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July 4, 2008 | Alex Pham
The Sims, a popular computer game that's sold more than 100 million copies in the last eight years, has often been called a "dollhouse" game. What happens when the dolls break out of the dollhouse? That happened last summer when Electronic Arts, publisher of The Sims, teamed with Swedish clothing retailer H&M to sponsor an online fashion runway featuring outfits designed by players of The Sims. The companies received 1,000 digital entries uploaded to The Sims' website, then selected 60 outfits -- worn by Sims, of course -- to feature on a virtual runway show hosted by Yahoo Inc. The show got more than 500 million views, and about 100,000 people voted on the outfits.
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February 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's multifaceted TchaikovskyFest has thus far weathered political incident. That is to say, nothing happened Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall to land performances of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Second Symphony on the front page or in the international spotlight. The concert, performed by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (sharing the festival with the L.A. Phil) and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, did draw an assembly of demonstrators in front of Disney.
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April 8, 2007 | Diane Haithman
STUDENTS at L.A.'s Otis College of Art and Design, San Francisco's Academy of Art University and Parsons the New School for Design in New York are already hard at work creating art inspired by the videogame series "The Sims" for competitions and exhibitions at their schools. The project, "The Sims: In the Hands of the Artist" -- sponsored by Electronic Arts, publisher of the "Sims" games, and Ford Motor Co.
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November 22, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Thanksgiving is getting a little twist in some homes this year as Thanksgivukah. But in Molly Sims' house, there's been a mashup for years now. The actor and model celebrates Thanksgiving; but she also puts on a second feast - for Friendsgiving. “I'm a transplant,” Sims said one late afternoon in her Beverly Hills living room, surrounded by her three dogs. As such, Sims said she wanted to create the atmosphere that often comes naturally if you're surrounded by family. “My friends, I consider them my family,” Sims says.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Electronic Arts Inc. sold more than 1.4 million copies of Sims 3 in the game's first week on sale. The debut, which included 7 million downloads of player-related content, is the best first-week performance Electronic Arts has ever had for a computer game, the Redwood City, Calif., company said. The Sims series has sold more than 100 million copies since 2000, making it the top-selling title for personal computers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
In the musical "Avenue Q," there's a happy-go-lucky song about a dirty little computer secret. It's called "The Internet Is for Porn. " Theatergoers from the respectable middle class giggle helplessly throughout this number, but imagine how quickly the laughter would cease if government agents knocked on their door demanding to review their Internet browsing history. Such a scenario is underway in "The Nether," the daring new drama by Jennifer Haley that opened at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Sunday.
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July 30, 1989
Let's stop holding one another back. I like Public Enemy. I also like the Jewish Defense Organization. A man's wisdom gives him patience, it is to his glory to overlook an offense. --Proverbs 19:11 L. CARTER SIMS Playa del Rey
NEWS
June 1, 1986 | BOB SIPCHEN
Southern Californians work out religiously. Southern Californians worship the athletic human form. Still, potential parishioners must feel a bit disoriented as they venture down the sweat-scented hallways of a racquetball club in Fullerton looking for the Rev. Jack Sims' new church. Crack-thwump! Where they might expect a procession of choirboys, they get rows of panting aerobics enthusiasts and booming rock 'n' roll. The clank of weight machines replaces church bells.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move to avoid lengthy questioning about the victim's behavior, attorneys in the murder trial of John J. Famalaro agreed Monday to tell the jury that Denise Huber's blood-alcohol content showed she had consumed several drinks the night she disappeared. The attorneys for the defense and prosecution agreed to tell the jury that Huber's blood-alcohol level was between .08% and .11% when she pulled over to the side of the Costa Mesa Freeway with a flat tire six years ago.
BOOKS
January 3, 1999 | SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS, Susan Salter Reynolds is an assistant editor of Book Review
HARPO'S GARDEN; By Roger Lee Kenvin; (July Blue Press: 118 pp., $12) Here is a book with no publicity machine behind it. The stories between its pictureless blue covers are about growing up on Spanish Island, off the Maine coast, a place with a winter population of 1,500 that swells to 3,000 in the summer. Locals refer to the four seasons as Winter Wet, Winter Cold, Mud Slop and Tourists. The town store is run by Old Sims, whose politics are: " 'You voted for Clinton, didn't you?
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has begun selling unlocked iPhone 5s smartphones that have no SIM card. The device may appeal to users who frequently travel abroad or simply don't like being tied to carrier contracts. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant updated its online store to add the unlocked, no SIM card option this week. Apple is selling 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions for $649, $749 and $849, respectively. The new version of the iPhone 5s is compatible with GSM networks, which include T-Mobile and AT&T.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
In the musical "Avenue Q," there's a happy-go-lucky song about a dirty little computer secret. It's called "The Internet Is for Porn. " Theatergoers from the respectable middle class giggle helplessly throughout this number, but imagine how quickly the laughter would cease if government agents knocked on their door demanding to review their Internet browsing history. Such a scenario is underway in "The Nether," the daring new drama by Jennifer Haley that opened at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Sunday.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Some iPhone 5 users are turning to support forums to find a fix for an alleged glitch with the new SIM card that causes the device to suddenly stop working. The users say they are unable to make calls or connect to a cellular network after the phone abruptly displays a message "No SIM card. " One user has started a thread on the support forum titled " iPhone5 'NO SIM CARD INSTALLED' 'NO SERVICE.' " Quiz: Test your Apple knowledge "I'm in various places like a restaurant or my home and I get the same issues," she said on the thread.
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September 15, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Tom Sims, an innovative skateboarding and snowboarding pioneer and former world champion who helped bring snowboarding to the masses by pushing ski resorts to embrace the fledgling sport in the 1980s, has died. He was 61. The founder of Sims Skateboards and Sims Snowboards died Wednesday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest, said his sister, Margie Sims Klinger. "He was the godfather of all board sports," Michael Brooke, publisher of Concrete Wave Magazine, said Friday.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
It can be a dog-eat-dog world in social games. Electronic Arts Inc. on Friday filed a copyright infringement suit against Zynga Inc., alleging that the social gaming company's "The Ville" misappropriated EA's game "The Sims Social. " EA's lawsuit was just the latest in a string of bad news for Zynga. The San Francisco social gaming company was hit Monday with a shareholder lawsuit claiming that Zynga investors and executives — including its chief executive, Mark Pincus — had improperly cashed out $516 million in company stock in April, three months before Zynga posted disappointing earnings that sent its shares plummeting 37% in one day. In a blog post explaining EA's lawsuit, Lucy Bradshaw, head of Maxis, the EA-owned studio that created "Sims Social," outlined why EA contends that Zynga "ripped off" its intellectual property.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012 | By Nardine Saad
Molly Sims is a proud mommy! The actress-model and her husband, Scott Stuber, welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday, according to People. "They both couldn't be happier," a source close to the couple told the magazine. The little guy is said to have weighed a little more than 7 pounds, Us Weekly reported . No word on the baby's name, but the magazine said Sims had his "bohemian, modern chic" nursery ready to go. Prior to the delivery, the "Project Accessory" host tweeted : "Thank you to all my followers for all your best wishes as we wait for Baby Sims-Stuber!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM
Speaking by phone the other day from his home in Pacific Palisades, "Falling James" Moreland, leader of the Leaving Trains, was calm, articulate, open, sincere and charming. He didn't sound like the sort of person anyone would want to scald with a pot of hot water, or bonk in the head with a hurled beer stein. But listening to the Leaving Trains' 1991 EP, "Loser Illusion Pt.
NEWS
October 15, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three have been fired and 10 have quit. Nine have been promoted. Two have killed suspects while on duty. And one stands accused of falsifying evidence in a murder case. For most of the 44 Los Angeles Police Department officers labeled "problem officers" in the landmark 1991 Christopher Commission report, the past four years have been tumultuous. The commission said its intention was to illustrate, not define, what it called "the problem of excessive force in the LAPD."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Police in downtown Los Angeles have seen cellphone thefts soar as smartphones like the iPhone become easily turned into pay-as-you-go phones. In the first quarter of this year, thefts of cellphones increased 32% in the downtown area. In the one-mile-square area of skid row, the increase is even more pronounced, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon. Individuals reported 54 cellphones taken in crimes within skid row in the first three months of 2012, compared with 115 during all of 2011.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Here's your all-the-man-that-I-need Monday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --Tech monster Apple just doesn't have enough impressive news to report. So as a public service, allow me to convey that the company's stock has topped $500 for the first time. It was the latest step in a rally that began more than two weeks ago, when the company reported staggering sales and profits for the holiday quarter. Apple has been trading the position as most valuable company in the world with Exxon Mobil since last summer, but the latest rally has made it 17% more valuable than the oil company.
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