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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2005 | Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writer
In the quiet of New Year's Eve morning on the Sunset Strip, hours before partygoers celebrated the arrival of 2005, Brian Kennedy tried to give himself a present -- a new billboard that could bring him a million dollars a year. It didn't matter that he had no permit. Kennedy had gotten his start in the sign business many years earlier by going out at night and pasting movie posters on construction fences without permission. The scofflaw approach seemed to suit him.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A billboard company has agreed to pay a $9,500 fine to the Los Angeles Ethics Commission for failing to disclose independent expenditure campaigns touting city candidates, including City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. Clear Channel Outdoor, which promoted the candidates on billboards between 2001 and 2003, admitted to 19 counts of failing to provide the Ethics Commission with required notification.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2005 | Diane Haithman
In Los Angeles, it's not rare to see two billboards advertising summer movies from competing studios strategically placed along the same commercial strip -- or perhaps two similar, giant poster images of young, thin, hungry-looking people wearing different brands of designer jeans. But this may be the city's first case of dueling mummies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
In Alma, Ark., the water tower announces that the city is the Spinach Capital. In Poteet, Texas, a similar structure is painted like a strawberry. But in Santa Ana, there are more serious pronouncements on what the city says is the West Coast's largest free-standing water tower. One slogan, "Education 1st," has become widely criticized because of underperforming city schools. A second motto -- "Culture and Arts" -- was added in the late 1990s to promote the city's nascent artists district.
WORLD
December 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
Upset by the U.S. diplomatic mission's holiday display supporting dissidents, Cuba's government retaliated Friday by putting up a billboard emblazoned with photographs of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners and a huge swastika overlaid with a "Made in the U.S.A." stamp. The U.S.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2004 | From Reuters
NBC Universal, which knows something about in-home advertising, is moving outdoors. The media giant said Wednesday that it had joined forces with France-based outdoor advertising company JCDecaux to bid for a 20-year contract worth about $1 billion to design, build and install bus shelters, newsstands and public toilets in New York. As part of the proposal, the joint venture would handle all the outdoor advertising connected with those structures.
NATIONAL
August 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The owners of a Kansas City strip club and a company that operates adult bookstores have sued the state of Missouri over a new law banning sexually oriented billboards near state highways. Gala Entertainment of KC Inc. and Passions Video Inc. operate adult businesses along Interstate 70 and claim the statute violates their constitutional right to free speech.
NATIONAL
June 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Bob Holden signed a bill in Kansas City banning sexually suggestive billboards that promote strip clubs and other adult businesses. The ban applies within one mile of Missouri highways. "We have the right to drive the highways of this state without children being assaulted by these images," Holden said. Some billboards in Missouri portray scantily clad women and read "Live Nude" or "Red Hot Nude."
BOOKS
May 30, 2004 | Dan Neil, Dan Neil is The Times' automotive critic. He was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
In the not-too-distant future, billboards may become obsolete, replaced by holographic advertisements projected onto car windshields by the vehicles' own "enhanced vision" systems -- a technology that will allow drivers to see, for instance, movie starting times superimposed over theaters they pass, or lunch specials available at a restaurant. These airy figments of virtual shilling will know you better than you know yourself.
SPORTS
May 7, 2004 | Mike Penner, Times Staff Writer
It was a diamond within a diamond within a diamond, a 4-inch-by-4-inch swatch of red on a white base on a dirt-brown infield. Smaller than a bag of peanuts, smaller than a box of Cracker Jack, it caused the sport of baseball to sputter and actually concede a possible mistake, which is a kind of superpower Spider-Man no doubt would like to learn. One day after Major League Baseball announced plans to load the bases with advertising for the upcoming movie "Spider-Man 2," the bags are empty again.
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