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June 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Liberace's old off-Strip mansion is up for sale for a veritable song, but is the property fabulous or a decrepit fixer-upper? Built in 1962, the once-lavish 14,939-square-foot spread sits on a half-acre lot near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and features two bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and several large areas for entertaining. There are flashes of the legendary pizazz once embodied by Liberace, whose life was the subject of the recent HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” which details the eccentric entertainer's secretive romance with former chauffeur and lover Scott Thorson.
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BUSINESS
November 18, 2010 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
California delayed by one day its sale of $10 billion in short-term notes to update disclosures to buyers of the debt. Treasurer Bill Lockyer said he was forced to amend the offering's disclosure documents because of a lawsuit filed Tuesday challenging the state's plans to sell and lease back 11 office properties. Failure to complete the real estate transaction would widen the state's projected budget gap, a possibility that investors might want to know about. The change in disclosure means that individual investors who placed orders Monday and Tuesday for $5.89 billion of the notes must reconfirm they want them.
HOME & GARDEN
August 13, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The longtime winter residence of Oscar-winning screenwriter Nancy Dowd has come on the market at $1,995,000 on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Called Belmont, the 7-acre nature reserve overlooks Castries Harbor. The West Indies Creole-style house, built in 1895, includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Dowd wrote "Slap Shot" (1977), in which she also appeared, and "Coming Home" (1978), for which she won an Academy Award for best original screenplay. She was a writer on "Saturday Night Live" in 1980 and '81. Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates, Beverly Hills, has the listing.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Luxury cruise line Cunard launched a one-week sale Monday that offers a nice upgrade on selected 2013 trips: a cabin with balcony for the price of an ocean-view room. And some spending money is thrown in too in the form of on-board credit. One example: The classic transatlantic crossing from England to New York in spring aboard the Queen Mary 2 starts at $1,345 per person.  The deal: The Cunard sale applies to transatlantic crossings as well as cruises to the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Iceland and other destinations.
SPORTS
September 19, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
The Los Angeles sports landscape was rattled Tuesday by news that the Anschutz Co. has put its AEG sports and entertainment empire up for sale.  AEG owns stakes in the Staples Center, Kings, L.A. Galaxy and the Lakers in addition to being the driving force behind plans to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles with a proposed downtown stadium. So how will AEG's sale affect the Los Angeles sports scene? Times staff writers Bill Shaikin and Sam Farmer will tackle that question and many others in a Google+ Hangout scheduled to go live at 4 p.m. Pacific time.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- The Madison Square Garden Co. may be a logical bidder for Staples Center, but would not likely win an auction for the sports and entertainment venue, an analyst said. Anschutz Entertainment Group --  which owns Staples Center along with the Kings hockey team and Galaxy soccer team, among other assets -- has been put up for sale by billionaire Philip Anschutz. MSG would be a logical bidder for the teams and the venue, said Laura Martin, an analyst at Needham & Co. Inc. With a market capitalization of $3.1 billion, MSG would be too small to purchase all of AEG, she added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2010 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times
The nation's largest pharmacy chain will pay a record fine for illegally selling large amounts of a key methamphetamine ingredient to criminal traffickers, a problem that prosecutors say led to a surge in production of the widely abused drug in California. CVS Pharmacy Inc. agreed to pay a $75-million fine and forfeit $2.6 million in profits on the unlawful sales of pseudoephedrine in California and Nevada in 2007 and 2008, according to federal prosecutors based in Los Angeles. The penalty is the largest for a civil violation of the Controlled Substances Act, a 40-year-old law that is more often aimed at street dealers and narcotics traffickers.
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Matt Bomer, who stars as the charming rascal Neil Caffrey on USA Network's "White Collar," is the inspiration behind a menswear collection that is to go on sale on gilt.com on Tuesday -- coinciding with the launch of the final six episodes of the series' sixth season. The "Caffrey Collection" was designed in collaboration with bespoke tailors Alton Lane. It includes bespoke suit packages ($2,000-$2,995), a three-shirt package ($425), ties, bowties and pocket squares ($29-$69). The sale, which will also include items from other menswear lines, is scheduled to begin on gilt.com at 9 a.m. (Pacific)
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Hotel discounter Jetsetter has put a bunch of top New York City hotels on sale this spring. For example, rooms at the Thompson LES start at $195 a night, but not for very long. The deal: Jetsetter's New York on Sale offers a pretty low rate for this Lower East Side hotel that's close to the East Village and Soho. Check the Jetsetter online booking calendar to see the discount rates and receive another 10% off at checkout by using the promotion code "JET2NYC. " Note that this deal doesn't involve a voucher; the date you reserve is the date you get. When: The offer is good through Tuesday, for stays through April 15, based on availability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Beverly Hills City Council has joined its Los Angeles counterpart in voting to treat electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and to regulate their sale and use. "Smoking of any kind should be discouraged, especially for teenagers," Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch said in a statement. "By taking these steps, the city is sending a strong message to the community that we take the health of our citizens very seriously. " Calling them a potential health risk and a gateway to tobacco, the Los Angeles City Council voted in December to regulate the sales of e-cigarettes and other "vaping" devices.
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