October 31, 2013 |
Will the federal probe into the activities of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon delay or derail efforts to expand California's film tax credit program? That's the question many in the film industry were privately asking after reports emerged that federal investigators were examining Calderon's role in seeking tax credits on behalf of the film industry. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a Calderon bill last year that extended for two years California's $100 million in annual tax breaks for films and TV shows made in the state.
October 31, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before waiting for the Great Pumpkin. The Skinny: My Miley Cyrus costume didn't arrive in time so I guess I'll just have to stay home this Halloween and watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" unless one of my loyal readers has a good idea for me. Today's roundup includes an FBI sting on a California politician accused of taking contributions to push film tax credit legislation. Also, ABC has sold all the commercial inventory for the Oscars and Time Warner Cable took it on the chin during its fight with CBS. Daily Dose: NBCUniversal is sparing no platform from promoting the Breeder's Cup, which airs on NBC this Saturday.
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October 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Federal investigators probing the activities of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) have asked other lawmakers about proposals he made to expand tax credits for the film industry, officials said Wednesday. Calderon pushed to extend tax breaks to productions of less than $1 million. He and family members received a total of $10,800 in campaign contributions from an independent producer who could have benefited from the change Calderon advocated. FBI agents raided Calderon's Capitol office in June and seized documents as part of an investigation into his finances.
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October 29, 2013 |
A cellphone charger in a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy's pocket saved her from serious injury during a struggle in Inglewood early Tuesday when a parolee opened fire and the bullet glanced off the device. Authorities called it "miraculous. " The suspect, described as a 49-year-old parolee, was shot and killed but not before he fired again, grazing the deputy's partner in the hand, officials said. Both deputies were treated at area hospitals and released later in the day. Sheriff Lee Baca said the deputy probably would have been seriously injured had the cellphone charger not deflected the bullet, sending it down her pant leg. It grazed her leg and went out her pants.
October 27, 2013 |
And the winner is ... United Mileage Plus. And cash. This year, "More for Your Money" has concentrated on credit cards that can be used abroad. It can be tricky because U.S. cards, which have a magnetic stripe, aren't always accepted abroad. Much of the rest of the world uses credit cards with a smart chip that require a PIN to complete a transaction. U.S. cards are supposed to work abroad but don't always, readers have told us (and I know from my experience). So we've been hot on the trail of chip and PIN cards available in the U.S. (the choices for leisure travelers are slim)
October 26, 2013 |
In the last 35 years, Harry Hamlin has been in and out of the spotlight; the heartthrob, toga-clad Perseus in "Clash of the Titans" in the early 1980s reigned over prime time as hunky lead attorney Michael Kuzak on "L.A. Law" in the mid-'80s. (Equally hunky off-screen, he was People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1987.) Returning to TV in recent years, Hamlin at 61 was the Emmy-nominated devious ad boss Jim Cutler on "Mad Men. " Have you heard that someone online said you're Hollywood's most persevering actor?
October 25, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - During John Mozeliak's six-year reign, the Cardinals general manager has traded popular center fielder Jim Edmonds, held firm in his contract offer that resulted in slugger Albert Pujols' leaving, and sent perennial prospect Colby Rasmus to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the revamping of a roster that essentially helped the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series. As daring and as successful as those decisions were, Mozeliak's decision not to acquire a veteran starting pitcher or a seasoned shortstop has helped the Cardinals' long-term future remain promising.
October 22, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wall Street is rolling out the red carpet for Twitter. The company has received a $1-billion credit line from some of the banks underwriting its initial public stock offering. Twitter set up the agreement with lenders earlier this month, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. Facebook secured an $8-billion credit line and Zynga secured a $1-billion credit line from banks underwriting their IPOs. Banks extend the credit in hopes of establishing a relationship with the company.
October 16, 2013 |
Jose says his girlfriend added him to her credit card a few years ago. She proceeded to run up $40,000 in debt, which she didn't pay off. The couple broke up. Now Jose says he's got creditors knocking at his door demanding payment for his ex's spending sprees. What to do? This horror story illustrates why you should never, ever agree to be added to someone else's plastic. Love doesn't always last forever. You don't want an erstwhile sweetie's debt haunting you after a relationship has run its course.
October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Tuesday put the U.S. AAA credit rating on watch for a potential downgrade because of the standoff over raising the nation's debt limit. The company said it still believed the debt limit would be raised soon, but the "political brinkmanship" was risking a default. The Treasury Department has said it would run out of borrowing authority by Thursday if the $16.7-trillion debt limit is not increased. Democrats and Republicans in Congress were working Tuesday to strike a deal to raise the limit before the deadline.