Stars open arms, purses for Katrina relief

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Actors, musicians, authors and sports stars are donating their talents, time and money to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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Today is Sunday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2005 with 139 to follow.
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Magic Johnson Foundation holds gala

LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- The Magic Johnson Foundation is honoring Russell Simmons, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Quincy Jones, Tavis Smiley, Star Jones-Reynolds and Muhammad Ali.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2005 with 318 to follow.
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Magic sues promoter

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Former Lakers star Magic Johnson is suing a sports promoter over a soured deal for the basketball legend to play in two exhibition games in New Mexico.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Nov. 7, the 312th day of 2004 with 54 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 2, the 307th day of 2004 with 59 to follow.
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L.A. Ambassador hotel to be torn down

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The historic Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles where Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down in 1968 will be mostly torn down to make way for schools.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 29, the 273rd day of 2004 with 93 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Sept. 25, the 269th day of 2004 with 97 to follow.
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A hot holiday season ahead

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Looks like this winter's going to be a hot one, at least in terms of holiday sales. In its preliminary U.S. holiday retail forecast, accounting firm Ernst & You
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Magic Johnson will lead Hollywood parade

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Basketball legend Magic Johnson will be the Grand Marshal of the 73rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Thursday.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Aug. 14, the 227th day of 2004 with 139 to follow.
By United Press International

Clear Channel TV plans benefit for GIs

LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- Clear Channel Entertainment TV is pitching a TV special to benefit families of U.S. military people in Iraq and Afghanistan, Daily Variety said Monday.

WSJ: Loews Cineplex may be acquired

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- A group led by Bain Capital is close to acquiring Loews Cineplex Entertainment for about $1.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal said Monday.
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Magic Johnson
Earvin "Magic" Johnson (basketball) greets the media at the 2007 Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis 22nd annual Great Sports Legends Dinner held in New York on September 17, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 37, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time.

Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA's all-time leader in assists per game, with an average of 11.2. Johnson was a member of the "Dream Team", the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992.

Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007. His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, were well documented. Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker.

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