October 28, 2013 |
LONDON --Jury selection began Monday in the phone hacking trial of two former top editors of Rupert Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World tabloid and six other people, all accused in a scandal that reached into the top echelons of Britain's government and journalism establishment. The defendants include Rebekah Brooks , a former executive of News International -- once the British branch of Murdoch's News Corp. -- and a former editor of the News of the World, and Andy Coulson , another former News of the World editor who became chief press officer to Prime Minister David Cameron.
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October 25, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a Job Corps student accused of stabbing his advisor to death, after a jury deliberated for nearly four days. The jury deadlocked over whether Freddy Leyva, 24, had committed murder or voluntary manslaughter in the March 2012 slaying of Dwayne Alexander, a respected and well-liked former entertainment industry executive . Prosecutors had argued that Leyva was racist and homophobic, and brutally stabbed a man he disliked.
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October 25, 2013 |
No one disputed that Freddy Leyva stabbed his Job Corps advisor to death. The question was why. Prosecutors said the March 2012 slaying of Dwayne Alexander, a respected former entertainment industry executive described as a gentle soul , was first-degree murder - the act of a racist, homophobic deviant capable of slashing a man almost 30 times. But Leyva's attorney, Tomas Requejo, contended that his client was a troubled young man who had suffered sexual abuse by Alexander, 49. The crime, Requejo said, was voluntary manslaughter, not murder.
October 23, 2013 |
Decron Properties Corp. has bought a garden-style apartment complex in Moorpark for $84.4 million that it plans to improve and reposition as higher-end residences. The Ventura County apartment market is tightening, Decron President David J. Nagel said, as the region's biomedical and high-tech industries grow. Moorpark is along the 118 Freeway near Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Decron bought the Fountains at Moorpark, a 370-unit apartment community built in 1987. The company plans to spend $9.2 million on renovations that it hopes will make the Fountains more desirable and capable of commanding higher rents.
October 18, 2013 |
News Corp. digital strategist Greg Clayman will join the Vimeo online video service as its general manager of audience networks, the company confirmed. Clayman launched and served as publisher of News Corp.'s pioneering (if short-lived) tablet publication, the Daily, which was the first daily news product designed for the iPad. In his new role at Vimeo, Clayman will be responsible for its video-on-demand business and for cultivating brand partnerships. The site was founded in 2004 by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share their creative work.
October 10, 2013 |
A San Francisco-based engineering-advisory firm, URS Corp., said Thursday it has furloughed 3,000 employees because of the partial government shutdown and more employees could be affected if the stalemate in Washington drags on. URS said that those furloughed include workers idled by the closure of the government facility where they work. They have also reduced staffing levels at the direction of the government, the company said in a statement. " The government shutdown, the continuing effects of sequestration, and uncertainty about the federal budget are all having negative impacts on URS and many other government contractors,” said H. Thomas Hicks , URS' chief financial officer.