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April 3, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Democrats struggling to combat a flood of outside money pouring in to defeat their candidates have found at least a temporary solution: If you can't beat them, brand them. The latest strategy of Democratic messaging is tying Republican candidates and policies to the party's most prominent - and at times vilified - financial patrons, billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) initiated the strategy last month when he decried the brothers - whose last name is pronounced "coke" - from the Senate floor as "shadowy billionaires" and "un-American.
April 2, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
David Beckham, whose oversized contract caused Major League Soccer to create exceptions to its salary cap in 2007, now says the ceiling for what teams can pay players should be thrown out altogether. This season the cap is set at $3.1 million per team or $387,500 per player, although teams can go over those figures to sign as many as three designated players. The league currently has three dozen players who were signed under what was long known as "The Beckham Rule" because it was created to allow the Galaxy to offer Beckham a five-year, $32.5-million deal eight seasons ago. That contract also gave Beckham the option of owning an MLS expansion franchise -- an option he has exercised by bringing a team to Miami.
March 31, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Mark Stock, a painter known for his evocative portraits of white-gloved butlers and sad, stylish women in slinky gowns, has died. He was 62. Stock, who died Wednesday at an Oakland hospital, had an enlarged heart, his publicist Charlotte Parker said. His most famous painting, "The Butler's in Love - Absinthe," a study of a butler scrutinizing a lipstick smear on an empty glass, inspired a short David Arquette film, "The Butler's in Love" (2008). It is one of more than 100 Stock paintings featuring butlers, often in poses suggesting suppressed longing or brooding disappointment.
March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 6, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: On the day he signed his six-year, $144.5-million contract extension, Angels center fielder Mike Trout singled and hit a solo home run in his first two at-bats. Kole Calhoun hit a three-run home run to right field in the second inning, and Albert Pujols and David Freese had run-scoring doubles in the first. Utility man Chone Figgins hit a two-run double into shallow right field in the third inning for the Dodgers, who pulled their starters after one at-bat.
March 28, 2014 | By Meg James
Discovery Communications Chief Executive David Zaslav might run one of the smallest of the major media companies, but his pay remains in the big leagues. Zaslav last year collected compensation valued at $33.3 million, according to Discovery's proxy, which was filed Friday afternoon with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That amount represented a more than 30% drop over Zaslav's 2012 pay arrangement, which was valued at $49.9 million. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Zaslav in 2013 received a base salary of $3 million, a $5.8-million cash bonus and $22.5 million in stock option awards.
March 28, 2014 | By Howard Blume
David Koff, a filmmaker and union activist whose investigation of a campus construction project profoundly changed the Los Angeles school system, has died. He was 74. He committed suicide March 6 in Hastings, N.Y., his family said. Koff was the indefatigable researcher who, in the 1990s, took on the Belmont Learning Complex, turning it into a symbol of civic dysfunction as it became the nation's most expensive high school. Outside Los Angeles, Koff was best known as a talented documentary filmmaker who took uncompromising stands.
March 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
"Sabotage" is an appropriate title for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, since its many action and suspense elements are routinely undermined by a sloppy assemblage. A hyperviolent tale from complicated-cop chronicler David Ayer ("Training Day," "End of Watch"), the film is about a renegade DEA task force whose members are mysteriously eliminated one by one in the wake of a botched cartel takedown. "Sabotage" was designed to give the grizzled ex-governor, playing the group's veteran leader, a shoot'em-up vehicle bolstered by Ayer's patented macho realism.
March 26, 2014 | By August Brown
The electronic music conference IMS Engage is getting cinematic this year. The Ibiza-based lecture and conversation series -- a project from EDM legend and new Angeleno Pete Tong and several music-biz colleagues -- debuted in L.A. last year with guests including Skrillex, Diplo and Ultra Music's Patrick Moxey. On April 16 at the W hotel in Hollywood, this year's speakers will focus on how EDM is intertwining with the film world. Moby, one of the first wave of electronic artists to break big in America, will talk with director David Lynch (himself an experimental musician as well)
March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MESA, Ariz. - It wasn't quite a stump speech for a David Freese Gold Glove Award campaign, but it was a ringing endorsement in the eyes of the Angels' new third baseman. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia stopped short of saying he would pull Freese for defensive purposes, at least to start the season. “We're not there yet,” Scioscia said. “We'll see where we are next week, but David is going to play third base for us, and we anticipate him playing it well.” Freese, acquired from St. Louis for Peter Bourjos in November, appreciates the support.
March 25, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
David Cassidy has been sentenced to 90 days' live-in rehab and 60 months' probation after being arrested on suspicion of DUI in January near Los Angeles International Airport. Cassidy's attorney entered a no-contest plea Monday, TMZ first reported. In addition to the rehab and probation, the 63-year-old will have to attend a nine-month alcohol education course and pay various fines. When arrested in January after making what police said was an illegal right turn, he reportedly blew 0.19 on a blood-alcohol breath test, more than twice California's legal limit.
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