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March 12, 2014 | By Frederick N. Rasmussen
Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who became a major voice in the campaign to gain reparations from companies that transported victims to concentration camps during World War II, died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Pikesville, Md. He was 93. Bretholz played a leading role in a campaign to require SNCF, the French railway system that historians have said conveyed 76,000 people to Nazi camps, to pay reparations to U.S. Holocaust survivors....
March 12, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly's campaign manager quit Wednesday, just days before the state Republican Party's convention. "I'm proud to have taken a candidate from the launch of a campaign as an unknown, underdog candidate to front-runner status in the polls, as well as having cleared the field of our closest GOP competitor," Jennifer Kerns said in a statement. "I wish all of the candidates in this race the best as they seek to shine a light on Jerry Brown's record. " Kerns' promotion to campaign manager was heralded earlier this year by Donnelly, a state Assemblyman from San Bernardino County, in an online video announcing the move . It featured footage of her running with a dog, shooting gourds in the desert and smoking a cigar.
March 11, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver has rejected voluntary campaign spending limits and indicated he'll use at least $300,000 of his own money to seek the seat being vacated by board member Zev Yaroslavsky. Shriver, a businessman and member of the Kennedy family, declared his intentions in paperwork filed with the county elections office. Under the county's campaign finance law, candidates can accept up to $1,500 per contributor if they agree not to spend more than $1.4 million for the primary race.
March 11, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details: One of Neil Young's not-so-whimsical mottoes has long been “Quality - whether you want it or not,” but it appears there's a population of music fans that does want it, judging by the early response to the Kickstarter campaign supporting his new high-quality PonoMusic system. The Kickstarter operation went live on March 11 at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time, and within the first hour it had logged almost 400 supporters for a total of more than $100,000.
March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an illegal election-cash scheme that helped fund his 2010 campaign and personally requested funds from the man running it, federal prosecutors said in court Monday. Gray, who has not been charged with a crime, strongly denied the claims, which arise from a federal probe that has resulted in multiple convictions and which have dogged the first-term mayor's aspirations to win reelection in November. "This is absolutely untrue, period," Gray told a local media outlet in his office Monday.
March 10, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Joe McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in "The Selling of the President 1968" and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster "Fatal Vision," died Monday at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. He was 71. McGinniss died from complications of prostate cancer, according to his attorney and longtime friend Dennis Holahan. Few journalists of his time so intrepidly pursued a story, burned so many bridges or more memorably placed themselves in the narrative, whether insisting on the guilt of MacDonald after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin's house for a most unauthorized biography of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.
March 8, 2014 | By David Lauter
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The two major political parties look at off-cycle congressional elections the way great powers eye wars in small lands - as a chance to test weapons and tactics they'll soon deploy elsewhere. That's why many of the ads running on television here - for a race to fill a congressional vacancy representing a swath of Florida's Gulf Coast - will probably sound familiar soon to voters in competitive districts nationwide. "Cut spending, stop Obamacare," proclaim the spots supporting Republican David Jolly . "I'll bring Republicans and Democrats together," Democrat Alex Sink promises in her ads, while simultaneously accusing Jolly of endangering Social Security, Medicare and abortion rights.
March 7, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Instagram has landed a major advertising deal for up to $100 million over the next year from Omnicom. The deal comes just four months after the popular photo-and-video-sharing service rolled out the first sponsored posts from Michael Kors, General Electric and Levi's. Instagram users will begin seeing ads in their streams from brands that work with Omnicom's media and creative agencies, AdAge reported . Instagram, which has 150 million active users, is coming into its own as an advertising platform.
March 6, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Doh! Imagine Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal's surprise when she received one of her own campaign mailers only to discover the photo on it was not her longtime home of Long Beach, where she wants to be mayor, but a picture of San Diego. The giveaway was the skyline, which was obviously different, and the giant Navy vessel docked in the harbor. Lowenthal told Times reporter Christine Mai-Duc that she had approved a nighttime photo of the Long Beach skyline for the brochure and was "shocked" when she received the piece in the mail.
March 6, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Wisconsin. "Airplane!" Actor Robert Hays. NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Put them together and you have promos for Wisconsin that spoof the 1980 spoof comedy that gave new meaning to the phrase, "And don't call me Shirley. " "Airplane!" tells the story of Ted Striker (Hays), who has to pilot a plane when the crew (including Abdul-Jabbar as co-pilot Roger Murdock) gets food poisoning. Girl Scouts get into a brawl, an IV line for a critically ill girl is mistakenly disconnected, and Barbara "Leave It to Beaver" Billingsley talks jive as the backdrop to Striker's struggle to land safely, coached by a whacked-out air traffic supervisor.
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