to revive CBS Records -- a vestige of the glory days of the now-troubled music industry -- with an eye toward the Internet age. In contrast to the lavish excesses of the music business of the 1970s and 1980s, the new incarnation of CBS Records, to be unveiled today, will start out small.
July 30, 2006 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Amad Andrews wanted his Little League baseball players to don more than a uniform when they took the field at Robinson Park in Pasadena this season. The coach wanted the 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds to wear a piece of history. So, rather than opting for the Dodgers, Angels or another common nickname, Andrews turned back the clock and chose the Kansas City Monarchs.
July 1, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Susette Kelo, who lent her name to a lawsuit that ignited a firestorm around the practice of eminent domain, will not lose her Connecticut home to a wrecking ball, as she had feared when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the city of New London could build homes, offices and hotels in her neighborhood. Under an agreement announced Friday, Kelo's quaint, peach-colored house will be moved to another location.
June 7, 2006 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to draw shoppers back to Gap, the retailer said Tuesday that it would spiff up its stores, reorganize the merchandise and beef up its advertising this fall. As part of the makeover, the company hopes to get more "freshness and newness" into stores more often, said Cynthia Harriss, president of San Francisco-based Gap Inc.'s namesake division. Industry analysts say the changes couldn't come too soon for the stores that have been in a sales slump.
May 29, 2006 | Walter Hamilton, Times Staff Writer
When Charles Schwab took the stage at his company's annual shareholder meeting last year, he acknowledged that the firm he founded had "lost touch with our heritage" as the nation's pioneer in discount stock trading. No such statements were needed when he addressed shareholders at the gathering this month. The company's stock Friday was trading at $16.85 up 49% from where it stood the year before. Its first-quarter earnings report showed a 68% jump from a year earlier.
May 5, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Attorney Ron Bamberger's old friend named a horse after him -- Lawyer Ron, he called the steed -- then died and left Bamberger as executor of his estate. On Thursday, two days before the Kentucky Derby, the real Lawyer Ron made what amounted to a bet against his namesake and sold a partial interest in the horse, one of the favorites in the 132nd Run for the Roses.
April 11, 2006 | Annette Haddad, Times Staff Writer
William Lyon went on the offensive Monday, bumping up his bid to buy the shares of William Lyon Homes Inc. that he doesn't already own to $100 a share from $93 originally offered last month. The sweetened bid may be enough to finally allow Lyon, the company's chairman and chief executive, to take the Newport Beach-based home builder private. A committee of outside directors recommended Monday that shareholders accept the latest offer, after having told Lyon 10 days earlier to improve his bid.
March 24, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
To exuberant bursts of music by Zoltan Kodaly, waves of CalArts dancers cross and recross a rehearsal studio under the watchful eye of Carla Maxwell, artistic director of the Jose Limon Dance Company. Maxwell is looking for students to join the troupe for three weeks to prepare for a revival of Limon's 1958 "Missa Brevis," this weekend at the Ahmanson Theatre. The company has 13 dancers; the piece requires 22. Maxwell isn't necessarily looking for a perfect Limon dancer.
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