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October 2, 1997 | Greg Johnson
WorldCom Inc. isn't a household name for most consumers. But the telecommunications giant that has proposed a $30-million merger with MCI Communications Corp. has one of the world's best-known spokesmen--NBA superstar Michael Jordan. When WorldCom signed Jordan to a multiyear contract in 1995, executives cited Jordan's "worldwide popularity and business acumen." Jordan, who also holds contracts with Nike Inc., McDonald's Corp.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1997 | JANA J. MONJI
Jean Giraudoux uses an "ondine" (French for water sprite) to sardonically comment on the oddities of human culture from an outsider's point of view in "Ondine," currently in a sparkling revival of Maurice Valency's adaptation at the Powerhouse Theatre. Like Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," Giraudoux's water sprite falls fatally in love with a human. Both stories underscore the problems of this mismatch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2009 | Jeff Gottlieb
At the Mermaid, the seaside bar and restaurant he presided over for half a century, Boots Thelen once gave the heave-ho to a Brazilian soccer team and its fans because their celebratory songs and samba didn't agree with him. He threw out at least one Hermosa Beach mayor. He even tossed out a Girl Scout because he didn't want her peddling cookies. "It was almost a rite of passage having Boots throw you out," said Richard Koenig, president of the Hermosa Beach Historical Society.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Demi Lovato may have been shy a few years back about her reasons for going to rehab, but these days she's holding nothing back, telling all about the drug and alcohol abuse that saw her hitting bottom when she was only 19 years old. Cocaine every half hour and a Sprite bottle full of vodka were the toxic cherries on top of her eating-disorder sundae, she told " Access Hollywood " in an exclusive interview she did Monday accompanied by her...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1988 | Tammy Sims
She's "Dirty Diana." According to Michael Jackson's chart-topping single, she'll be your everything if you make her a star. Her shapely legs are seen strutting in a tight black leather micro-skirt in Jackson's "Dirty Diana" video, at this writing No. 1 atop MTV's Top 20. But who do those mysterious legs belong to? Answer: Lisa Dean, a native of San Diego, who hopes her big break with the Buckled One does help make her a star.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2000 | From Reuters
Coca-Cola Co., hard hit last year by a contamination scare that left hundreds of Europeans complaining of illnesses, said Wednesday it had suspended production of one-liter bottles of Sprite and Coca-Cola in Senegal after being alerted to the discovery of a mold-like substance in two items.
FOOD
June 13, 1996 | CHARLES PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"It takes people a few minutes to really get it," says John Dorbacopoulos, gazing fondly on a highly customized '62 Austin-Healey Sprite. It has no seats and no engine. In their place are three welded steel barbecue pits (the steering wheel has to be removed whenever the driver's side is fired up). The hood and trunk lids fold out to make tables for setting out food. The specially reinforced race car fuel tank known as a fuel safe has been replaced by a beverage cooler ("cool safe").
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1991 | PATRICIA NELL WARREN, Patricia Nell Warren's novel, "One Is the Sun," is being published by Ballantine this spring. and
As a small farmer from Northern California, visiting Los Angeles on business, I am startled by the hair-raising lack of personal responsibility about water that I've seen. Beyond the newspaper articles and brown patches along the freeways, beyond the few concerned citizens and officials who stare into empty reservoirs, I see little sense of personal emergency. In wealthy areas, lawns are uniformly lush and fertilized. Thousands rushed to refill pools and spas before rationing started.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2001 | KEVIN McDONOUGH, NEWSDAY
Being cool is very important. Just ask any 13-year-old. Who knew it could be a vital socioeconomic barometer? According to Douglas Rushkoff, host of tonight's "The Merchants of Cool," an hourlong "Frontline" on PBS, coolness is very big business. "Merchants" begins with the startling fact that there are now more American teens than at any previous time. They constitute a bigger gaggle of youth-quakers than even their baby-boomer parents.
SPORTS
August 5, 2003 | Lance Pugmire;Christine Hanley
The maker of Nutella chocolate spread said Monday it is phasing out endorsements from Kobe Bryant in part because of the sexual assault charge against the NBA superstar. Ferrero, an Italian company with U.S. headquarters in Somerset, N.J., said its contract with the Laker guard expires in January. "Marketing plans established earlier this year did not contemplate a contract renewal," the company said in a statement.
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