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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1988
The operator of a "North Pole hot line," who complained that children reached dial-a-porn numbers by mistake last month when they tried to phone Santa Claus, has sued Pacific Bell and two sexually oriented message companies. Robert H. Lorsch alleged in a $1-million suit filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court that the phone company and "976" adult lines based in Valencia and Scottsdale, Ariz.
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BUSINESS
June 10, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
It started as a joke. But after a while, Robert H. Lorsch began to think that selling advertising in space wasn't so funny. More than 20 years after his ad agency used maps of the moon and the freeze-dried ice cream favored by astronauts to make pitches to potential clients, the Beverly Hills businessman is still lobbying for the commercialization of space. And his idea might yet get off the ground -- Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1988 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
The operator of a "North Pole hotline" who contends that children reached dial-a-porn numbers by mistake last month when they tried to phone Santa Claus has sued Pacific Bell and two adult-message companies. Robert H. Lorsch charged in a suit filed Monday in San Francisco County Superior Court that the phone company, with headquarters in San Francisco, and adult lines with a prefix of 976 based in Valencia and Scottsdale, Ariz.
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September 13, 1998 | HEATHER STEWART JORDEN
Robert Wagner was among the 400 guests who gathered to dedicate stars in the sidewalk to 12 people or couples who have donated more than $100,000 over the years to the Cedars-Sinai's Thalians Mental Health Center in Los Angeles. More than $10,000 was raised at the Aug. 30 Walk of Stars dedication. Those honored with their names in the sidewalk outside the mental health center were Debbie Reynolds, Ruta Lee, Margie and Bob Petersen, Paula Kent Meehan, Sandra Krause, Cynthia Gershman, Robert H.
BUSINESS
July 31, 1997 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Significantly boosting its national presence, SmarTalk Teleservices Inc. is expected to announce today that it has signed an agreement to purchase an Ohio firm for about $65 million in stock, the third major acquisition by the Los Angeles company in two months. SmarTalk, the prepaid telephone calling-card firm founded in a room over a Bel-Air garage almost three years ago, has become one of the fastest-growing firms in California, in part through its aggressive acquisitions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2003 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
It's a deceptively simple proposition for the long-troubled Wildlife Waystation: To regain its suspended state and federal licenses, it must move two dozen chimpanzees from an unsafe, decaying cage to a sturdy new one. The upgraded quarters are partly built and the Waystation is eager to comply. But Los Angeles County officials issued a stop order on the construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2003 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
In the end, it was a pretty simple way to resolve an ugly situation. After a couple of important people took a brisk, 40-minute walk, the chance of survival for the ailing Wildlife Waystation and its 600 animal inhabitants has vastly improved. Efforts to resuscitate the 160-acre sanctuary have faltered in recent months because a regulatory Catch-22 stands in the way of badly needed fund-raising.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2003 | James Bates and Michael Cieply, Times Staff Writers
Aaron Tonken, who organized some of Hollywood's glitziest charity and political fundraisers, is expected to plead guilty to two federal criminal counts for defrauding donors and underwriters, prosecutors said Friday. Assistant U.S. Atty. Joseph Zwicker confirmed the anticipated plea as charges were filed accusing Tonken of mail and wire fraud. Authorities said hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for charity events "instead went into the pockets of Tonken and others."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2002 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Under fire from federal authorities, the founder of the Wildlife Waystation has decided to step back from actively running the animal rescue center so that a new management team can take over and reorganize the long-troubled facility, officials said Saturday. Martine Colette, founder and longtime executive director, "will be repositioned" as an advisor and caretaker as part of an effort to rebuild the operation, said Robert H.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1997 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are fast-growing. They're often technology-driven. They hire smart people and they've got an eye on the global picture. And, often, they appear as if out of nowhere. They are "gazelles," a favored term for any start-up company that becomes a multimillion-dollar business in a short time. "These are the innovators. They see the future accurately, and they act on it now," said economist David Birch, who is generally credited with coining the term.
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