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December 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sony Corp. scouted out an unusual place to advertise its PlayStation Portable before the holidays: the side of an abandoned building in a gritty North Philadelphia neighborhood. The black-on-white graffiti shows wide-eyed cartoon characters riding the PlayStation like a skateboard, licking it like a lollipop or cranking it like a jack-in-the-box. But there's no mention of Sony or the PlayStation brand -- nor any hint the wordless display is an ad.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council acted Friday to remove roadblocks that have kept hundreds of ad-bearing bus shelters and other street furniture out of affluent areas of West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. The council voted to curtail the power council members have to block such things as bus shelters, kiosks and self-cleaning toilets from their districts.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty-one billboards plugging rapper 50 Cent's movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " are coming down in Philadelphia amid opposition from community groups. The billboards show the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, holding a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. "It's a very offensive message that is part of a mind-set that says you can solve problems with violence," said Bilal Qayyum, a leader of the group Men United for a Better Philadelphia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2005 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
Call it a Hollywood ending. Paramount Pictures has begun removing billboards promoting 50 Cent's upcoming film "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " near schools after community activists complained that the signs promoted gun violence. The billboards for the semiautobiographical film show the rap star -- whose real name is Curtis Jackson -- with his back to the viewer, holding a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. The film, which opens Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2005 | Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writer
Three Los Angeles City Council members called Tuesday for the city attorney's office to investigate the deaths of three city-owned palm trees in front of billboards owned by Regency Outdoor Advertising near Los Angeles International Airport.
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.
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.
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