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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.
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BUSINESS
October 11, 2009
Weekly survey of 20 Orange and L.A. County lenders as of 10/7/2009 Compiled by HSH Associates, Financial Publishers; www.hsh.com -- Loans to $417,000 Week ended Week ended Week ended -- 10/7/2009 9/30/2009 4/8/2009 30-year fixed 5.03%+0.28pt 5.07%+0.34pt 5.07%+0.20pt 15-year fixed 4.60%+0.25pt 4.57%+0.37pt 4.80%+0.25pt $417,000 and up 30-year fixed 5.85%+0.48pt 6.00%+0.48pt 6.62%+0.40pt 15-year fixed 5.65%+0.48pt 5.56%+0.58pt 6.40%+0.25pt Home equity lines 5.81% 5.81% 5.62% Home equity loans 8.89% 8.89% 8.96% 6-month LIBOR 0.60% 0.63% 1.69% 1-year Treasury 0.39% 0.41% 0.58% 6-month Treasury 0.17% 0.20% 0.42% 6-month CD 0.32% 0.35% 1.69% Prime rate 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 11th District 8/2009 7/2009 2/2009 cost of funds 1.412% 1.473% 2.003% --
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct a new -- and drastically different -- version of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra. " McCraney's adaptation explores colonialism and racial politics set against the Haitian Revolution in the 1700s. The production is a collaboration among the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Miami's GableStage and New York's Public Theater. It will premiere November 2013 at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon home, before playing Stateside at GableStage in January 2014 and then the Public Theater in late January 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2011 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
California prisons have paid doctors and mental health professionals accused of malpractice an estimated $8.7 million since 2006 to do no work at all or to perform menial chores like sorting mail, tossing out old medical supplies and reviewing inmate charts for clerical errors. At least 30 medical professionals have collected their six-figure salaries for a cumulative 37 years in a kind of employment limbo after fellow doctors decided they were too dangerous to treat inmates but before the state's lengthy discipline appeals process made a final decision on whether they should be fired, state records show.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher and Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
In a scathing report, a former chief executive of the California public employee pension fund was accused of pressuring subordinates to invest billions of dollars of pension money with politically connected firms. A 17-month investigation also found that Federico Buenrostro Jr. ? along with former pension fund board members Charles Valdes and Kurato Shimada ? strong-armed a benefits firm to pay more than $4 million in fees to consultant Alfred J.R. Villalobos, who later hired Buenrostro.
SPORTS
February 5, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Amid all the enthusiasm of a new soccer season -- even if it is still seven weeks away -- no one is raring to get started more than goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. So far, the Chivas USA player's Major League Soccer career has not gone exactly as planned, but 2010 offers a new beginning after the washout of 2009. One year ago, Kennedy was set to vie with Zach Thornton for the starting spot in the nets. Then came a March 7 preseason scrimmage against the Chicago Fire, and the former UC Santa Barbara 'keeper's season came to a painful and abrupt halt before it had begun.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2009 | Michael Oneal
Tribune Co.'s ill-fated employee stock ownership plan is toast. In a memo to employees announcing a new retirement plan Tuesday, Chief Administrative Officer Gerry Spector said the ESOP was likely to be terminated when the Chicago-based media conglomerate emerged from bankruptcy protection. That's not a surprise to close watchers of Tribune's bankruptcy case. It became clear months ago that the banks and other investors that financed Chicago billionaire Sam Zell's 2007 leveraged buyout of the company probably would take over ownership from Tribune's employees when the reorganization plan was filed.
OPINION
May 13, 2002
The state Legislature can strike a modest, reasonable blow against global warming by passing the final version of a program for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide from autos, pickups and sport utility vehicles. Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas implicated in global warming. AB 1058, by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), passed the Assembly earlier and won approval in the Senate last week. Now it's back to the Assembly for ratification of Senate amendments as early as today.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A group representing Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. joined a lawsuit meant to halt California's plan to curb car and truck emissions of gases linked to global warming, uniting every major automaker in opposition to the program. The Assn. of International Automakers, which lobbies on behalf of Honda, Nissan, Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., said Thursday that it was joining a suit filed Dec.
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