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September 1, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
In an international twist in the Dodgers' ownership saga, Frank McCourt has been offered $1.2 billion to sell the team to a group indirectly financed by the government of China. The bid is headed by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke, according to a letter sent to McCourt on Tuesday. The letter was disclosed to The Times by two people familiar with its content but not authorized to discuss it publicly. The proposed sale price would set a record for a Major League Baseball team.
August 11, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Amanda Burke is 24 years old, has 14 body piercings (tongue included) and now she is a first-time national diving champion. Burke, of Southampton, Pa., won the 2011 AT&T women's 1-meter springboard title Thursday night at the Spieker Aquatics Center on UCLA's campus. Though the 1-meter isn't an Olympic event, Burke is hoping the confidence she gained will be a positive push forward to her performance in the 3-meter competition that begins Friday. "I won something," Burke said after scoring 270.10 points and edging Erin Mertz, who finished second with 270.00.
July 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Dancing With the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke and actor David Charvet have listed their Malibu house for $12.5 million. Designed to evoke the south of France, where Charvet was born, the chateau-style home is in the Serra Retreat neighborhood. An 18th century fountain and sculpture courtyard sit outside the 6,769-square-foot house, which is reached from a gated stone driveway. More than three-quarters of an acre includes extensive lawns, a 200-bush rose garden, an orchard, a pool and a cabana.
June 3, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
As a teen, Mark Lazarus went to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the U.S. hockey team made history with its "Miracle on Ice" upset of the Soviet Union and eventual gold medal win. Now, some 30 years later, Lazarus — as the new head of NBC Sports Group — is flying off to Lausanne, Switzerland, to spearhead the network's negotiations for rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics next week. Joining him will be top executives from NBC and parent company Comcast Corp., the cable giant that five months ago took control of NBCUniversal from General Electric Co. That Lazarus finds himself in such a key role is no surprise to those who have followed his career or know his family.
May 25, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
Stephen Hamill and Gerald Burke do jobs normally reserved for public employees. They just make a lot more money doing it. The former Alameda County public servants have made tens of millions of dollars for their private company by coming up with a novel method of issuing tax-free municipal bonds. By law, these bonds must be issued by government agencies to finance projects with a public benefit, such as highways and hospitals. Hamill and Burke have harnessed this process for profit by working with a little-known public agency they helped to create called the California Statewide Communities Development Authority.
May 5, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Now that it has become a Hollywood powerhouse, Comcast Corp. will spend an extra $300 million this year for television programming to revive its newly acquired NBC broadcast network and keep the company's cable channels humming. NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke on Wednesday renewed Comcast's long-standing pledge to invest millions of dollars more for television programming than the media company's former majority owner, General Electric Co., had been spending. In late January, Comcast acquired a 51% stake in NBCUniversal and GE became a minority partner.
April 2, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
For the second consecutive year, Steve Burke received a richer compensation package than that of his boss, Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian L. Roberts. Burke, who became chief executive of Comcast-controlled media giant NBCUniversal in January, was awarded a compensation package in 2010 valued at $34.74 million — a 2% increase from 2009. His compensation last year included a $2.24-million base salary, a $3-million signing bonus (the second installment after renewing his contract in 2009)
February 4, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Jared Lee Loughner, accused of trying to assassinate Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be tried first on federal charges, according to an agreement announced Friday by federal and state prosecutors. Loughner, 22, of Tucson, has been charged in a three-count federal indictment of shooting Giffords and killing two other federal employees in an attack last month outside a Tucson supermarket where Giffords was meeting with constituents. Six people were killed in the attack and 13 injured, including Giffords, who is recovering in a Texas rehabilitation center from gunshot wounds to the head.
January 28, 2011 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Cats have nine lives. Ron Meyer has had nine bosses. His 16-year reign as president of Universal Studios has made the former talent agent Hollywood's longest surviving studio head. Now Meyer faces his toughest screen test. His new boss, NBC Universal Chief Executive Steve Burke, has shown that he's not timid about making management changes and shaking up the status quo. Before the cable giant even closed its merger with NBC Universal on Friday, he swept out several of the company's top television executives.
December 21, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
Justin Burke threw for a pair of touchdowns and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return Tuesday night to help Louisville beat Southern Mississippi, 31-28, in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at St. Petersburg, Fla. Burke tossed scoring passes to 11 yards to Cameron Graham and 10 yards to Josh Chichester while the Cardinals (7-6) erased a 14-point first-half deficit, then produced a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. Austin Davis threw 205 yards and two touchdowns to become Southern Mississippi's career TD pass leader, moving ahead of Brett Favre with 53 in three seasons for the Golden Eagles (8-5)
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