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August 13, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Blockbuster Inc., struggling to service $919.6 million in debt, reported a wider second-quarter loss and said it received a six-week reprieve from creditors. The forbearance agreement is "substantially similar" to the prior one and is effective until Sept. 30, unless earlier terminated, Dallas-based Blockbuster said Friday. The video-retailer's loss grew to $69 million as sales tumbled 20 percent to $788 million. Lenders have been pushing for a pre-packaged bankruptcy in exchange for an extension on debt and interest payments, three people with knowledge of the situation said earlier this month.
March 31, 2014 | By Chad Terhune, Noam Levey and Soumya Karlamangla
Overrun by last-minute demand for Obamacare coverage, California gave many consumers until April 15 to enroll as thousands of people across the nation endured long lines and website troubles. Despite the problems, the late surge in sign-ups was a substantial boost to President Obama's signature law, particularly after such a disastrous launch in October. The final tally from the first year of the law's insurance expansion won't be known until later this spring. But as the Affordable Care Act's inaugural open-enrollment period wound down, an outpouring of interest pushed sign-ups on the new online marketplaces close to the Obama administration's goal of 7 million.
October 17, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Three California State Parks of the 70 slated to be closed next year because of the state's budget crisis have been given a reprieve for at least a year. The National Park Service has agreed to step in and operate these state parklands that fall within national boundaries: --Tomales Bay State Park in Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area; --Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Golden Gate National Recreation Area; --Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park within Redwood National Park, near Crescent City.
March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan and Catherine Saillant
The Marathon Crash Race is officially canceled. But the "fun ride" is on. “The city really, really, really, really wanted me to get a permit,” said Don Ward, organizer of the bicycling group Wolfpack Hustle and the annual Marathon Crash Race. “So they worked really hard to get a permit - and as of Friday night at 8 p.m. they got me permit.” Ward credited officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, the city attorney's office and the mayor's office as key players in helping to obtain a permit to make Sunday's ride a reality.
July 13, 1988
South African Justice Minister Hendrik J. Coetsee indefinitely stayed the execution of the "Sharpeville Six" while appeal judges weigh a last-chance defense plea to reopen their trial. Coetsee said the five black men and one black woman convicted in the 1984 murder of a local black township official must "be afforded the opportunity of exhausting the remedies which the law offers." Lawyers for the six held on death row since their Dec.
December 29, 2010 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Mark Farrales, a 31-year-old Harvard graduate and doctoral candidate at UC San Diego, has been granted a one-year reprieve from his deportation to the Philippines and has been released from a Lancaster detention facility. Farrales, who was brought to the United States illegally at age 10 in 1990, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at his home in Reseda last month. He was released from custody last week after Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) urged ICE to defer action on the deportation order and allow the Board of Immigration Appeals to revisit the case.
September 24, 1986 | T. W. McGARRY, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council has given the Laurelwood Apartments, an architectural landmark in Studio City, a reprieve of another six months from the wrecker. The apartment complex, designed in 1948, is regarded as one of the important works of noted Southern California architect Rudolph M. Schindler.
September 16, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday that he respected the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block the execution of a Houston murderer who would be the 236th person put to death on his watch. Perry, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, and Texas judges had refused to grant requests for a reprieve from convicted murderer Duane Edward Buck. "Whether or not he is guilty is not in question," Perry told reporters while campaigning at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in rural western Iowa.
A theatrical group whose 58-year tradition of productions in Farnsworth Park was threatened by a Los Angeles County move to get more revenue from the county-owned theater has reached a compromise with park officials allowing it to survive another year. Leaders of Theatre Americana, said the group agreed last week to pay more rent and to reduce its rehearsal schedule as requested by the county, expanding the access of more profitable groups to the William D. Davies Auditorium.
May 19, 1986
I believe that all people convicted of selling or distributing hard drugs should be settled for life on a remote island with no reprieve and equipped with the minimum amount of tools to maintain existence. LESTER S. KLEIN Los Angeles
February 11, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Declaring that he is "not convinced equal justice is being served" by the death penalty as it is carried out today, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday declared a moratorium on executions. Inslee did not commute the sentences of the nine prisoners on death row or issue pardons. Instead, he told reporters, if a death penalty case comes to him for action, he will issue a reprieve. "Equal justice under the law is the state's primary responsibility," Inslee said. "The use of the death penalty in this state is unequally applied, sometimes dependent on the size of the county's budget where the crime occurred.
January 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The order issued by city engineers was formal and clear: demolish the 76-year-old Figueroa-Riverside Street Bridge by early spring, clearing the way for completion of a new bridge across the Los Angeles River. The order came after the Los Angeles City Council granted authority to tear down the old concrete and metal truss bridge between San Fernando Road and the 5 Freeway, a connection between the communities of Elysian Valley and Cypress Park. Now, with the $68-million replacement being built mostly with federal funds, a group of architects and activists have launched a campaign to spare the old bridge and transform it into an "elevated green space" for bicyclists and pedestrians.
September 11, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate on Wednesday took action aimed at allowing the Hollywood Park Casino card club to stay in business even though its investors also own shares of a Las Vegas casino. California rules prohibit those with investments in Las Vegas gambling operations from operating card clubs in this state. The Hollywood Park Casino, which is next to a horse-racing track, is owned by public pension plan investors Stockbridge Capital Group LLC, which also owns a share of the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, a venue that is closed but scheduled to reopen next year after a restoration.
August 6, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Fresh off a reprieve from Gov. Jerry Brown, who stepped in at the last minute to avert a BART strike, Bay Area commuters must now contend with the possibility of losing their bus service. Drivers and mechanics at a major East Bay bus district are threatening to walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, shutting down all service and leaving 181,000 riders in the lurch. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 delivered its strike notification Monday to the AC Transit board of directors, less than 24 hours after Brown's intercession kept Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers from striking for a second time.
July 24, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A gay Filipino immigrant who had been ordered deported won a reprieve from a federal appeals court Wednesday on the grounds that he would be persecuted for his sexual orientation if sent back to the Philippines. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals to deport Dennis Vitug, 37, a Southern Californian who was ordered removed after being sentenced to prison for drug possession.
June 8, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
HOMS, Syria - The grizzled veteran of Syria's civil war was confident of victory, but he didn't underestimate his rebel adversaries dug in just a few hundred yards away in an adjoining corner of the Old City. "They have trained snipers and they're good street fighters," said Abu Yusef, the nickname for the squad leader of a pro-government militia guarding the war-battered Bab Sbaa district, which was wrested from rebel control more than a year ago. "They've been fighting for a while.
October 14, 1985 | United Press International
Condemned killer William Vandiver refuses to appeal his execution set for this week, frustrating civil rights groups that need his consent to fight for a reprieve, his attorneys said today. Vandiver, 37, faces electrocution for the 1983 stabbing death and dismemberment of his father-in-law, Paul Komyatti Sr., 65.
April 9, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Just months ago, the California Athletic Commission appeared down for the count, on the verge of insolvency, but a key lawmaker now says he's willing to give the commission and its new managers another chance. State Sen. Curren Price Jr. (D-Los Angeles) said he will introduce legislation that will extend the sunset date for the commission by two years. He said he has support from a majority of the members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, which he chairs.
April 6, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Simon Killer" was among the most divisive entries at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered there in 2012. While it struck some as a chilling, unblinking look at the descent into violence and madness of a young American in Paris, to others the film was hard to take. One critic recently called it simply "icky. " A boldly formal film that is deeply subjective, plunging into the murky head space of its lead character, "Simon Killer" is both engagingly direct and disturbingly diffuse.
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