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April 20, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call for help came late one night in early April. Agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who had confiscated hundreds of Jackson chameleons smuggled into the country in burlap sacks, were urgently looking for someone to take the hungry, slow-footed creatures off their hands. Help came when volunteers from Star Inc., a storefront wildlife sanctuary in Culver City, organized a rescue operation for 200 of the lizards who were clinging to life.
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BUSINESS
December 20, 2006 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Hoping not to go bust again, intimate-apparel retailer Frederick's of Hollywood said Tuesday that it had agreed to be acquired by New York apparel maker Movie Star Inc. for about $34.4 million in stock. Executives of the two companies said the deal would help Frederick's tap into growing consumer demand for unconventional underwear. Movie Star plans to offer $20 million in new shares to its current shareholders.
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BUSINESS
December 20, 2006 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Hoping not to go bust again, intimate-apparel retailer Frederick's of Hollywood said Tuesday that it had agreed to be acquired by New York apparel maker Movie Star Inc. for about $34.4 million in stock. Executives of the two companies said the deal would help Frederick's tap into growing consumer demand for unconventional underwear. Movie Star plans to offer $20 million in new shares to its current shareholders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call for help came late one night in early April. Agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who had confiscated hundreds of Jackson chameleons smuggled into the country in burlap sacks, were urgently looking for someone to take the hungry, slow-footed creatures off their hands. Help came when volunteers from Star Inc., a storefront wildlife sanctuary in Culver City, organized a rescue operation for 200 of the lizards who were clinging to life.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1995 | DAN MARGOLIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Graphix Zone Inc., a multimedia company known for its aggressive pursuit of top show business talent, announced Monday that it intends to merge with a San Francisco-based CD-ROM producer through an exchange of stock valued at $39 million. The merger will bring together Graphix Zone, a developer of music and other entertainment CD-ROMs, and StarPress, a leading developer of reference CD-ROMs. StarPress Inc.
MAGAZINE
January 15, 1995 | JOE MORGENSTERN, Joe Morgenstern is a journalist and screenwriter who lives in Santa Monica
At this time last year, when Aaron Bacon was 16, his young life was in tumult, though it was still a life. A funny, endearing kid for most of his privileged childhood, Aaron had changed, within a matter of months, into a testy, withdrawn stranger. A gifted kid who had loved to write poetry in a lyrical mode, he was ditching school and lying about it. As his grades slipped, his writing lost its literary luster. More and more, his poems read like death-rock lyrics from the backs of old vinyl-album covers.
NEWS
March 25, 2011 | By Andrew Zajac, Washington Bureau
It's not often a tobacco company gets released from government regulation without asking. But that's apparently what happened to Star Scientific Inc. after it asked the Food and Drug Administration to treat two versions of its smokeless, dissolvable tobacco lozenges as "modified risk" because they contain lower levels of carcinogens than other tobacco products. The FDA responded that the products aren't considered smokeless tobacco at all and don't come under the 2009 tobacco law, according to a Star Scientific announcement on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
As warehouses go, there are few like Skechers USA Inc.'s new 1.82-million-square-foot distribution center. This warehouse is so big that it takes half a minute to drive from one end to the other at 60 miles per hour. The setup is so advanced that human hands will hardly touch the cargo as it is unpacked, categorized, stacked and prepared for delivery. The building is so green that it uses prevailing winds for ventilation instead of air conditioning. For its new North American operations warehouse, the nation's No. 2 footwear company chose the Inland Empire's Moreno Valley.
BUSINESS
July 17, 1996
PageStar Inc. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Communication Transmitting Service from Orange-based paging carrier Paging Dimensions Inc. for $200,000 in cash and 800,000 shares of common stock. PageStar markets wholesale and customized wireless telecommunications services to customers of other businesses through co-marketing promotions. Communication Transmitting's assets include its common carrier paging license and network equipment in the Southern California market.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1996
PageStar Inc., a marketer of wireless telecommunications services, said it has acquired Satellite Control Technologies Inc., SCT's subsidiary and its patented remote control wireless switching technology in a stock swap. PageStar turned over 6 million shares--50% of the company--for the purchase. As part of the deal, SCT President Steve Lipman became president of PageStar, whose former president, Eric Chess Bronk, took over as PageStar's chief operating officer.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1995 | DAN MARGOLIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Graphix Zone Inc., a multimedia company known for its aggressive pursuit of top show business talent, announced Monday that it intends to merge with a San Francisco-based CD-ROM producer through an exchange of stock valued at $39 million. The merger will bring together Graphix Zone, a developer of music and other entertainment CD-ROMs, and StarPress, a leading developer of reference CD-ROMs. StarPress Inc.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2000 | Associated Press
A partnership owned by the Warner Bros. and Paramount studios has acquired the Mann Theatres chain after a Bankruptcy Court approved a $91-million sale agreement. The theater chain's parent company, closely held WestStar Cinemas Inc., had filed for bankruptcy protection last year. WestStar agreed to sell the chain to WF Cinema Holdings, a partnership of Warner Bros. and Paramount, but the Bankruptcy Court ordered the sale opened up to competitive bids.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
In one of the largest real estate sales since the last boom, investors have purchased the Pasadena headquarters of engineering company Parsons Corp. for $320 million. The 22.7-acre campus on the northern edge of Old Pasadena was bought from Parsons by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing and Lincoln Property Co. The international engineering firm has agreed to remain in its signature 12-story headquarters tower as a tenant for 15 years. The sale was the largest office transaction in Los Angeles County since Aon Center in downtown Los Angeles sold for $327 million at the peak of the real estate cycle in 2007, according to real estate brokerage statistics.
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