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August 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When Kyle Martino was growing up in Westport, Conn., it was easier to find tractor pulls and Australian rules football on TV than it was to find the world's most popular sport. If you wanted to watch soccer, you needed access to European broadcasters. "When I was a kid and I fell in love with this game, I was watching games in Italian on Sunday mornings," says Martino, whose understanding of the language remains no deeper than the menu at Olive Garden. "That was my soccer. " But if soccer was once the unwanted stepchild of the television sports family, it's now one of TV's most desirable properties - so much so that NBC is wagering hundreds of millions of dollars and an unprecedented number of broadcast hours on the English Premier League, coverage Martino, a former Major League Soccer All-Star, will help anchor as a studio analyst.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A tiny tattoo of a broken heart behind her right ear has cost a Salinas teenager her job at the local Olive Garden Italian restaurant. Karen Ketola, 19, was given an ultimatum May 21: Remove the tattoo, work in the kitchen or find another job. She was given two weeks to have the tattoo removed, but she quit a few days later. Ketola had the tattoo when she was hired as a waitress last September, but about two months ago she was told to cover it or she couldn't come back to work, she said.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Diners at Boston Market will have to taste their food before pouring on the salt after the restaurant chain decided to take shakers off tables and put them out of reach at the condiment station. Some may call it nanny dining, but it's the latest in a series of moves by the restaurant industry to cut back on sodium levels to promote healthier eating. Last fall, Olive Garden and Red Lobster parent Darden Restaurants promised to cut sodium in all its restaurants. As of last summer, Carl's Jr. had reduced the sodium in its hamburger buns 20%. El Torito and Taco Bell have also reduced sodium use. Still, according to research group Technomic last year, salt's presence on menus has boomed 144% in five years.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The same day that Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants Inc. said it will not bump down existing full-time workers to part-time status to skirt healthcare costs, a petition calling on the company's chief executive to clarify his position is gaining steam. Dan Haney, an unemployed pharmaceutical customer service representative from Philadelphia, started the SignOn.org petition urging Darden CEO Clarence Otis to be even more specific about how the company will react when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Darden Restaurants Inc., owner of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 12% after it closed six locales and wrote down the value of six others. Net income in the period ended May 30 fell to $53.7 million, or 32 cents a share, from $61.1 million, or 35 cents, a year earlier, the Orlando, Fla.-based company said. Sales rose 11% to $1.36 billion. Shares of Darden were unchanged at $21.65 on the NYSE.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1991
The city's Planning Commission has given the green light to two new restaurants for Enderle Center. An Olive Garden restaurant will be built on the site of the former Cookbook restaurant, which was destroyed in a fire more than a year ago. A Crab Cooker restaurant will join it. Although the color scheme of the shopping center is tame, the Crab Cooker will be painted the same trademark bright red as its popular Newport Beach counterpart.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
Channel Islands Properties is sponsoring its Friday on the Green summer luncheon series for people who work in the Oxnard Financial Plaza. About 400 people each week attend the $5 luncheons that feature live entertainment and food from area restaurants such as the Olive Garden, Arvind's, Yolanda's, In-N-Out Burger and Longboards Grill. "We wanted to provide a way for tenants to get to know one another and highlight the benefits of working in the Financial Plaza," said Steven C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1989
The City Council has voted unanimously to give itself a raise, boosting monthly salaries from $420 to $441. The raise, approved Monday night, is in accordance with state law allowing the council a 5% cost-of-living adjustment each year, said City Atty. Jerry Patterson. In other action, the council gave General Mills Restaurants permission to build an Olive Garden restaurant in Cypress Fashion Plaza at 6674 Katella Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2003
Hours: Noon to Midnight. Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Kids Day More information: www.ocfair.com or (714) 708-3247 2 p.m.: Olive Garden presents chef Scott Bell 3 p.m.: Knitting with Dorothy Adams 4 p.m.: Ceramics demonstration 5 p.m.: Square Dancers of Southern California 7 p.m.: Crosby,Stills, & Nash in concert 7 p.m.: Tomato walk contest 8 p.m.: Hotel California -- A salute to the Eagles 9 p.m.: Little River Band Source: Orange County Fair & Exposition Center
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