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Rent-A-Center'' s Board Weighing Choices for 2,500-Store Chain

Seller’s Chairman Steven Pepper Resigns Over Argument with Board’s Choice

Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII), one of the nation’s largest rent-to-own store operators, announced plans to think about options consisting of a sale of the chain which runs approximately 2,500 shops in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The Plano, TX-based business also revealed that its chairman, Steven L. Pepper, resigned from his position efficient today. Pepper notified the company that his resignation was a result of his dispute with the board’s decision to initiate a tactical review process for the merchant.

Rent-A-Center will suspend its stock dividend payments till it finishes its review. The board’s choice follows calls from activist investors to put the business up for sale after reportedly decreasing buyout offers from a handful of personal equity companies this year, consisting of an $800 million deal from private equity firm Vintage Capital in June.

Engaged Capital, a Newport Beach financial investment company with a stake in the business, commended the board’s decision calling it long past due.

“Engaged Capital believes that Rent-A-Center stays an attractive acquisition opportunity. Our company believe the business’s strong capital generation, liquidity and leadership position in the appealing rent-to-own industry combine to underpin possible transaction rate ranges that would allow both stockholders and a possible acquirer to recognize significant worth,” the company stated.

Engaged Capital likewise claimed Rent-A-Center formerly cannot pursue trustworthy quotes at significant premiums to its stock cost earlier this year, including, “Engaged Capital reminds the board that our analysis shows that a tactical acquirer could understand $300 million or more of synergies and functional improvements.”

The firm has actually engaged J.P. Morgan as its monetary consultant and Winston & & Strawn LLP as legal consultant. Rent-A-Center reported a loss this week the 3 months ended Sept. 30 of $12.6 million vs a $6.2 million profit for the very same quarter last year.

Best choices: Big Blues Bender, ‘The Jungle Book,’ Hoopfest and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Invision/AP Rock-and-roll Hall of Famer Dr. John performs at the Plaza this weekend during the Huge Blues Bender.

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How many types of music can suit one weekend? Let’s begin with blues in downtown Las Vegas, hair metal in Henderson and classical at the Smith Center. There are likewise household friendly theater and sports events taking control of the town in the next few days, so find the fun that’s right for you and go get it.

BIG BLUES BENDER This rollicking music fest started Thursday and keeps the tunes coming all weekend long at the Plaza downtown. Friday’s acts consist of Walter Trout and Mavis Staples, Saturday includes Doyle Bramhall II, Shemekia Copeland and Tab Benoit, and Sunday closes the Bender with Dr. John. Continuing through Sept. 10, details at < a href=" http://bigbluesbender.com/" target=" _blank

” > bigbluesbender.com. HAIRBALL: A BOMBASTIC CELEBRATION OF ARENA ROCK The Henderson Pavilion is celebration its 15th anniversary and its beginning an impressive season of entertainment with the pyrotechnics, huge hair and larger rock noises of “Hairball.” The two-hour show provides classic hits by legendary bands including Kiss, Queen, Van Halen, Journey, Aerosmith and more. Sept. 8, details at 702-267-4849 or < a href=" http://cityofhenderson.com/henderson-happenings/henderson-pavilion/ticket-information/buy-tickets" target="

_ blank” > hendersonpavilion.com. DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS Get the children and head down to the Smith Center’s Troesh Studio Theater to catch Broadway in the Hood’s interactive, sing-along-friendly adaption of the beloved Disney film. Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan and all the classic characters are here, and they’re bringing great deals of music and enjoyable. Sept. 8-10, information at 702-749-2000 or < a href=" http://www.thesmithcenter.com/event/disneys-the-jungle-book-kids/" target=" _blank

” > thesmithcenter.com. Related content LAS VEGAS 3 ON 3 HOOPFEST Toshiba Plaza in front of T-Mobile Arena when again invites this amateur basketball competition to the Strip, and locals are welcome to assemble their family and friends to have a look at all the action totally free, surrounded by the food and enjoyable of the Park. Previous UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Wink Adams was on last year’s champion group, and he’s back to play once again this year. Sept. 9-10, info at < a href=" http://lasvegas3on3.com/" target=

_ blank” > lasvegas3on3.com. LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC OPENING NIGHT One of the greatest local cultural events of the year is set for Saturday night at Reynolds Hall inside the Smith Center when Donato Cabrera carries out Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan,” John Adams’ “Typical Tones in Basic Time,” and Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 1” to open the Philharmonic’s 19th season. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., however take a look at the pre-concert conversation at 6:30 and don’t miss out on the opening night mixer onstage at 9:30. Sept. 9, info at 702-749-2000 or thesmithcenter.com.

Best choices: Ricky Martin, Queen & & Adam Lambert, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Denise Truscello Ricky Martin is bringing his “Jailhouse Rock”-type thing back to the Park Theater.

cosmopolitanlasvegas.com. RICKY MARTIN: ALL IN In between gigs at his brand-new residency at the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo, Ricky Martin’s been busy filming FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Criminal activity Story with Edgar Ramirez and Penelope Cruz. That’s what you call a hot streak. His next Vegas run starts now and runs into July. June 23, 24, 27 and 29, July 1 and 2, information at 888-529-4828 or montecarlo.com. INCREDIBLE LAS VEGAS COMIC CON Deadpool creator Rob Liefield, Batman TELEVISION series Catwomen Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and Marvel king Stan Lee are amongst the prominent visitors at this year’s local comic con at Westgate Las Vegas. Excelsior! June 23-25, information at amazingcomiccon.com. QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT The active members of the legendary British band (Roger Taylor and Brian Might) have actually been performing with vibrant vocalist Adam Lambert because 2011, so it’s simple to forget they all fulfilled when Lambert was an entrant on American Idol. Just wait until you see and hear this version of Queen doing “Bohemian Rhapsody.” June 24, details at 702-692-1600 or t-mobilearena. com. BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY We may not remain in the middle of a swing music renaissance like the one from the mid-1990s, however Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has a Vegas connection that’s classic. The Southern California band’s sound was an essential component in the 1996 movie Swingers, which gave the city among its unofficial party slogans: “Vegas, baby. Vegas!” They appeared to carry out in the film, too, and on Saturday night they’ll rock the poolside M Pavilion at the M Resort. June 24, information at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

2 white men, white female are 1st choices for Expense Cosby jury

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Gene J. Puskar/ AP Bill Cosby shows up for jury choice in his sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Court house, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The case is set for trial June 5 in rural Philadelphia.

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PITTSBURGH– The panel that will decide Costs Cosby’s fate in his sex assault trial started to take shape Monday with the selection of three jurors, 2 white men and one white lady.

The search for 12 jurors and six alternates was expected to take numerous days. Specialists believe legal representatives on both sides will be considering race, sex, age, occupation and interests of possible jurors.

The actor-comedian once referred to as America’s Papa for his portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Program” is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women’s basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He calls their encounter consensual.

Lots of other females have actually also made comparable accusations versus Cosby, and the judge is permitting only one of them to affirm at the June 5 trial in suburban Philadelphia. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered almost 300 miles from house.

Cosby has stated he believes race “might be” an inspiring consider the accusations lodged against him.

The jurors’ names, ages and professions were being kept personal from reporters. 2 of the jurors chosen Monday appear to be in their 50s, while one man appears to be in his 20s or early 30s.

Both guys say they or somebody close to them has actually been sexually assaulted, however they insisted they could set that aside to relatively evaluate the case.

One-third of the prospective jurors questioned Monday stated they have actually formed opinions about Cosby’s guilt or innocence, while the majority stated it would be difficult to spend several weeks sequestered throughout the state. And 35 of the 100 individuals questioned said they or a relative or friend has actually been the victim of a sexual assault.

The case versus Cosby has actually attracted worldwide publicity that the judge intends to shield from jurors throughout the trial.

“Nobody must make an effort to be on this jury, and nobody needs to make an effort to not be on this jury,” Judge Steven T. O’Neill told the group.

Cosby, who went into the courtroom on the arm of an aide, using a walking stick and bring a box of tissues, consulted his 3 lawyers at the defense table.

Lead attorney Brian McMonagle had earlier stated he hoped an unbiased jury might be discovered relatively rapidly. He stated Cosby was “looking forward” to obtaining the process started. Cosby has stated he does not anticipate to affirm.

The defense had actually utilized four strikes to keep someone off the jury by Monday afternoon, while the prosecution had not used any. Each side can strike 7 individuals from the jury and three alternates.

The trial will happen in Norristown in Montgomery County, where Cosby had invited Andrea Constand to his home in 2004. She stated she went seeking career advice as she thought about leaving her job managing the females’s basketball team at Temple University. She stated Cosby provided her wine and tablets that put her in a stupor before molesting her on his sofa.

Constand was 30 and dating a woman at the time, while Cosby was 66 and long wed to better half Camille. Cosby in sworn testament has actually said he put his by far Constand’s pants, however said she did not protest.

The Associated Press doesn’t usually identify people who state they are the victims of sexual attack unless they come forward, as Constand has actually done.

The judge prepares to bring 100 potential jurors to the court house every day this week till a panel is picked. The very first group consisted of 53 females and 47 males, with 16 people of color.

Cosby was arrested Dec. 30, 2015, days prior to the 12-year statute of constraints ended. He has actually pleaded not guilty and stays complimentary on $1 million bail.

He told a talk program host last week that he wishes to beat back the charges and resume his career.

“I desire individuals to comprehend my work as an artist and a performer,” he stated. “I want to get back to the laughter and the satisfaction of things that I’ve composed and things that I carry out on stage.”

Dale reported from Philadelphia.

Best choices: Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan, Journey and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Dave Chappelle delivers an unusual Las Vegas performance at the Mandalay Bay Occasions Center Friday.

DAVE CHAPPELLE Riding high on the strength of his humorous pair of one-hour Netflix specials, the enigmatic creator of sketch funny game-changer Chappelle’s Program is making the standup rounds as soon as again. He hits the stage for one night only at the Mandalay Bay Occasions Center, and it’ll be worth it, even if you’re not allowed to bring your cellphone to the program. May 5, info at 702-632-7777 or < a href="

https://www.mandalaybay.com/en/entertainment.html” target =” _ blank” > mandalaybay.com. CARLOS VIVES It’s easy to forget that one of the most significant stars in Latin music started his profession as a telenovela actor in the 1980s. The 55-year-old Colombian singer and composer has won 2 American and 9 Latin Grammys and visits to carry out at the Pearl at the Palms while he’s preparing his 13th studio album for release later on this year. May 5, information at 702-944-3200 or < a href="

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” > palms.com. Associated material LATIN KINGS OF COMEDY The rising Tropicana Theater will be the home of well known TV, movie and standup performer Paul Rodriguez and his accomplices in funny Joey Medina (another among the original touring Latin Kings of Funny with Rodriguez, Cheech Marin and George Lopez), Manny Maldonado and Gene Pompa for two nights of enjoyable throughout Cinco de Mayo weekend. May 5-6, details at 800-829-9034 or < a href="

http://www.troplv.com/las-vegas/shows-entertainment/latin-kings-comedy” target =” _ blank “> troplv.com. JOURNEY Newly installed in the Rock & & Roll Hall of Popularity, Journey returns for its 2nd prolonged engagement at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, where the timeless rock band offered out 9 shows in 2015. With co-founders Neal Schon and Ross Valory, longtime members Jonathan Cain and Steve Smith and high-energy singer (and Steve Perry soundalike) Arnel Pineda secured, this run (which continues through May 20) must be as successful as the very first. Might 5-6, info at 702-693-5000 or < a href=" https://www.hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas-entertainment/joint-journey.php" target="_

blank” > hardrockhotel.com. JIM GAFFIGAN The Hot Pockets person on Cinco de Mayo? Well, Gaffigan’s latest Netflix special is called “Cinco,” and it’s another subtle riot, poking fun at SUV chauffeurs, modern technology and, of course, himself. He’s back at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. May 6-7, information at 866-320-9763 or thecolosseum.com.

Best choices: Wynonna at the Trop, Chita Rivera at the Smith Center and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Tom Donoghue/DonoghuePhotography. com Wynonna Judd performing in

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Music from bygone eras and unforgettable theatrical efficiencies are on the docket for this Vegas weekend. Go out there and take it all in.

WYNONNA & & THE BIG SOUND Wynonna Judd certifies as country music royalty after rising to popularity in the 1980s carrying out with her mom, Naomi, before launching 8 solo studio albums. She’s still mixing rock, blues, gospel, pop, folk and R&B into her Kentucky-rooted nation sound, and now, backed by brand-new band the Big Noise, brings her Roots & & Revival trip to the Tropicana Theater for a one-night engagement. April 28, info at 800-829-9034 or < a href="

http://www.troplv.com/las-vegas/shows-entertainment/wynonna-and-the-big-noise” target =” _ blank” > troplv.com. STEELY DAN: REELIN ‘IN THE CHIPS Friday and Saturday mark the last performances of the Dan’s nine-show engagement at the Opaline Theater at Venetian. With co-founder Donald Fagen embarking on a solo tour in late summer season, who understands when you’ll have another possibility to see this iconic, eccentric band crank out its hits? April 28-29, details at 702-414-9000 or < a href="

https://www.venetian.com/entertainment/steely-dan.html” target & =” _ blank “> venetian.com. HEDWIG & THE MAD INCH The Crossroads inside the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay plays host to a regional production of the Tony Acclaimed rock performance musical– the program’s very first time on the Las Vegas Strip– Friday and Saturday. Starring Enoch Augustus Scott (Zombie Burlesque) and Anne Martinez (Baz: Star Crossed Love), this variation is an immersive experience where the audience belongs to the program. April 28-29, information at 702-632-7200 or < a href=" http://www.houseofblues.com/lasvegas/EventDetail?tmeventid=17005284C27A611D&offerid=45601" target=

_ blank” > houseofblues.com. Related material DISCO EXPLOSION Head to the Cannery in North Las Vegas and travel back in time to the 1970s with the Town Individuals, Sis Sledge and the Trammps including Earl Young. Confess: It’s been too long since you grooved to “YMCA,” “We Are Household,” and “Disco Inferno.” April 29, info at 702-507-5700 or < a href=" http://www.cannerycasino.com/" target="_

blank “> cannerycasino.com. CHITA RIVERA WITH SETH RUDETSKY Here’s a roundabout Vegas connection for Chita Rivera, the Broadway icon best known as Anita from West Side Story: Another of her many popular roles is Rosie Alvarez, the sweetie secretary from Bye Bye Birdie– a role that will be played by existing Strip local performer Jennifer Lopez in NBC’s next live musical occasion in December. Rivera checks out the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall Sunday with pianist and host Rudetsky to run through her numerous remarkable efficiencies. April 30, details at 702-749-2000 or thesmithcenter.com.

Best choices: Las Vegas 51s, Steely Dan, Kool & & The Gang and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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L.E. Baskow Las Vegas 51s runner Gavin Cecchini(2 )dives back towards first base before it gets to Fresno Grizzlies first baseman A.J. Reed (18) throughout their house opener at Cashman Field on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

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Springtime is genuinely here, bringing fresh entertainment offerings to the Las Vegas Valley– this week’s Best choices includes magnificent music, feelings onstage and– wait on it– baseball!

LAS VEGAS 51S BASEBALL The home group currently had actually opened its season by going 2-3 at the El Paso Chihuahuas, then won its house opener Tuesday against the Fresno Grizzlies, 21-6. Head down to Cashman to capture the last video game of the Fresno series today before the 51s welcome the Sacramento River Cats Saturday through Monday. April 14-17, tickets at milb.com. ALICE RIPLEY The Space continues to line up extraordinary programming with this two-night-only musical engagement with Tony Award-winning Broadway star Alice Ripley, who just wrapped the first season of Netflix comedy Girlboss. April 14-15, tickets at thespacelv.com. STEELY DAN: REELIN ‘IN THE CHIPS If Wednesday’s opening efficiency is any sign, this unlikely prolonged run with Donald Fagen, Walter Becker and their bang-up band– inside an unlikely location, the Venetian’s Opaline Theatre, located near the Sands Expo convention space– will be thick with bluesy grooves all the way through to April 29. April 14-15, tickets at ticketmaster.com. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 2015 Tony-winning director Christopher Wheeldon brings a stimulate to his variation of the George and Ira Gershwin traditional, called “pure happiness” by the New York Times. Its first nationwide trip lands onstage at the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall this weekend, with the bonus offer of 2 programs Saturday and Sunday. April 14-16, tickets at thesmithcenter.com. KOOL & THE GANG Pop, soul, funk … commemorate all those good times at the invigorated Tropicana Theater Saturday night with Kool & & the Gang. April 15, tickets at troplv.com.