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October 29, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Chmielewski and James are Times staff writers.
Worried by the worsening economy, Kristen Olson decided she'd better start saving money. She tallied her expenses and was walloped by sticker shock: She and her roommates were spending $900 a year for cable TV. "I'm not watching $900 worth of cable," said the 25-year-old advertising account coordinator, who lives in North Hollywood. She's trying to persuade her roommates to drop the service.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Here's how end-of-the-world projections, based on the Mayan calendar, are being greeted in some quarters of the pop music world on Twitter. Pop & Hiss has decided to include two end-of-the-world tweets from Weird Al Yankovic because 1) he had the foresight to name his latest album "Alpocalypse" and 2) who can blame him for trying to squeeze in as many tweets as possible before the end times? “Trying frantically to get this record done before the end of the world. Damn Mayans.” -- Brad Paisley “Good news!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2009 | Larry Gordon and Robert Faturechi
Detectives investigating the case of a UCLA student who allegedly slashed the throat of a classmate have still not discovered what prompted the violence and are looking into reports that he showed erratic behavior in the past that had worried other students, authorities said Friday. Investigators said they will continue to examine the background and mental health of the suspect, Damon Thompson, 20, a senior who came from Belize to attend UCLA. But nothing so far points to a direct motive for what appeared to be an unprovoked knife attack in an organic chemistry lab class on Thursday afternoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There are things that Slash just doesn't want to talk about. And the timing was definitely not right a few weeks ago as the guitarist was preparing for a trip to Cleveland for his induction with Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I don't even want to talk about that. I don't want to touch it," Slash said in April, his usual friendly demeanor turning cool at the mere mention of GNR. It was during a week of drama and uncertainty about the ceremony, which had peaked days earlier with the arrival of a confrontational open letter to the Hall of Fame from singer Axl Rose.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
The Sunset Strip holds a special place in the heart of one Saul Hudson, better known as the guitarist Slash. "In the 1970s, my family moved from England to the Laurel Canyon area, and my parents were very much dialed in to the whole Sunset Strip scene," said the rocker. "They were both in the music business, and the whole reason we lived where we did was because of the recording industry. So I have very vivid memories of the Rainbow and the Roxy, and the Whisky was a huge point of interest at that time.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. said it would fire 130 employees, or more than half its workforce, to cut costs after its insomnia drug failed to win U.S. approval, leaving the company with no product to sell. The San Diego company will have about 120 employees after the cutbacks, Neurocrine said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1987
People on entitlement programs should not be paying for Reagan's military-spending deficit. These programs have already been gutted by our current Administration, and recipients' health and life has suffered for it. The wealthy top 1% of our nation has benefited directly by Reagan's (mis)management of the economy and GNP, and it is their bill that has come due. This country needs a military-budget-slash of 33%. We have a lot of damage to undo that has arisen over the last seven years.
BUSINESS
June 22, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Iridium World Communications Ltd., operator of the first global satellite-telephone network, plans to cut prices for its service as much as 65% and introduce a flat rate for international calls as it tries to lure customers. The cash-strapped company said Motorola Inc. and Kyocera Corp., which make the phones for its service, also cut prices on phones, pagers and other accessories. Domestic phone calls will cost $1.50 to $2.50 a minute, and international calls will be a flat $3 a minute.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1998 | Bloomberg News
TV Azteca, Mexico's second-largest broadcaster, said it will cut costs and trim salaries to weather an expected slowdown in economic growth and consumer spending. Azteca, controlled by entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas Pliego, will slash the salaries of senior management by 10%, cut sales and administration costs by 20% and extend credit terms from suppliers to bolster cash flow.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2009 | Tom Petruno
Wall Street has shown strong faith that JPMorgan Chase & Co. will survive this deep recession, but the bank Monday still opted to play it safer -- by hacking its dividend payment to shareholders. At the same time, the company said it has been "solidly profitable" this quarter, offering a ray of hope amid the latest stock market meltdown. JPMorgan said it would slash the quarterly cash dividend on common stock to 5 cents a share from 38 cents.
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