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January 9, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former model Nicole Murphy and football analyst Michael Strahan have listed their house in a gated community in Brentwood at $6.95 million. Designed for entertaining, the contemporary Mediterranean features two dens, a wet bar, a theater room, a wine cellar, an elevator, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 9,200 square feet. The master suite includes a sitting area, fireplace, dual bathrooms, dual closets and a balcony. A deck overlooks the swimming pool, spa and yard. Murphy, 43, was married to comedian Eddie Murphy from 1993 to 2006.
November 16, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Martin Johnson , the lead singer and songwriter for Boys Like Girls, bought a home in Studio City for $737,000 earlier this year and recently finished remodeling it. The contemporary house, built in 1978, features canyon views, a bonus/entertainment room and a spa. There are two bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms and nearly 2,700 square feet of living space. The band released the album bearing its name in 2006 and released Love Drunk in 2009. This year Johnson debuted some of the solo material he has written while the band is on hiatus.
November 8, 2013 | By Morgan Little
The joke, at long last, is on the Onion. The nation's preeminent fake news source, not invulnerable to the economic insecurity that has brought cutbacks and layoffs to newspapers nationwide, announced Friday it would end its print edition by the end of the year. At its peak, the print publication of the news-satire organization was distributed free in 17 cities nationwide. But years of hard times led the publication gradually to cut back on its distribution, with the Los Angeles edition ending in 2009.
June 29, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Citing "morally reprehensible" conduct by Wedbush Inc., an arbitration panel has ordered the Los Angeles securities firm to pay a former bond trader $3.5 million in withheld compensation. Stephen Kelleher, who won the award, alleged in his complaint that company Chairman Edward Wedbush had personally withheld pay from many high-level staff members in recent years. "This guy has been doing this to a lot of people for a long time," Kelleher said in an interview Tuesday. John Stenson, a lawyer for the company, declined to comment on the ruling except to say the firm would appeal it. Several current and former employees of Wedbush have brought legal actions over compensation issues.
November 14, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. announced two safety recalls for its flagship Prius hybrid. The automaker said the steering intermediate extension shafts in 670,000 Prius cars sold in the U.S. need to be inspected and in some cases replaced. And 350,000 of those hybrids also will have to have their electric water pumps replaced. Toyota will recall another 2 million vehicles worldwide, including the Prius and the Corolla, to fix the same problems.   The gas-sipping Prius has become an important vehicle for Toyota, giving the company a reputation for producing fuel-efficient, green vehicles and quietly becoming one of the best sellers in the automaker's lineup.
October 30, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
James E. "Jimmy" Wall, who played Captain Kangaroo's teacher neighbor, Mr. Baxter, on the classic CBS children's television show during the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 92. Wall, who also worked for nearly 50 years as a stage manager for CBS, died in his sleep Wednesday night in Manhattan after a short illness, the network reported. An actor who once performed a dance act in clubs and theaters, Wall worked as a stage manager on Broadway before joining CBS as stage manager on the "Captain Kangaroo" show in 1962.
June 23, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
After two recession years that brought a hiring freeze, canceled exhibitions and a badly dented endowment, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art expects to finish the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, with a $300,000 surplus and has adopted an operating budget for the coming 2010-11 year that boosts spending about 11%. The coming year's budget adopted by the museum's board last week comes to $59.1 million for regular operations, said LACMA...
June 9, 2010 | Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. will pay out as much as $150 million to owners of vehicles that are being recalled because it can't fix a flaw in the system that squirts heated cleaning fluid on the windshield. In one of the largest recalls this year, GM said Tuesday that it was recalling about 1.5 million vehicles, including certain Cadillac and Buick sedans as well as several sport utility vehicles, because the problem could cause the vehicles to catch on fire. The recall of many 2006 to 2009 model-year vehicles will involve disabling the heating mechanism and paying $100 to the owner.
February 19, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
The slowing economy is spawning store closures and layoffs in Southern California's typically solid grocery industry. On Friday, Albertsons will shut the first four of nine stores closing between now and April 9. About a dozen workers are losing their jobs, and the chain is working to reassign hundreds more to other stores. Ralphs is demoting more than 150 meat cutters to clerks, slashing their pay by more than a third to $13.47 an hour.
December 27, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Heather Peters is an angry consumer who knows she has little chance of winning a war with Honda Motor Co. and its army of high-priced lawyers. The Los Angeles resident is miffed that her 2006 Honda Civic hybrid doesn't get its claimed fuel economy. And she isn't satisfied with a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement that would give trial lawyers $8.5 million while Civic owners would get as little as $100 and rebate coupons for the purchase of a new vehicle. But Peters believes that she found a venue where she can win justice and where Honda can't spend a single dollar on legal help.
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