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February 19, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Here are the five questions Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk needs to answer when the electric car company releases its fourth quarter and full-year financial results Wednesday afternoon. 1. Is a merger with Apple coming? Musk met with Adrian Perica, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker who heads Apple's mergers-and-acquisitions team, last year. Might Tesla -- and its astounding $25-billion market valuation for what really is a very small company -- be in play?
March 20, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
Nearly a year after President Obama signed his landmark health overhaul, most small businesses in California are still unaware of provisions in the law designed to help them provide their employees with health benefits, according to a new poll. The survey of more than 800 businesses with fewer than 20 employees found that 57% are unfamiliar with new tax credits in the law that small employers with low payrolls can claim to offset the cost of an employer-provided health plan. And 62% did not know about new state regulated insurance markets -- or exchanges -- that will be created in 2014 to help individuals and small businesses shop for and compare health plans in the same way consumers now buy airlines tickets or hotels.
March 4, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers fans groaned whenever he shot the ball. The media picked apart his fading offense, his decreasingly effective defense. Metta World Peace didn't care. He knew his defense would eventually return, as it did Sunday against the Miami Heat. World Peace helped hold LeBron James to 25 points on 12-for-26 shooting, turning the All-Star forward into an off-balance shooter a number of times in the Lakers' 93-83 victory. "I'm going to answer this as honest as I can," World Peace said, "but I'm one of the best defensive players ever.
June 28, 2012 | Elaine Woo
In 1950s Hollywood, screenwriter Joan Scott seemed so adept at turning out tough-guy scripts that she became known as "the girl who writes like a man. " What the studios didn't know was she wasn't the writer. Her husband was. She was married to Adrian Scott, a screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to cooperate with the communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee. Cited for contempt of Congress, he went to prison as one of the Hollywood 10. When he was released he was unemployable, so Scott became his "front," taking his work to story conferences, keeping track of the revisions and giving him the notes at home so he could do the rewriting.
July 17, 1986 | DAVID T. FRIENDLY, Times Staff Writer
As president of production for the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), Gary DeVore oversees and approves for production dozens of movie scripts every month. "Traxx," described as a "vigilante comedy," is one script DeVore is likely to pay particularly close attention to. He wrote it. That arrangement puts DeVore in the rather unusual position of playing the movie game from both sides of the desk. He's the only production chief who is both a buyer and a seller.
June 14, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Mark Wahlberg is proving it's never too late for an education. Handsome, wealthy movie star or not, Wahlberg is setting out to complete his high school diploma. The actor says his troubled youth derailed him from the milestone, but he'll shoot for his cap and gown online. "I quit kind of during the ninth grade," Wahlberg told David Letterman of schooling in his teen years (watch his full "Late Show" appearance below). The "Contraband" star will use a new Web-based program in Massachusetts to earn an actual diploma (as opposed to the popular GED equivalent)
January 27, 1991
I'll tell you what really tees me off. It's when the makers of a shot-on-film series (especially dramas) no longer print the beginning or end credits directly onto the film. Instead, they simply flash video-generated credits over a filmed-image. Something is seriously wrong. It's like mixing oil and water, very cheap and tacky looking. Video credits are perfect for a video-taped sitcom, but not for a film. Brian Mesmer, Torrance
June 22, 1986
I think it is terrible how the news programs on local stations interrupt the previous show's credits. The credits are shown in a box in the corner of the TV screen. One can not read them because they are so small and out of focus. Many of us still like to read the credits at the end of a TV show or movie. H. Howard, Westminster
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