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November 26, 2012 | By Shan Li
L'Oreal is buying edgy makeup brand Urban Decay as the cosmetics giant seeks to reach more younger customers. The French company agreed to buy the Newport Beach firm for an undisclosed amount from private equity firm Castanea Partners. Castanea, which bought Urban Decay in 2009, said the makeup firm has since more than tripled its revenue and raked in $140 million in sales in the past year. "Urban Decay will beautifully complement L'Oreal's luxe portfolio of iconic brands," Nicolas Hieronimus, president of L'Oreal Luxe, said in a statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Who knew that what was on the mind of Adam Sternbergh, the acute and witty observer of pop culture, was an assassin-for-hire in a forsaken New York? In his first novel, “Shovel Ready,” Sternbergh envisions a New York that's largely emptied out after a dirty bomb hits Times Square. The rich have retreated into addictive virtual reality worlds, and our hero has no compunctions about cutting them off from their Internet and carotid arteries at once. The book begins when Spademan, a garbageman-turned-killer, is hired to knock off the fugitive daughter of a powerful televangelist, and speeds along in staccato, hard-boiled sentences.
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NEWS
July 13, 1992 | KEVIN ALLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: The opening of Shakespeare Festival L.A., held Saturday night at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater. The production of "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream" was set in contemporary Los Angeles, and the set itself was a backdrop of post-riot urban decay. The characters were dressed straight out of "Melrose Place," and the Duke of Athens bore a strong resemblance to L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley. (However, there was no counterpart to former Police Chief Daryl Gates.
OPINION
March 9, 2013
Re "Motor City blues," Opinion, March 5 Scott Martelle is wrong when he says the "problem in Detroit is not the people in charge. " In fact, that is exactly the problem. As one who was born, went to college and then worked in Detroit, I can tell you the city's key problem is not jobs, the auto industry, crime or "white flight. " Rather, these are symptoms of a citizenry that for two generations elected an uncaring, bellicose, anti-business, foul-mouthed mayor (Coleman Young for five terms)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beset by graffiti, garbage and gridlock, forest rangers Wednesday asked Los Angeles County planning commissioners to help them rescue a popular local canyon from urban decay. About 5 million people visit Big Tujunga Canyon annually, turning the once-pristine area northeast of Sylmar into a replica of some of the Los Angeles' worst urban areas.
NEWS
January 9, 1997 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
By her own account, Kathy Dwane is not exactly what one would call a prom queen. In high school she wasn't into girlie fashions or looking like everyone else. "I was never a traditional girl. I guess I just have a more artistic personality, and I like to express that," Dwane says. Even today, at age 23, the Costa Mesa resident likes to look different, especially when she's at a nightclub taking in, say, the techno scene at Metropolis in Irvine. Dwane likes "trippy colors."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1995 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sending a strong message to slumlords--on behalf of one of the city's most notorious real estate speculators--a Los Angeles Superior Court jury has unanimously ordered two property owners to pay $266,000 to neighbors for tolerating gang activity in a South-Central Los Angeles house. The winner in this battle against urban decay was no community activist, but a real estate magnate who himself has been accused of preying on inner-city neighborhoods: William D. Little.
NEWS
August 28, 2005 | Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press Writer
Walled off from its well-to-do neighbors in their apartment blocks and leafy streets lies the darkest corner of Cairo's underside -- a place where daily life is defined by exhaust fumes, street fights, the stench of garbage and the relentless din of the streets. Here in Boulaq al Dakrour, President Hosni Mubarak's repeated promises of help for the poor founder on the rocks of corruption, urban decay and stark social and economic imbalances.
NEWS
December 25, 1994 | Kenneth Turan
Caught in the Mother of All Traffic Jams on the hottest day of the year in Los Angeles, Michael Douglas (pictured), with a scowl surgically planted on his face, heads west toward the ocean. On a Cook's tour of urban decay, he's passive no more. He is Everyman-turned-Terminator, wreaking vengeance for the slights of a lifetime on anyone who gets in his way.
NEWS
March 6, 1997 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Rossi has just had his nails cut, filed and buffed, his cuticles trimmed and his hands massaged--a basic manicure--at Leo's Hair Studio in Los Feliz. But take a closer look. Right there on the tips of Rossi's hairy fingers is a fresh paint job, a coat of Matte Nail Envy by OPI. He shakes his hands, air-drying the polish. Seconds later, Rossi slips on his jacket and is out the door to his job as acquisitions director for the Official All-Star Cafe chain.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2012 | By Shan Li
L'Oreal is buying edgy makeup brand Urban Decay as the cosmetics giant seeks to reach more younger customers. The French company agreed to buy the Newport Beach firm for an undisclosed amount from private equity firm Castanea Partners. Castanea, which bought Urban Decay in 2009, said the makeup firm has since more than tripled its revenue and raked in $140 million in sales in the past year. "Urban Decay will beautifully complement L'Oreal's luxe portfolio of iconic brands," Nicolas Hieronimus, president of L'Oreal Luxe, said in a statement.
NEWS
August 28, 2005 | Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press Writer
Walled off from its well-to-do neighbors in their apartment blocks and leafy streets lies the darkest corner of Cairo's underside -- a place where daily life is defined by exhaust fumes, street fights, the stench of garbage and the relentless din of the streets. Here in Boulaq al Dakrour, President Hosni Mubarak's repeated promises of help for the poor founder on the rocks of corruption, urban decay and stark social and economic imbalances.
NEWS
June 30, 2002 | LARRY McSHANE, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
Everyone agrees on this much: it was a hellacious night in the 41st Precinct, back in the early '70s, with the phones ringing off the hook. Lt. Lloyd Gittens, a precinct icon, grabbed one of the calls. Within seconds, he abruptly ended the conversation: "I don't have time for that. This is Fort Apache." Gittens hung up, and a legend was launched. The 41st Precinct, tucked away on a garbage-strewn block in the crumbling South Bronx, had a new identity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. can be forgiven his enthusiasm as he describes the moment an elderly African American man, pushing a shopping cart, recently paused in front of the huge, soon-to-open cathedral that Blake's church is building in Southwest Los Angeles. "He stood there for a long time," Blake said. When the passerby resumed his journey, it seemed to Blake that the old man's step was "a little more spry. He walked a little taller."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's economy is one of the most dynamic in the nation, but it should consider steps now to avoid the social divisions and urban decay that have befallen older urban centers, according to a study to be released this week. Report author Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Pepperdine University and expert on the Southern California economy, said Orange County has emerged as a "leading post-suburban economy" thanks to growing high-tech companies and thriving ethnic businesses.
NEWS
November 12, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's economy is one of the most dynamic in the nation, but officials should consider steps to avoid the social divisions and urban decay that have befallen older urban centers, according to a study to be released this week. Report author Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Pepperdine University and expert on the Southern California economy, said Orange County has emerged as a "leading post-suburban economy" thanks to growing high-tech companies and a thriving ethnic businesses.
OPINION
March 9, 2013
Re "Motor City blues," Opinion, March 5 Scott Martelle is wrong when he says the "problem in Detroit is not the people in charge. " In fact, that is exactly the problem. As one who was born, went to college and then worked in Detroit, I can tell you the city's key problem is not jobs, the auto industry, crime or "white flight. " Rather, these are symptoms of a citizenry that for two generations elected an uncaring, bellicose, anti-business, foul-mouthed mayor (Coleman Young for five terms)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1997 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against the landlords of a dilapidated downtown building that has become a symbol of urban decay for reformers trying to beef up city code enforcement. Raul Avila and Miriam Escobar, both of Whittier, are charged with 28 counts of violating building and health codes at their property at 1979 Estrella Avenue near the Convention Center.
NEWS
August 31, 1997 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Water will gush and gurgle from Frank Flint's refurbished fountain in a week or three. So says Mayor Richard Riordan, through his deputies. The Triforium has been inspected, tuned and tested, and is ready to speak musical pieces. City Hall memorials are poised for cleaning and polishing, with one to be moved to a holier and more protected location.
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