October 21, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
September 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers at a House Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday accused Obama administration officials of attempting to bypass transparency and record-keeping laws by using personal email accounts and email aliases to conduct official government business. Several officials, including former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, testified that they were following standard agency practices or had made errors based on a lack of training in records retention.
September 9, 2013 |
The Clippers on Monday promoted Seth Burton to vice president of communications to replace Joe Safety, who resigned in June after 20 years with the organization. Burton, who is entering his eighth season with the Clippers, previously served as director of communications and assistant director of communications. Burton, 36, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the communications department and serve as the team's primary media contact, among other duties. In a related move, Dennis Rogers has been promoted to director of communications and digital media, responsible for shaping and implementing strategic changes on the team website and social media platforms while also facilitating interviews and media requests.
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August 22, 2013 |
When Hannah Anderson was rescued from the Idaho wilderness nearly two weeks ago and her abductor killed by FBI agents, it seemed like a clear end to a case that had generated national attention. Hannah's father told the media that she needed privacy to recover and mourn the deaths of her mother and brother at the hands of her kidnapper, a family friend named James DiMaggio. It didn't work out that way. Within hours of his statement, Hannah was sharing details of the ordeal, fielding hundreds of questions and comments from strangers on social media sites.
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August 19, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Instead of showing up at City Hall as promised, Mayor Bob Filner was spotted Monday entering a downtown office building, apparently to engage in mediation aimed at settling a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former staff member. After an all-day session, attorney Gloria Allred emerged with her client, Filner's former director of communications Irene McCormack Jackson, and said only that the mediation was "ongoing" and being supervised by retired federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving.
August 14, 2013 |
Robert N. Wold, an innovator in the use of satellite technology for the distribution of television programming, died Saturday in Irvine of complications from dementia, his family said. He was 87. Born in Minneapolis on Sept. 11, 1925, Wold served in the Navy during World War II and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1950. He started his career in advertising, first at CBS and later with the agencies Campbell Mithun and NW Ayer. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 In 1971, Wold left advertising to consult with sports rights holders on distribution to television and radio.
August 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's decision to temporarily shut 28 diplomatic posts came after U.S. intelligence intercepted communications between the Al Qaeda leader who succeeded Osama bin Laden and the head of the terrorist network's affiliate in Yemen, U.S. and Yemeni officials said. Officials said Monday that Ayman Zawahiri, the Egyptian leader of Al Qaeda who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, ordered Nasser Wuhayshi, who heads the affiliate known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, to orchestrate an attack or attacks as early as last Sunday.