September 29, 1989 |
With Toyota/Lexus and Nissan/Infiniti already wrestling BMW and Mercedes for some small portion of an overpopulated luxury car market, along comes Audi with its quiet but highly significant challenge in walnut, leather and velvet V-8 power. Stylistically, here is a flagship of handsome looks falling somewhere between dispassionate and dignified--without resorting to body badges, numerics or nomenclature to brag of its muscle and punch.
November 30, 1986 |
An exhibit booth--just the booth, not the people--was once taken hostage by a New York trucking company in a dispute with an air freight firm over an unpaid bill. The kidnaping stunt worked. The panicked company that owned the booth scurried to scrape together something--anything--else for the trade show that was about to open in Washington. Meanwhile, it pleaded for a settlement and, barely in time, the deal was made and the booth set free.
May 9, 1993 |
To the untrained eye, Diane Curran's portraits resemble psychedelic Rorschach tests. That's because she doesn't bother with faces or figures of her subjects: She paints portraits of their energy patterns. "I started seeing pictures of light and color in my mind when I was 4 years old," says the Sherman Oaks-based metaphysical artist, who began painting as a hobby more than 20 years ago. "Over the years, I've just learned to focus these perceptions without editing them with my rational mind."
December 15, 1992 |
Two competitors in Orange County's accounting software industry announced acquisitions on Monday. State of the Art Inc. in Irvine said it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Accountant Inc. product line, an entry-level accounting program for the Macintosh computer, from Softsync Inc. The move is aimed at increasing State of the Art's presence among small businesses. State of the Art will move 15 of Accountant Inc.'s employees from Coral Gables, Fla., to Irvine.
January 28, 1998 |
Accounting software maker State of the Art Inc. said Tuesday that it is being bought for $263 million in cash by a rival based in the United Kingdom. The Sage Group PLC, the European leader in accounting software for small- to mid-sized businesses, will pay $22 a share--or 33% more than Monday's closing price of $16.50--for the Orange County firm. Wall Street embraced the news, pushing the company's stock up 31%, or $5.19 a share, to $21.69 on the Nasdaq market. More than 3.
June 17, 1995 |
Five times this month, planes have briefly disappeared from the screens of the state-of-the-art radar system at Miami International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the problems, insists that passengers have never been in danger. But controllers at the nation's fifth-busiest airport disagree. "Any time the radar fails it does pose a hazard," said Jim Allerdice, southern region safety chairman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn.
May 6, 1991 |
In what may be the wave of the future, the American Golf Corp. has developed a state-of-the-art practice center in El Toro. It is not an ordinary driving range. There are 66 mat and 20 grass stations in which a golfer hits into grass--not dirt--landing areas with multiple target greens simulating course conditions. Moreover, there are five chipping areas that can be rented by the hour, featuring sand traps and bent grass greens.
July 4, 1989 |
Two rival Irvine personal computer makers, Advanced Logic Research Inc. and AST Research Inc., are among the first companies out of the blocks with products to tap the power of a state-of-the-art microchip. ALR and AST introduced add-on boards for their personal computer lines that take advantage of the ultrafast i486 microprocessor announced in April by Intel Corp., a Santa Clara semiconductor manufacturer.
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May 4, 1989 |
The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers said Wednesday that he will not sign a long-term lease unless Coliseum officials agree to build a new $85-million, 22,500-seat indoor facility to replace the Sports Arena where his NBA basketball team now plays. In an interview in his Beverly Hills offices, Donald T. Sterling said he has invited Mayor Tom Bradley, Coliseum Commission President Richard Riordan and Coliseum/Sports Arena private management representative Irving Azoff of MCA Inc. to a luncheon next week to discuss his ideas for financing and building the new arena.
March 31, 1988 |
The variety of material it performs, and the versatility of the participants, gives the David Friesen Trio (heard Tuesday at Catalina's) a singularly engaging character. Playing for a small but select audience that included his sister, Dyan Cannon, Friesen performed during most of the set on a French acoustic bass, made in 1795. For three numbers, two of which he played unaccompanied, he switched to the Oregon bass.