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September 29, 1985
I have a hard time understanding how thinking, feeling human beings can devote an ounce of their creative energies to such a foul production as the one advertised in Calendar last Sunday. I have an even more difficult time understanding how a responsible publication can justify the few ad dollars it gains promoting this kind of hack 'n' slash crap. DON WREGE Sherman Oaks
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AUTOS
April 24, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Heavy spending to repair more than 6 million vehicles in the first quarter triggered an 88% plunge in General Motors Co. earnings for the period, compared to a year earlier. The nation's largest automaker said it earned just $108 million, or 8 cents a share, in the quarter, down from the $873 million in profits, or 63 cents a share, it collected in the same period in 2013. Revenue edged up a little more than 1% to $37.4 billion. “It is an understatement to say that the first quarter was challenging for General Motors,” said Mary Barra, the automaker's chief executive.  However, she said, that GM could still produce a profit was a testament to the strength of the company.  The earnings reflected a $1.3-billion charge to fix millions of vehicles recalled globally so far this year, including 2.6 million of GM's Chevrolet Cobalt and other older vehicles equipped with a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.
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BUSINESS
October 6, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
MGM Mirage will slash prices of its high-end CityCenter condos by 30%, the company said Monday, a move intended to mollify buyers who were unsure they could close on units purchased during the Las Vegas real estate boom. The price cuts underscore the reversal of fortunes on the Las Vegas Strip. Just a few years ago, condominiums were being touted as the next stage in its seemingly unstoppable growth. Although the reductions mark a significant reversal by the gaming giant, which took deposits on about half of its 2,400 residential units, it was unclear whether the cuts were deep enough to satisfy some buyers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
The reward for finding the person who attacked a brown pelican, slashing its throat, was raised to $5,000, a bird rescue organization announced Wednesday. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization centered on protecting animals, joined the International Bird Rescue-Los Angeles Center to offer the reward. Rescue officials say the female brown pelican is on track to a full recovery after its pouch was left hanging from its neck. If charged, the culprit could pay a fine of up to $15,000 and serve up to six months in federal jail, said Erin Dean, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement for Southern California.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2009 | Ben Fritz
An unprecedented round of online price cutting for DVDs started Thursday that could provide a much needed boost for the beleaguered home entertainment industry. Walmart on Thursday slashed the price of its 10 most popular DVDs that will be released soon, including "Star Trek," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to $10, less than it has charged for highly anticipated new movies in recent years. Target immediately announced that it would match Walmart's price.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1999
Hard rock guitarist Slash, formerly of Guns N' Roses, was arrested over the weekend after his live-in girlfriend accused him of beating her, authorities said Sunday. Sheriff's deputies arrested the 34-year-old rocker, whose legal name is Saul Hudson, about 8:30 p.m. Saturday at his West Hollywood recording studio, said Deputy Cruz Solis. The girlfriend's name was not released. Hudson was booked on suspicion of spousal assault. Within two hours of his arrest, he posted $50,000 bail.
NEWS
April 16, 2001
Regarding "Fandom's Final Frontier: Homoerotic Literature" (April 3) by Mary McNamara: I want to register an alternative view to the prevailing and now-tired view, advanced by such scholars as Constance Penley, Camille Bacon-Smith and Joanna Russ, that slash fiction allows women to write romances in which the characters are "truly equal" and "must turn to gay male relationships to find this equality." In fact, many slash writers find equal relationships uninteresting to write about and are confident enough in their sexuality and their feminism consciously to explore and play with unequal relationships in their stories, creating power imbalances between such characters as Picard and Q ("Star Trek: The Next Generation")
BUSINESS
October 22, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera and Walter Hamilton
The Obama administration plans to significantly cut the pay of executives at the seven companies that have received the most bailout money, reacting to a growing outcry about huge new bonuses and other compensation at firms propped up by taxpayer dollars, according to people familiar with the decision. The 25 highest-paid executives at the companies would have their salary cut by an average of about 90% from what they received last year, replacing the pay with stock that they would have to hold for a set period of time, the people said.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Seagate Technology is cutting 2,950 more jobs and slashing some employees' salaries as much as 25%, a surprise move coming just two days after Seagate changed chief executives and announced it was cutting 800 U.S. workers.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN
Slash, as Guns N' Roses' lead guitarist Saul Hudson calls himself, is the closest thing to Keith Richards that American rock has produced since Aerosmith's Joe Perry in the '70s--and, at 27, Slash may already have outdistanced Perry's accomplishments. The colorful musician has a feel for the same sensual, seductive, blues-edged notes that Richards introduced with the Rolling Stones. But the similarities with Richards don't end with the music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A bird rescue organization is offering a $2,500 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of whoever was responsible for slashing a brown pelican's throat pouch, leaving it weak and malnourished. Long Beach Animal Care Services reportedly found the California brown pelican on Wednesday along Ocean Boulveard on the Alamitos Peninsula near Bayshore Park. With its pouch slashed open, the bird likely hadn't eaten for days, said Jay Holcomb of International Bird Rescue, which is treating the bird.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, site of this weekend's NASCAR race, has slashed its grandstand capacity by 26% to 68,000 seats from 92,000, a track spokesman said Friday. The 24,000-seat reduction reflects the pullback in NASCAR's popularity from its peak levels in the mid-2000s, which partly was caused by the severe economic recession that started in 2008. Auto Club Speedway's parent company, International Speedway Corp., had told Wall Street analysts last summer that it planned to cut capacity at certain tracks to escape the "quagmire" of too many empty seats.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When UCLA's basketball team prepares to open the NCAA tournament against Tulsa on Friday in San Diego, Norman Powell and Tony Parker represent the unknown. “They are our X factors,” Coach Steve Alford said. The Bruins have talent: Playmaker Kyle Anderson can score and leads UCLA in rebounding and assists; deadeye shooter Jordan Adams is cool in the clutch; the Wear twins, Travis and David, are a double-barreled matchup challenge; and UCLA even has a projected NBA lottery pick, Zach LaVine, coming off the bench.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
In 1958, Ed Michelson started a motion picture catering company - Michelson Food Services - and made food for the cast and crew on such classic films as "West Side Story" and "Some Like it Hot. " Michelson was one of the first to operate a food service truck on film sets, and for decades business boomed, back when virtually all the big studio movies were filmed in Los Angeles. Today, son Steve Michelson said that's no longer the case. When his father died, Michelson decided to start his own catering company, Sylmar-based Limelight Catering, which employs about 50 people and has been in business for 14 years.
WORLD
February 26, 2014 | By Julie Makinen, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
BEIJING -- A recently dismissed Hong Kong newspaper editor was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after assailants wounded him in the back and leg and fled on a motorbike. The assault on Kevin Lau , whose removal as editor of the Ming Pao daily last month helped spark demonstrations over erosion of media freedoms, shocked a wide swath of the former British territory, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Under an arrangement known as “one country, two systems,” Hong Kong is supposed to enjoy greater freedom of speech and the press, along with other liberties, than the mainland.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. wants to raise almost $2 billion to help fund a giant battery factory in the Southwestern U.S. to supply its electric vehicles. The Palo Alto automaker said Wednesday that it plans to build a "gigafactory" that would slash the cost of the battery packs for its cars, allowing Tesla to introduce a less expensive vehicle. "Tesla is riding on its success to tell a bigger story than just being a car company," said Thilo Koslowski, an analyst at Gartner Inc. "The batteries will attract a whole new group of investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1997 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash earns his childhood nickname by how he cuts a swath through any conversation. The guy never stops talking. In a recent phone interview, the amiable and forthright musician--who anchors Slash's Blues Ball on Friday at the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana--came off like an enthusiastic whirlwind. Despite the attention his current road project is attracting, "this is really just a good-time band," he said. "I guess it's a just a little more high-profile."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1997 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Slash is heading up a project of his own these days, a quintet he calls Slash's Blues Ball. And unlike his old group Guns N' Roses, this, he says, "is really just a good-time band." "It's mostly all covers--and not necessarily a lot of blues," the 31-year-old guitarist says. "There's a lot of old-style rock in there as well." The set list does include "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Crossroads" and "Key to the Highway," but "this isn't like the traditional blues cover band you see in clubs these days.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
AT&T announced big savings on family plans over the weekend, the latest wireless company to slash prices amid a brutal carrier war. The No. 2 carrier said a family of four could now get unlimited talk and text and share 10 gigabytes of data for $160 a month.  Each additional line is $15 more; so for example, a family of three would pay $145 a month and a family of five would pay $175 a month. For current customers, the household savings amount to $40 to $100 a month, depending on their existing plan.
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