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Russ Freeman, a jazz pianist best known for his pivotal supporting role in the early work of mercurial trumpeter Chet Baker, has died. He was 76. Freeman, who also had a long and musically productive association with the drummer Shelly Manne, died June 27 at a hospice in Las Vegas. The cause of death was not announced by his family. In 1954, Freeman was hired by Richard Bock, the founder of Pacific Jazz records, to work with Baker on the trumpeter's first recording for the label.
April 19, 1994
Russ Smith, executive director of the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, died of a heart condition Monday. He was 63. As head of the convention bureau, Smith spearheaded efforts to lure visitors to the seaside town for the past 10 years. Before he helped create the bureau in 1984, Smith was promotional director at the Buenaventura Mall. His absence will be a real loss to the community and the tourist industry, Mayor Tom Buford said.
August 13, 1986 | DON SNOWDEN
The surprise one patron expressed at the full house packing the Baked Potato on Monday was one indication of the rapid strides Russ Freeman has made in his career this year. His "Nocturnal Playground" album is knocking on the door of the Top 10 in the jazz charts, and the command of fusion fundamentals the 26-year-old guitarist/composer displayed during the 90-minute set showed that he could become a regular fixture there.
October 18, 2002 | PETE THOMAS
It won't go down as one of his greatest achievements, but it was a fitting last gesture by a man who wasn't one to hide his feelings. Russ Izor, in the months before succumbing to cancer, launched a bumper-sticker campaign in an attempt to effect change in the state capital in November. The message: "Sportfishermen Unite -- No Closures; Vote in 2002 for Anybody but Governor Gray Davis."
April 18, 2003 | From Reuters
Women's clothing retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. reported a steep loss in its fiscal second quarter, citing a drop in shopping mall traffic, heavy discounting and charges for closing its Charlotte's Room stores. The San Diego company posted a loss of $4.9 million, or 23 cents a share, compared with a profit of $3.5 million, or 15 cents, a year earlier. Sales at stores open at least a year fell 11.6%. Net sales rose 8% to $93.1 million. Shares of Charlotte Russe fell 30 cents to $8.
January 21, 2005 | From Reuters
Young women's clothing retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. posted a 75% slump in fiscal first-quarter earnings and forecast a loss for the second quarter, sending its shares lower. The San Diego-based company said it expected sales at stores open at least a year to fall in its second quarter after a 9.9% decline in same-store sales in the first quarter ended Dec. 25. Earnings for the first quarter dropped to $1.6 million, or 7 cents a share, from $6.
October 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. said fiscal fourth-quarter net income may have doubled after back-to-school sales of its clothing for teenage girls climbed more than expected. In preliminary results, San Diego-based Charlotte Russe said net income for the period ended Sept. 24 climbed to 25 cents to 27 cents a share, topping company forecasts for 16 cents to 20 cents. Charlotte Russe earned 13 cents a year earlier.
July 22, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Charlotte Russe Inc. said fiscal third-quarter profit dropped 39% despite a 10.4% gain in sales. Mark Hoffman, chief executive of the San Diego-based retailer of young women's apparel, attributed the downturn to an early Easter holiday, which advanced sales into the second quarter, and strong year-earlier results. The company operates 388 stores under the Charlotte Russe and Rampage flags. Net income totaled $3.3 million, or 14 cents a share, compared with $5.
January 20, 2006 | From Reuters
Investors fled from Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. on Thursday, sending its stock down 18% after the San Diego retailer of young women's apparel warned of a loss in the current quarter. For the fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 24, the mall-based clothing and accessories retailer posted earnings of $7.1 million, or 29 cents a share, compared with $2.2 million, or 9 cents a share, a year earlier.
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