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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.
January 26, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Michael Jackson's personal physician declared himself "innocent" in the singer's death Tuesday during a Los Angeles County Superior Court appearance in which he also demanded that his trial begin quickly. Asked how he pleaded to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, the sole count to be decided at the trial now set for March 28, Dr. Conrad Murray paused and then said, "Your honor, I am an innocent man ? " "What's your plea?" Judge Michael Pastor interrupted. "Therefore, I plead not guilty," Murray said.
January 5, 2011 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Police in Delaware picked up a clue and some help from the FBI on Tuesday, but appeared no closer to solving the bizarre death of a former senior Pentagon official. A witness came forward, saying John Parsons Wheeler III had been spotted alive in downtown Wilmington, Del., on Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours before his body was found in a Newark, Del., landfill. The case has drawn national attention because Wheeler, 66, lived such a distinguished public life. A Vietnam veteran who became a driving force behind the controversial memorial on the National Mall, Wheeler worked on nuclear, chemical and cyber issues at the Pentagon.
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