CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2013 |
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 |
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.
February 15, 2013 |
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.
January 17, 2013 |
Not that long ago, premiering a star-driven Sundance Film Festival movie on a video-on-demand channel was an admission of failure. But last year's festival produced two huge on-demand hits, Richard Gere's crime drama "Arbitrage" and Kirsten Dunst's wedding comedy "Bachelorette," which collectively generated nearly $30 million in revenue, mostly from VOD. With the nation's most prominent film festival kicking off Thursday in Park City, Utah,...
December 14, 2012 |
Like many fast-moving news events of the past, the mass shooting in Connecticut on Friday proved that speed can be the enemy of accuracy when it comes to news reporting. Many news organizations misreported the identity of the suspect in the elementary school killings, and at least three - Fox News, Huffington Post and Slate - posted the wrong man's Facebook page. “News outlets are torn between the pressure to be first and the obligation to be right, and 11 times out of 10 it's the pressure to be first that prevails,” said Marty Kaplan, a journalism professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. "And yet each subsequent news story that illustrates the danger of doing that fails to stop it, just as each successive shooting fails to raise the issue of gun control to the level of salience it needs to be. I think the sad truth is, we will never learn our lesson.” PHOTOS: Connecticut school shooting Many media outlets - including CNN, ABC, NBC, the Los Angeles Times and Fox News - initially cited law enforcement sources as identifying the man responsible for the shootings as Ryan Lanza, 24. The suspect was later identified by authorities as Adam Lanza, 20, whom many news outlets identified as Ryan's younger brother.
December 6, 2012 |
Major expansion plans brewing at Starbucks Coffee Co. will stretch the Seattle java giant by adding about 2,400 outlets in two years to give it more than 20,000 stores on six continents. The company also plans to renovate thousands of locations in the region, executives said at the company's biennial investor conference Wednesday. And Starbucks said it is on track to double its system of delivering packaged goods to grocery stores and other vendors to create a revenue stream that eventually would rival the size and profitability of its café locations.
November 21, 2012 |
Max Wittek and Matt Barkley huddled briefly Tuesday after practice, the USC quarterbacks sharing a laugh and perhaps strategy before facing a phalanx of reporters and camera operators in separate interviews. Wittek wore a grin on his bearded face, Barkley a black sling on his injured right arm. For Wittek, a redshirt freshman who will start in place of Barkley on Saturday against Notre Dame, it was a first turn in the spotlight. While Barkley met with reporters, Wittek did a radio interview.
November 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Maryland insurance executive Christopher Moody believes much of the news media is missing a major scandal in how the Obama administration responded to the attack in eastern Libya that killed four Americans. Based on reports he's seen and heard on Fox News, talk radio and elsewhere, Moody is positive that officials watched a live video feed in the White House situation room from an overhead drone as the attack in Benghazi unfolded. He knows that a U.S. Special Operations team was available in Sicily to help rescue the besieged Americans, but wasn't sent.
November 1, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A doughnut shop proved to be a haven for Andrew Jacoby, and not because of its glazed old-fashioneds. Jacoby, whose Manhattan neighborhood was without electricity Wednesday, had trekked north in search of that most precious of conveniences: a working power outlet. He found one in a Dunkin' Donuts near Penn Station. Jacoby plugged in a power strip - "so multiple people can get charged up," he said - and watched his cellphone light up with messages and calls from friends who hadn't been able to reach him since Sandy tore through New York on Monday night.
October 30, 2012 |
Cox Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network are still trying to reach agreements to carry Time Warner Cable's new sports channel SportsNet in time for the outlet's first Lakers telecast Wednesday night. Time Warner Cable's SportsNet, which launched Oct. 1, is the new home for the Lakers and will be the only place for fans to see 57 of the team's 82 regular-season games. Other games will be available on national outlets, including Tuesday night's Lakers season opener against Dallas, which was on TNT. Last week, Time Warner Cable struck distribution deals for SportsNet and the Spanish-language service Deportes with Charter Communications, AT&T U-Verse and Verizon Fios.