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August 14, 2009 | Jeff Gottlieb
Richard Poncher's eternal sleep will soon be disrupted. The onetime Beverly Hills resident, who died 23 years ago at the age of 81, will be moving out of the crypt above Marilyn Monroe's resting spot at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery. Poncher's wife intends to sell the crypt, said to have once been owned by Monroe's former husband, Yankee great Joe DiMaggio. So although the plaque on Poncher's crypt reads: "To the man who gave us everything and more," his wife, Elsie, is hoping that he has just a little more to give.
April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Guitarist Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and "Ink Master" fame has put his Hollywood loft up for sale at $899,000. The 1,570-square-foot unit features black glass-beaded wallpaper in the entry, 15-foot ceilings, blackout curtains and views of the Capitol Records building and the Hollywood sign. "It was one big space," said decorator Heidi Toll, who worked with Navarro to design the loft. So they carved out rooms within the open-plan space by using different finishes and features.
December 4, 2013
Re "Amazon hopes idea will fly," Business, Dec. 3 Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has built an impressive empire with innovative delivery systems. However, I am disturbed by his latest proposal to use a spider-like robot that would fly through the sky to deliver goods. As city-dwellers, we have few opportunities to contemplate the beauty of nature in our everyday lives. How unfortunate it would be to populate the skies with robots feeding our insatiable need for the instant gratification of having more goods now. May our beautiful skies be left for the birds.
April 25, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Never mind those embarrassing recalls. Automobile purchases are on the rise, one analyst says. Light-vehicle sales in the U.S. for April will be up 7.5%, according to a report just out from research group TrueCar . That's true even for General Motors, which spent much of the month embroiled in controversy involving the recall of cars with sometimes fatal ignition switch defects. GM sales for April 2014 are predicted to be up 6.5% from the same month last year. Toyota, which has had its own recall issues, was looking even better, with a predicted 13.5% increase in sales.
February 23, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Gibson Amphitheatre Paquita la del Barrio, March 26 (Fri.); Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae, June 12 (Sat.) The Forum Rammstein, May 20 (Sat.) Hollywood Palladium Girl Talk, March 21-22 (now) Avalon The Sounds, March 29 (Fri.) Wiltern Queens of the Stone Age, April 12-13 (now); Hollywood Undead, April 30 (Fri.) City National Grove of Anaheim Black Country Communion, June 10; Steven Curtis Chapman, April 28 (Fri.
May 29, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Santa Monica's landmark Valentino restaurant celebrated it's 40th birthday this winter with a couple months of festivities. But will it make 41? Maybe not. Owner Piero Selvaggio has put the restaurant up for sale. The price is high -- $4.9 million - but it is an attractive piece of real estate with a lot of restaurant history attached. “I have a big piece of real estate and it's not producing what it could produce,” says the 67-year-old Selvaggio. Plus, he says, he's ready for a new challenge.
February 20, 2010
When fashion designer Trina Turk opened her flagship desert boutique in 2002, she chose a Palm Springs modernist building designed by the iconic Albert Frey. Although Turk's Medallion print floor cushions would certainly suit such a setting, we're guessing they will rest on the floor of your home just as easily. The 3-inch-thick foam pillows measure 22 inches square and are covered in 100% cotton printed in Italy. Normally $228 each, the pillows are on sale for $57 each. Shipping is $15. For other deals on Turk's home furnishings, including pillows, go to trinaturk.
April 13, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The sale of the Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Partners is expected to be confirmed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday, but issues remain. For example, Major League Baseball says the team (read: owner Frank McCourt) still owes the league millions of dollars. Staff writer Bill Shaikin reports from the hearing over Twitter: MORE: Dodgers continue their bully routine, sweep Pirates with 3-2 win New Dodgers owners to confirm Time Warner Cable not involved   Major League Baseball's schedule reflects a maddening mapping   Dodgers sale: Up to the minute news
August 20, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Northrop Grumman Corp. is selling a unit that advises military and intelligence agencies and may fetch as much as $2 billion, four people familiar with the matter said. Northrop hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Credit Suisse Group to solicit bids for the division, known as Tasc, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Among potential buyers are private-equity firms including Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Blackstone Group, the people said. The U.S. Defense Department was ordered by Congress this year to tighten conflict-of-interest rules on firms such as Tasc and is pushing to reduce its spending on outside consultants.
September 11, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
Trebor/Nevets, the furniture store and interior design studio on Long Beach's Retro Row, is opening its warehouse for a one-day sale Sept 16. Home furnishings -- vintage and new, including sofas from the store's made-in-L.A. T/N Studio Collection -- will sell at deep discounts, sometimes less than half their original prices. The Sebastian sofa (see related photo gallery) that normally retails for $3,450 will be on sale for $1,600. The Penelope Tete a Tete covered in a fabric flecked with metallic threads originally sold for $1,850 but will be marked down to $1,200.
April 25, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation's lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. Just $235 billion in home loans were started in the first three months of the year, the lowest figure recorded in a quarter since 2000, according to data from trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. That's down nearly a quarter from the end of 2013 and more than half from the same period last year, when the housing market was heating up, especially in Southern California.
April 24, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple investors were rejoicing this week after the company reported first-quarter earnings that were far better than expected, thanks to strong iPhone sales. Throw in an additional $30 billion that the company plans to spend on stock buybacks and dividends, and shareholders ended the day with big grins.  Perhaps the only blemish on an otherwise big day for Apple were sales of iPads.  Analysts were expecting  iPad  sales to fall to 19.38 million from 19.48 million in the same quarter a year ago. Instead, the company said it sold only 16.35 million units.
April 24, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Big earnings. Big stock buyback. Big stock bump. On Thursday, investors cheered Apple's performance by sending its stock up by as much as 8.5% in early trading.  The stock climbed to $ 569.50 at one point early Thursday, up from $524.75 the previous day.  Riding a wave of strong iPhone sales, Apple on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter revenue of $45.6 billion, well above analysts' consensus of $43.6 billion, and up from the...
April 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar writing screenwriter, and his wife, fashion designer Minnie Mortimer, have put their Brentwood home up for sale at $4.995 million. Set behind gates and stone columns, the shingle-clad house looks like it could be set in Nantucket. The 5,267 square feet of living space features wood-beam ceilings, a painted wood-paneled den/library, a corner sunroom,  a media room, five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. There's a balcony off the master suite. A covered brick patio extends the length of the back of the house and connects to the balcony area above by an exterior stairwell.
April 23, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
New home sales plunged in March, another sign the spring home-buying season has started with a whimper. Sales of recently built single-family homes fell 14.5% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Sales dropped 13.3% compared with March 2013. The March data missed expectations, after economists predicted an increase from February as the home-buying season got underway. Quiz: How much do you know about mortgages?
April 23, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boosted by strong sales in its first financial quarter, Boeing Co. beat analysts' estimates largely due to an increased production rate of commercial jetliners. The Chicago aerospace giant reported a profit of $965 million, or $1.28 a share. That's down 12.7% from last year's first-quarter profit of $1.11 billion, or $1.44 a share. Boeing attributed the fall to a $330-million write-off related to changes in its pension plans and a one-time tax credit in 2013. The company's core earnings -- excluding retirement costs and the write-off -- rose to $1.76 per share, up from $1.73 during the same period a year ago. Analysts had expected core profit of $1.56 per share.
September 25, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Cisco Home is moving only a few blocks down La Brea Avenue, but the Los Angeles-based sustainable furnishings manufacturer is consolidating inventory and discounting select pieces through October. The moving sale will include furniture, artwork, lighting and accessories. New furnishings will be added to the sale as time goes on. Discounts spotted over the weekend included pillows made from vintage quilts, regularly $195, now $75 to $100. An Atar armchair upholstered in blue linen, regularly $3,625, was reduced to $1,450.
December 19, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Constance Zimmer of “House of Cards” has put her home in the Hollywood Hills up for sale at $1.175 million. The 1940s home has been updated while maintaining some of its early contemporary vibe. Walls of glass in the vaulted-ceiling living room open to a wraparound deck. The two-bedroom, 1.75-bathroom house has another, lower-level deck with a hot tub. There are views of the Hollywood sign and the cityscape. A busy actress, Zimmer, 43, is also part of the cast this year of “The Newsroom” and “Grey's Anatomy.” She will have a role in the midseason sitcom "Growing Up Fisher" and will guest star in the pilot of "Complications.
April 23, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
"Frozen" isn't going anywhere. The hit soundtrack to Disney's animated feature film topped the Billboard 200 for the 11th time Wednesday, reflecting sales of 259,000 copies in the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the album's biggest one-week business yet, wrote Billboard's Keith Caulfield, who attributed the 94% boost over the previous week to Easter shopping, "which tends to lift sales of music that appeals to families and children. " PHOTOS: Upcoming Disney films, spring and beyond In extending its stint at No. 1, "Frozen" also broke the record held by "The Lion King" for the most weeks atop the chart for a soundtrack to an animated movie.
April 23, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Actress Mischa Barton has been named celebrity ambassador for  the 2014 BritWeek Robertson Shopping Stroll on Saturday. This is the second year for the shopping event on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles. Participants include luxury venues such as Chanel , Tommy Hilfiger , Paul & Joe , Tory Burch and Michael Kors , as well as British stores Anya Hindmarch , Ted Baker , Reiss , Joseph and All Saints . The retailers plan to offer special discounts, fashion presentations and promotions during the daylong event, which is sponsored by SoCal Mini Dealers . BritWeek is is a nonprofit organization that puts on programs each spring to promote British creativity across multiple categories, including fashion, design, retail, music, the arts and more.
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