January 27, 2012 |
Washington's political gridlock has had at least one advantage: It allowed businesses and interest groups to reduce their lobbying expenses last year, the first time that's happened in more than a decade. Overall, the amount spent on lobbying was nearly $3.3 billion last year, down from $3.5 billion the year before, according to a preliminary analysis of disclosure forms by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. It marked the first time since 1999 that spending on lobbying, year-over-year, dropped in Washington.
January 26, 2012 |
Washington's political gridlock has at least one advantage: It allowed businesses and interest groups to reduce their lobbying spending last year, the first time that's happened in more than a decade. Overall lobbying expenditures were $3.27 billion in 2011, down from $3.51 billion the year before, according to a preliminary analysis of disclosure forms by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. It marked the first time since 1999 that year-over-year lobbying spending dropped in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2012 |
The Catalina Island fox has made one of the most remarkable recoveries known for an endangered species, rebounding in just 13 years from near extinction brought on by a distemper epidemic, wildlife biologists announced Wednesday. The number of foxes has reached 1,542, surpassing the population of about 1,300 seen before the animals were ravaged by the disease that scientists believe was introduced by a pet dog or a raccoon from the mainland that hitched a ride on a boat or a barge.
November 23, 2011 |
Playing a cop at his worst, his hands never dirtier, the stakes never higher, Woody Harrelson has perhaps never been better than he is in the seamy, scandalous jumbled rumble of "Rampart. " Set in Los Angeles in 1999, the film captures a time when public trust in law enforcement was brought down by the exposure of police corruption in the Rampart precinct. Rather than take on the widespread malfeasance, director Oren Moverman, sharing writing credit with crime novelist James Ellroy, constructed a story around one very bad cop running rampant in Rampart.
October 29, 2011 |
A labor market flooded with unemployed workers continued to keep a lid on wages and benefits in the last three months, even as consumers ramped up spending. Wages and salaries grew just 0.3% in the third quarter this year from the previous quarter, according to a government employment cost index. Benefits increased 0.1%, the slowest growth rate since 1999, according to employment cost data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics. "This report matches well with the picture of a U.S. economy slowly treading forward and employment making sloth-like progress," Gregory Daco, principal U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight, wrote in a note.
September 25, 2011 |
What's wrong with California? We used to be a national leader in education. Now the public school system ranks among the country's worst. The state once created more jobs than it could fill. Now California's unemployment rate is 12.1%, second to only Nevada. And it wasn't all that long ago that California was seen as paradise; the place everybody wanted to live. Now more people are moving out of the state than are moving in. But here's the final indignity: Unless the Angels stage a miracle rally over the next three days, this fall's postseason baseball tournament will not include a California team for the first time this century.
July 16, 2011 |
Four of the top five most-viewed women's sporting events happened at the Olympics, and the other one is the 1999 Women's World Cup final at the Rose Bowl. What this tells us, said Daniel Szew, who is president of LA Sports Management and before that worked for the Wasserman Group and AEG, is that many viewers of women's sports get invested in a big event in which they get a chance to be patriotic. "I was born in Argentina and moved to the U.S. when I was 5," he said. "My feelings about this are born of my background.
July 10, 2011 |
Somewhere, Mia Hamm is shedding a happy tear or two. Emotions always ran close to the surface for America's soccer darling. Somewhere, Julie Foudy is letting loose with a whoop and a holler. "Loudy" Foudy always was one to express her feelings vocally. Somewhere, Michelle Akers is leaping high and stretching her neck, heading in that last-second desperation goal to salvage an American World Cup dream. Only, it was Abby Wambach who scored it Sunday. Akers was simply the inspiration, the template from the past that said no U.S. women's soccer team is ever beaten until the final whistle sounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2011 |
Jonas Bevacqua, who co-founded the Orange County-based hip-hop and skateboarding clothing line known as LRG that became an influential fashion leader, has died. He was 33. Bevacqua died Monday inside his Laguna Beach home, the Orange County coroner's office said Tuesday. The cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy was expected to be completed Wednesday. Bevacqua, who co-founded the Irvine company with business partner Robert Wright in 1999, achieved success with products that appealed to artists, athletes and musicians such as Kobe Bryant and Kanye West.
May 14, 2011 |
— "Maybe I should be a literary agent," Scottish director Lynne Ramsay says puckishly. "I'm good at picking up on books that become successful before it happens. I could pick up a lot more money than making films. " Ramsay is not just referring to Lionel Shriver's novel "We Need to Talk About Kevin," the source of her latest movie and a book she wanted to film well before it became an international success and won Britain's Orange Prize for fiction. She is also talking about "The Lovely Bones," a novel she caught on to early and spent five years writing a screenplay for, only to have Peter Jackson make a very different film.