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June 12, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Although Cypress, Calif.-based Vans originally rolled to fame as a skate shoe brand, the VF Corp.-owned action sports label is set go big in its debut as the title sponsor of the U.S Open of Surfing when the event returns to Huntington Beach on July 20-28. In addition to men's, women's and juniors' surfing competitions, the eight-day event will include a longboard event called the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, the details of which we're a bit unclear on. (What we are clear on is that the duct tape part has nothing to do with sponsorship -- since that partiular event is being sponsored by Pacifico.)
June 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Baileys liquor has been announced as the new sponsor of the British-based women's fiction prize, formerly the Orange Prize. This year's winner will receive an award of close to $46,000 in a ceremony taking place Wednesday night in London. Booze is not replacing fruit as a sponsor; Orange is a telecom company in the U.K. The prize was founded in 1996 as the Orange Prize. After the company announced its withdrawal as a sponsor, this year's prize has been funded by an anonymous group of donors.
May 30, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Any agreement reached at prospective peace talks on Syria would have to be approved by the Syrian people in a nationwide referendum, President Bashar Assad said in a television interview aired Thursday. A confident Assad said his government would participate in the peace conference, sponsored by the United States and Russia, and would negotiate directly with the opposition absent any preconditions, but he insisted that any agreement would have to be put to the ballot. "Either side can propose anything, but nothing can be implemented without the approval of the Syrian people," Assad said, according to the official Syrian transcript of the interview with Lebanon's Al Manar TV. An agreement reached last year in Geneva, which forms the basis of the projected new talks, called for negotiations leading to the formation of a transitional government accepted by both sides in the conflict.
May 30, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Cuba further distanced itself from terrorist activities last year but the U.S. government still considers it a state sponsor of terrorism along with Syria, Iran and Sudan, according to the State Department's annual report. The report for 2012, released Thursday, says the government in Cuba last year reduced support for Basque separatists in Southern Europe, joined a regional group that seeks to block terrorism financing, and sponsored peace talks between Colombia and an armed rebel group.
May 17, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
When Carmen Cervantes was growing up in the 1960s in East Los Angeles, it would've been nearly as surprising to find a Spanish-language bookstore in her neighborhood as it would be to unearth an Aztec pyramid in the middle of Beverly Hills. The problem persists today for local readers who are either Spanish-dominant or bilingual, said Cervantes, citing her mother, who lives in Montebello. "She goes to these stores and finds very limited things," said Cervantes, director of cultural and special events for the University of Guadalajara Foundation USA. "We read, and we want to read in our language as well, but we just don't have the books.
May 3, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Cuba's communist leadership was quick to send condolences to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and to reiterate to Washington that it “rejects and condemns unequivocally all acts of terrorism.” Once a key supplier of arms and training to leftist rebels in Latin America, the Castro regime long ago disentangled itself from the Cold War-era confrontations. Havana now hosts peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that it once supported and the U.S.-allied government the insurgents battled for years.
April 17, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The lead author of a compromise plan to expand background checks, seen as the centerpiece of larger gun legislation before the Senate, all but conceded Wednesday that there won't be the votes needed to adopt it. During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said that "over 90%" of Senate Democrats would be supporting his amendment when the Senate votes on it, expected shortly after 4 p.m. EDT. "If we just had 20% of our Republican colleagues -- that's not a heavy ask, it's not a heavy lift -- only 20%, that's 9 members … this thing would be home," he said.
April 15, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR's title sponsor, Sprint Nextel Corp. is in the middle of a takeover battle. Dish Network Corp. on Monday made an unsolicited $25.5-billion offer to buy Sprint, which already had agreed to merge with SoftBank Corp., a Japanese telecommunications company. Regardless of which company prevails in buying Sprint, it raises the question of whether the change in control could affect the company's title sponsorship of NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series. It's too soon to tell because the answer would depend on the new owner's willingness to stay invested in NASCAR.
April 6, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The subject of the morning class was criminal investigation, and there was no hesitation on the part of the 17-year-old when he was asked to stand and explain aggravated assault. The boy related the story of how his father, estranged from his mother, had shown up at the house and begun pushing her around. He told of how police had come and explained to his mother the steps she would need to take to obtain a restraining order. School was in session at the Los Angeles Police Department's Ahmanson Training Center in Westchester as high school seniors dressed in brown khaki trousers and blue uniform shirts kicked off another day in an unusual law enforcement training program called the Police Orientation Preparation Program.
March 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Democratic state senators gathered in La Jolla over the weekend to enjoy rounds of golf and high-priced meals and lodging at an annual fundraiser paid for largely by an association of cable television companies seeking favorable treatment on legislation. The 2013 Pro Tem Cup hosted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg at Torrey Pines Golf Course is a major fundraiser for the state Democratic Party. The event's lead sponsor each year is the California Cable and Telecommunications Assn., which last year reported contributing $100,000 to the party around the time of the fundraiser.
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