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ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1994
Regarding the dispute between Ticketmaster and Pearl Jam ("Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster: Choosing Sides," June 8): Recently a friend and I decided to splurge on opera tickets at $95 apiece. I went to the Ticketmaster outlet at my local Tower Records store, only to find that, while they could give me my tickets on the spot, they took cash only--no credit cards. Not having $200 on me, I went home and called the Ticketmaster phone number. No problem with credit cards there--but, unfortunately, they couldn't tell me where I'd be sitting!
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2006
IT constantly baffles me how certain performers become critic's pets. Currently, we have Sarah Silverman, Catherine Keener, Steve Carrell and now, Jack Black ["Funny in Love," Dec. 3]. I'm not saying that all or any of them aren't talented, but it is confounding how uncritical and worshipful outlets such as the Los Angeles Times are to these figures regardless of the quality of their current works. JOE STEMME Culver City
OPINION
April 17, 1988
Many people are concerned that if drugs were legalized, they'd be advertised. In America, this seems unlikely for two reasons: Congress would never permit such advertising, and any corporation that marketed psychoactive drugs commercially would be sued into bankruptcy. Corporations meeting federal standards might be granted limited immunity from damage suits if they sold such drugs to the government for distribution though federally licensed outlets. Yet other, and perhaps more potent, drugs would continue to be manufactured and sold on a black-market basis.
TRAVEL
January 14, 2007
I am surprised that you failed to mention whether a seat has a power outlet as a selection criteria ["Snag the Best Seat on the Plane," Jan. 7]. On many planes, only a small number of rows in coach have power outlets (cigarette-lighter style). If the flight is more than three hours, I will sometimes take a middle seat to ensure I can plug in my computer. RICHARD HARBAUGH Irvine
NEWS
January 2, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Travelers never seem to have enough power outlets for charging all those electronics that simply must come along. So here's a four-outlet power strip with a big asset: It's water-resistant. Wet Circuits Power Strip ($70) sloughs off hot-tub splashes or a spilled cup of coffee, not to mention rain or snow (apres ski party on the deck, anyone?). A circuit break protects against overheating and electrical surges. www.wetcircuits.com .
BUSINESS
October 10, 1995 | JACK SEARLES
The Right Start Inc. in Westlake Village, a nationwide marketer of products for infants and young children, enjoyed increased business at its chain of retail stores in the quarter ended Aug. 30, but the improvement was more than offset by a decline in catalogue sales. Revenues at the retail outlets rose 146% over the same period last year, but catalogue sales, a larger factor in the company's business, plummeted 50%.
OPINION
July 20, 2006
Re "Breaking news," Current, July 16 The problem with today's fractured media marketplace is not the variety and number of outlets but the reliability of those outlets. In the halcyon days of the news, the major networks and news bureaus had the resources and the staff to cover stories thoroughly and thoughtfully. Today, any news junkie can pull a few quotes from other sources, post them on a blog and call himself a journalist without doing any of the work. I spent three years in high school journalism and consider myself more a journalist than any blogger because I did the research -- I read endless documents, made phone calls and wrote e-mails and actually set foot in the offices of the people I interviewed face to face.
NEWS
May 19, 1989 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
First, the counter worker called in sick. Then the other sales clerk said he would be late because he had to meet with his kid's teacher. Meanwhile, a reporter was pestering Bill Koenig for information about his Postal Instant Press franchise. "I'm all by myself," the harried PIP owner said. "Can you call back late today?" It was a typical scene. As the self-described owner, manager and janitor of the PIP store in Anaheim, Koenig has been coping with his store's day-to-day disasters for 20 years.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1987 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, Times Staff Writer
Two offspring of the bankrupt ZZZZ Best carpet cleaning firm are beginning to squabble as the one-time Wall Street darling and its whiz-kid founder, Barry Minkow, wend their separate ways through bankruptcy court proceedings. A Huntington Beach man who bought the name and some of the assets of ZZZZ Best has sued a rival firm and two former ZZZZ Best workers for $10.8 million, alleging that they wrongly appropriated the company name. Peter D.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1986 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
May Department Stores of St. Louis said Friday that it will spend a record $2 billion over the next five years to build new stores, including perhaps as many as eight new May Co. outlets in Southern California. Thomas A. Hayes, president of May Department Stores, told the company's annual meeting in St. Louis that the capital expenditure program for 1986 to 1990 calls for a total of 1,254 new stores. Most of those will be the company's Payless ShoeSource self-service shoe outlets.
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