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January 1, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
The sushi at the Bait Shoppe, a restaurant in the new Hooters Casino Hotel here, was only middling -- though at $5 per two-piece order, the price wasn't bad. Anthony Curtis' verdict? "You won't encounter big crowds here," he said, "so it could work as a quick midday sushi play." Curtis polished off Hooters' $7 lobster wonton, too. But unlike the sushi, that didn't merit any mention in the Las Vegas Advisor, a quirky, chatty, retro-looking monthly newsletter that Curtis has published since 1983.
February 20, 2005 | Ellen Barry, Times staff writer
Who will sing in praise of sprawl? The bright hopefulness of slicing through thorn and vine? The lonely walk of the surveyor, deep in woods known only to moonshiners? The animal pleasure of moving dirt? Leave it to Atlanta -- a city spreading across north Georgia like a glass of milk spilled at the dinner table -- to generate a journal devoted to celebrating the construction of new suburbs.
September 26, 2003 | Josh Friedman
Scott Simon Fraser of Del Mar, Calif., editor of the Natural Contrarian Financial Newsletter, settled fraud charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission over "false and misleading" advertising claims, the agency said Thursday. Fraser agreed to a cease-and-desist order without admitting or denying guilt, said Lisa A. Gok, assistant regional SEC director in Los Angeles.
April 18, 2003 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
The volunteers have quit. The keys to the front door have been seized. And the old books dropped off outside the Friends of the Dana Point Library bookstore are piling up. The tiny but popular shop -- an annex to the library that makes about $54,000 a year selling well-thumbed books for pocket change -- has fallen victim to an internal squabble over how its profits should be spent. Emotions run high, but this is a particularly polite dispute.
April 14, 2003 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
It's time for a change of heart on the stock market, say some investment newsletter writers who have wisely sat out the last year or more. Their shift in advice may have brought thousands of individual investors back into the market in recent weeks. It also is rekindling the debate over the merits of such timing strategies. Among the widely followed stock newsletter editors who have turned bullish are Bob Brinker of the Marketimer letter in Henderson, Nev.
September 23, 2002 | JANE E. ALLEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Today's consumers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for health information. They find it via the Internet, television, radio, newspapers, magazines and, in one of the most convenient forms, newsletters. Dozens of paid subscription newsletters, generally running eight to 12 pages, are mailed directly to homes from hospitals, universities and prominent doctors. Hundreds more are sent free by organizations such as health plans as a promotional tool. Competition has been fierce.
Amid the contending calculations in the San Fernando Valley secession debate, Nancy Smith has marked a small territory as her own. While others quarrel over how many millions in federal grant dollars City Hall has denied the Valley over the years, and whether a new Valley city could afford the $1.3 billion in "alimony" it would owe Los Angeles, Smith sticks to small integers.
The rants are pulsing through the blog-o-sphere again, which, on most days, would mean that the online community is in its usual state of trippy high drama. Except that, this time, the topic is a radical expansion of the blog-o-sphere itself, one that would include a contingent of--quick, bottoms up on the Red Bull--traditional journalists (the ones who write, as the lexicon has it, dead-tree pieces).
April 27, 2002
Al Frank, 72, founder of Al Frank Asset Management and the Prudent Speculator newsletter, died of cancer Thursday in Carmel. Frank launched the Prudent Speculator in 1977, eight years after he began investing. Hulbert Financial Digest named it the best-performing stock advisory newsletter for the last 20 years with a 19.5% annual return through the end of February this year. Born in Iowa in 1930, Frank earned a master's degree in American studies at UC Berkeley.
January 5, 2002 | Bloomberg News, Times Staff
Optimism about U.S. stocks rose this week to its highest level since the week of Aug. 10, according to a poll of independent investment newsletter writers by Investors Intelligence. The percentage of newsletters considering themselves bullish, or optimistic about the market, climbed to 49% last week from 48.4% the previous week. Bullishness hit a four-year low of 33.7% after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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