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Lego ‘Ladyfigs’ raise the hackles of feminists

September 4, 2012 |

Critics say Lego is reinforcing gender stereotypes with its Friends line of toys for girls. But the merchandise is a big seller for the Danish company.

Lego’s so-called Ladyfigs, plastic dolls with slim bodies and budding breasts, are raising the ire of feminists — and profits of the popular Danish toy maker.



L.A. Times – Business

William Bone is a big driver of golf-course communities

September 4, 2012 |

The gig: As founder and chief executive of Sunrise Co., William Bone has been developing master-planned golf-course communities in Palm Springs and other resort areas since the early 1970s. The company has built 13 resort communities and constructed more than 14,000 homes, two resort hotels and several office buildings, shopping centers and hotels.



L.A. Times – Business

Crowell Weedon’s $3-million trading loss is out of character

September 3, 2012 |

Financially conservative brokerage Crowell, Weedon & Co. recently lost big on risky housing derivatives. A top executive and several others are out.

Even the most financially conservative companies can be tempted by the lure of fast money.



L.A. Times – Business

‘Staycations’ are on the decline, survey suggests

September 3, 2012 |

The tendency to stay close to home for vacation is losing its appeal as, for many, a trip’s enjoyment value has more become more important than saving money.

The “staycation” is not yet dead, but its popularity may be waning.



L.A. Times – Business

Apple seeks to block sales of Samsung’s bestselling smartphone

September 3, 2012 |

After winning a landmark $ 1-billion patent infringement case against Samsung Electronics Co., Apple Inc. is taking aim at its rival’s bestselling Galaxy S III phone.



L.A. Times – Business

More older workers making up labor force

September 3, 2012 |

Many seniors are staying on the job or returning to the workforce, leaving less room for younger workers and reducing their purchasing power.

WASHINGTON — Millions of workers in their prime have dropped out of the labor market in recent years, but many older Americans are delaying retirement and being added to the workforce in record numbers.



L.A. Times – Business

Apartment, retail complex underway near Culver City

September 3, 2012 |

The $ 63-million, six-story project in L.A. is being built by NMS Properties near a light-rail station along Metro’s Expo Line. It will include 131 units.

Construction has kicked off on a $ 63-million apartment and shopping complex near a light-rail station on the edge of downtown Culver City as developers move to capitalize on the new Expo Line.



L.A. Times – Business

Pass along family heirlooms in a will or before you die

September 3, 2012 |

Anyone who has heirlooms to pass along should make sure to do so, either in a will or while still alive to enjoy the next generation’s appreciation.

Dear Liz: My parents were married for 50 years. When my mother died, my father didn’t inherit a large monetary fortune, but he did get a houseful of family treasures (photos, knickknacks, mementos, documents) that had been cherished and saved for me and my children (I was an only child). Immediately after my mom died, my father found a lady friend and cut off all ties with me and his past. I tried but could not get through.



L.A. Times – Business

Ironworkers union gives skills to members, public safety to all

September 2, 2012 |

On Labor Day weekend, remember the value of unions. The ironworkers training program brings along the next generation and helps uphold standards of construction and safety that save lives.

“These guys are soft right now,” Paul Martinez said. “They’re going to struggle.”



L.A. Times – Business

Fannie, Freddie ease short-sale rules in hardship cases

September 2, 2012 |

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow borrowers who are current on their mortgage payments to qualify for short sales, provided they fit the hardship criteria.

WASHINGTON — If you’re underwater and facing financial distress, what might Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s new short-sale-reform policies mean for you? Potentially a lot — even if you are current on your mortgage payments and never imagined that a short sale and principal reduction could be in the cards.



L.A. Times – Business