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November 12, 1991
A sports memorabilia show promoter, who was charged with writing bad checks to such sports celebrities as Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks and the Dodgers' Steve Garvey and Don Drysdale, has pleaded guilty. Paul Howard Hammack, 44, who called himself Ernest Dent when he organized a memorabilia show that attracted thousands of fans to the Pasadena Center in September, 1990, entered the plea Friday in Pasadena Superior Court to 19 felony counts and one misdemeanor.
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NATIONAL
September 27, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
O.J. Simpson was caught stealing cookies in prison? The story has been  among the Web's most popular in recent days -- even making it to broadcast news with footage of the former football great with his stomach looking paunchy.  And it's not true, says a prison representative. But unnamed sources told the National Enquirer -- and it spread from there .   So we asked officials at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. "There is no validity to the reports that inmate Simpson was caught stealing cookies," the public information officer for the Nevada Department of Corrections told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.
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BUSINESS
April 26, 1994 | BRUCE HOROVITZ
A toothy kid stares in awe as hockey legend Wayne Gretzky autographs a hockey puck for him. Swell guy this Gretzky must be, huh? Wait a second. This is an advertisement. And the small print under this ad in the latest sports memorabilia catalogue from Upper Deck Authenticated explains that it'll cost you $299 for Gretzky to personalize that puck for your kid's birthday.
SPORTS
August 5, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Here is your Monday morning "Johnny Football" update. ESPN has posted a story quoting an anonymous broker on eBay saying he was approached by Johnny Manziel's assistant last year with the message that Texas A&M's star quarterback would no longer be signing autographs for free. ESPN, quoting anonymous sources Sunday, reported that the NCAA was investigating whether Manziel was compensated for signing his autograph on sports memorabilia. If proven to be true, Manziel could be suspended or ruled ineligible.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1999 | Associated Press
A Newport Beach sports memorabilia dealer was found guilty Tuesday of defrauding collectors by selling thousands of dollars' worth of goods bearing the forged autographs of athletes. Robert M. Austin, 42, was convicted of eight counts of mail fraud by a federal jury in Chicago. Sentencing was set for Dec. 10. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years.
NEWS
December 8, 1988 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
He's been drinking with Mickey Mantle. Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson calls him "my boy." He was dining with Muhammad Ali when the patrons of a Brooklyn restaurant broke into a chant of "Ali, Ali." And Joe DiMaggio once told him to put on a pair of long pants if they were to dine together. Meet Harlan J. Werner, Canoga Park High School Class of '85, 21-year-old sports entrepreneur in a hurry, peripatetic autograph kid of Southern California.
NEWS
December 16, 1988 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
He's been drinking with Mickey Mantle. Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson calls him "my boy." He was dining with Muhammad Ali when the patrons of a Brooklyn restaurant broke into a chant of "Ali, Ali." And Joe DiMaggio once told him to put on a pair of long pants if they were to dine together. Meet Harlan J. Werner, Canoga Park High School Class of '85, 21-year-old sports entrepreneur in a hurry, peripatetic autograph kid of Southern California.
SPORTS
June 3, 1990 | RICHARD SANDOMIR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Eight years ago, Michael Klar began amassing Brooklyn Dodger collectibles, vintage 1947 to 1957. First came autographed baseballs, then bats, uniforms, jerseys, rings, yearbooks, programs, ads and statues. A former minor leaguer sold the Long Island lawyer Jackie Robinson's 1950 home jersey. Andy Pafko sold him his uniform. Klar bought Duke Snider's 1953 league championship ring so Snider could buy his wife diamond earrings.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
After O.J. Simpson allegedly robbed two sports memorabilia collectors at gunpoint, he left a voice mail for the auctioneer who had set up the meeting. "What are they talking about, a gun?" Simpson said on the recording, which was played on the opening day of a preliminary hearing to determine whether he will stand trial. "Nobody had any guns. Where'd that . . . come from?"
NEWS
March 24, 1993 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Suppose your kid wears his nice clean jersey for a muddy game of football, or that what he tosses in the hamper bears every scent of an intense, sweaty basketball tournament. What can you do with such wash-day horrors? Well, you can sell them to Ron Futrell, as long as your kids have such names as Magic Johnson or Joe Montana. Last week, Futrell placed the top bid, $10,500 plus tax, at a Costa Mesa charity fund-raiser to become the owner of a jersey worn by Johnson in the 1992 Olympics.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- For the first time in a long while, O.J. Simpson got a bit of favorable legal news Wednesday when Nevada officials granted him parole on several of his 2008 convictions for kidnapping and armed robbery stemming from his attempt to retrieve sports memorabilia. But the disgraced former Heisman Trophy winner and USC running back still faces at least four more years in prison on sentences that were ordered to run consecutively. The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners noted in its decision Simpson's "positive institutional record" and his participation in addressing his "behavior that led to incarceration.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - On this day, there was no Johnnie Cochran. There was no brash fist-pumping former Heisman Trophy winner in a tailored suit hugging his lead defense attorney after beating murder charges in a California courtroom. After a nearly five-year absence, in which he was locked away in a northern Nevada prison cell, O.J. Simpson returned to the public spotlight Wednesday. The 65-year-old fallen football star, once known for his manic bursts of speed on the field, has been in scores of end zones, TV commercials, movie trailers and two well-publicized Los Angeles court trials.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There is little new or notable to say about "Ball Boys," a retail-based reality series that premieres Saturday afternoon on ABC, that hasn't already been said about the earlier retail-based reality series whose shape it apes. (Indeed, it comes from the people who brought you "Pawn Stars," the holy elder of the form.) And I will say it all in the next paragraph. First, it brings a basic-cable genre to a major broadcast network, albeit to a weekend afternoon (in the old neighborhood of that network's "Wide World of Sports")
SPORTS
December 28, 2011 | Chris Erskine
Museum: a word that produces its own dust. The institutions are not without importance, of course, but who are we kidding? Many museums can also be interminable — like Ashton Kutcher movies, or Patti LaBelle renditions of the national anthem. Oddly, one of L.A.'s most fetching museums is a dirty little secret, in an industrial area east of the Coliseum, the kind of place God hides the things he flubbed. The Sports Museum of Los Angeles opened in 2008, closed in 2009 and now is open only for special tours or charity events.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2008 | Ashley Powers, Powers is a Times staff writer.
The latest chapter of O.J. Simpson's legal travails comes to a close today when he is sentenced for leading a ragtag band of hangers-on in the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a cramped Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson, 61, faces life in prison after his conviction Oct. 3 for kidnapping and armed robbery, among other charges. The Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Fame running back is being held at the Clark County Detention Center as inmate No. 02648927.
SPORTS
November 18, 2008 | Greg Johnson, Greg Johnson is a Times staff writer.
A delivery driver drops a stack of packages in the lobby of the Los Angeles Sports Museum. What's in them? "I don't know," said Gary Cypres, founder and curator of the downtown museum that will open to the public on Nov. 28. "Let's find out." And, with boyish delight, he tears open the top package. It is a baseball for the 65-year-old businessman's already substantial Joe DiMaggio collection.
SPORTS
May 31, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The National Basketball Trainers Assn. and Ultra Slim-Fast will team up to benefit the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at a sports memorabilia auction Sunday night at Hollywood Park. Details, (818) 344-6195.
NEWS
October 25, 1990 | ROBYN NORWOOD
The Place (Mike's Sports Bar), 2920 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Open daily, 10 a.m. to midnight. (714) 644-0210. Three satellite dishes, seven small TV screens, sports memorabilia on the walls and famous athletes dropping by for a visit. Make no mistake, this is an all-sports bar.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
After O.J. Simpson allegedly robbed two sports memorabilia collectors at gunpoint, he left a voice mail for the auctioneer who had set up the meeting. "What are they talking about, a gun?" Simpson said on the recording, which was played on the opening day of a preliminary hearing to determine whether he will stand trial. "Nobody had any guns. Where'd that . . . come from?"
NATIONAL
September 19, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
O.J. Simpson and three other men were charged Tuesday with 10 felony counts, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, in the purported theft of at least $80,000 worth of sports memorabilia from a hotel room. If convicted, Simpson, 60, could face life in prison. The former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner was being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.
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