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August 12, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
The California State Athletic Commission has faxed a letter of apology to the promoters of a mixed martial arts card on which a fighter with a positive test for hepatitis C was allowed to compete. The commission also said it had been told, but had no documentation as of Tuesday, that the test had been a false positive and the fighter did not have hepatitis C. Al Joslin and Shelly Matlock, owners of PureCombat Promotions, which held a March 7 MMA card in Tulare, said they received the letter Sunday.
April 27, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
NEW YORK - The Angels promoted one of their top relief-pitching prospects to the big leagues Sunday, calling up right-hander Mike Morin, 22, from triple-A Salt Lake and optioning outfielder Brennan Boesch to triple A. Morin, who is scheduled to arrive in Yankee Stadium by game time, began the season at double-A Arkansas, where he did not allow an earned run in five innings of five games. He was promoted to triple A on April 16, and in four games for Salt Lake, he gave up four earned runs in three innings.
January 25, 2012 | By Matt Stevens
Online promoters of swift weight loss from acai berry diet pills have agreed to a multimillion dollar settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The agency had charged that the six promoters used fake news stories to dupe customers into purchasing the pills and other weight-loss products that failed to live up to marketing claims. The stories that appeared on their websites used provocative headlines, such as “Health Reporter Discovers the Shocking Truth,” the FTC said.
April 18, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The death of a 24-year-old woman who died of an apparent overdose at the Coachella festival was an "isolated incident," event promoter Goldenvoice said in a statement Friday. The woman, identified as Kimchi Truong of Oakland, died of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose after attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio last weekend, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday. In a statement, Goldenvoice said it was "saddened" to learn of her death.
January 31, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Promoters of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival raised eyebrows in the concert business last fall when they decided to clone the three-day gathering and make it a six-day, two-weekend affair, but doubters fell silent as tickets sold out shortly after going on sale earlier this month. And that's not the half of it. "There were enough buyers in queue online that we probably could have added two more Coachella weekends and another Stagecoach weekend," said Randy Phillips, president of AEG Live, the concert promotion giant that works in conjunction with Goldenvoice to put Coachella and its country cousin, Stagecoach, on each year in Indio.
February 24, 1990
In his column on Feb. 19, Allan Malamud seems puzzled by the declining popularity of indoor track and field in Southern California. I strongly believe that this loss of appeal is due to the bait-and-switch tactics of certain meet promoters. The fans want to see the true international stars of track and field, not a bunch of no-shows or second-level performers. DAVID NACY, Long Beach
June 20, 1998 | VINCE KOWALICK
Boxing is back at the Warner Center--for now, at least. This time with some new faces and, perhaps, more pizazz. Oxnard promoter Robert Valdez, still on his feet trying to eke out a career in the fight game, climbed into a new arena this week when he announced his next program will take place Aug. 15 at L.A. Fitness Center in Woodland Hills.
December 21, 2000 | Associated Press
A federal jury has awarded $1.5 million to a promoter who said a concert he organized to foster racial harmony was illegally disrupted by sheriff's deputies. The U.S. District Court jurors found that the San Diego County Sheriff's Department violated the constitutional rights of Shawn Green of Chula Vista by searching people who attended the concert and disrupting the event, attorney Michael Marrinan said Wednesday.
November 19, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
A year after making a bid to expand into the Los Angeles concert market by purchasing the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena for $2.5 million, pop music promoter Gary Folgner has given up his hold on the 70-year-old former vaudeville house. The Orange County-based Folgner, who operates the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, said that he has had to turn the Raymond back to its former owners because he fell $100,000 behind in loan payments.
April 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The promoter of the El Cajon Speedway was fatally shot Monday after he answered a knock on his door. Steve Brucker, 51, died less than two hours after he called 911 to report that he'd been shot in the chest. He was declared dead at a San Diego hospital, sheriff's Lt. Terry Wisniewski said. Authorities said a man in his 30s opened fire on Brucker at the victim's home. The suspect was with a younger man, and both fled in a black Ford Bronco.
April 18, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Friday brought some good news for "Good Morning America's" Lara Spencer: The lifestyle anchor has been promoted to co-host along with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos .  The announcement was made via email by newly appointed ABC News President James Goldston, who praised Spencer's " style, humor, sunny confidence, wonderful journalism and storytelling. " "Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed," he said.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Spencer joined "Good Morning America" three years ago after seven seasons hosting the syndicated entertainment magazine show "The Insider.
April 15, 2014 | Michael Finnegan
Kennedy memorabilia is scattered around Bobby Shriver's campaign headquarters. On one wall hangs a photo of a giant Robert F. Kennedy mural, on another the signed text of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 speech to the Democratic National Convention: "To Bobby. Christmas. Love, Uncle Ted. " But the former Santa Monica mayor is tired of news stories tagging him as the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He'd rather be known for getting AIDS medicine to Africa, or producing Christmas albums to raise money for the Special Olympics.
April 14, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer, who said he returned from a spring-break vacation with his family Monday, said he doesn't believe rival promoter Bob Arum truly wants to make a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout for the fall. Pacquiao won a unanimous-decision victory over Timothy Bradley on Saturday to capture the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt, and Pacquiao promoter Arum urged Mayweather's camp to join him at the negotiating table after Mayweather's likely May 3 victory over Marcos Maidana.
April 11, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Saturday night is fight night, with the highly anticipated rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley set to be broadcast on big screens across the nation. As thousands of fans traipse into bars and restaurants to catch the big fight, a small army of corporate detectives will be lurking in the background, hoping to catch something else. Paid by the promoters of the closed-circuit televised event, these sleuths will be on the lookout for bar owners who show the Pacquiao-Bradley fight without paying the commercial rate, which dwarfs the fee to watch in your living room.
April 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - We went to write about Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley and SignGate broke out. It was Wednesday, this was boxing, and so the anger, hatred, rips, finger-pointing and innuendo were not unexpected. Nor, if you write a sports column for a living, unwelcome. For big fights here, they always have a large press conference on Wednesday. The norm is a large stage, fighters and teams strung along each side of a podium, and a half-dozen skimpily clad Tecate girls, featuring plastic-enhanced smiles, etc. The proceedings usually go one of two ways.
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Tourism officials plan to go big to promote the United States to foreign visitors. IMAX big. Brand USA , the public-private partnership to promote the United States abroad, announced plans Monday to film an IMAX movie about the country's national parks to be shown late next year in theaters around the world. The group, which was launched in 2012 and is partly funded by fees charged to visiting tourists, is expected to spend about $10 million on the movie, with sponsors underwriting most of the cost, said Chris Thompson, president and chief executive of Brand USA. Brand USA is working with MacGillivray Freeman Films to produce and complete the documentary by next year, Thompson said.
October 25, 1990 | JIM MURRAY
It all began with Tex Rickard. He took the fight game off the barges and put it on Park Avenue. He made it as In as polo with the upper classes. Unlettered, uneducated, he hunted for his gold in the Klondike with a deck of marked cards and the nerves of a guy who would bet it all on the color of the next cow. He made his fortune in the fight game, but there's no evidence he was otherwise interested in it one way or the other.
September 16, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
A Tarzana promoter accused of embezzling $74,000 from the Los Angeles Police Department's fund for widows and orphans of slain officers, as well as from celebrities Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson, pleaded no contest Wednesday to 11 felony counts, prosecutors said. William Patrick Bentley, 39, was ordered by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry to spend 90 days at the California Department of Corrections facility in Chino to undergo a diagnostic study before his Dec.
April 7, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods' now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision. With Woods' popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Each Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is supposed to carry a card at all times that sets forth the department's core values, embodied in a single sentence pledging respect, integrity, wisdom and "the courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms. " The card has been variously called inspirational and plain silly, but if it's silly, its silliness lies not in the values expressed but in the notion that words on a card could, by themselves, imbue deputies with values that they do not already hold or that are not instilled in them in training and reinforced each day on the job. News reports and anecdotal tales of inmate abuse, the hazing of new deputies and disrespect paid to the communities it is supposed to protect suggest that the department has a long way to go to make its core values more than words on a card.
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