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SPORTS
July 22, 2000
Now let me get this straight. The Lakers win the world championship and Dr. Buss gets rid of veterans, gets rookies, raises seat prices (after making millions more in a new building), cuts salaries claiming dire need to economize, refuses to try to attain big-time free agents, and now Jerry West reportedly leaves? Sounds to me like someone is taking a chapter out of the Florida Marlins' book, "How to Win a Championship and Decimate a Team in Two Years or Less." A.C. BALCH Los Angeles
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WORLD
May 17, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Soccer in Italy is nothing short of a religion. It demands reverence and adulation. It reflects power and symbolizes status. Players are national idols, and clubs are the prized possessions of the nation's billionaire elite. But a scandal that widens each day has tarnished the glory of Italian soccer, engulfing the sport and its beloved participants in shame. And all just days ahead of the World Cup, which starts June 9 in Germany.
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WORLD
May 17, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Soccer in Italy is nothing short of a religion. It demands reverence and adulation. It reflects power and symbolizes status. Players are national idols, and clubs are the prized possessions of the nation's billionaire elite. But a scandal that widens each day has tarnished the glory of Italian soccer, engulfing the sport and its beloved participants in shame. And all just days ahead of the World Cup, which starts June 9 in Germany.
SPORTS
July 22, 2000
Now let me get this straight. The Lakers win the world championship and Dr. Buss gets rid of veterans, gets rookies, raises seat prices (after making millions more in a new building), cuts salaries claiming dire need to economize, refuses to try to attain big-time free agents, and now Jerry West reportedly leaves? Sounds to me like someone is taking a chapter out of the Florida Marlins' book, "How to Win a Championship and Decimate a Team in Two Years or Less." A.C. BALCH Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1991 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who says that he is the adopted son of the late Rev. James Cleveland wants to lay claim to a share of the fortune left behind when the Grammy-winning singer known as the "King of Gospel" died in February. Andre M. Cleveland of Northridge, a rhythm and blues record producer, asserted at a news conference Tuesday that he is entitled to half of the Cleveland estate, estimated at $6 million.
SPORTS
September 12, 1987
Something smells awfully fishy about the Irwindale-Al Davis deal and it's more than the brackish water at the bottom of the gravel pits. The "good faith" $10 million Irwindale gave to Davis computes to nearly $10,000 for each of Irwindale's 1,070 citizens, or $30,000 per family! The total Raider proposal calls for a $135 million commitment by Irwindale--an astounding $405,000 for each family in the city. Heck, for just $15,000 per Irwindale family, I'd personally come to each house once a month, tell several sports jokes, read aloud the day's Jim Murray column, play a little flag football in the front yard, and teach fly casting in the gravel pit ponds, DAVE QUICK Los Angeles
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By Lew Sichelman
In little-noticed proceedings earlier this year, 11 people pleaded guilty in a federal court in northern Virginia to a scam that fleeced banks out of millions of dollars. According to the charging documents, the defendants were involved in overlapping conspiracies in which they would systematically alter the terms of real estate closings so lenders would send more money than they needed to. The thieves would then pocket the difference. The case shines some light on perhaps the shadiest side of mortgage fraud.
BUSINESS
April 19, 1992 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
It is not unusual for investors to spot great deals that they can't afford. Perhaps it's an apartment complex that promises positive cash flow to a buyer with a 20% down payment. Or maybe it's an opportunity to lease a large piece of office equipment at a steady profit. It could even be an oil well or a horse ranch. In instances like these, investors essentially have two choices--walk away or team up with other investors to make the purchase.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
After the coffee. Before wishing I didn't have to wait until next year to see 'The Great Gatsby.' The Skinny:  Warner Bros. announced Monday that it was bumping the release of its "The Great Gatsby" adaptation from Christmas to summer 2013, and I'm bummed. The studio just pushed the opening of "Gangster Squad" a few months, so I'm already waiting for my Ryan Gosling fix. And now you're postponing an epic tale of love starring Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio?
NEWS
September 13, 1990 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG
Have you seen "Men at Work," advertised as "Two Garbagemen Who Know When Something Smells Fishy"? It's the new environmentally themed movie with Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Lest you think this is going to be a plug for the movie, let me say right now: I think it's fishy. Where have these filmmakers been lately? They're out of date and out of touch. The movie shows the public and the government to be utterly ignorant and passive about garbage problems and solutions.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
It's not surprising hotels are unleashing special perks and menus aimed at dog owners. Pet owners are an attractive demographic, last year spending more than $50 billion on their four-legged friends, a 73% increase in the last decade, according to Dillon Media, a marketing strategy firm. The biggest spenders were people who don't have kids at home - the kind of traveler who can stay longer and spend more. Although dog menus are still a rarity in U.S. hotels, they're a growing trend.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1990 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a while, Martin E. Tash, chairman of a small New York publishing firm, seemed content to wait until his investment in an Irvine company that is the world's largest supplier of office copier accessories bore fruit. Last fall, Tash's Plenum Publishing Corp., a publisher of obscure technical journals, paid $5.9 million for a 6.3% stake in Gradco Systems Inc., a struggling manufacturer of office copier sorters and computer printer products.
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