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January 31, 1988
Education is beginning to emulate the sports world, as it is now making trades. On Jan. 12, Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools made a one-for-one swap, with Principal Tom Jacobson going to Corona del Mar and Principal Dennis Evans heading to Newport Harbor in a straight "player" transaction with no cash involved. Apparently the fans, who in this case are the students and parents affiliated with the schools, and the other team members, the teachers, were not enamored by the switch.
April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" probably wishes it could trade in the ratings for its third season premiere. According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Tuesday 10 p.m. reality show earned a rating of 1.0 among key 18- to- 49-year-olds and 3.1 million viewers overall for the episode that featured a spouse-switch between Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, it was down by more than half from last year's season opener (which aired at 8 p.m.) for the lowest "Wife Swap" or "Celebrity Wife Swap" premiere rating ever.   The better news for ABC came from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
January 14, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner says the government "remains optimistic that taxpayers will get back every dollar of their investment in AIG. " Bailed-out insurance giant American International Group Inc. moved closer to repaying the government for its rescue by completing a stock-conversion deal with the Treasury Department on Friday ? a key to unwinding the federal stake in the company. Treasury converted the preferred shares in AIG it received as part of the complex bailout into 1.655 billion shares of common stock, increasing the government's ownership stake to 92% from 80%. The department plans to sell the shares over time to recoup its investment, now estimated at $68 billion, and end taxpayer support of the company.
April 3, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
It was just short of a year ago that former President Bill Clinton joined Wendy Greuel at Langer's Deli in Los Angeles to assume his role as surrogate in chief for her campaign against mayoral rival Eric Garcetti. What a difference a year makes. On Thursday, Clinton joined Mayor Garcetti on a dais in the council chambers at City Hall for a public event that suggested all was forgiven. By the end, when Clinton appeared to misspeak by saying Garcetti had been elected president instead of mayor, Clinton was joking, “You may become president, too, some day.” The occasion was a Clinton Global Initiative forum on public infrastructure.
August 19, 2010 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
The market for credit default swaps on California bonds, allowing investors essentially to take out an insurance policy on the state's debt, has grown sharply in the last two years. Here is how a swap deal works, according to Marc Barrachin, the director or credit products at Markit, a financial data company. If an investor such as a hedge fund, Hedge Fund A in Barrachin's example, believes that California is going to have difficulty repaying its debt, it can go to a Wall Street firm that deals in municipal credit default swaps.
May 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Procter & Gamble Co. wants to make something clear to investors: The replacement of Chief Executive Bob McDonald with his predecessor A.G. Lafley is not a death knell for the company. Far from it, said Chief Financial Officer Jon R. Moeller in a short conference call Friday, a day after the consumer goods giant announced that McDonald would retire on June 30. The shift, effective immediately, “is not indicative of any kind of bigger problem or financial issue,” Moeller said.
March 31, 1985
A 70,000-square-foot warehouse at 3485 S. La Cienega Blvd. has been sold for $3.4 million to Carol and Robert Goldman in a transaction negotiated for the seller, 3485 S La Cienega Ltd., by Westside Commercial Brokerage Co. The property will be used for swap meets.
June 16, 1985
In an effort to defuse a controversy that might cause revocation of a permit allowing swap meets at its Edwards Drive-in Theater near Arcadia, Edwards Cinemas has purchased property for off-street parking. Residents of the unincorporated county area and parishioners from a nearby church have registered numerous complaints about traffic and parking problems stemming from the meet, which is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
December 12, 1986 | JODY BECKER
Patty Williams wasn't disappointed when she drove from Corona searching for just the right dress to wear to holiday parties. "Oh, I knew they'd have (it) here," she said as she tried on an imported beaded dress at the swap meet at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Modeling in front of a full-length mirror hanging from a tent pole, Williams was one of several women trying on the dresses and furs offered by Kay James, who has been operating an outlet at the swap meet for 10 years.
August 29, 2002 | T.L. Stanley
Is a flea market a swap meet and visa versa? Not exactly, though many people use the terms interchangeably. Flea markets, like at the Rose Bowl and Long Beach, pride themselves on antiques and collectible goods, whether that be Chippendale furniture, Deco lamps or metal gasoline station signs. In recent years, items from the 1970s, '80s and '90s--action figures and Beanie Babies to name a few--have elbowed their way in, though it's the old stuff that is still the main attraction.
March 12, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
This season the Los Angeles Fashion Council topped itself -- literally -- by staging a media presentation and luncheon Wednesday on the roof of the downtown building that houses its offices. Presented in rotating two- and three-look tableaux scattered around the rooftop, the clothing labels on display included That's Totally Fine by Rose La Grua, Stella Proseyn, Colton Dane, Linden, Katharine Kidd, Bri Seeley, Together and Bellen Brand. Also in the mix were Mofe handbags and jewelry by Kristen Dorsey Designs.
March 2, 2014 | By Bob Pool
All but erased from the Southern California landscape decades ago, the drive-in theater is headed for an encore. The Roadium Drive-In, which rose from an old cornfield in Paramount during an era when outdoor theaters stood tall, was known as the Paramount Drive-In when it faded to black in 1991. The property remained intact, however, and continued to be used for the outdoor swap meet that was launched in 1955. Now, the son of the theater's founder is planning to light up the screens again.
March 1, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
LeBron James knows that what's in the best interest of the NBA is usually in his best interest, which probably is why he complied with the league's request to wear a clear mask to protect his broken nose Saturday night rather than the cooler-looking black one he wore Thursday. No need for the Miami Heat forward to thumb his nose at the NBA, which prefers that players wear clear masks and goggles when protecting their faces and eyes. "It's not a league rule, but it's the league's request that you don't wear the black one," James told reporters before a 112-98 victory over the Orlando Magic in Miami on Saturday.
February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was the trade deadline that was nearly D.O.A. Besides the last-minute deal that sent Evan Turner from Philadelphia to Indiana, it was mostly a day of high-profile inactivity. There have been minute-long slug races that produced more movement. Pau Gasol, Rajon Rondo and Harrison Barnes all remained with their respective teams. Only two former All-Stars - Danny Granger and Antawn Jamison - changed addresses, and their heydays came last decade. Theories abounded as to what caused the inertia.
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much. In writer-director Jenée LaMarque's twee indie, Kazan does double duty, playing mousy rural Laurel, who lives with her parents, as well as sister Audrey, the popular one with the big city job and boyfriend (Ron Livingston). After a car accident kills Audrey and briefly gives Laurel amnesia, the wallflower takes advantage of the identity confusion and claims to be Audrey, adopting her sister's life as a kind of instant - albeit psychologically fraught - personality injection.
February 13, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - After disappointing results that have seen its speedskaters on the verge of their worst Olympic performance in three decades, U.S. Speedskating is working to dump the most noticeable factor it controls - its racing suit. Under Armour heralded the Mach 39 - the much-hyped suit the apparel company said it developed with the help of defense contractor Lockheed Martin - as the fastest speedskating suit in production. In Sochi, through half of the races, U.S. speedskaters have yet to win a medal.
June 26, 2011 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
It was a new, foodie-type twist to the old inner-city gun buyback program. Hunger Action L.A., an advocacy group that helps to feed the poor and promotes healthful eating, called on Koreatown residents to surrender their high-calorie soft drinks on Saturday and get a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables in return. The "soda exchange," which was held as part of an annual food fair at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, wasn't exactly a raging success, however. Only two residents from the area around Normandie Avenue and Olympic Boulevard took their sodas to the fair.
April 11, 1993 | IRIS YOKOI
The Main Street Swap Meet opened last week, providing residents of the mostly industrial area north of Downtown with a place to buy groceries, clothing and electronics. Decorated with an international-themed mural by local artist Richard Jimenez, the 120,000-square-foot building at 1100 N. Main St. has room for 140 vendors. Half of the vendor spaces are occupied.
January 17, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- The Syrian government Friday said it had presented plans to its Russian allies for a cease-fire in the northern city of Aleppo and an exchange of prisoners with the opposition in advance of peace talks next week in Switzerland. The announcement in Moscow by Walid Moallem , the Syrian foreign minister, appeared to be a significant development in advance of possibly landmark peace talks slated to begin Wednesday in the Swiss city of Montreux . The proposals would also seem to put the government of President Bashar Assad , whom the opposition has been fighting to topple, at the center of the cease-fire plan.
December 14, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Question for wannabe NBA general managers: If you had a chance to add an inefficient scorer who plays passable defense while possessing one of the league's worst contracts, you'd pass, right? Pete D'Alessandro wouldn't. The new Sacramento Kings general manager couldn't resist the allure of Rudy Gay, who scores points galore but needs a lot of shots to do so. His player efficiency rating was 116th in the NBA at the time of the seven-player trade between the Kings and Toronto Raptors, which cost the Kings a lot more than starting point guard Greivis Vasquez and a passel of nobodies.
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