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Steve Silkin

Stories by Steve

Reality Star in the House


For 10 years, Josh Altman has just been a Realtor. But suddenly he’s a star. And that’s been a bit of surprise to the 32-year-old.

Obituary: Lynne Doll, 48

Lynne M. Doll, president of the Rogers Group, died Tuesday of a stroke at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

Culver City Entrepreneur Dies

Patsy Flanigan, president and chief executive of Culver City's Flanigan Farms Natural Foods, has died. She was 78.

Accenting The French

New chamber steps up emphasis on culture of the French language.

A new French chamber has arrived to accent the cultures of French-speaking nations.

A Swinging Virtual Golf Club

Pebble Beach on 6th's virtual game connects golfers with their inner Tiger.

Big Movers

After posting a 1.4 percent gain last week, the Los Angeles Business Journal's index of the 200 largest local public companies fell by that same amount this week.

Gas Prices Dip

Gas prices dipped slightly for the week in Los Angeles, which was the most expensive city for gas. California was the most expensive state.

Gas Continues Downward Slide

A gallon of self-service regular gasoline dropped for the eighth consecutive week in Los Angeles to $2.437, off 4.6 cents from the previous week.

Gas Prices Continue Upward Spiral

The average gallon of self-serve regular hits $2.622 in the week ended Aug. 8, up nearly 5 cents from the prior week.

Tribute to a Dad Who Followed a Perfume Path to Los Angeles

Dad was a broad-shouldered, blue-collar guy, a six-footer with a Brooklyn accent. I still get a kick out of thinking of him learning the art and science of fragrances.

Gas Prices in L.A. Dip for Second Week

Local gas prices dipped for the second week in a row, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Farmer Brothers Adopts 'Poison Pill' Plan

Torrance-based coffee distributor Farmer Bros. Co. has adopted a "poison pill" plan that would make it harder for an acquirer to pursue a hostile takeover.

Popcorn, Nuts, Pretzels Making a Tasty Venture

Ross Wallach had sold about $100 million worth of commercial real estate through the 1990s when a close friend asked him to be his partner in a popcorn business he started out of a garage.

Look Down the Rug Is the Soul of the Room

Abbas M. Firouzi travels the world and scours auctions and estate sales to stock Pasadena Rug Mart, which he bought in 1986 after emigrating from Iran and studying engineering and business.

Blow Out 2004-2005

There's no cause for concern about a housing bubble. To illustrate the point, KB Home sent out a mug containing a bottle of blowing bubbles as its holiday greeting.

The LA Weekly to Stretch Out Online With Daily Online Show

The alternative paper will soon start making its online act a daily live show to respond to breaking news faster.

L.A. Stories

A collection of stories based on the events, people and businesses of Southern California.

Model Seller Preserves A Tradition of Building

Chuck Wilkinson built his first model plane out of tissue and balsa wood at his grandfather's knee in 1949. Fifty years later, Wilkinson opened Mod-L-Mania, a Long Beach hobby shop.

L.A. Stories

Drum Dealer Marches To a New Beat at Store

Cyber-retailer of drums Chris Reid is branching out with bricks and mortar operation.

Maps Sold to Travelers And Prop Masters, Too

Brian Draper opened Geographia Map & Travel Bookstore in 1986, after almost a decade in the restaurant business. He had a 1975 degree in geography from California State University,

L.A. Stories

Can you buy a $1.5 million Beverly Hills house for $180? Well, no. But you could win one for that price if you enter Century Housing's raffle.

Signature Styles Keep Graphologist on Track

Andrea McNichol founded Graphology Consultants International in 1980 to combine her areas of expertise, handling both routine and prominent cases

L.A. Stories

Nobody would want to eat a 65-year-old hot dog. But everybody wants to eat at a 65-year-old hot dog stand.

L.A. Stories

A collection of stories about the events and people in L.A.