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January 1, 2000 | (Greg Hernandez)
With three days left in its successful but trouble-plagued Pokemon promotion, Burger King Corp. said it has stopped using plastic ball containers altogether in distributing the toys. The Miami-based chain voluntarily recalled more than 25 million balls Monday, saying they may pose a hazard to children younger than 3. The recall followed the suffocation death of a 13-month-old girl in Sonora, Calif.
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December 6, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Monday night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart bid a reluctant goodbye to Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate who has provided his show with a nearly endless stream of material over the last two months, with Stewart suggesting that his show's writers are more unhappy with Cain's decision to pull out of the race than Cain's supporters. "I'm gonna miss him so much," Stewart said. PHOTOS: Political scandals and gaffes of 2011 Stewart also delved into one of the greatest mysteries still surrounding Cain's imploded campaign: Why the now ex-contender seemed so preoccupied with a passage from a Donna Summer song from 12-year-old Pokemon movie.
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BUSINESS
January 16, 2000
Just a few words to Lisa Silagy ["Monstrosity of the Pokemon Promo," Letters, Jan. 9]: Lighten up. This Pokemon thing is not the end of civilization as we know it. Didn't you ever trade baseball cards as a kid? This fascination will last just until the next one comes along in a few months. In the meantime, as long as the children's pastimes are interspersed with other activities, they'll survive it, the same as our parents did. MARK KEHLENBECK Canoga Park
BUSINESS
March 3, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn
They are not in Topeka anymore. Residents of the city in Kansas are abuzz after their mayor signed a proclamation that for the month of March, Topeka will be known as "Google, Kan." It's part of a campaign to persuade Google to choose the city of 120,000 as the site of a 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic broadband network that the Internet giant plans to build as the first outpost of an envisioned nationwide system. That speed would be about 100 times faster than a typical high-speed Internet connection.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn
They are not in Topeka anymore. Residents of the city in Kansas are abuzz after their mayor signed a proclamation that for the month of March, Topeka will be known as "Google, Kan." It's part of a campaign to persuade Google to choose the city of 120,000 as the site of a 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic broadband network that the Internet giant plans to build as the first outpost of an envisioned nationwide system. That speed would be about 100 times faster than a typical high-speed Internet connection.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Burger King Corp. was charged in a lawsuit with acting negligently when it distributed millions of potentially hazardous Pokemon balls to children. The suit, filed in Dallas County Court in Texas, came three days after the hamburger chain recalled the popular toy, which had been included in its Kids Meals for about two months, after reports that an 18-month-old girl suffocated on one of the toys.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 1999 | SHAUNA SNOW
POP/ROCK Daughters Sue Over Wynette's Death: Three of Tammy Wynette's daughters filed a $50-million lawsuit in Nashville Monday blaming the country star's death last April on negligence by her husband and her doctor. Daughters Tina Jones, Jackie Daly and Georgette Smith claimed that Wynette died because Dr. Wallis Marsh of Pittsburgh did not monitor her condition closely and overprescribed medication.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999
Both of my boys, ages 6 and 8, are heavily into Pokemon. They take their binders, stuffed full of cards, everywhere. How cute! While checking in at the airport last week, I glanced around to see 10 kids (including mine) sitting cross-legged on the floor trading cards. I realized, now, I'd much rather see them incinerating ants with a magnifying glass, or digging up worms and sow bugs. With the strict guidance from their parents not to trade first editions or foil cards, they're looking more like junk-bond traders than children.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1999
I read Robin Rauzi's review of "Pokemon: The First Movie" ("All's Not Right in Pokemon World, Nov. 10) and I disagree with her comment about the theme of Pokemon that the whole competition between trainers "starts to look like cockfighting, or worse."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2001
"Arabs See Jewish Conspiracy in Pokemon" (April 24), on the trend to demonize and ban Pokemon in Arab Muslim countries and blame a "Jewish conspiracy" for Pokemon, contains many of the themes that limit the chances for Middle East peace at the present time. Arab leaders fear modernization and Western influences (even Pokemon, which is actually Eastern, or Japanese). Arabs blame these influences for their societal problems. They try to connect these to Jews or Israel in one way or the other (even when there is no connection)
BUSINESS
June 21, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Jakks Pacific Inc. said it won the exclusive right to develop Pokemon toys in North America. Financial details of the agreement with Pokemon Co., a Nintendo Co. affiliate, weren't disclosed. The first action figures, stuffed animals, TV games and pool toys based on the Japanese creatures will debut in January, Malibu-based Jakks said. Jakks, which has more than doubled its annual revenue and net income since 2001, is moving into a market that was controlled by Hasbro Inc., the world's No.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2003 | Gene Seymour, Newsday
The buzz may have receded somewhat. But for every fresh wave of preschoolers showing up for recess, there will presumably be more and more Pokemon creatures to collect and trade unto eternity. (The press notes say there are 251 "confirmed" varieties of Pokemon.) The Pokemon craze at its peak may have created at least two generations of crazed collectors and traders.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2002 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Miramax Films, which specializes in edgy art-house movies, has acquired the theatrical, home-video and television distribution rights to the next two "Pokemon" movie sequels in North America and all international territories outside Asia. The movie firm, owned by Walt Disney Co., also has first crack at distributing future animated "Pokemon" films. Distribution rights to the first three "Pokemon" movies were licensed to Warner Bros.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2002 | Bloomberg News
4Kids Entertainment Inc., which licenses children's products and television shows, said fourth-quarter profit fell 74% as revenue from Pokemon declined. Net income fell to $2.2 million, or 16 cents, from $8.54 million, or 65 cents, in the year-earlier quarter. Sales fell 47% to $10.2 million from $19.2 million, the New York- based company said.
NEWS
November 22, 2001 | Aaron Curtiss
Tykes who just can't go anywhere without their Pikachu will appreciate Nintendo's Pokemon Mini, a tiny game machine featuring a batch of six simple and amusing games. The mini-machine features a joy pad, plus A and B buttons similar to Game Boy Color.
NEWS
May 15, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN and MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two years after Pokemon swept across America--inundating homes with saccharine-cute yellow Pikachus, ensnaring children with endless supplies of trading cards and sending frazzled parents in search of sanctuary--the next Japanese craze is coming. It's called Yu-Gi-Oh, and if its rise in Japan is any guide, it could soon be sparking riots, lawsuits and financial crisis in America too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1999 | IRWIN N. JANKOVIC, Irwin N. Jankovic holds a doctorate in experimental psychology and advises corporations on improving their performance and productivity through their employees
Every day, my two children come home excited at the prospect of watching their new favorite show, "Pokemon" (short for pocket monsters). Like other parents, I assumed this phenomenon was just a new way to help me spend my hard-earned money on electronic games, trading cards and other paraphernalia. Pokemon has become an obsession. These Japanese and now American cartoon characters have pervaded every aspect of our kids' conversations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2001
"Arabs See Jewish Conspiracy in Pokemon" (April 24), on the trend to demonize and ban Pokemon in Arab Muslim countries and blame a "Jewish conspiracy" for Pokemon, contains many of the themes that limit the chances for Middle East peace at the present time. Arab leaders fear modernization and Western influences (even Pokemon, which is actually Eastern, or Japanese). Arabs blame these influences for their societal problems. They try to connect these to Jews or Israel in one way or the other (even when there is no connection)
NEWS
April 24, 2001 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight-year-old Abdel Mohsen Medwahi lived for Pokemon. Pokemon trading cards. Pokemon comic books. Pokemon clothing. Pokemon toys. Everything and anything Pokemon. So it stunned his father, Omar, when the boy solemnly reported the troubling news he had just heard from friends: " 'Pokemon' means 'There is no God in the universe.' " As a faithful Muslim in Saudi Arabia, a devoutly Muslim country, Omar Medwahi decided to check up on the seemingly harmless make-believe creatures.
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