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BUSINESS
June 3, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Testing a product on the kind of people who eventually will use it is hardly a new idea. But at Protype, a Sun Valley company that makes an office machine that is a cross between an electronic typewriter and a word processor, testing is done with a twist. The company tries out its equipment on what Stephen Kurtin, Protype president, diplomatically calls the "most ordinary" secretaries. To find them, Kurtin every so often asks a temporary help agency to send over a group of bad secretaries.
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NEWS
January 28, 2009 | Randee Dawn
Joyful, choreographed dance numbers staged in crumbling Mumbai train stations are not how most American films end. Yet when just such a scene crops up in "Slumdog Millionaire," the moment is perfectly apt. Sure, it's a Bollywood-meets-Hollywood ending, and the train station is key to the film. But those familiar with Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy's oeuvre may note that dancing-amid-decrepitude is almost a given.
NEWS
November 20, 2000 | Associated Press
A Fox Network news anchor was arrested and accused of hitting another journalist with his car in an apparent dispute over a parking space. Witnesses told police that Shepard Smith, who hosts "The Fox Report," ran his car into Maureen Walsh, a journalist for a local cable network, when she tried to save a rare open parking spot for co-workers at the Capitol complex where the media are covering the Florida presidential vote recount.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2010 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The nightclub industry is dog-eat-dog even during the best of times, but in L.A. recently, some promoters are throwing in red meat. In an obvious but hard-to-beat bid to lure fickle clubbers to their high-dollar bottle service tables inside beautifully rendered bars, club owners are turning to former Playboy pinups and adult-film actresses to help get bodies in the door. When local DJs or the ubiquitous "bikini fashion show" fail to pull in the masses, an edgy flier featuring a racy adult star can cut through the clutter on Facebook and Twitter, where the battle for club-goers' attention really takes place long before slinking past velvet ropes at night.
OPINION
July 30, 2009
When Californians voted to legitimize medical marijuana in 1996, they probably didn't realize they were stepping into a legal and regulatory minefield. Today, there are hundreds of medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives in Los Angeles, which are caught in quasi-legal limbo -- barely regulated, largely untaxed, sanctioned by the state but subject to raids by federal drug agents.
OPINION
July 6, 2009 | Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.
'Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to chew barbed wire in Flanders?" During the bitter winter of 1914-15, the first lord of the Admiralty posed this urgent question to Britain's prime minister. The eighth anniversary of 9/11, now fast approaching, invites attention to a similar question: Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to choke on the dust of Iraq and Afghanistan?
SPORTS
June 24, 2007 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Joe Saunders says the hotel room that the Angels put him in is nice, but he would love to be in a position to purchase some premium Orange County property. The 25-year-old left-hander has been with the Angels three times this season, only to be sent back to their triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City. Twice this month, including this weekend, Saunders has been called up for a spot start, only to be sent back down.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2008 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
"My mom is the third butt to the right in the sculpture," says Tiffany Koepp, 24. "I watched the unveiling on the local news. It was a big story at the time." Koepp is referring to the famous showgirls sculpture in front of the Riviera on the Strip that since 1997 has been a favorite backdrop for tourists' snaps. Nowadays, Koepp works as the company manager for "X Burlesque," the topless show her mom, Angela Stabile, has produced on the Strip since retiring from the stage.
MAGAZINE
August 26, 2001
Thank you for the story on Eagle Rock--one of the great, relatively hidden treasures of Los Angeles ("Mayberry, Shmayberry," by Dave Gardetta, July 29). It irked me, however, that Gardetta didn't seem to understand that the reason Eagle Rock matters is not because it might be poised as the "next hot place." Eagle Rock offers an alternative to the tired trendiness of West Hollywood and Los Feliz. For Eagle Rock beginners, I suggest having dinner at Colombo's on a Friday night to get a taste of the rich, quirky, wonderfully diverse community.
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