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BUSINESS
August 3, 2002 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nine Pennsylvania coal miners rescued Saturday after three days underground have sold the TV-movie and book rights to their story to divisions of Walt Disney Co. for $150,000 apiece, according to the Pittsburgh attorney representing the men. Thomas Crawford, who specializes in criminal tax and labor law, said the deal includes a movie for Disney's ABC network and a book that will be published by the Burbank company's book arm, Hyperion Publishing. An ABC spokesman declined to comment Friday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
In the volatile mix of academia and sex, UCLA psychology professor Paul R. Abramson says he is trying to light a torch for liberty. Abramson is sharply criticizing his own employer and colleges nationwide that have adopted restrictions -- and, in a few cases, outright bans -- on romances between faculty and students. Of course, sexual harassment should not be allowed and no one should supervise or give grades to a romantic partner, says Abramson, who has taught at UCLA for 31 years.
REAL ESTATE
July 2, 1995 | From Operation Sentinel
QUESTION: My new rental agreement has a clause that worries me. It states that if I do not pay rent on the due date, the property owner can change the locks and remove my property without notice. Is this legal? ANSWER: Under Section 789.3 of the California Civil Code it is illegal for a landlord to lock out a tenant by changing the locks, shutting off the utilities or any other method.
NEWS
February 8, 1998
The notion that the erratic mating behavior of humans parallels the predictable mating behavior of the animal kingdom is hardly new. What's new in first-time novelist Laura Zigman's funny new book, "Animal Husbandry" (The Dial Press), is a) a clever and comic theory and b) timing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
PARK CITY, Utah -- Now that the "Twilight" franchise is behind her, Stephenie Meyer, the woman who created the vampire world of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, is upping her efforts in a different department: movie producing. And Meyer has a juicy new project, The Times has learned: "Anna Dressed in Blood," a young-adult ghost story from the acclaimed author Kendare Blake. Blake's book is a supernatural tale about a man named Cas who travels the world killing the dead -- he's a ghost hunter, essentially -- but runs up against a vexing case in the ghost of Anna, a woman who was brutally murdered in 1958 and who continues to haunt a small-town home.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
Random House Inc. has asked a federal judge to bar a publisher of electronic books from copying works of William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut, and Robert Parker and selling them over the Internet. Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, the world's third largest media company, says rival RosettaBooks LLC has cherry-picked eight important titles, including "Sophie's Choice" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," copied them in digital format, and begun selling them online.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
A jury of 12 people was seated Friday for the murder trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad. Opening statements in the trial of the 42-year-old Army veteran are expected to begin Monday. The jury, with three alternates, includes some members with ties to the military -- an expected mix in a community with large Navy installations. The 10 women and five men, 13 whites and two blacks were culled from a pool of 123.
NEWS
December 19, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police have begun randomly searching school buses for drugs, pulling youths off the vehicles on the way to or from school and boarding the buses with drug-sniffing dogs. The school district policy, billed as an effort to discourage students from bringing illegal substances onto school grounds, has been carried out three times since Oct. 30, most recently Wednesday afternoon at Portola Middle School.
NEWS
June 16, 1990 | From United Press International
A jury Friday awarded nearly $7.6 million to the wife of a man stabbed to death by jailhouse author Jack Henry Abbott, rejecting the convicted killer's argument that she did not deserve a penny. "A little excessive, I would say," Abbott, 46, remarked to the judge after the jury announced its verdict in a state court in Manhattan. Abbott killed Richard Adan with a single stab wound to the heart outside an East Greenwich Village restaurant nine years ago after an argument.
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