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February 23, 1988
A Van Nuys businessman was sentenced Monday to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine for heading a counterfeit music cassette operation that officials said accounted for 10% of all pirated audio cassettes in the country. Krikor Avakian, 42, who allegedly maintained a catalogue of more than 2,000 copyrighted music titles for illegal distribution, was also ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.
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April 28, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
A wave of strikes has paralyzed Brazilian ports, crippled industries and banks, closed schools and hospitals and severely battered the government's shaky economic program. Finance Minister Mailson Nobrega said Thursday that some of the strikes are "absurd, violent, bordering on insurrection" and "will bring additional uncertainty for the economy, additional uncertainty for investment, additional difficulties for the creation of jobs that are important to workers." President Jose Sarney, trying to hold the line against wage increases that would undermine his inflation-control policy, announced emergency measures Thursday aimed at limiting work stoppages.
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April 3, 2003 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
The billing for Tuesday's concert at UCLA's Royce Hall said: "Buena Vista Social Club presents Orquesta Ibrahim Ferrer." But at times the show clearly belonged to brilliant young pianist Roberto Fonseca rather than to Cuba's sprightly old singer. On several tunes during a beautifully balanced set, Fonseca's solos stole the spotlight in a big band studded with star soloists, including bassist Cachaito Lopez, guitarist Manuel Galban and trumpeter Manuel "Guajiro" Mirabal.
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July 17, 2001 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amid a growing critical chorus that the Buena Vista Social Club has run its course and has nothing left to offer, members of the celebrated Cuban collective countered with a mesmerizing performance on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl.
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December 6, 2013 | By Chris Barton
In a bit of an upset, Chick Corea will not be going home with another award this year. A winner of 20 Grammys, including two last year, Corea, with his latest album “The Vigil,” was shut out Friday night in this year's list of nominees, which again offered a welcome blend of relative newcomers and familiar faces. The jazz vocal category is led by 24-year-old phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ebullient "WomanChild" was nominated along with Gregory Porter's "Liquid Spirit," which was the big-voiced singer's Blue Note Records debut.
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March 5, 1988 | BRYNA BRENNAN, Associated Press
A film about an American adventurer who took over Nicaragua more than 100 years ago was a box-office flop in the United States, but it has been drawing long lines in Managua. A downtown movie house has been packed since the film "Walker" opened Feb. 25. That's an unusual occurrence because the $5 tickets cost more than many workers earn in a day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Four men were indicted Friday in Los Angeles on charges of operating an audio cassette counterfeit ring that federal officials said was responsible for up to 10% of all record piracy in the United States. The operation, believed responsible for losses of as much as $32 million to the record industry last year, has turned out tens of thousands of illegal cassette albums for sales at flea markets and other outlets across the country, prosecutors alleged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Four men were indicted here Friday on charges of operating an audio cassette counterfeit ring that federal officials said was responsible for up to 10% of all record piracy in the United States. The operation, believed responsible for losses of as much as $32 million to the record industry last year, has turned out tens of thousands of illegal cassette albums for sales at flea markets and other outlets across the country, prosecutors alleged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
For months, parents on a Los Angeles Unified School District advisory council have disagreed over whether their meetings should be conducted in Spanish or English. Such arguments became so abusive that district officials canceled meetings for two months and brought in dispute-resolution specialists and mental-health counselors. But Friday morning's gathering of the District Advisory Council proved dysfunctional in any language.
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