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January 3, 1986
The supermarkets are part of Household Merchandising, a unit of Household International that also includes three other retailing operations. Under terms of the deal, Household International received $570 million, the projected book value of the subsidiary at the Dec. 31 closing date; $125 million in notes, and an $8.4-million equity stake in the acquiring corporation. The investors also assumed responsibility for about $75 million in maturing Household notes. Donald C.
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April 4, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Lars von Trier is in many ways the central casting version of an international art house filmmaker. Or maybe a "Saturday Night Live" parody played straight. Often giving himself the role of the provocateur, Von Trier makes films that dare to examine the trickier corners of the human condition - grief, love, lust and their intersections - and there is without question something bold in his desire and ability for confrontation. Yet as he has became known to many people for his news conference pranksterism instead of his actual filmmaking, it has seemed over the last few years that he has gone a bit off the rails, perhaps losing himself to his own self-created persona as the most terrible of enfants terribles . It had become something of a spectator sport for Von Trier to face off against an often hostile, baiting international press corps with each new film and bait them right back.
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BUSINESS
May 21, 2000
As a representative of a supermarket chain that operates nearly 100 stores in Los Angeles County, employing thousands of workers with high-quality jobs and benefits, I found your article, "Some Supermarkets Thrive in Inner City" [May 13], disappointing. After investing millions of dollars to not only build, but also to restructure and reformat our [Vons] Compton store to make it profitable, closing the store was our last resort. Unfortunately, after years of losses and lackluster sales, we simply had to make what was a very tough business decision.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Picking up the story from the first film with little more than a title card - no "previously on" recap here - Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier jumps right back into it with "Nymphomaniac: Volume II" as Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) continues to recount her life as a sex addict to the man (Stellan Skarsgård) who found her slumped in the street and took her in. In "Volume II," Von Trier reveals that his "Nymphomaniac" project could also be called "The Hunger Games" for the way in which it explores the boundaries of need and want and the play between desire and demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1997 | ANDY ROSE
Two Ventura County sheriff's deputies and a Santa Paula police officer on his way to work helped clear employees out of a grocery store where a fire erupted early Tuesday. The three managed to get all the employees out safely, and no injuries were reported in the blaze. Damage to the store was estimated at $50,000. Deputies Marty Pettit and Merrill Horton and Officer James Fogata spotted the fire about 5:35 a.m. They rushed into the store, a Vons at 576 W. Main St.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
A strategic change in the marketing and pricing policy at Ralphs Grocery Co. in June may have dealt a blow to avid coupon clippers, shoppers said Tuesday. The Compton-based chain announced in June that it would lower prices on thousands of goods and would retool its loyalty card and coupon programs, ending the ability of shoppers to fully double coupons worth more than 50 cents. Vons -- one of Ralphs' chief rivals in Southern California -- said at the time that it had no plans to change its double-coupon policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vons supervisor Bill Laubacher has spent the past week waiting to learn the price of being a good Samaritan. The 11-year company employee said he was suspended without pay last week after going to the aid of a customer in a fight outside the Vons supermarket off Main Street near Ventura Avenue. With two young boys at home, the 34-year-old Ventura resident said Monday that a week without work already has been a steep price to pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1990
Here is a list of privately operated Ventura County recycling centers (listed by city and zip code) that are certified by the state to pay refunds for beverage containers covered under California's recycling program. For containers that qualify, the refunds are 5 cents for every two containers under 24 ounces and 5 cents apiece for larger ones. Hours of operation for the centers vary.
NEWS
August 19, 1990
Here is a list of privately operated Westside recycling centers certified by the state to pay refunds for beverage containers covered under California's recycling program. For containers that qualify, the refunds are 5 cents for every two containers under 24 ounces and 5 cents apiece for larger ones, with some centers offering refunds by weight. Hours of operation vary.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The swanky Gelson's Markets chain may be sold, another sign of the intense competition for the food dollars of stubbornly cautious consumers. The 62-year-old brand's Compton-based parent, Arden Group Inc., said in a statement Monday that it had "initiated a process to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives, which may include a possible sale. " The 16-unit chain, headquartered in Encino, has developed a reputation for celebrity clientele and locates its stores in well-to-do areas such as Santa Barbara, Pacific Palisades and Newport Beach; certain ones feature red-carpet-quality service such as valet stands.
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March 26, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Dita Von Teese, Emmy Rossum, Camilla Belle, Liz Goldwyn and Alessandra Ambrosio toasted springtime on Thursday afternoon at the Chateau Marmont at a luncheon hosted by Christian Louboutin . But the real guest of honor was a handbag, Louboutin's new Passage handbag, to be exact. The bag is sleek and graphic with an arch-shaped metal handle designed after the archways above the designer's first store, which opened in 1991 in  Paris' Passage Véro-Dodat .  After sipping pink Champagne in the garden, where a florist was busy twisting orchids, daisies and roses into flower crowns for everyone to wear, guests adjourned to a table covered in even more beautiful spring blooms.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK--Pretty much since the moment it began shooting, Lars von Trier's “Nymphomaniac” has whipped up controversy for its explicit nature and willingness to tackle sexual taboos. The film's frank portrayal of sexual obsession--and a character's eagerness to act thereon - is a notion most English-language films stay away from, and certainly English-language films with mainstream celebrities like Shia LaBeouf. But one of the film's stars says that there's little place or reason for outrage.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The steadily affecting relationship drama "Stay" is a great example of how a film can rise above its terrible dialogue. So many phrases out of characters' mouths are as overused and flavorless as a thrice-steeped tea bag, and yet a sturdy narrative structure, increasing thematic complexity and finely detailed performances from Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling make writer-director Wiebke von Carolsfeld's sophomore effort an agreeably pensive experience....
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier understands the art and craft of making movies, the power the form is capable of combined with the skill and means to achieve it, about as well as anyone working in the world today. He also seems to believe in cinema as an apparatus for the creation of bad feelings, a means for exploring the bleakest of human emotions and the darkest corners of our souls. Lucky us? Even the title of his latest film, "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1," seems some odd combo of put-on and provocation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Uma Thurman is bopping around a downtown Asian-fusion restaurant in this city she calls home, having just enthusiastically ordered some of the fried specialties ("I never met a dumpling I didn't like"), her 6-foot-frame and luminous skin incongruous among the normal-sized and average-complected people around her. Thurman has a demonstrative personality that some would call actress-y, though it seems less like a put-on than simply the grand way she chooses to go through life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014
Dr. Hans von Leden Treated voice ailments in entertainers, attorneys, ministers and politicians Dr. Hans von Leden, 95, an ear, nose and throat specialist who taught at UCLA and USC and treated voice disorders in singers, attorneys, teachers, politicians, pastors and other professionals, died March 5 at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. No cause was given. Known as a go-to doctor for entertainers stricken with laryngitis, Von Leden traveled to Las Vegas, Reno and elsewhere on short notice to relieve a singer's or actor's symptoms.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1989
Vons Debt Rated: Standard & Poor's Corp. has assigned a rating of B-minus to $100 million of Vons' senior debt, and affirmed the B-minus rating on a previous senior-debt offering of $245 million. Vons is a highly leveraged company, and its earnings ability "remains somewhat vulnerable," but the supermarket retailer is a solid operator and should overcome these difficulties in time," S&P said.
FOOD
May 25, 1995
This is for Virginia Ramiros of Oxnard, who wanted to know about 5-spice powder. I purchased the product at Vons. --FRANCES KNIEST Bell
IMAGE
February 16, 2014 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Designer debuts and anniversaries, quirky themes and collaborations - this runway season had it all. Here's the rundown on a few of the newsworthy shows at New York Fashion Week. Marc by Marc Jacobs Just like that, Marc by Marc Jacobs is cool again. For their debut season, Brit "It" girl designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier showed a brash, Riot Grrrl/punk/ninja-themed collection that put Jacobs' flailing secondary line back on the map. In recent years, Marc by Marc had devolved into a watered-down, fashion-irrelevant department store brand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | David Colker
Bill Davila, a first-generation Mexican American who worked his way up from sweeping floors at a Vons market to being president of the supermarket chain, knew that some executives in the industry were not sure how to pronounce his last name. Was it the Spanish DAH-vee-la or the Anglicized duh-VIL-a? Davila, who was also the genial spokesman for Vons in TV and radio commercials, was used to walking in both worlds. "I'll respond to either pronunciation," he said in a 1987 Los Angeles Times interview.
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