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BUSINESS
August 1, 2002 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burned by the continuing technology meltdown, more venture capitalists are aiming their investment dollars at companies with business plans that nearly anyone could understand. It's a trend that helped a number of private Southland firms get venture funding in the second quarter. Among them: Cerritos-based Aspen Education Group, which runs schools for troubled teens in eight states, and Seal Beach-based GreenPark Group, which buys and develops polluted real estate sites.
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BUSINESS
June 14, 2010
Tribune Interactive is partnering with TomPetty.com, the website for rock musician Tom Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, to launch an online hub as part of the band's 40-city "Mojo" tour. That site, which launches Monday, offers music, merchandise and concert tickets. It can be reached through the main navigation bar of any of Tribune's newspaper or TV station websites, including the Los Angeles Times (www.latimes.com) and KTLA-TV Channel 5 (www.ktla.com).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jean-Louis Palladin, the consummate chef's chef who modernized and enhanced French cooking in America and influenced a generation of foodies with innovative combinations of the freshest ingredients at his restaurant, Jean-Louis at the Watergate, has died. He was 55. Palladin died Sunday in McLean, Va., of lung cancer, a family spokeswoman said. The chef, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with the disease late last year.
OPINION
February 15, 2010
Google's plan to build an ultra-fast broadband service is so appealing, it defies credulity. The speed -- 1 gigabit per second -- is about 200 times faster than the fastest connections available in the U.S. today. Alas, for the vast majority of Internet users, Google's gambit is is too good to be true. The new fiber-optic lines will be deployed in only a handful of communities, reaching no more than half a million people. But the point for Google isn't to go head to head with the broadband services already offered by AT&T, Comcast and other phone and cable TV companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2009 | Tim Rutten
From the moment restive medieval scribes began to jot their own thoughts and feelings into the spaces alongside the texts and chronicles they'd been assigned to copy, much that's most fascinating about Western history has seemed, at first, simply marginalia.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Chevron Corp. said it formed a biofuels unit to pursue commercial opportunities related to production and distribution of ethanol and biodiesel. The unit will operate within Chevron's technology ventures business, the San Ramon, Calif.-based company said. Chevron now produces about 300 million gallons of ethanol a year for use in gasoline blends.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1987 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI
Diagnostic Ventures Inc., a Newport Beach medical equipment leasing company, said it expects to report a loss of between $275,000 and $350,000 for the 12 months ended June 30 because of a change in its accounting methods. The company also said it is restating results for the first three quarters of its 1987 fiscal year. Previously, the company, which became publicly held last November, had reported a net profit of $230,586 on revenues of $6.2 million for the first nine months of the fiscal year.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2000 | JUAN HOVEY
Southern California is no longer an also-ran when it comes to venture capital--good news for entrepreneurs from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. All told, at least 19 venture capital firms now operate here, among them 10 newcomer firms described in this space in recent weeks. At least three more venture capital firms now forming expect to join the competition before midyear. The newcomer firms already have committed, or expect to commit, nearly $3.
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