November 23, 2011 |
A Senate subcommittee chairwoman is calling for a federal review of the Obama administration's award of a $433-million sole-source contract for an experimental smallpox drug. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), in a news release issued Wednesday by her subcommittee, said that she has asked the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate. McCaskill's news release cited "serious questions" about the contract, noting that it had first been intended for only a small business and that, ultimately, it was awarded without competition to a larger company.
May 21, 2012 |
Details of video game publisherActivision Blizzard Inc.'s high-profile deal in 2010 with Bungie Inc. to make an original game series has been made public for the first time as part of a separate lawsuit involving the Call of Duty game franchise. The deal with Bungie, considered one of the hottest studios in the industry, at the time helped Activision save face in the midst of an ugly legal fight with former Call of Duty developers Jason West and Vincent Zampella, whom Activision had fired a month earlier in March 2010.
October 21, 2009 |
The Dodgers have reached agreement on a multiyear contract extension with General Manager Ned Colletti. The agreement was announced this afternoon. Under Colletti, the Dodgers have won back-to-back National League West championships for the first time in 31 years and have reached the postseason three times in four years, the first such stretch of success since World Series appearances in 1963, 1965 and 1966. The extension lends a measure of stability to the Dodgers at a time when owner Frank McCourt and chief executive officer Jamie McCourt have separated and are fighting one another for control of the club.
July 18, 2012 |
Veteran forward Grant Hill has agreed to join the Clippers under the biannual exception, with a two-year deal that starts at $1.9 million and rises by 4.5% in the second year. He signed the contract late Wednesday. Hill, who will be 40 in October, is expected to back up Caron Butler at small forward. Hill picked the Clippers over the Lakers, New York Knicks and NBA champion Miami Heat. He averaged 10.2 points on 44.6% shooting last season with the Phoenix Suns, as well as 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 28.1 minutes.
August 8, 2011 |
There's trouble brewing at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, where a very big problem threatens to get much, much bigger. The issue revolves around a crucial communications network that would link Los Angeles County first responders. Last week, confronted with furious lobbying efforts by two companies competing for that project, the joint powers authority overseeing the project abruptly pulled the plug on negotiations and went back to the drawing board. The action will probably delay by months or years a system law enforcers say is essential.
September 25, 2012 |
Hollywood's casting directors have ratified a new three-year contract. Teamsters Local 399 business agent Steve Dayan said the union's casting directors overwhelmingly approved a new contract Tuesday that gives them modest increases in wages and contributions to their health plans. Dayan did not disclose terms of the contract, but the agreement is patterned after similar contracts negotiated by location managers, studio drivers, camera operators, grips and other technical crews and crafts workers.