CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2011 |
Margaret Tante Burk, a businesswoman, publicist and book enthusiast who co-founded one of the country's largest literary lunch groups, died Oct. 6 in Los Angeles of natural causes, her son, Harry, said. She was 93. For 30 years, until 2007, Burk ran Round Table West with business partner Marylin Hudson, hosting authors as varied as Maya Angelou, Walter Cronkite, Ray Bradbury, Jane Russell and Gloria Steinem. Inspired by New York's legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s, their version was a lively and sophisticated affair, blending Pulitzer Prize winners, first-time authors and venerable Hollywood stars at thrice-monthly meetings held at elegant venues, from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to Newport Beach's Balboa Bay Club.
September 8, 2011 |
An attorney for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt dismissed a $1.2-billion bid for the team as a "publicity stunt," according to documents filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court. McCourt remains steadfast in his intention not to sell the Dodgers, two people familiar with his thinking but not authorized to discuss it publicly said Thursday. McCourt received the $1.2-billion offer in an Aug. 30 letter from a group headed by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke and funded in large part by financial institutions owned by the Chinese government.
September 1, 2011 |
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 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
July 7, 2011 |
"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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.