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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2004 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
The Johnie's Broiler site, which for decades greeted Southern California cruisers with a huge, cherubic boy bearing a burger, may lose its neon beacons. The Downey Planning Commission voted 4 to 1 Wednesday to revoke an exemption to the city's zoning rules that permitted the diner's signs, in part because Johnie's closed in 2001 and has been replaced by a used car dealership.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2003 | Michael T. Jarvis, Special to The Times
Their words have entered the pop-culture lexicon, and their names are part of the running conversation about the movies. But the faces of screenwriters, even the most famous, have long been eclipsed by those of the actors who bring their lines to life. A new ad campaign by the Writers Guild of America, west, however, reverses the usual order of things.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2003 | Kathleen Flynn, Times Staff Writer
Real-estate advertisements, movie release posters, fliers for garage sales and announcements of lost pets all would lose their space on utility poles and other public property under a crackdown proposed by a Los Angeles city councilman. Councilman Greig Smith said he sees the proliferation of illegal signs as something like "broken windows syndrome," in which small problems lead to larger crimes."It eventually leads to blight," Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2003 | By Associated Press
A Colton topless club's slogan and partially clad woman can stay, but highway officials have ordered the removal from three billboards a shield similar to the Interstate 215 logo. The California Department of Transportation told owners of Club 215 that signs advertising the club violate a code prohibiting use of a state route or interstate symbol, Caltrans spokeswoman Rose Melgoza said.
NATIONAL
June 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Thursday refused to lift a no-fly zone over Walt Disney World so an anti-gay group could fly banners over the amusement park during the annual Gay Days celebration. The Family Policy Network had wanted to fly banners during the 13th annual celebration, which began Thursday. The four-day event, which is not sponsored by Disney, is expected to draw more than 100,000 gays.
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