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February 9, 1992
I recently tried to make a last-minute hotel reservation in Las Vegas for a busy convention weekend. After calling five hotels directly and having no luck, I saw an ad in the yellow pages for Las Vegas Lake Tahoe Reno Accommodations. I called and they gave me about five choices, including the Dunes at $159 a night. Since this seemed a little on the high side, I called the Dunes direct. I was able to book the same room for $59. I called the Las Vegas division of tourism and they said that such a markup is entirely legal.
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NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
At first I thought it was merely a result of not having had to run a comb across my own scalp since the first Bush administration that I found David O. Russell's  “American Hustle” so follicularly fascinating - just watching the trailers I was mesmerized by Christian Bale's intricately disastrous comb-over, Bradley Cooper's poodle-curl perm and the tonsorial tower of power that somehow made Jeremy Renner look like the long-lost brother of SNL's...
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
To play up the grisly spectacle of scalping Nazi soldiers in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" required some sleight of hand as well as the makeup skill of Gregory Nicotero and the rest of the effects crew at KNB EFX. "The way the gag works, the scalp and the actor's head are separate," Nicotero said. "To sell the gag, you have to pretend like you're really putting effort into the cutting, like the knife is really slicing through skin." The team made a mold of makeup effects artist Jake Garber's head and used that as the model to sculpt the scalps to be affixed to the extras' heads.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2012 | By Connie Stewart
Eeeeeewwwww! Monica Thayer had been on the job just six days when she got scalped. Literally. Her long brown hair caught in a machine at an auto parts plant in Barberton, Ohio, the Akron Beacon Journal reported, pulling her in and ripping off her scalp from her eyebrows backward to her neck. Her mother, Mary Thayer, has worked at the same place, JR Engineering, for 25 years. She told the Akron paper Monica was thrilled to get the job - which pays $8 an hour and does not include health insurance.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 1989
California should limit ticket sales to four per person. Also, it should be illegal to resell any ticket for more than 50% over original cost. Such a law would discourage scalping and the mugging of a person for his place in line. The Doolittle may want to help pass such a law. Or maybe not. Perhaps there's a reason the theater is called the Do Little. MICHAEL A. S. SMITH Culver City
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1990
Kudos to Phil Collins and his management team for their efforts to fairly distribute concert tickets (the Pop Eye column, Sept 30. and Oct. 7). Why isn't the music industry --which is so concerned about losing money from bootleg recordings and merchandise, digital audio and recordable CDs--doing something to stop ticket-scalping parasites from making fortunes off the backs of musicians? Yeah, I know . . . supply and demand. But I think it stinks! CHRIS CRINER Tustin
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1989
I was appalled--but not surprised--by the comments of ticket brokers about "The Phantom of the Opera" ("Phantom Tickets Draw Top Prices," Pam Lopez-Johnson, June 1). When will there be regulation of scalping in Los Angeles? Until enough consumers complain to our legislators, we are doomed to pay four times face value, and more. TOM OGDEN Hollywood A spokesman for the Ahmanson box office said Friday that orchestra tickets are sold out through Nov. 26 and that tickets for performances after that date are not yet being sold.
NEWS
July 19, 1986
Former West Hollywood restaurateur H. Daniel Whitman was convicted Friday--for the second time--of conspiring to kill a witness in a federal ticket-scalping investigation. A federal court jury in Los Angeles found Whitman, 55, guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, witness-tampering, retaliating against a federal witness and conspiracy to deprive a witness of his civil rights. U.S. District Judge Francis C. Whelan set sentencing for Aug. 12, and permitted Whitman to remain free on bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2008 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
No, they probably don't need tickets. On game days, you see them prowling the streets outside Dodger Stadium, flashing more signs than a third-base coach, their hand-scrawled scraps of cardboard reading, "I need tickets. " But what they really need is to scalp tickets -- and not get arrested in the process. The signs are a code to attract potential buyers, without announcing an intention to violate the law. Sunday's National League Championship Series matchup of the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies brought the curbside ticket merchants out in droves, along with the police officers whose pursuit of them makes this a cat-and-mouse form of commerce.
SPORTS
August 31, 1985
How long are Times sportswriters going to "Fight On" against the NCAA's television ban of USC football? Unable to argue credibly that the Trojans and their fellow felons (alas, my own team, Illinois, among them) haven't earned the penalty, they resort to championing the "innocent" victims: the fans (shades of Peter Ueberroth!), the networks and the current players who weren't involved in the infraction. That's a bit disingenuous. Fans of probationary teams got some of the benefit of the cheating--it helped them swagger and shout "We're No. 1"--so it's only fair they pay part of the price.
TRAVEL
March 4, 2012 | By Jane Engle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you're hoping to hike Half Dome at California's Yosemite National Park this summer, you'll want to take action by March 31. That's because, under a new system, permits to reach the summit will be allocated by a lottery this month for the whole season, instead of month by month. Other changes may be coming too as the National Park Service considers overhauling management of the iconic granite dome, which rises nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley. Thousands each year make the grueling trek to the top, aided by a 400-foot-long cable system in place during warmer months.
IMAGE
July 24, 2011 | By Alexandra Drosu, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As summer heats up, we've learned to slather SPF 15 or higher all over our bodies and faces in an effort to prevent sun damage and skin cancer. We've also been told to recite our ABCs when checking for unusual moles: asymmetry, border irregularity and uneven color. Unfortunately, our scalps are often neglected. Sunscreen is transparent on skin, but who wants to go to work with greasy roots? How many people wear a hat during their lunch break? And who can see a mole on top of her own head?
BUSINESS
February 8, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The woes of the $22-billion U.S. live event business can be boiled down to one statistic: 20% to 40% of seats for many concerts and sports games go unsold. A remedy to fill some of those seats may be reverse scalping: A market in which fans can bid below the ticket's face value, a sort of Priceline for live events. That, at any rate, is the idea behind ScoreBig, an online ticketing service based in Hollywood that has about 500,000 tickets for sale on any given day ? enough to fill 10 Yankee Stadiums.
SPORTS
May 26, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
David and Dana Pump, San Fernando Valley-based businessmen who are among the most influential figures in college basketball, helped to organize a lucrative scalping operation that is being investigated by federal authorities, according to a man who says he was a participant. The allegations were made by David Freeman, a Lawrence, Kan., real estate developer, in an article published by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday, hours before University of Kansas administrators announced that an examination by a Wichita, Kan., law firm found the "inappropriate" sale and use of thousands of men's basketball and football tickets worth more than $1 million over the last five years.
SPORTS
March 7, 2010 | Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant was late for Sunday's pregame activities, but Ron Artest arrived on time, with a new blond dye job and several inscriptions in his hair. He etched the word "defense" in three languages — Japanese, Hebrew and Hindi, he said. In plain English, however, his defense was poor Sunday against the Orlando Magic. His assignment for most of the game, Vince Carter , had 25 points, including 10 points on free throws in the first quarter. The Magic beat the Lakers, 96-94.
NEWS
August 30, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day; Shari Roan; David Sarno; Richard Verrier
HERO COMPLEX The fine art of scalping in film To play up the grisly spectacle of scalping Nazi soldiers in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" required some sleight of hand as well as the makeup skill of Gregory Nicotero and the rest of the effects crew at KNB EFX. "The way the gag works, the scalp and the actor's head are separate," Nicotero said. "To sell the gag, you have to pretend like you're really putting effort into the cutting, like the knife is really slicing through skin."
NEWS
August 30, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day; Shari Roan; David Sarno; Richard Verrier
HERO COMPLEX The fine art of scalping in film To play up the grisly spectacle of scalping Nazi soldiers in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" required some sleight of hand as well as the makeup skill of Gregory Nicotero and the rest of the effects crew at KNB EFX. "The way the gag works, the scalp and the actor's head are separate," Nicotero said. "To sell the gag, you have to pretend like you're really putting effort into the cutting, like the knife is really slicing through skin."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1986 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
Dominic Frontiere, the husband of the owner of the Los Angeles Rams, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles to criminal charges that he willfully filed a false income tax return and lied to Internal Revenue Service investigators to cover up his role in scalping Rams tickets to the 1980 Super Bowl game. Frontiere's admissions of guilt were narrow, however, just enough to meet the legal criteria that he willfully misled the government.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
To play up the grisly spectacle of scalping Nazi soldiers in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" required some sleight of hand as well as the makeup skill of Gregory Nicotero and the rest of the effects crew at KNB EFX. "The way the gag works, the scalp and the actor's head are separate," Nicotero said. "To sell the gag, you have to pretend like you're really putting effort into the cutting, like the knife is really slicing through skin." The team made a mold of makeup effects artist Jake Garber's head and used that as the model to sculpt the scalps to be affixed to the extras' heads.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The Senate passed legislation that would make it a federal crime to scalp tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration. The bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) passed by voice vote. Prospects for House passage before next week's swearing-in are uncertain. Feinstein wrote the bill in response to overwhelming demand for the approximately 240,000 tickets to the historic event -- and reports that they were being offered online for sky-high prices.
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