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SPORTS
March 14, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Calvin Johnson has lived up to his larger-than-life nickname on the field. Now he's being rewarded with the biggest contract in NFL history. The wide receiver known as Megatron has signed a new eight-year contract worth $132 million, including $60 million guaranteed, to remain with the Detroit Lions through the 2019 season. The former No. 2 overall draft pick was entering the final year of the six-year deal he signed with Detroit as a rookie in 2007. Under the former deal, Johnson's contract would have cost the team more than $20 million against their salary cap. "They were happy to get this thing done with, and I was happy as well,” Johnson said.
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SPORTS
March 13, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The Reggie Bush rumors appear to be coming to an end, as ESPN is reporting that the free-agent running back has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Detroit Lions. [Updated at 1:08 p.m.: Bush was introduced as a member of the Lions at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Terms of his contract were not disclosed. ] Reports earlier Wednesday had the Lions as a leading contender for Bush's services, after the former USC star visited Detroit on Tuesday and was said to have left with an offer to become the team's full-time running back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John
When California corrections officials found what they described as alarming defects in half of the GPS monitors worn by sex offenders and other parolees statewide, they moved immediately to break the contract with the company that supplied them.  A Sacramento judge said their concerns justified refusing to give the company more work, but he also ruled the state should not have given its existing work to a firm without competitive bidding....
SPORTS
September 29, 2011
The Dodgers have four players under contract for 2012 and they will make about $33.75 million. They are: Ted Lilly: $12 million Juan Uribe: $8 million Matt Guerrier: $4.75 Chad Billingsley: $9 million Total: $33.75 million
NATIONAL
February 22, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Although "tea party" activists and other conservatives claim kinship with the founding fathers and the Spirit of '76, their emerging strategy for the November elections has more in common with the Spirit of '94 -- the year Republicans ended 40 years of Democratic dominance on Capitol Hill. Conservative strategists centered the 1994 Republican campaign on a "Contract with America." This year, GOP leaders in the House have pledged to issue their own, updated version of that agenda, which is widely credited with having helped Republicans focus their message and win a historic victory.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
The grocery workers union and Southern California's three leading supermarkets agreed to extend their main labor contract through the end of the month. The contract previously had been set to expire Sunday night. Labor and grocery officials declined to comment Friday on the specific issues being negotiated, saying only that the discussions included employee wages, healthcare benefits and pensions. A spokeswoman for Ralphs said both sides also agreed to meet several more times over the next few weeks to continue negotiating.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents more than 38,000 behind-the-scenes workers in the film and television industries, has ratified a new three-year contract with Hollywood producers. Fourteen Hollywood locals, which represent IATSE members in professions such as camera operator, set decorator and grip, unanimously approved the new contract, which provides for a 2% annual wage increase and a 20% raise in employer contributions to the union health plan.
SPORTS
March 29, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Quarterback Tony Romo signed a six-year, $108-million contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday. That means the 32-year-old quarterback -- who turns 33 next month -- with only one playoff victory for “America's Team” could be the Cowboys' gun-slinging starter under contract until 2019. “I think it's just exciting more than anything that you know you're going to be here the rest of [your] career,” Romo said in a video interview on the Cowboys' official website . Romo's new deal includes $55 million in guaranteed money.
SPORTS
April 4, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA extended Athletic Director Dan Guerrero's contract through 2019. Guerrero will receive $734,774 in base pay, with a 5% raise each year of the contract. He can also earn up to $105,000 in bonuses tied to academic and athletic achievements. Guerrero will also receive a $734,000 retention bonus if he remains at the university through April 1, 2018. The buyout in the package can be no less than one year's base pay. Guerrero is also owed a retention bonus of $750,000 from the contract he signed in 2008 and was to run through 2017.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A bidder for a lucrative media contract at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday accused a former airport commissioner of conflict of interest because of his involvement with a joint venture recommended for the work. In a formal protest, Clear Channel Airports leveled the conflict allegation against Alan Rothenberg, chairman of Premier Partnerships, which has joined JC Decaux Airport Inc., and Time Warner in a bid to handle indoor advertising, sponsorships and other media opportunities for LAX. Rothenberg, a prominent businessman and former sports executive, resigned as president of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners in late 2010 after serving five years.
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