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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson
James L. Loper, a founder and former president of KCET Channel 28 who helped build the public broadcasting station into one of the nation's leading noncommercial outlets, has died. He was 81. Loper, who went on to oversee the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences , died Monday at his Pasadena home, his family said. No cause was announced. An Arizona transplant, Loper was a doctoral student at USC in the early 1960s when he joined a small group, the Committee for Educational Television, that was trying to establish a public broadcasting station in Los Angeles.
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WORLD
May 14, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - The sale of Globovision, Venezuela's last major television station critical of the government, raised concern Tuesday that no mass media platform may remain on which to challenge the Chavista administration of President Nicolas Maduro. The sale of the station for an undisclosed price by an ownership group led by Guillermo Zuloaga, now self-exiled in Miami, was completed Monday night, according to a statement the broadcaster posted on its website. Zuloaga had said mounting government fines and political harassment had left him with no choice but to sell.
TRAVEL
May 5, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Sometimes happiness is Wi-Fi or a comfy seat rather than just a cheap flight. Name: RouteHappy.com What it does: This website considers more than just ticket price to find you a more pleasant flight. It has computed "happiness scores" for billions of flight combinations across 4,000 airports, 750 airlines, 180 types of planes and 2,200 airline, aircraft and cabin types. What's hot: All the added info. After your flight search result comes up - make sure to scroll over the individual visual cues such as "overall rating," "roomier" for seat pitch, "on demand" for entertainment details and "plugs" for power outlets - click the "more" button for a full page of detailed info.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Alaska Airlines has begun to install seats with slimmer seat-back cushions, enabling the company to squeeze two or three more rows of seats onto most of its planes. But the airline is trying to put the focus on the seats' other features, such as power outlets for every passenger. Alaska joins Southwest, United and Spirit airlines in installing seats with thinner back cushions so the carriers will be able to add extra seats. Alaska will install six to nine more seats per plane.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
While the Boston area remains in lockdown as law enforcement officials hunt for the second bombing suspect, local and national radio and television outlets went to all-news mode covering the chase and digging for clues about the two suspected terrorists. All-news cable channels Fox News, CNN and MSNBC were joined by broadcast networks NBC, CBS, and ABC in devoting all their resources to the story and digging into the lives of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his late older brotherĀ TamerlanĀ Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with authorities.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
For weeks, the Spanish-language media and bloggers have been working themselves into a lather about the sexual orientation of Daddy Yankee, the reggaeton king known for his pumped-up macho stage presence and raunchy musical declarations like "Gasolina. " The blather reached a crescendo Wednesday after photos of a man resembling Daddy Yankee kissing another man surfaced on the 'net and were picked up and reprinted by other outlets. That set off another round of innuendo: according to some accounts, Daddy Yankee released a statement acknowledging that he is gay, and asking the media to respect his and his family's privacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2013 | By L.J. Williamson
Despite the chicken-in-every-pot hype over consumer-level 3-D printers, the technology still has a long way to go to be usable, or useful, for the average Joe. Designing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional computer screen is no simple task, especially for those unskilled in computer-assisted design or software. And for most people, there's no compelling reason to make a unique object from scratch when mass-produced equivalents are cheaper and simpler. But for some artists, 3-D printing has been a revelation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Jerome Oxman, who started a mail-order business in the early 1960s that grew into a sprawling Santa Fe Springs outlet that became both a military surplus store and a military museum, has died. He was 97. Oxman died of prostate cancer Feb. 22 at his Buena Park home, said his son, Brian. Oxman was an expert at buying items at government auctions, and his love for surplus military gear was honed by three years of World War II duty on a U.S. Army supply line in Iran. He worked at a Vernon surplus store before starting Oxman's Surplus Inc. at Rosecrans and Valley View avenues in 1961.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2013 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
When former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel led the successful charge to prevent Home Depot from opening a new store in her district, she talked about the potential environmental and traffic drawbacks and accused the chain store of flouting local development rules. One thing she did not mention during the heated debate in the summer of 2007 was that weeks earlier, she had inherited a 50% interest in a competing business - her family's building supply store about nine miles from the proposed Home Depot in Sunland.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Star sightings are common at the Grove, but on Thursday the breathless anticipation was for the grand opening of fashion retailer Topshop and its men's brand, Topman. The long-awaited debut marked the British brands' first West Coast store and brought out hordes of shoppers, some of whom stood in line for hours. "I'm pumped. We've been waiting for so long and now it's finally getting close," said Sydney Nassiri, 17, who arrived at the Grove at 9 a.m. with her friend Laurel Bylin.
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