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December 7, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
This may come as a surprise to some motorists, but Chevrolet, a brand celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has only now figured out how to make a good subcompact. Just as frustrating that it took it an entire century to bring us this new car called the Sonic is that it wasn't even a gradual effort. The Sonic's predecessor, the Aveo, was so hastily conceived and executed, it was like the forgotten book report written on the bus to school. And the small Chevys before it are more noteworthy for the pockmarks of chronic failure than the few and negligible triumphs.
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NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Was that an earthquake, or an ordinary sonic boom, that rattled Southern California on Wednesday afternoon - or was it the return of Aurora, the nation's long-rumored, never-confirmed, some-say-mythological super-secret, super-fast spy plane? Whew. Steady now, X-Files folks. First, here's what The Times reported : About 1 p.m. Wednesday, folks from Malibu to Orange County felt what many assumed was an earthquake. For example, Scott Conner, who lives in Malibu, said the shaking was so intense that it almost toppled one of his computer monitors.
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SPORTS
February 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
SEATTLE -- SuperSonics General Manager Sam Presti sounded more exhausted than someone in his early 30s probably should. Dismantling a team is apparently draining work. In a whirlwind 24 hours this week, the youngest GM in the league continued on the course he set on draft day in June, giving up talented players with big contracts for draft picks and salary cap room. He hopes that taking a wrecking-ball approach now will return the franchise to prominence in the future. "Consistently it is a process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
It was a lone F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet that produced the sonic boom Wednesday that produced the rumbling so intense some Los Angeles and Orange County residents insisted it was an earthquake. The confirmation Thursday from the U.S. Navy came as some questioned that the rumbling came from an aircraft, while others suggested it was a test of the fabled Aurora spy plane. “It's maddening these things draw up these conspiracy theories,” said Peter Merlin, an aerospace historian and an author on military and experimental aircraft.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 1989 | Allan Ulrich
New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta; Eva Marton, soprano; Toronto Symphony conducted by Andrew Davis. CBS Masterworks MDK-44910 (compact disc). It looks like a bargain, but this midprice reissue offers value only in the extended Nietzsche-inspired tone poem. Mehta conducts a persuasively idiomatic performance, wasting little time over the bombastic introduction, preferring to indulge the more seductive rhetoric of the "Night Waltz," aided by Glenn Dicterow's suave violin.
SPORTS
May 8, 1989 | Mike Downey
Let's say you like the Lakers. You're a Laker liker. What you would like most is to see your heroes win the pro basketball championship one more time. You just don't know if they can. No matter how great they still look, you are worried something will go wrong. You are worried that nobody can win three in a row. But what worries you most? Detroit? Well, maybe. The Garbage Pail Kids are as deep as any team in basketball. They are lean, mean and cocky, and even lead the Lakers in TV talk shows, 1 to 0. (Now that "The John Salley Show" is a big hit in Motown, eat your heart out, Mychal Thompson.
NEWS
September 13, 2001 | ALEX PHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yuji Naka, although unknown in the United States, is a cult figure in Japan, where video games are far more embedded in popular culture than in the rest of the world. For starters, Naka was just 25 years old in 1991 when he created "Sonic the Hedgehog," an adventure game featuring the eponymous spiky blue mascot of Sega Corp. His annual salary at the time was $30,000.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014
The company: InfoSonics Corp. Headquarters: San Diego Ticker: IFON Employees: 103 Leadership: Joseph Ram, 51, founder and chief executive 2012 revenue: $34.3 million 2012 net loss: $2.5 million Stock price: $3.12 at Friday's close 52-week range: 38 cents to $3.70 P/E ratio: N/A Quarterly dividend: none
SPORTS
November 6, 2001 | Associated Press
Rashard Lewis had career highs of 36 points and 19 rebounds Monday night to lead the Seattle SuperSonics past the Orlando Magic, 123-119, in double overtime. It was a clear indication that Lewis--only three years out of high school--is prepared to take his game to another level. "He is a remarkable young player," Seattle's Vin Baker said.
SPORTS
October 28, 1990 | MIKE KAHN, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
As time passes quickly, you have to wonder if they are complete, or just a deal away from being the Seattle SuperSonics of the 1990-91 season. "We're all kind of looking at the team right now, not knowing who we really are," Sonics president Bob Whitsitt said. "We've got a good team, a competitive team. We know what we need, but getting it is easier said than done." That need, which is so painfully obvious, is a proven low-post player. Getting him will be no easy task.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Once the automobile industry began incorporating GPS functions on the same console as a car's sound system, our pleasure in navigating by song, something that goes back to the troubadours of Middle Ages, became endangered. Your dashboard may lead to the best barbecue or nearest diesel fuel, but it won't tell you whether this land is your land. In 2009, composer Eve Beglarian spent four months kayaking and bicycling the length of the Mississippi and simply listened as ol' man river rolled along.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014
The company: InfoSonics Corp. Headquarters: San Diego Ticker: IFON Employees: 103 Leadership: Joseph Ram, 51, founder and chief executive 2012 revenue: $34.3 million 2012 net loss: $2.5 million Stock price: $3.12 at Friday's close 52-week range: 38 cents to $3.70 P/E ratio: N/A Quarterly dividend: none
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Unless you buy your smartphones and mini-tablets in Mexico, the Caribbean or Central and South America, chances are you've never heard of InfoSonics Corp. The San Diego company designs, manufactures and sells wireless handsets and other devices, such as tablets, to other manufacturers, distributors and consumers. Its research and development center is in Beijing. The company also maintains a small quality-control office in Shenzhen, China, close to its manufacturing facilities.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The slushies and skating carhops at Sonic Corp.'s drive-ins are a relative rarity in Los Angeles County, where 12 scattered units are overwhelmed by hundreds of McDonald's and dozens of Burger Kings. But Sonic, based in Oklahoma City, hopes to become a major player in Southern California, home to quick-service rivals such as Carl's Jr., Wienerschnitzel and Fatburger. By 2020, the company - and its popular Cherry Limeade, tater tots and chewable ice - plans to have 300 California units up and running.
SPORTS
November 9, 2013
Mind your manners Pearl Jam singer and Seattle SuperSonics fan Eddie Vedder, speaking to the crowd in Charlotte, N.C., about why his band hadn't come through the city in 10 years: "To be honest, we might be a bit upset because you have a basketball team and we don't. " Going for it Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, tweeting about his hopes of winning the NBA's defensive-player-of-the-year award: "DPoY. Goodnight! People act like I can't have individual goals. I didn't talk about it in the past.
AUTOS
October 7, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Ford Motor Co. is recalling almost 24,000 Focus Electric and C-Max cars because they don't make a chime when the driver's door is open and the key is still in the car. This is one of those odd federal regulations meant to keep drivers from leaving new generation electronic keys - called fobs and smart keys - behind when they exit the car. Federal regulators worry that cars will get stolen if drivers leave their electronic keys behind ...
SPORTS
July 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The SuperSonics will move to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season as part of a settlement announced Wednesday with the city of Seattle. The agreement ends a contentious relationship that culminated in a recent six-day federal trial over terms of the team's KeyArena lease. The judge was scheduled to rule Wednesday afternoon.
SPORTS
May 14, 1989 | SAM McMANIS, Times Staff Writer
Included in Xavier McDaniel's video library is a horrific flick that may be one of the most gruesome of its genre. Too intense for certain basketball players from Seattle, it warrants an X-rating from the X-man. The video is of Game 4 of the 1986-87 NBA Western Conference finals. The Lakers completed a series sweep over the SuperSonics with a brutally dominating 31-point victory in Seattle after a close win in Game 3. McDaniel and his SuperSonic teammates might be looking at a sequel today in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals at the Coliseum.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Electronic dance music is here to stay. What was once dismissed as the disco of the '90s has evolved through technology and a host of talented, determined DJs into a genre of music with as many subcategories as rock 'n' roll. That rich variety was on full display this past weekend at the annual Hard Summer festival, which attracted an estimated 70,000 electronic music fans over two days to L.A. State Historic Park in Chinatown. The stand-out star Saturday night was L.A.'s own Flying Lotus, who best represented the flexible future of EDM with his performance-based set of fluid a cappella raps juxtaposed with hazy, jazz-fueled riffs and hypnotic beats.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Forget video for now, those incandescent new hi-def Hollywood Bowl screens that are delighting some Los Angeles Philharmonic fans and driving others away. Let's talk sound. The new amplification equipment has been enthusiastically embraced by, it seems, everyone. On Tuesday night, that sound system made all the difference in the world. The program, advertised as "A Night of Elegance," was music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert. The L.A. Phil was kept small to conform to the size of ensembles typically available to those composers.
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