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April 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ron Johnson is no longer chief executive of J.C. Penney, and will be replaced by his predecessor, Myron E. Ullman III. Johnson had been trying to revamp the J.C. Penney brand by perking up the department store's product assortment while downsizing its staff head count. But rumors that he was on his way out began circulating months ago, after J.C. Penney's revenue tanked 25% in a single quarter, its stock plummeted about 60% in a year and customers complained loudly about the company's flip-flopping policies on discounts and bargains.
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April 24, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The former top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department rewrote reports and slowed investigations at the request of senior staff for then-Secretary Janet Napolitano, a review conducted by Senate staff found. Charles K. Edwards, who was acting inspector general for Homeland Security from late 2011 through early 2013, considered aides to Napolitano to be friends, socialized with them over drinks and dinner and, at their urging, improperly made changes to several investigative reports, according to the Senate review released Thursday.
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NEWS
September 13, 1990 | BRUCE BEAN, Bean is a free-lance writer in Los Angeles.
When Ron Johnson was a 13-year-old member of the Suicide Stompers, a Brooklyn, N.Y., gang, he often found himself in tough situations. But one day, a gang fight changed his life. "We were fighting and this guy came after me with a gun," Johnson said. "This was a .38, and when he shot it, it sounded like an atom bomb going off. So I took off running." Johnson darted into a recreation center where a group of men dressed in white were practicing karate.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
It's not looking pretty for J.C. Penney. The Plano, Texas, company said this week that it plans to close 33 under-performing stores around the country by early May and shave 2,000 jobs off its books. Chief Executive Myron Ullman called the move - designed to save the company $65 million a year - a key step in J.C. Penney's "progress toward long-term profitable growth. " Several analysts, however, say it's a sign that the retailer's turnaround may be more like a turndown. "J.C.
OPINION
February 9, 2002
I'd like to fill in some blanks for the historians about the Bridge to Nowhere ("A Span Without a Reason, Frozen in Time," Jan. 31). My father's construction company, E.S. and N.S. Johnson, built the bridge. Family photographs refer to it as the San Gabriel Canyon Bridge. It was completed in 1936 at a cost of $19,719. During construction, my parents and grandfather lived in two small cabins downriver from the bridge. My father, Norman Johnson, and his company went on to build many other bridges in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1993
A judge today ordered actor Ron Johnson to stand trial on charges that he raped two teen-agers, including an extra on the set of "Sister Act II." After tearful testimony from the two girls, Municipal Judge Elva Soper found there was enough evidence to hold the 19-year-old Burbank actor over for trial on two counts of rape and one count of forcible digital penetration. Johnson, who remains in custody on $100,000 bail, was ordered to return for a Sept. 21 arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
J.C. Penney is pleading publicly for its customers to come back to its stores, releasing a new commercial apologizing for a jumble of changes instituted by recently ousted chief executive Ron Johnson. The 30-second video went live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, featuring a soothing female voice and an array of images of beautiful young women floating about their daily lives. “It's no secret, recently J.C. Penney changed,” the ad goes. “Some changes you liked, and some you didn't.
SPORTS
November 16, 2001 | Associated Press
Ron Johnson scored 20 points as Long Beach State defeated Western Michigan, 71-64, in the first game of the America's Youth Classic Thursday night. Travis Reed scored 17 points and had nine rebounds and James Williams added 15 points as the 49ers rallied in the second half to win their opener. Trailing, 40-36, early in the second half, Long Beach State went on a decisive 15-0 run and never trailed again. Johnson scored six points during the run and Reed had four.
NEWS
September 25, 1991 | RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Marriott Corp. and two executives were sued Tuesday by Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn for allegedly making illegal contributions to Mayor Tom Bradley's 1989 reelection campaign. The Superior Court lawsuit, an outgrowth of a recently completed city audit of Bradley's political funds, seeks $14,500 in penalties. It alleges that the huge hotel and food service corporation made improper donations and exceeded the city's $1,000 political contribution limit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1993 | ANTHONY DUIGNAN-CABRERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A co-star in the sequel to the hit movie "Sister Act" has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old extra on the movie's Downtown Los Angeles set, authorities said Wednesday. Ron Johnson, 19, who co-starred last year in the independent film "Zebrahead," was arrested on suspicion of forcible rape and rape with a foreign object, police said.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
On Friday morning, some very happy snow globe fans will return to J.C. Penney stores for a Black Friday tradition that was briefly wiped out last year. Call it the Black Friday Snow Globe Debacle of 2012. J.C. Penney dropped its post-Thanksgiving snow-globe giveaway last year, and a small but determined rebellion took root. It turns out the Disney globes were an entrenched holiday tradition with some customers. Leah New of Memphis was one of them. She and her mom had a mother-daughter tradition of shopping at J.C. Penney every Black Friday and picking up a snow globe.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
J.C. Penney's turmoil at the top continued Tuesday as activist investor Bill Ackman stepped down from the board following a public disagreement over the struggling retailer's choice of chief executive and chairman. Ackman, whose Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund is J.C. Penney's largest shareholder, was replaced Monday by retail veteran Ronald W. Tysoe, the department store chain said Tuesday. Tysoe spent nearly two decades between 1988 and 2006 in high-level positions at Macy's Inc. back when it was Federated Department Stores Inc. J.C. Penney Chairman Thomas Engibous, in a statement, touted Tysoe's “deep knowledge of the retail industry and financial expertise” as a key tool in the embattled company's turnaround efforts.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
J.C. Penney is pleading publicly for its customers to come back to its stores, releasing a new commercial apologizing for a jumble of changes instituted by recently ousted chief executive Ron Johnson. The 30-second video went live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, featuring a soothing female voice and an array of images of beautiful young women floating about their daily lives. “It's no secret, recently J.C. Penney changed,” the ad goes. “Some changes you liked, and some you didn't.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Ron Johnson was ousted as chief executive of J.C. Penney Co. after a remarkably short and gaffe-filled tenure that succeeded mainly in driving away customers. Johnson was lured 17 months ago from a top job at Apple Inc., where he was celebrated for pioneering the technology giant's cutting-edge retail stores. But he stumbled badly at J.C. Penney, pursuing an unorthodox upscale strategy that alienated the company's budget-minded base. His time at the helm of the 110-year-old department-store chain was marked by unusually sour statistics: Revenue tanked 25% in a single quarter.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ron Johnson is no longer chief executive of J.C. Penney, and will be replaced by his predecessor, Myron E. Ullman III. Johnson had been trying to revamp the J.C. Penney brand by perking up the department store's product assortment while downsizing its staff head count. But rumors that he was on his way out began circulating months ago, after J.C. Penney's revenue tanked 25% in a single quarter, its stock plummeted about 60% in a year and customers complained loudly about the company's flip-flopping policies on discounts and bargains.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Macy's Inc. and J.C. Penney Co. Inc. are back in court Monday after a month-long mediation effort in their dispute over Martha Stewart merchandise appeared to have failed. The department store chains are tussling over the rights to sell the domestic doyenne's home goods. Macy's says it was first to sign an exclusive contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. When J.C. Penney announced that it would open in-store boutiques featuring Stewart's products, Macy's sued both companies.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Macy's Inc. and J.C. Penney Co. Inc. are back in court Monday after a month-long mediation effort in their dispute over Martha Stewart merchandise appeared to have failed. The department store chains are tussling over the rights to sell the domestic doyenne's home goods. Macy's says it was first to sign an exclusive contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. When J.C. Penney announced that it would open in-store boutiques featuring Stewart's products, Macy's sued both companies.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
J.C. Penney's turmoil at the top continued Tuesday as activist investor Bill Ackman stepped down from the board following a public disagreement over the struggling retailer's choice of chief executive and chairman. Ackman, whose Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund is J.C. Penney's largest shareholder, was replaced Monday by retail veteran Ronald W. Tysoe, the department store chain said Tuesday. Tysoe spent nearly two decades between 1988 and 2006 in high-level positions at Macy's Inc. back when it was Federated Department Stores Inc. J.C. Penney Chairman Thomas Engibous, in a statement, touted Tysoe's “deep knowledge of the retail industry and financial expertise” as a key tool in the embattled company's turnaround efforts.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
The glass-walled Melrose Avenue space, halfway between the budget apparel shops to the east and swanky haute couture salons to the west, wasn't where one would normally go looking for JCPenney. But the hip shopping strip is where discount chain J.C. Penney Co. chose to launch a temporary pop-up store last week in celebration of its new collaboration with popular Canadian apparel brand Joe Fresh. At the opening soiree, the languid beats of Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids" played over the clink of champagne glasses.
NEWS
June 28, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey and James Oliphant
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says he's fed up. The freshman from Wisconsin, who knocked off progressive stalwart Russell Feingold in last year's election, said Tuesday that he would stage a procedural protest on the Senate floor until the Democratic leadership puts forth a 2012 budget. “So unless we receive some assurance from the Democrat leadership that we will actually start addressing our budget out in the open, in the bright light of day, I will begin to object. I will begin to withhold my consent," Johnson, a businessman from Oskosh, Wis., said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
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