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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2012 | Larry Harnisch, Los Angeles Times
Of all the scam artists to set foot in Los Angeles, one of the most notorious was A. Victor Segno, who duped thousands of people around the world into sending him $1 a month to belong to his Segno Success Club. In return, he promised to send out brain waves twice a day to help members achieve success. Some ideas never die. In fact, a century after he carried out his scheme, the beguiling con man still can hook people. Stamp expert Ed Grabowski, a retired chemist from New Jersey, is proof.
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BUSINESS
July 17, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Andrea Chang and Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Most small-business owners regarded the rising fees they paid to Visa and MasterCard as an unavoidable cost of doing business. Not Irvine photo processor Mitch Goldstone. Contending that a price-fixing cartel was exploiting him and other entrepreneurs, Goldstone went to war in media interviews, blog posts and as a lead plaintiff in a giant class-action lawsuit, comparing the payment processors to drug pushers and to the railroads that profited at the expense of farmers. What Goldstone calls his "Erin Brockovich moment" arrived with last week's $7.2-billion settlement with Visa, MasterCard and the banks that issue their cards after seven years of antitrust battles in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. The agreement will shift power to sellers of goods and services and could transform how - and whether - millions of Americans use their credit cards.
FOOD
June 30, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
West Third Street used to have such a quirky charm for a neighborhood shopping district. For the past few years, though, glitzy boutiques and boites have displaced some of the old places as it gets a makeover as glamour puss. One welcome - and surprising - newcomer is Gusto, a terrific cozy Italian restaurant from a young chef with the unforgettable name of Victor Casanova. The New York native arrived in L.A. three years ago to open Culina, the casual modern Italian in the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.
SPORTS
June 25, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Victor Ortiz will seek to exercise a rematch clause in his deal with Josesito Lopez, the Ventura fighter's manager reported Monday. Lopez, of Riverside, defeated Ortiz by a surprising technical knockout Saturday night at Staples Center when Ortiz declined to answer the bell for the 10 th round after suffering a broken jaw. The stunning development came after Lopez stepped in to replace world welterweight champion Andre Berto for the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A former construction official with the Los Angeles housing authority was apprehended in Guatemala last week and brought back to the United States to face federal corruption charges, officials said. Victor Taracena, who worked at the authority from 2003 to 2007, pleaded not guilty Friday to bribery and conspiracy in a case in which he stands accused of steering nearly $527,000 in contracts to dummy companies created by his two brothers, Diego and Bennett Taracena. Those companies never performed the work for which they were paid, according to prosecutors.
SPORTS
June 25, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Doctors found two breaks in boxer Victor Ortiz's jaw, and reset the injuries with a plate and screws in surgery, the fighter's manager, Rolando Arellano, announced early Monday. Former world welterweight champion Ortiz suffered the injury during the ninth round of his main-event fight against Riverside's Josesito Lopez on Saturday night at Staples Center. Despite leading on all three scorecards, Ortiz and his corner decided the injury was too severe to continue and stopped, giving the game Lopez a stunning technical-knockout victory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2012 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Victor Spinetti, a comic actor and raconteur who won a Tony on Broadway and the adoration of Beatles fans when he appeared in three of the Fab Four's movies, died Tuesday in Monmouth, England. He was 82. The cause was cancer, said Barry Burnett, the actor's close friend and agent. Spinetti played multiple roles in "Oh, What a Lovely War," a musical satire about World War I that opened in London in 1963 and brought him a Tony Award in 1965 after moving to Broadway. His work in the original London production delighted John Lennon and George Harrison, who asked the well-known actor to appear in the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night" (1964)
SPORTS
June 24, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Josesito Lopez didn't come to Staples Center on Saturday night just to fight, but to give the performance of his lifetime. By battering the heavier, stronger Victor Ortiz and standing up to the hard-hitting southpaw's best blows, Riverside's Lopez pulled off a stunning upset at Staples Center, decided when Lopez landed a ninth-round punch with Ortiz's mouth open. Ortiz said he suffered a broken jaw, and he agreed with his corner's decision to stop the fight after nine rounds, surrendering despite leading on all three judges' scorecards at the time of the technical-knockout stoppage by scores of 86-85, 87-84 and 88-83.
SPORTS
June 23, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The powers that be haven't made life easy for Riverside boxer Josesito Lopez. The scrappy fighter now has the opportunity to make so many other powerful men's lives uncomfortable Saturday night when he steps into his substitute's role in a Staples Center main event against Ventura's Victor Ortiz. Lopez (29-4, 17 knockouts) was added to the Showtime-televised bout last month after Ortiz's scheduled rematch with world welterweight champion Andre Berto was snuffed by Berto's positive steroid test.
SPORTS
June 12, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz has a June 23 main event at Staples Center scheduled against Riverside's scrappy Josesito Lopez, but should Ortiz win as expected he has landed a Sept. 15 pay-per-view date against Mexico's star fighter Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoyaannounced Alvarez-Ortiz on Tuesday, titling the third version of the event as "Knockout Kings," and with a nod to Saturday's disputed Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, Schaefer said, "Judges, leave your scorecards at home.
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