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February 7, 2010
Rental agencies pull Toyotas You may have to look hard if you hope to get a Toyota from your favorite car rental agency these days. Late last month, as news of the recall heated up, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo and National announced that they would pull all affected Toyota models and GMC Pontiac Vibes (which share the engineering DNA of the Toyota Matrix) from their rental inventory. Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty followed suit. The vehicles won't be rented until they have been repaired.
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BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Elvis slept here. A Midcentury Modern home in Palm Springs that was once leased to the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" Elvis Presley is up for sale at $9.5 million. Billed as his “honeymoon retreat,” the 1960 house is also notable for its unusual shape. The residence  consists of four circle-shaped living spaces on three levels. Curved walls of stone, a round kitchen island and a circular fireplace in the center of the living room echo the structural shape. Expanses of glass take in views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and Coachella Valley.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009
There are farmed trees, there are fake trees and then there are living trees, those small pines and firs that are bought in pots and later planted. But this year, L.A. has another option: rental trees. Living Christmas Co. in Torrance is offering potted 2- to 7-foot-tall Christmas trees that are delivered and later picked up by a biodiesel truck. "For a lot of people, Christmas begins as soon as the tree shows up. It's awesome -- all joy," company founder Scott Martin said. But afterward, when the browning tree is lying by the curb?
TRAVEL
April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600,  www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1985
I would like to correct some misinformation about the Tiffany Theater: In his review of "Fatty" ("Thin Dialogue, Gaunt Plot," Aug. 23), Dan Sullivan wrote that "given (the theater's) Sunset Strip address, the rental will be very high." Our rental costs to producers are completely competitive with other 99-seat Waiver houses in Los Angeles and are, in fact, lower than many when you take into account the services included: box office, extensive sound and lighting equipment, utilities, maintenance, etc. The waiver rule means that Equity waives rules in theaters of 99 seats or less, recognizing that such showcases have value to their membership but that such theaters are not economically viable.
TRAVEL
March 14, 2010 | By Jen Leo
The economy has kept domestic airline and hotel prices down, and now Packlate.com is helping keep a lid on vacation rental costs. What's hot: Prices of available properties decrease the closer you get to their dates of availability. Because Packlate specializes in last-minute bookings, travelers can watch price changes on several properties before they commit. Join the site — membership is free — and get the address of the rental too. Packlate launched in January with a focus on ski towns in the Rockies, but it plans to expand to Florida within four months.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013
Oscar winners and nominees battled for supremacy as new arrival "Lincoln" bested "Les Miserables" to take the top sales slot, and returning "Argo" was the No. 1 rental title over "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall," according to the tracking firm Rentrak. Here are the top discs for sale and for rental, for the weeks ending March 30 and March 31, respectively. RENTRAK TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1.         “Lincoln”           Disney.             Week 1 2.         “Les Miserables”                 Universal.  Week 2 3.         “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”   Warner Bros.    Week 2 4.         “Rise of the Guardians” Paramount.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
DVD rentals have gone from silver lining for Hollywood's struggling home entertainment business to yet another rain cloud. Digital Entertainment Group, a trade organization for the major movie studios, released its first-quarter data Thursday with the surprising news that U.S. DVD rental revenue fell 14% from a year ago. DVD sales and rentals account for about half the profit for a movie, so any decline portends financial worries. During a very tough 2009 for home entertainment, consumers preferred to rent DVDs rather than purchase them.
OPINION
November 6, 2009
Re "Sterlings will settle rental bias case for $2.7 million," Nov. 4 Kudos to The Times for reporting on Donald T. Sterling's legal troubles. It should be common knowledge to readers that Sterling runs numerous advertisements in the newspaper touting his humanitarianism. This smacks of damage control. And shame on the many groups, such as the NAACP, that honor Sterling in light of his discriminatory practices as a landlord. Monetary donations should play no part in reputation rehabilitation.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The online movie rental service operated by Blockbuster Inc. was taken down after it experienced a system problem, a company spokesman said. Blockbuster spokesman Randy Hargrove said the outage occurred at about 10:30 a.m. Pacific time after hardware failed at an outside provider. The provider expected to have the problem fixed late Monday, Hargrove said.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Airbnb, the company that lets users rent their apartments and homes to others, found itself working overtime this weekend to help a New York man whose apartment ended up being used for an adult party. Ari Teman, who identifies himself as a comedian on Twitter, messaged the company through Twitter on Saturday after discovering that the person he had rented his Manhattan apartment to had used it for an "XXX Freak Fest. " As recounted by a blog posted on Tumblr and a report by Gawker , Teman agreed to rent his apartment to a man who has been identified only as "David.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Kelly Osbourne has sold her house in Hollywood Hills West for $1.3 million. Designed by Robert Byrd and built in 1952, the recently updated home has been tenant-occupied of late. It features a bar, a den/office, one bedroom and two bathrooms. Despite the scant 1,250 square feet of living space, the stylishly appointed home has been rented out for as much as $4,600 a month. The 29-year-old purple-haired singer/actress is the daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. She gained fame for appearing on “The Osbournes,” which won an Emmy in 2002 for outstanding reality show.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Fans of the quieter side of Catalina Island, rejoice. Quiet and rustic Two Harbors is going a bit posh with two new vacation rental homes that elevate the lodgings lineup offered on the western end of the island. Three-bedroom Casa Santa Cruz sleeps eight and four-bedroom Casa Santa Rosa sleeps 10. Both offer harbor views and ocean access 20 land miles from the town of Avalon. The homes come with amenities such as televisions, grills, balconies and decks, dishwashers and fireplaces.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Christian Audigier has listed a house in the Windsor Square area for sale at $3.199 million or for lease at $25,000 a month. The English Tudor, built in 1925, blends old world character outside with chic modern interiors. The 5,330 square feet of living space features countless chandeliers, formal living and dining rooms, a gym, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. A two-story house at the rear has its own kitchen. The grounds are surrounded by hedges and include a swimming pool with a spa, lawn, decks and patios.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
She had already spent a night in jail, all for allegedly failing to return a VHS she rented eight years ago of the movie "Monster-in-Law. " She faced a $1,000 fine and up to a full month behind bars. But the saga now has a feel-good Hollywood ending -- the former video store is declining to pursue the accusation. The plight of Kayla Michell Finley had made headlines nationwide, prompting comments about law enforcement priorities and injustice -- or at least snarky remarks about VHS tapes.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
House-hunters can find homes on their own. So can renters who are not quite ready to take the leap into homeownership. But do you really want to go it alone? Why not let an agent do the legwork for you? Hiring an agent to help with your search for a rental apartment may be a big-city phenomenon, especially in places like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. But real estate agents everywhere can help renters find suitable accommodations just as they help buyers find houses. And perhaps more importantly, they can make the search much easier.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1989 | From Reuters
AMR Corp., parent of American Airlines, will expand its computerized Sabre reservation system over the next 18 months to include hotel and car rental information, a spokesman said Friday. The announcement comes one day after American and Delta Air Lines dropped plans to combine their reservations system because of opposition from the Justice Department, which said it feared the move would lead to higher fares and lower competition. The current American Airlines system, called Sabre, is used primarily by travel agents to book flights and holds 50% of the nation's travel market.
TRAVEL
November 26, 2009 | By Catharine Hamm
I knew her only as Amanda, and the more I learned about her life, the more surreal it seemed. Part of it read like a fairy tale: A smart, pretty girl flees her Alaska home, meets a Scottish aristocrat and falls in love. They marry, move into a manor house and have three children. But that was only one of the lives she'd led. Her incarnations were varied: Hollywood screenwriter. Concierge to the stars. Rental agent for exclusive Hawaiian vacation homes. Acquaintances say she had butter-smooth charm and uncanny powers of persuasion.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Kayla Michelle Finley is probably regretting her decision to rent a VHS tape of “Monster-in-Law” in 2005 -- not because DVDs or Blu-Ray would offer a better picture, but because that VHS rental cost her a night in jail. If that wasn't bad enough, the crime she was arrested for no longer exists in South Carolina. “Larceny -- failure to return a rented video” was taken off the books in 2010. Finley's bad luck began earlier this month when she went to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office to report a “domestic situation,” a sheriff's spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way. According to a survey by HomeAway, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, owners spend an average of 8.6 hours a week managing their properties. That's one full workday a week. And even then, it's doubtful that the typical owner can market his vacation pad, maintain it and do all the other things necessary to have a successful rental regime.
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