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August 3, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
It was a Thursday night and the place was packed: the Italian American Social Club was saying goodbye to one of its own. Singer Mark Giovi was leaving town, and the dress-for-success crowd sipped martinis and watched him work the room with the verve of a Rat Pack member. Just like the old days. Over more than five decades, the venerable social club and restaurant on Sahara Avenue, a few miles east of The Strip, has seen its good times and bad: Sinatra was once a member here and Dino (Martin)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It started as a social club, a way for a bunch of Westside workaholics to carve out time for fun while doing a few good deeds on the side. As comfortable alums of prestigious schools, with satisfying careers, they wanted their friendship to become a lever of social change. "We were part of that generation in the '60s and '70s where social causes based on race and poverty came to the forefront," recalled investment banker Rob Deutschman. "We were all exposed to the civil rights movement, to Vietnam, to the campaigns against poverty in urban America.
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NEWS
February 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
Criminal charges of code violations were filed against the owner and leaseholder of the building that housed the Happy Land Social Club, where an arson fire killed 87 people last March, the city announced Friday. Corporation Counsel Victor Kovner, the city's chief lawyer, said charges were levied against Alex DiLorenzo III, owner of the South Bronx building, and Jay Weiss, who leased the space and rented it to the club.
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August 3, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
It was a Thursday night and the place was packed: the Italian American Social Club was saying goodbye to one of its own. Singer Mark Giovi was leaving town, and the dress-for-success crowd sipped martinis and watched him work the room with the verve of a Rat Pack member. Just like the old days. Over more than five decades, the venerable social club and restaurant on Sahara Avenue, a few miles east of The Strip, has seen its good times and bad: Sinatra was once a member here and Dino (Martin)
NEWS
March 24, 1985 | Associated Press
Eight persons were shot and wounded early Saturday at a Bronx social club filled with about 400 persons. One victim was in serious condition, and the others were stable. No motive for the shootings was disclosed.
NEWS
February 21, 1985 | United Press International
A fire set by an arsonist early Wednesday killed four persons trapped inside a Latino social club and critically burned a fifth. Five other persons were injured while fighting the blaze. Authorities said the arsonist threw a "large quantity of accelerant" onto the staircase leading to the club, then lit the fire. Deputy Fire Commissioner John Mulligan said the trapped victims had no chance to escape the intense heat and flames because of bars on the windows and locked security doors.
NEWS
September 11, 1986 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
After a year of fighting City Hall for approval to open a private social club in Atwater, an Argentine group lost an important round Tuesday when the Planning and Environment Committee of the Los Angeles City Council opposed the proposal. The committee voted to deny permits for drinking and dancing as requested by the Argentine Assn. of Los Angeles, saying that the proposed club would be in a residential neighborhood with insufficient parking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1994 | PETER Y. HONG and BRETT MAHONEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The president of a Chinatown social club was shot and killed after the group's meeting Thursday night, according to police. Phillip Toy Lieu, 44, of Baldwin Park was leaving a meeting of the Hop Sing Tong, a private club that has been in Chinatown since 1876, when he was shot repeatedly in the head by another member about 9:30 p.m., police said.
NEWS
November 22, 1990 | AMY McCURDY
The small San Clemente business complex seems a bit of an unlikely spot for a British pub. Tucked away near the end of a line of offices, it's easy to miss--save for the red double-decker bus conspicuously parked in the field next door. Upon entering the close, noisy quarters, the outside world disappears as you become caught up in inviting circles of camaraderie, like a secret social club.
NEWS
September 20, 1991 | From Associated Press
The man who set a fire that killed 87 people at a social club received the maximum sentence Thursday of 25 years to life in prison. Before issuing the sentence, Chief Judge Burton Roberts of the trial-level Bronx State Supreme Court said so many people had died that "it becomes sort of distant. We can't recognize the horrendous tragedy." Julio Gonzalez, 37, was convicted of 174 counts of murder--two counts for each death.
SPORTS
April 21, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Paul Lagloire played high school hockey as a youngster in the Quebec town of Bromont, but he turned down an invitation to the training camp of the major junior team in Verdun because he thought he was too small to succeed, at 5 feet 10-1/2 and 130 pounds. His hockey career didn't take off until decades later, after he had moved to California and retired from his job as a chief accountant and office manager. “I was not doing any serious work. All my joints and legs and nerves were still in good shape because I was not doing heavy workloads,” said Lagloire, who lives in Glendale.
WORLD
March 9, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- Egyptian protesters set fire to a police social club and attempted to block the Suez Canal  on Saturday after a court upheld death sentences for 21 soccer fans and acquitted seven police officers accused in a deadly stadium riot last year. Demonstrations in Port Said and Cairo marked the latest escalation in months of unrest and civil disobedience aimed at bringing down President Mohamed Morsi's embattled Islamist-led government. The rage came amid a widening security vacuum spurred by a nationwide police strike.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2009 | Associated Press
Omara Portuondo, the sultry-voiced diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, has been granted permission to visit the U.S. for the first time since 2003 and hopes a dose of her sensuous sound can inspire both countries to improve frozen relations. The U.S. Treasury Department has granted Portuondo, who turns 79 this month, permission to perform at the San Francisco Jazz Festival on Oct. 20 and to give a concert three days later at UCLA. "Cuban music is the best medicine," Portuondo said recently.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2009 | Ann Powers; August Brown; Randy Lewis
Street Sweeper Social Club "Street Sweeper Social Club" (Independent Label Group/ Warner Music) * * * 1/2 Just last month, some critics questioned the continued relevancy of the fairly mild political discontent expressed on Green Day's latest album, "21st Century Breakdown." Well, Billie Joe Armstrong can breathe easy now. There's a new explosives unit in town, and this one is radical enough to really reap the scorn of those who think there's no more room for protest in rock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, considered the "heartbeat" of Cuba's legendary Buena Vista Social Club for his internationally acclaimed bass playing, died Monday of complications from prostate surgery, fellow musicians said. He was 76. Lopez, a founding member of the band brought together in the 1990s by American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder, died in a Havana hospital several days after surgery, said Manuel Galban, a Cuban musician who played with Lopez for decades.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2008
As a former Toastmaster, I would guess that most readers know very little about the objectives of Toastmasters or how meetings are conducted ("Talk to the top," Your Money, June 1). Even those who have heard the term may think it is a social club where members meet to eat, drink and "toast" each other. Every meeting is a training session. You can't learn public speaking from a book and even from a few weeks in a college course. I have never seen a story as extensive and authoritative as this one on Toastmasters in any newspaper before this.
NEWS
January 13, 1991 | From Associated Press
Five men were shot and killed and a sixth was critically wounded Saturday while they played cards in a basement social club in the city's Chinatown neighborhood, and officials said the slayings might be gang-related. "It's a real ugly scene down there," Mayor Raymond L. Flynn said. "It looks like a war scene." Flynn and police officials said the shootings might be gang-linked, but robbery and other motives were not being ruled out.
NEWS
March 26, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A $5-billion lawsuit was filed Monday on the first anniversary of the Happy Land Social Club fire that killed 87 people, said a city agency that is among those filing the suit. At a memorial service later, residents of the impoverished Bronx neighborhood listened at St. Thomas Aquinas Church as Mayor David N. Dinkins recalled the horror of seeing the bodies hours after the March 25, 1990, fire. Dinkins told the mourners the he "will never forget that devastating sight . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2007 | Jason Song, Times Staff Writer
When word came in June 2006 that USC was accepting applications for three new fraternities, it was as if someone had tapped a fresh keg at spring break. Fraternities eager to be the first new one at USC in more than a decade started by mailing packets explaining why they'd be a great fit at the school, and a lucky few were invited to campus to make their pitches. Then, like nervous job applicants, the fraternities started calling. "They were so anxious, asking, 'When will you know?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Faustino Oramas, 95, a popular traditional singer and among the last original members of the Buena Vista Social Club, died of cancer Tuesday in Cuba. Oramas, known as El Guayabero, who was popular for the double meanings and ribald humor of his songs, was the oldest surviving member of the original Buena Vista group of elderly musicians who became international stars in the 1990s through exposure from compact discs and a documentary film.
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