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December 19, 2013 | By David Ng
Theatre Communications Group, the national organization that promotes nonprofit theater, has named Diane Rodriguez to the position of board chair. Rodriguez currently works as an associate producer and director of new play production at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Rodriguez is succeeding Phillip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, as TCG board chair. Other new board appointments include "Stick Fly" playwright Lydia Diamond as co-vice president alongside Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
December 12, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Freedom Communications Inc., the owner of the Orange County Register, is crossing the northern border once again, this time to launch the Los Angeles Register sometime next year. The media conglomerate, which earlier this year started a Long Beach edition, announced the L.A. newspaper at a staff meeting Thursday at its Santa Ana headquarters. The Los Angeles Register would be the latest addition to the small but rapidly growing newspaper empire run by entrepreneur Aaron Kushner.
December 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Two prominent lawmakers want to create a new playbook for the media and telecommunications industries. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, said Tuesday that the Communications Act, last updated in 1996, is in desperate need of a rewrite. “When the Communications Act was updated almost 18 years ago, no one could have dreamed of the many innovations and advancements that make the Internet what it is today," Walden said in a statement.
November 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
MacGyver usually had more to work with than Mike D'Antoni has so far this season. A paper clip, a stick of chewing gum and a ball of twine … who wouldn't take that over some of these Lakers lineups the NBA's most resourceful coach has been forced to roll out? D'Antoni has made it all work, for the most part, the Lakers' 9-8 record a one-game improvement over where the team was at this point last season even with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard in the lineup. "It's a lot easier to coach them," D'Antoni said Saturday of his current players.
November 18, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
You stay classy, Emerson College, and maybe pour a glass of scotch. Legendary (fictional) TV anchorman Ron Burgundy is coming to the Boston school on Dec. 4 and, in his honor, the college is renaming its communication school. Granted, the Ron Burgundy School of Communication will be in business only one day, but it's what Burgundy might call kind of a big deal. “A visit from Ron Burgundy is a chance to engage with someone who understands the power of media, as well as hairspray, first-hand,” Emerson College President Lee Pelton said in a statement . Will Ferrell, who plays Burgundy on screen, will participate in a morning news conference, attend a naming ceremony and introduce a screening of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ,"  which opens in theaters on Dec. 20. This is not the only publicity Burgundy has seen in the last several weeks.
November 5, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Dan Weikel
A Los Angeles City Council member Tuesday criticized what he called "gaps in communication" between Los Angeles International Airport workers and thousands of stranded, evacuated passengers in the hours after Friday's shooting.   Councilman Mike Bonin, whose Westside district includes LAX, praised the public safety response to accused gunman Paul Ciancia, who police say entered Terminal 3, fatally shot a TSA agent and wounded two more. But after passengers were evacuated, many onto the tarmac, "there were gaps in communications with the passengers and a perceived lack of adequate support for those who were stranded," Bonin wrote in a motion to the City Council.
November 1, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner alleges that the former owners fraudulently misstated finances of the newspaper's parent company, leading him to significantly overpay when he bought it last year. The previous owners of Freedom Communications, however, contend that the fraud claims are unsubstantiated and are being used as a pretext to avoid paying them money still owed to close the deal. The dispute surfaced in a lawsuit filed late last month by former Freedom shareholders.
October 30, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTON - The link between Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell and former boss Terry Francona remains strong, although there has been less dialogue between them during the World Series. "We talked more probably in the division and Championship Series," Farrell said Wednesday night before Game 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals. "We already reach out to one another, either in a brief text [message] or an occasional phone call when you have a chance to ask him some questions.
October 30, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Brian Dowling was leading his Special Forces team through a steep mountain pass in eastern Afghanistan when insurgents ambushed his patrol, leaving two of his soldiers pinned down with life-threatening wounds. After a furious firefight, the two men were rescued, but that episode in 2006 would change Dowling's life. Now employed by a small defense company, he is part of a crash effort by U.S. Special Operations Command to produce a radically new protective suit for elite soldiers to wear into battle - one with bionic limbs, head-to-toe armor, a built-in power supply and live data feeds projected on a see-through display inside the helmet.
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