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June 14, 1989
Rewards of up to $5 million would be offered for the capture of big-time drug dealers under a plan offered by U.S. Customs Commissioner William Von Rabb. Known as Operation Paladin for the gun-slinger in the television show "Have Gun Will Travel," the reward fund would tap money from the Customs Service's asset forfeiture fund. A congressional source familiar with the plan said Customs was drawing up a most wanted list, and that it starts with Panamanian Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Depending on your knowledge of the material and expectations going in, the touring version of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," which opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre, might be either an ingenious, audience-friendly re-creation or a bastardization of this classic American show. Both perspectives can reside within the same spectator, as they do within me, one alternately gaining the upper hand over the other. Undeniable, however, is the majesty of the score, which begins after the Overture with "Summertime" and keeps soaring with "My Man's Gone Now," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and "I Loves You, Porgy.
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BUSINESS
May 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
American Express has created a card that rewards FarmVille users with virtual cash for their real-world purchases. Users of the hit social media game can begin signing up for the FarmVille card starting Tuesday. The card is part of American Express' prepaid Serve platform. But this card is not like your typical credit card. Signing up for the thing is a game in and of itself. FarmVille users interested in the card, which can earn them up to 360 Farm Cash, first have to visit a Serve farm within the virtual game and then plant a Serve Money Tree on their farms, according to All Things D . Once they've done that, the process gets a little more normal as users must register for the card and wait for it to arrive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
The reward in the case of a brown pelican whose throat was slashed through its pouch swelled to $7,500 in a few hours Wednesday. The sum rose another $2,500 thanks to the "generous support of individual donors," said Andrew Harmon, a spokesman for International Bird Rescue, the organization overseeing the pelican's care in San Pedro. Harmon would identify the donors only as two women from the Los Angeles area. The organization earlier Wednesday had announced a $5,000 reward for any leads in the case.
SPORTS
July 6, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Are you feeling dangerous? Enough so that you're actually willing to count on reliever Ronald Belisario? That's a historically dangerous proposition, given the DUI and the rehab and suspensions and restricted list and visa issues. Not to mention the 5.04 earned-run average the last time he was seen. But you have to give it to him right now, because he's been an absolute monster. He's not only reverted back to his 2009 form (2.04 ERA) when he was lights out, he's actually upped it a notch.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2004
I would like to thank Elaine Dutka for so thoroughly and positively covering the burgeoning state of nonfiction film in "Verite's Very Hot Days," March 14). We are really thrilled about seeing so many great films and filmmakers finally reaping the rewards of what had, for so many years, seemed like thankless work. Brian Wakil Los Angeles Brian Wakil is a member of the board of directors of the International Documentary Assn.
SPORTS
November 30, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
RONALD BELISARIO , turns 30 on Dec. 31, reliever Final 2012 stats: 8-1, 2.54 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings, .187 opponents batting average. Contract status: Under team control. The good: Had the finest of his three major-league seasons by most statistical analysis. Looked a lot like the guy who unexpectedly exploded upon the scene in 2009. Stuff can truly be nasty. After serving an initial 25-game suspension for testing positive for cocaine -- and being unable to get a visa to play at all in 2011 --- returned to fairly dominate.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is back with a new mobile news app that summarizes articles in 300 characters - - or about 40 words - - or less. His bet: With more people hoovering up news while on the go, they need a news app built for their smartphones . It may not be a groundbreaking notion, but its aim is true. Inside searches out the original article rather than rewarding someone who rehashed someone else's scoop and then slapped a clever, link-baiting headline on it (not to mention feel-good fluff and the now ubiquitous listicle )
BUSINESS
August 12, 2011 | David Lazarus
Apparently it's about time someone asked CVS customers what they thought of the drugstore chain's cash-back rewards program, which requires people to schlep around their receipt until their next visit to the store. Turns out an overwhelming majority of CVS customers want to do away with the receipts and instead have their rewards automatically stored on their CVS cards. Not that CVS cares. The company promises its 67 million cardholders that they'll get 2% back on purchases — but only if they remember to bring their last receipt with them when they shop and redeem their "Extra Bucks" at the register.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police are drafting plans for a proposed program that would offer Angelenos rewards of up to $50,000 for information that helps arrest and convict hit-and-run drivers. Los Angeles has “the distinction of being the hit-and-run capital of the country,” City Councilman Joe Buscaino said at a meeting of the Public Safety Committee on Friday morning. Offering a reward would increase the incentive for witnesses to come forward, ultimately “bringing these cowards to justice.” Last year, Los Angeles had more than 21,000 hit-and-run crimes, including more than 1,200 injuries and 41 deaths, L.A. Police Cmdr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
L.A. County sheriff's detectives have exhausted all leads in the January murder of a man in Compton and on Wednesday offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tauruson McMillian, a public works employee in the city of Pasadena, was killed about 6:40 p.m. Jan. 4 in the 1300 block of North Wilmington Avenue in Compton. Lt. John Corina said the 34-year-old had left a friend's house and was talking to his girlfriend on the phone as he was driving his red 2004 Chevy SS Monte Carlo when someone fired at him from a light-colored sedan.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
In the final night of the playoffs on "The Voice," the five members of Team Usher took the stage to perform songs they'd chosen themselves in hopes of being among the three singers selected by their coach to compete in the live shows. T.J. Wilkins, the music student out of South-Central Los Angeles, sought to show off his "soulful essence," as Usher put it, on Rufus and Chaka Kahn's "Tell Me Something Good," which was written by Stevie Wonder, one of Wilkins' heroes. Usher had instructed Wilkins to sound like "horns.
HEALTH
April 12, 2014 | Rene Lynch
Hers is the Cinderella story of the fitness world. At age 40, Tosca Reno says she was nearly 80 pounds overweight, depressed and clinging to a bad marriage because, as a stay-at-home mother, she feared she couldn't raise her three young girls on her own. Today, at 53, she is one of the most recognized celebrities in the fitness world -- and not only because she recently posed for the cover of Oxygen magazine in a blue bikini that showed off...
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
If you like participating in hotel loyalty programs, you're going to be happiest with Marriott Rewards, according to a study release Friday by J.D. Power. Marriott's program ranked first among such programs with a score of 707 based on a 1,000-point scale. Marriott includes such brands as Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Ritz-Carlton. Second was IHG, which includes Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Intercontinental Hotel & Resorts, among others.
TRAVEL
April 11, 2014 | By Alice Short
CHARLESTON, S.C. - When the email proposing a business meeting in Charleston popped up, it took all of three seconds to say yes. I'd never been to South Carolina, but I've read glowing dispatches from friends and colleagues for years. Southern hospitality is not a myth, they insisted, as they extolled the beauty of the area and its vigorous dining and bar scene. When I started to research this coastal city, it was its Civil War-era attractions that proved most compelling. After all, the war "started" here when Confederate forces forced Union troops from Ft. Sumter in April 1861.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Police on Thursday announced a $75,000 reward in the killing of a 28-year-old woman and her 1-year-old son, who died in a March 5 house fire that appeared to be intentionally set. Authorities responded to the fire about 11:30 a.m. in a converted garage in the 100 block of East 50th Street, said Los Angeles Police Det. Louie Calzadillas. Investigators found evidence that Gisella Yauli, 28, had been tied up in a bedroom. Yauli and her 1-year-old son, Dillan Reyes, died from smoke inhalation.
TRAVEL
August 18, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
These days, credit card companies either love ya or they love ya. And Americans love them back, running up a revolving bill of $853.6 billion as of May and carrying individual balances of almost $5,000 per person, according to CreditCards.com. For credit card companies, the promise of the big ka-ching spurs them to entice us with deals that reward our spending, a bonus for a traveler who's intent on keeping down costs. To benefit, you must know the new kids on the block and play the game with your eye on the prize - the prize not being a dozen or so credit cards with big, fat balances.
SPORTS
March 9, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
His teammates knew he was struggling with his shots, but at no time did Caron Butler lose his confidence. In fact, Butler said he remained confident because his Clippers teammates and the coaching staff believed in him. So when Butler made five of eight shots and scored 14 points on Friday it was a good sign for him and the team. "I just think that as one of the leaders on the team, it's important to keep confident," Butler said. "You're not going to make shots all the time.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Less than two months after Delta Airlines revamped its loyalty rewards program, American Airlines has announced loyalty program changes that offer breaks for some travelers but cut out some freebies for others. Unlike the overhaul made at Delta, American will continue to base its rewards points on how many miles you travel. Delta's program now calculates points based on how much money you spend on air travel. The changes announced Tuesday by American attempt to more closely align the rewards rules of the carrier and US Airways, which are in the process of merging to become the world's largest airline.
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