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December 2, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Its online readers have been expanding, but even that doesn't save print anymore -- New York magazine, which has developed a highly successful website, said Monday that it would begin publishing every other week in order to better match consumer habits. The magazine, which has been published since 1968, currently comes out every week. But print circulation has been dropping, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media. Paid subscriptions dropped 4.2%, to 330,145, from 2011 to 2012, while single copy sales dropped 12.7% in the same time period.
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April 27, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Getting the strangers to open up wasn't easy. But Jesus Rodriguez, a high school senior, pressed on, clipboard and questionnaire in hand. He and about 15 other students spent Thursday evening at MacArthur Park, interviewing people about their lives, their well-being and the health of their neighborhood. Their responses will be the basis for an intricate art installation to be displayed at the park in the fall. For Rodriguez, 18, the exercise was eye-opening. He spent two hours approaching random men and women, some of them homeless.
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BUSINESS
May 23, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. 'Free' trial offers — The Federal Trade Commission has accused an Alberta, Canada, man and several companies of defrauding consumers of more than $450 million by luring them into "free" trial offers and then charging them for products or services they did not order. The FTC filed a lawsuit in the federal courthouse in Seattle against Jesse Willms and 10 of his companies, accusing them of obtaining victims' credit card numbers as part of free-trial offers and then billing the credit cards for products that were not ordered.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
If the clang and clutter of summer superhero movies and action behemoths aren't for you - or even if you just want a break - there are still plenty of options in the months ahead, both at the art house and the far corners of the multiplex. Which isn't to say that even these movies don't have some of the same features as their louder, bigger cousins. There's the end credits stinger of "Calvary," which instead of teasing a sequel hauntingly shows the locations from the movie without people, or the microbudget action sequence of "Happy Christmas," when a frozen pizza forgotten in the oven sets off smoke alarms and panic.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1985
Rockefeller Center Properties, a newly formed company, offered $750 million worth of common stock, or 37.5 million shares priced at $20 each, to U.S. investors. Offered outside the United States were $335 million of current coupon convertible debentures and $215 million of zero coupon convertible debentures. The common stock closed at $19.75 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading, with 9.7 million shares changing hands.
SCIENCE
November 5, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
It's not often that the so-called food cops have kind words for the fast-food industry, but there are a few of them in a new report on the offerings from restaurants such as McDonald's, KFC and Taco Bell -- and how they are marketed to kids. Analysts from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity - a leading proponent of efforts to remove sugary drinks from schools and impose a sin tax on sodas , among other initiatives - analyzed the menu offerings from 18 fast-food chains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1997 | ALICIA A. REYNOLDS, Alicia A. Reynolds teaches English at Oxnard High School
I hate people, I hate myself Uncontrolling, red-hot temper I hate my life--it's a hidden temple Lovable sad, caring, and glad Sunny and friendly and not Even mad--I guess that's life I won't beat my wife A bad example not to follow But shall. --"Mike," a high school senior * In the sea of Nike-clad feet, cartoon-character T-shirts, and pro-team sports bottles, I began the opening day ritual of handing out a sheet outlining my Creative Writing class standards and expectations.
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November 21, 2012 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For fragrance lovers, it's the season of opulent choices. L'Objet's champagne-scented candle is decked out in a malachite vessel with 24-karat gold and amethyst quartz cabochon detailing that can double as a treasure box later. Diptyque's limited-edition candles spread holiday cheer with the rich aromas of frankincense, frosty fir tree and warm oud wood mixed with amber. Los Angeles' Royal Apothic offers another festive possibility: "Distillation of a Victorian Fir," with notes of cranberry, holly, apricot and cinnamon.
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March 25, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
California community colleges have shed more than 300,000 students since 2009 because the students cannot get into classes, and the toll is likely to grow unless the state reverses course and pumps more money into higher education. That bleak assessment was delivered last week by California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott in a State of Community Colleges address at Pasadena City College. Scott served as president of the college from 1987 to 1995, before being elected to the state Legislature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
It started with the Vietnamese after the fall of Saigon. Then came the Romanians, the Iranians, the Central Americans and those from the Middle East, all showing up at the little Garden Grove haven they knew simply as the "refugee club. " Folks at St. Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center offered newcomers the basics: where to find a job, how to write a resume, how to get a handle on America. By the thousands, those fleeing war, poverty or persecution poured in. Now, this club has moved from its humble quarters - cramped rooms, donated furniture and dim lighting - into a gleaming $3.7-million two-story building in Orange.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races. First, just as Democrats have been saying, their endangered incumbent in Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, is doing better than analysts in Washington had believed. By 47% to 38%, registered voters in Arkansas approved of Pryor's work in office, with only 14% unable or unwilling to give an opinion, according to a new poll by the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. By 46% to 36%, Pryor led his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, a former Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a rising conservative star since winning a seat in the House in 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
L.A. County sheriff's detectives have exhausted all leads in the January murder of a man in Compton and on Wednesday offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tauruson McMillian, a public works employee in the city of Pasadena, was killed about 6:40 p.m. Jan. 4 in the 1300 block of North Wilmington Avenue in Compton. Lt. John Corina said the 34-year-old had left a friend's house and was talking to his girlfriend on the phone as he was driving his red 2004 Chevy SS Monte Carlo when someone fired at him from a light-colored sedan.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered condolences to Armenian descendants of massacre victims in a message ahead of the 99th anniversary of the atrocity that Turkey still refuses to describe as a genocide. The statement issued in seven languages and published widely in Turkish media laments the "shared pain" inflicted on those of all religions and ethnicities whose forebears were killed during the expulsions and brutalities that occurred as the Ottoman Empire collapsed during World War I. “The 24th of April carries a particular significance for our Armenian citizens and for all Armenians around the world, and provides a valuable opportunity to share opinions freely on a historical matter,” the statement said of the start of the years-long atrocity.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Allergan Inc., the Irvine company that makes popular wrinkle treatment Botox, acknowledged Tuesday that it has received a buyout offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. The company said the offer from the Canadian drug maker was unsolicited. Valeant is partnering with hedge fund manager Bill Ackman in the deal. In a news release, Allergan said its board of directors "will carefully review and consider the proposal and pursue the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the company's stockholders.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman moved forward with their plans to acquire Botox maker Allergan Inc., offering shareholders about $46 billion and touching off what could be a contentious fight. Several industry analysts said they expect Allergan to reject the offer as too low, and said a fierce boardroom battle may be on the horizon. An issue certain to alarm Allergan is Valient's announced plans to slash research and development spending at the Irvine company.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Activist investor Bill Ackman is partnering with a Canadian pharmaceutical company in an effort to buy Allergan Inc., the Irvine company that makes the popular wrinkle treatment Botox. Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. have already acquired nearly 10% of Allergan's shares and will soon offer to purchase the company, Ackman and Valeant said Monday in a regulatory filing. News of the likely bid increased the stock price of both companies. In after-hours trading, investors drove up Allergan as much as 21% and Valeant by 10%. No formal offer was made Monday, but there was speculation about how much Allergan could fetch.
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March 10, 2013 | Adam Tschorn
Z Zegna, the decade-old younger and more fashion-forward label from 113-year-old Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna, has chosen Los Angeles as the home of its first standalone store in North America, 1,600 square feet of brushed aluminum, lacquered wood and polished gray stone in the Beverly Center that opened its doors March 2. The brand's creative director, Paul Surridge, a 38-year-old whose CV includes stints at Calvin Klein, Burberry and...
BUSINESS
August 29, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
Hedge funds may soon advertise to investors such as you. Securities regulations have barred hedge funds and other private investment vehicles from advertising and marketing to the general public for more than 30 years. But the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, enacted this year requires the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to ease the ban. Private offerings raised more than $1 trillion in 2011 -- about as much through offerings registered with the SEC, according to Mary Schapiro, the agency's chairman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
For the first time,  the number of Latinos from California offered freshman admission to the University of California was larger than that for whites. Reflecting demographic trends, 28.8% of those admitted to at least one UC campus were Latino, compared with 26.8% white. At 36.2%, Asian Americans again made up the largest ethnic group among admitted students from California. Blacks from California were just 4.2%, a number that officials said was disturbingly low. "It remains a difficult issue for the university," said Stephen Handel, UC's associate vice president for undergraduate admissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Jason Song
Jonathan Lee stood by the large prints of Ein Liz, a female action figure he'd spent the better part of a year creating. The Art Center College of Design senior hoped his pieces would catch the eye of one of the hundreds of possible employers who would inspect students' work during the annual graduation show last week. The 25-year-old admitted to feeling nervous but tried to temper his expectations as representatives from Disney and Google approached his display. He plans to send resumes later.
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