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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 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.
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 21, 2013 | By Susan King
Warner Bros. caused a seismic sensation Oct. 6, 1927, when the studio premiered "The Jazz Singer," the first feature that included sound using synchronized dialogue sequences. But while the Al Jolson drama proved to be the death knell of silent movies, some of the most artistic silent films were released in 1928 as studios were beginning the transition to talkies. Two of MGM's masterworks from 1928 - King Vidor's heartbreaking "The Crowd" and Ernst Lubitsch's lushly romantic "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" - are screening this week at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
October 10, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
The owner of the Orange County Register has increased his holdings in Southern California by agreeing to buy the Press-Enterprise, which circulates in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. said it will pay $27.25 million to acquire the newspaper from A.H. Belo Corp., a Dallas company that has owned it for 16 years. The acquisition is the latest in a series of moves by Freedom owner Aaron Kushner. Since buying Freedom last year, he bucked a nationwide trend of newspaper downsizing by doubling the Register's staff of reporters and editors, adding regional editions and launching a new five-day daily, the Long Beach Register.
October 9, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Two former top executives have sued Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Orange County Register, saying the company has failed to pay them a combined $4.5 million in severance pay. Mitchell Stern, Freedom's chief executive from 2010 to 2012, and Mark McEachen, its chief financial officer during that time, stayed with the company after it was acquired by entrepreneur Aaron Kushner in July 2012. The executives said in an arbitration filing that they agreed to postpone their severance payments - $3.3 million to Stern and $1.2 million to McEachen - because of the company's "precarious finances.
September 19, 2013 | By Andrew Vega
I used to be afraid of the Common Core, a national effort to align public school curriculum goals across state lines and provide better tools for measuring what students are learning. I feared the new standards would lead to my students failing and that I would be scapegoated for those failures. But after two years of working with the Common Core in my Boston classroom, I'm a convert. Teachers in California, where Common Core is being introduced, are probably as nervous about the changes as I was. And there's no question that the new standards require major adjustments to teaching.
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