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February 15, 1991 | TIM RUTTEN
There are few things as dangerous as a popular war. Like an occupying army, the majority's opinion usually brooks little opposition and leans toward harsh measures when its authority is challenged. So far, however, the Gulf War has been an exception. Though it continues, according the polls, to be supported by eight out of 10 Americans, a similarly overwhelming majority insists that the right to voice anti-war sentiments must be protected.
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February 15, 1991 | TIM RUTTEN
There are few things as dangerous as a popular war. Like an occupying army, the majority's opinion usually brooks little opposition and leans toward harsh measures when its authority is challenged. So far, however, the Gulf War has been an exception. Though it continues, according the polls, to be supported by eight out of 10 Americans, a similarly overwhelming majority insists that the right to voice anti-war sentiments must be protected.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
The producers who brought Ray Charles' biography to movie screens three years ago are now doing the same for theater. "Ray Charles Live! -- A New Musical" will round out the Pasadena Playhouse's 2007 season. Set during the singer's last live recording session, the play features a book by Suzan-Lori Parks ("Topdog/Underdog") interwoven with such signature Charles hits as "Georgia on My Mind."
BUSINESS
February 26, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, one of the region's oldest mineral water spas, was bought by a show biz consortium for nearly $10 million. Hollywood producers Steve Markoff, Donald Kushner and Elie Samaha bought the rambling 52-room resort in Desert Hot Springs with Westside real estate developer Gidi Cohen. The new owners said they will immediately begin an upgrade of the 270-acre property. “We are laying the groundwork for major renovations throughout the resort, including a joint venture with a widely successful spa operator and expansion to include stand-alone 3,000-square-foot villas, senior housing and a private postoperative surgery rehab facility,” Cohen said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A large residential complex in Santa Clarita's town center with a mix of apartments and condominiums has been sold for $56.65 million to Los Angeles real estate investors. Decron Properties Corp. bought Madison at Town Center, which in real estate parlance is a "broken condo" complex where some of the units are owned and others are rented. Mixed ownership at the Madison occurred when owners attempted to convert the upscale apartment complex to condos during the last real estate boom.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2007 | Greg Braxton and Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writers
Several children of Ray Charles are singing the blues over a new musical at the Pasadena Playhouse about the legendary entertainer. An attorney for Charles' relatives said they are upset that "Ray Charles Live! A New Musical," which opened to mixed reviews last week, highlights Charles' infidelity and casts a negative light on his life. "Everybody is pretty outraged," said Mary Anne den Bok, who is representing his children.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1987 | GREGORY CROUCH, Times Staff Writer
Last New Year's Eve, Jules Huppert was sitting alone in his Encino office. Three years had passed since he had taken over as president of Valley State Bank, and there was little to celebrate. Valley State had charged off $3.7 million in bad loans over the past three years, a high figure for a bank with only $100 million in assets. The bank was also in trouble with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for failing to disclose certain fees it charged borrowers.
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