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December 21, 2011 | By James Oliphant
With the Iowa caucuses less than two weeks away and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries right behind them, Newt Gingrich is bound for---Virginia. Gingrich will campaign in the state Wednesday and Thursday, even though its GOP presidential primary isn't until March. And therein lies the problem. The former House speaker has been struggling to amass enough signatures to get on the Virginia ballot before Thursday's deadline. He needs 10,000 - and at least 400 from every congressional district.
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BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff of a growing marketing trend. Mounted high in the corner beside the store entrance, a scent diffuser, installed in November, spreads a bright spring fragrance modeled after Benetton's Verde cologne. "It finishes the emotion we are trying to create in the store," said Robert Argueta, director of visual merchandising for the United Colors of Benetton, who also is testing the scent in Benetton's New York flagship store.
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NEWS
January 17, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Organizers of an effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have delivered a petition with more than a million signatures to state elections officials today, a key step in a process that could put the Republican's fate in the hands of voters as early as this spring. By law, proponents of the recall campaign -- led by a group called United Wisconsin -- needed to submit 540,000 valid signatures to the state's Government Accountability Board to begin the process of holding a recall vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien has gotten a lot of comic mileage out of his distinctive pompadour of red hair that juts up in the middle of his scalp like a wave. But it wasn't until O'Brien hosted the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday that he finally revealed the secret (and the work) behind how he gets that hair. "A lot of snafus last night," O'Brien told his audience during his Monday night monologue. "I almost wasn't ready for the show when it began. It came right down to the wire. " If the setting looks familiar in this video, it's because O'Brien is parodying Christian Bale's introduction in "American Hustle," meticulously arranging the final wisps of hair on top of his scalp.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times While O'Brien may have been taken enough with "American Hustle" to do a parody of it, the MTV Movie Awards audience chose to honor "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as the favorite movie of the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Proponents of a measure to raise the cap on some medical malpractice damages submitted signatures Monday afternoon to qualify for the November ballot, paving the way for a costly initiative fight. The measure would change a 1975 California law that has limited pain and suffering damages in malpractice cases to $250,000. The law "has been a true hardship for victims and their surviving families," Bob Pack, an Internet executive from Danville, said at a news conference Monday morning.
AUTOS
July 4, 2013 | By Catherine Green
A White House petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell straight to consumers throughout the U.S. surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold it needed this week to prompt response from the administration. “States should not be allowed to prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to customers,” the petition created June 5 by a user in Stow, Mass., read. The system available on the White House's website lets users to create petitions for their causes, and requires petitioners to collect 100,000 signatures within 30 days before the administration will officially acknowledge them.
NEWS
September 22, 1985
The Los Angeles County registrar of voters has validated enough signatures to require the Charter Oak Unified School District to set a date for a recall election for district school board directors Carol Cherry and Ann Hall. Cherry and Hall, proponents of an already approved district reorganization plan, have become the focus of continuing community opposition to the proposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Supporters of an initiative that would crack down on illegal immigrants will have until July 9 to collect more than 2,500 additional signatures for a petition to place it on the ballot, the city clerk said Wednesday. The proposal, written by anti-illegal immigrant activist Joseph Turner, was expected to go before voters until a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that the formula the city used to determine the number of signatures Turner needed was flawed.
NEWS
July 25, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky has been disqualified from a governor's race after election officials discovered faked signatures on nominating petitions, officials said. As a result, the electoral commission in the Siberian region of Sverdlovsk refused to register Zhirinovsky in the Aug. 29 gubernatorial elections, officials said on Russia's NTV television. At a Moscow rally, Zhirinovsky said he wasn't giving up yet.
OPINION
July 12, 2003
Re "At a Dollar Per Signature, Recall Effort Is a Living," July 7: Why are we surprised that there are hordes of professional petition gatherers working in the Gray Davis recall campaign? Whenever I am confronted with the pushy, dissembling requests to sign a petition, I always ask who is behind the effort. Almost without exception, the gatherer cannot give me any useful information. I have seen the same people working on many different issues in front of the most active places of business.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- A bill to provide assistance to Ukraine and impose sanctions in response to Russia's incursion into Crimea now heads to President Obama after an overwhelming House vote Tuesday ended weeks of congressional wrangling. The House voted 378 to 34 to agree to changes approved by the Senate last week to boost the interim Ukrainian government and target Russian and former Ukrainian officials for abuses associated with protests against the government of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Proponents of a measure to raise the cap on some medical malpractice damages submitted signatures Monday afternoon to qualify for the November ballot, paving the way for a costly initiative fight. The measure would change a 1975 California law that has limited pain and suffering damages in malpractice cases to $250,000. The law "has been a true hardship for victims and their surviving families," Bob Pack, an Internet executive from Danville, said at a news conference Monday morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Accustomed to living glamorously in the spotlight, Noël Coward conducted his private affairs, in the words of writer Rebecca West, "with an impeccable dignity … which was reticent but untainted by pretense. " Given that homosexual acts weren't decriminalized in Britain until 1967, Coward's glass-door closet wasn't just a witty place to be - it was also a fairly courageous one. But attitudes were rapidly changing. "Homosexuality is becoming as normal as blueberry-pie," Coward observed in his diaries in 1960.
IMAGE
March 23, 2014 | By Vincent Boucher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Fans are counting the days until the return of Fox's "The Mindy Project" on April 1. What's next after the turbulence-induced airplane make-out session between fellow OB-GYN Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) and the lovelorn Dr. Mindy Lahiri? And, of course, they'll clamor to see what series star Mindy Kaling is wearing. That's because Kaling's character, with her everywoman figure, is TV's unlikely new style star in her signature jumble of contrasting prints and almost-clashing colors.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
While sitting out all but six games this season with Achilles and knee issues, Kobe Bryant apparently had time to build a custom piano. At least that's the premise of his latest Nike commercial. "The sound alone could end war," promises the narrator. "It would be the grandest, grand masterpiece of grand pianos. " While the spot features Lionel Richie playing on a piano in the shape of Bryant's logo, the narrator admits that Bryant did not, in fact, make the instrument. Instead, Bryant is responsible for the "Kobe 9 Collection," his latest signature shoe.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Pharrell Williams' Lanvin shorts tuxedo, Kate Hudson's caped Atelier Versace gown and Lupita Nyong'o's fairy-tale princess Fred Leighton headband. At Sunday's Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, stars mastered the art of the personal style statement. Even poor Jennifer Lawrence's slip-and-falls have become a kind of signature. If she never stumbled again, we'd probably miss it. Pale, metallic hues were a trend as much as black dresses were. But what distinguished the best looks were truly unique textures and embellishments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1995
Once again, the Weldon Canyon Landfill proponents are attempting to stuff it down the throats of the local inhabitants. Signatures have been collected on a petition that would seek to bypass the Board of Supervisors. Even more disturbing is the manner in which these signatures are being obtained. Recently at K mart in Ventura, a solicitor asked me to sign a petition aiming to restrict donations to political candidates. Almost all people would endorse this measure. After I'd signed that petition, the clipboard was flipped over and I was asked to "sign this one too."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Republican activists trying to overturn new state Senate districts began filing signed petitions Thursday for a California-wide referendum on the issue. Referendum proponents, calling themselves Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR), have until Sunday to file the minimum 504,000 signatures needed to get the matter on the November 2012 ballot. FAIR charges that the maps, drawn for the first time by a citizens commission instead of the Legislature, bear "trademarks of gerrymandering" to favor Democrats.
OPINION
February 26, 2014 | Patt Morrison
Ron Unz knows his way around the California ballot. He ran for governor against Pete Wilson in the GOP primary 20 years ago. He lost big, but four years later he won with his Proposition 227, which altered California schools by effectively ending bilingual education and mainstreaming Spanish-speaking students. The sometimes conservative, sometimes libertarian Republican entrepreneur-turned-activist is going back to the ballot, collecting signatures for an initiative to raise the state's minimum wage to $12. It may seem counterintuitive but Unz contends it's an idea that's as conservative as they come.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
A “very disappointed” Amir Khan is now mulling his options after getting passed over by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who Monday chose Marcos Maidana as his May 3 opponent. Khan promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, which has assisted Mayweather in the promotion of all of his fights since 2007, said Mayweather (45-0) told Schaefer at the Lakers game Sunday night that Khan lacked “a signature” victory that would convince Mayweather to fight him. “I explained to Amir that this doesn't mean he'll never get the fight,” Schaefer said.
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