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December 23, 1988 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Samud got a plastic gorilla pen, a bear-shaped eraser and an elephant coin holder for Christmas. Tritia got a necklace, some perfumed soap and fancy stationery. They don't have jolly old St. Nick to thank for their gifts. They have the Japanese. The two fifth-graders were among about 500 children, most of them black and Latino, who gathered Thursday at a Los Angeles elementary school to accept presents and, in essence, an apology from Sanrio Inc. of Japan.
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December 23, 1988 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Samud got a plastic gorilla pen, a bear-shaped eraser and an elephant coin holder for Christmas. Tritia got a necklace, some perfumed soap and fancy stationery. They don't have jolly old St. Nick to thank for their gifts. They have the Japanese. The two fifth-graders were among about 500 children, most of them black and Latino, who gathered Thursday at a Los Angeles elementary school to accept presents and, in essence, an apology from Sanrio Inc. of Japan.
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September 12, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Fast fashion has taken on a whole new meaning lately, with designer racks rolling into driveways; truckloads of athletic shoes, fitness experts and treadmills, touching down at food festivals; and full-fledged runway shows staged on the backs of flatbed trucks. Taking a page from the gourmet food truck playbook, apparel and accessories brands are increasingly opting to barnstorm the highways and byways 21st century style, putting their products in front of people nationwide, supported by social networking tools that help get the word out and hoping to reconnect with customers where it counts — in their own backyards.
NEWS
March 31, 1994 | TED JOHNSON
Torrance-based software publisher Image Smith Inc. has filed suit against two former senior executives, claiming they took the company's trade secrets and sabotaged licensing agreements to boost the fortunes of their own software firm. In the suit, Image Smith says James R. Myrick, former vice president of marketing, and John D.
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November 5, 1999 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES FASHION WRITER
She's a cool cat who's purred for 25 years, and--get this--she doesn't even have a mouth, a subject that has generated humorous chat on some 200 Web sites devoted to the furry, Japan-born feline known as Hello Kitty. The cartoon character, whose image appears on everything from toys to toasters, has a global following.
NEWS
November 23, 1994 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Launching the holiday season with a note of caution, a consumer group Tuesday warned parents to look for hazards when shopping for toys. "The first thing to check for are toys with small parts--they can be choking dangers," said Jon Golinger, consumer advocate for CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group). He spoke at a news conference at Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles, announcing results of the group's ninth annual toy-safety survey.
BUSINESS
September 23, 1991 | HAL FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With help from a government pushing for citizens to devote more time to leisure, the Japanese are rushing to build Disney-style theme parks and entertainment centers. The result has been a windfall for American companies, particularly the Southern California firms recognized as world leaders in the design and construction of theme parks and their attractions.
NEWS
August 3, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
A group of black players for the visiting Los Angeles Rams encountered what they called racial bias here when they were turned away from several downtown nightclubs and were refused taxi service in a driving rainstorm this week. "It felt almost like going back to slavery, with no blacks allowed," said an angry defensive back Doug Reed, who added that he encountered a much friendlier reception here in 1981, when he played in the Mirage Bowl while attending San Diego State University.
BUSINESS
November 15, 1989 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Immediately after the news hit that a Japanese company was selling Little Black Sambo beachwear and toys in Japan last year, Ron Wakabayashi began getting furious calls from blacks. One caller to the Japanese American Citizens League national headquarters in San Francisco threatened to circulate racist caricatures of Japanese. Others cursed the JACL national director and hung up.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2002 | Jill Gerston, Special to the Times
New York Everywhere you look in a cluttered niche of the store you see Hello Kitty, the winsome white cat with the button nose and blank stare, peering up at you from T-shirts, notepads and even an electric toothbrush. This must be the little girls' aisle in Zany Brainy or Toys R Us, right? Wrong. This is the Lair boutique at Henri Bendel, the 5th Avenue specialty store where Prada-clad big girls, if you can call size 2 twigs big girls, flock for their fix of Hello Kitty tchotchkes.
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