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December 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vans Profits: Vans Inc., the maker of distinctive canvas-topped casual shoes, posted record earnings that topped $2 million in its second quarter ended Dec. 1. Net income for the quarter was $2.1 million, or 21 cents a share, up from $50,000 for the same period last year. It came on sales of $21.3 million, a 37% increase over last year's $15.5 million for the quarter. Vans President Richard P.
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July 23, 1992 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
What's in Name Brand: Vans Inc. has prided itself on its refusal to sell its fancy sneakers to discounters and mass merchandisers. You won't find a pair of Vans for sale at Sears or K mart because, as executives are quick to point out, it would alienate the full-price, upscale sellers such as Nordstrom department stores. But rather than pass up what could become a significant chunk of new business, the Orange-based sneaker maker has created a private label division.
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July 23, 1992 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
What's in Name Brand: Vans Inc. has prided itself on its refusal to sell its fancy sneakers to discounters and mass merchandisers. You won't find a pair of Vans for sale at Sears or K mart because, as executives are quick to point out, it would alienate the full-price, upscale sellers such as Nordstrom department stores. But rather than pass up what could become a significant chunk of new business, the Orange-based sneaker maker has created a private label division.
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December 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vans Profits: Vans Inc., the maker of distinctive canvas-topped casual shoes, posted record earnings that topped $2 million in its second quarter ended Dec. 1. Net income for the quarter was $2.1 million, or 21 cents a share, up from $50,000 for the same period last year. It came on sales of $21.3 million, a 37% increase over last year's $15.5 million for the quarter. Vans President Richard P.
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August 21, 1992 | BETTY GOODWIN
THE MOVIE: "Gas Food Lodging." THE SETUP: Shade (Fairuza Balk, pictured at left), a sensitive teen-age girl, passes the hours in a Spanish-language cinema and comes of age in a dusty New Mexico town. Her mother, Nora (Brooke Adams), a truck-stop waitress, and Trudi (Ione Skye, pictured at right), her older, promiscuous sister, share the family motor home. THE DESIGNER: Susan Bertram ("Lambada--the Forbidden Dance").
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March 20, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
Two men armed with a semiautomatic handgun robbed or attempted to rob three businesses in the city within a 40-minute span, authorities reported Friday. No injuries were reported in the Thursday afternoon incidents, and the two men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. Each of the three stores is within a mile of another. The crimes began just before 1:30 p.m. at Laguna Hills Cleaners, 23521 Calle de la Louisa.
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April 19, 2000
Receiving one of the longest prison terms handed down in Los Angeles County, a convicted sexual predator was sentenced Tuesday to 936 years for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from her Pomona home last Halloween and sexually assaulting her. Pomona Superior Court Judge David S. Milton agreed with a prosecutor's recommendation that William Robert Riley, 40, of West Covina, should receive the term under California's three-strikes law, as well as a law targeting habitual sex offenders.
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March 27, 1992 | CHRIS KRAUL and CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Vans Inc., the Orange-based manufacturer of sneakers that are popular among surfers and skateboarders, announced Thursday that it will open a highly automated, 90,000-square-foot plant in Vista that will employ 600. Company officials said Thursday that none of the company's 1,800 jobs in Orange are threatened by the expansion. Maker of 30 models of multicolored suede and canvas tennis shoes, Vans is a fast-growing company that has been looking for additional factory space since last year.
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August 30, 1994 | STEVE RYFLE
Jonathan Pekar wants to take the skateboarders of Glendale off the streets and give them a place to call home. The 24-year-old actor and professional skateboarder envisions a utopia for boards and blades alike, with an empty pool for gravity-defying stunts, a street-level cement curve course and a playing field for roller hockey buffs, all surrounded by bleachers for spectators. What's more, he's got the interest of the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
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December 30, 2007 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
The search for a missing 19-year-old female college student brought together a diverse ensemble of volunteers Saturday hoping to find answers to a formidable question: What happened to Donna Jou six months ago? About 100 relatives and friends -- even a former girlfriend of the man police have named as their prime suspect in Jou's disappearance -- scattered throughout the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu looking for clues.
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June 22, 1991 | DAVE DISTEL
Surfers have this rad image of living, quite happily in fact, on their own little fringe of society. They have shaggy blond hair, deep tans, blistered feet and lips, and nose smeared with layers of ointment. They not only drive old vans, they live in them. You couldn't hire one, even in the rare instance that you might want to. The working word would be bum. This was an image ingrained in me since high school. The surfers went their own way, which was rarely to class.
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November 2, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
In 1982, I owned a pair of black-and-white-check Vans tennis shoes just like the ones worn by Sean Penn in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Though I am now somewhat embarrassed by that admission, at the time I thought they made me something that I definitely was not -- cool. "Fast Times," directed by Amy Heckerling (in her feature debut) and based on Cameron Crowe's book, followed a bunch of well-drawn Southern California types during one school year.
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