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June 30, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Child actress Edith Fellows had made about 30 films by the age of 13 when she starred in a heart-wrenching, high-profile 1936 custody case, which was driven, she later said, by "my money — past, present and future. " Abandoned as an infant by her mother, she was being raised by her paternal grandmother, who brought Edith, then 4, to Hollywood from South Carolina after a "talent scout" guaranteed her a screen test for a $50 fee. The address they were given led to a vacant lot, and her grandmother responded to the con man's ruse by cleaning houses so that they could afford to stay.
June 26, 2011 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
The time slot was an unforgiving one and the venue even worse. When Foster the People ambled onstage at noon on the final full day of the nearly weeklong South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March, it was exhaustion rather than excitement that filled the convention center hall. The scant and weary crowd was hardly befitting for a band that would soon have a top 10 album in "Torches" and become the hottest thing going in Los Angeles. "To a spectator who knew nothing about the back story, we are a band that came out of nowhere," said the trio's leader, Mark Foster.
June 17, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Frank and Jamie McCourt announced a divorce settlement on Friday, but plenty of issues remain. Times staff writer Bill Shaikin considers some of the many unresolved questions and offers answers to what this latest development means for the Dodgers: Question: Who will own the team? Answer: We still don't know. Q: How then can the McCourts say they reached a settlement? A: The agreement is a road map toward resolution, a term sheet rather than a final settlement.
June 13, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt needs about $30 million to make his team's payroll June 30, a critical indicator that a confrontation between McCourt and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig over the future of the team could loom by month's end. McCourt is expected to meet the Dodgers' payroll Wednesday, according to three people briefed on the matter but not authorized to discuss it. The Dodgers owe about $10 million in payroll Wednesday,...
June 8, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County prosecutor sought a job last month for her nephew from a law firm representing potential witnesses in a conflict-of-interest case she was handling, an action that legal experts criticized. Deputy Dist. Atty. Juliet Schmidt, a member of the district attorney's Public Integrity Division, sent an email to the firm offering to provide case law information "that might exonerate" its clients in a malpractice claim before mentioning that her nephew was graduating from Pepperdine Law School.
June 3, 2011 | By Brad Biggs
Reporting from St. Louis Judge Kermit Bye, the senior member of a three-judge panel of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, said very little during Friday's 70-minute hearing on the legality of the NFL lockout. But what Bye said as proceedings wrapped up before a standing-room-only crowd might resonate with the owners and players. "We won't be all that hurt if you're leaving us out and [you] should go out and settle the case," Bye said. "We will keep with our business, and if that ends up with a decision, it's probably something both sides aren't going to like, but it will at least be a decision.
May 28, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The most troubling thing about the current drug accusation against Lance Armstrong is that, at first blush, it doesn't seem to be all that troubling. Famous cyclist, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, is accused of enhancing his performance. Yawn. Yet another of his former teammates points a finger, and does so on national television, CBS' "60 Minutes," no less. The teammate, Tyler Hamilton, with little comprehensible reason to lie, fesses up to his own drug-enhancing use and goes into detail about wheres, whens and hows of Armstrong's use. In some cases, he does so as an eyewitness.
May 9, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Paul E. Sullivan, an analyst with the U.S. Defense Department who won an important civil-rights victory in 1969 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the whites-only membership policy of his Fairfax County, Va., swimming pool club, has died. He was 87. Sullivan died March 14 of complications from a stroke at his Fairfax County home, his daughter Maria Sullivan said last week. In 1965, Sullivan, who was white, moved from his home in Fairfax County's Bucknell Manor development and rented it to Theodore Freeman, an African American economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who lived there with his wife and two children.
April 21, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
In the 18 months since Frank and Jamie McCourt filed for divorce, beginning the legal proceedings that exposed the couple's extravagant lifestyle and the financial stress that subsequently plagued the Dodgers, Commissioner Bud Selig had remained silent. In a two-paragraph email distributed by his office Wednesday, Selig not only ended his silence, but also took a decisive first step toward ending McCourt ownership of the Dodgers. Yet the finale of McCourt era is neither imminent nor guaranteed, despite Selig's announcement that he would appoint a trustee to run the club because of his "deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers.
March 23, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
Brad Seligman is a determined civil rights lawyer with a small office and a powerful idea for turning a single lawsuit into a nationwide class action claim against America's largest employer. Armed with stories from several women who said they were passed over for promotions at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Seligman is at the helm of what could be the largest job-discrimination case in U.S. history, affecting as many as two million women and putting at risk tens of billions of dollars of the company's money.
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