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May 5, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Like most kids growing up in Brazil, Roberto Gurgel dreamed of being on the field for a World Cup. That never happened. So this summer, Gurgel is settling for the next-best thing by helping to build five of the fields that will be used for the first World Cup in his native country in 64 years. Gurgel is executive director of research for Sod Solutions, a South Carolina-based company that develops and licenses varieties of grass. One of those varieties, a deep blue-green Bermuda called Celebration, will be used in five of the 12 World Cup venues this summer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Continuing to add more Hollywood talent to its executive ranks, Silicon Valley giant Netflix has hired Warner Bros.' veteran Kelly Bennett as its chief marketing officer. Bennett worked for nine years at the Burbank studio, most recently as vice president of interactive, worldwide marketing, where he oversaw international online advertising campaigns for a wide range of films including the current release "The Dark Knight Rises. " He replaces 12-year Netflix veteran Leslie Kilgore, who left in January following a very troubled 2011 marked most notably by the abandoned attempt to create a new DVD brand called Qwikster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- With every part of California suffering from the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a new executive order on Friday in an attempt to provide some relief from the persistent dry conditions across the state. Brown's actions run the gamut from suspending some environmental regulations to asking restaurants to stop serving diners water unless they ask for it. He also ordered homeowners associations to stop fining residents for failing to water their lawns. During a speech at an environmental sustainability conference in Brentwood, Brown said he was calling on all Californians and municipal water agencies “to do everything humanly possible to conserve.” “Our fire seasons are longer, and the dry season is upon us, so we have to take renewed vigilance,” he said.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2011 | Bloomberg
PG&E Corp., owner of California's largest utility, named Anthony Earley as chief executive officer, turning to an outsider for the first time in its 106- year history after a fatal pipeline blast last year. Earley, the 62-year-old executive chairman at DTE Energy Co., will take over at PG&E on Sept. 13, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement yesterday. The start date is about a year after a PG&E natural-gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes in the San Francisco suburb.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2013 | By Meg James
Univision Communications Inc.'s networks president, Cesar Conde, has left the Spanish-language media giant to accept a larger role overseeing international expansion at rival NBCUniversal. On Friday, Conde was named NBCUniversal executive vice president in charge of international and business development, signaling the company's growing interest in Latin America. Conde, a polished 39-year-old executive, had a meteoric rise at Univision, where he worked for the last decade, including the last four years overseeing Univision's expanding TV networks group.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Seat belts on airplanes are useless. That was the latest rant by Michael O'Leary, the chief executive for RyanAir, the ultra-low-cost airline based in Ireland. O'Leary, who opposes seat belts because he is pushing for standing-room sections of his planes, called aviation authorities who disagree with him “plonkers.” “Seat belts don't matter,” O'Leary told The Telegraph. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won't save you.” ALSO: American Airlines on-time rating drops during labor dispute FAA recommends seat inspections on some airlines Chicago's O'Hare, LAX to be busiest airports for Thanksgiving Follow Hugo Martin on Twitter at @hugomartin
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton is the first Hollywood executive to be honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Institute. The 242-year-old group is giving Lynton its first-ever "Order of the Golden Sphinx" for his work supporting philanthropy and arts education during his long career in the media business, including stints at Walt Disney Co., Time Warner and AOL, before taking the reins of Sony in 2004. Lynton received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard. Previously, Hasty Pudding has given man and woman of the year awards to such performers as Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Hope.
SPORTS
March 23, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Marje Everett, the former chief executive of Hollywood Park who served as a director of the Inglewood horse racing track from 1972 to 1991, when she was ousted after a proxy fight with R.D. Hubbard, died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 90. Everett's longtime caretaker, Dorothy Carter, confirmed Everett's death. The longtime horse racing executive grew up with the sport. Her father, B.F. Lindheimer, owned the Arlington Park, Washington Park and Balmoral tracks in Chicago before she inherited control when he died in 1960.
SPORTS
May 16, 2012 | Wire reports
Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird was voted the NBA's executive of the year on Wednesday, becoming the first person to win that award, plus the most valuable player and coach of the year honors. The Pacers went 42-24 and are tied 1-1 with Miami in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bird's moves to strengthen the team during the off-season included promoting Frank Vogel from interim to head coach and signing starting forward David West . He acquired point guard George Hill in a draft-night deal with San Antonio, and traded for Lou Amundson and Leandro Barbosa to fortify the bench for the Pacers, who earned the No. 3 seeding in the East and had the fifth-best record in the league.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Three Hollywood executives accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the late 1990s say the allegations against them are false.  Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were named in three separate complaints, filed Monday by attorney Jeff Herman in Hawaii, accusing them of sexually abusing Michael F. Egan III. Last week, Egan accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting him. ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014
Hamish Maxwell Philip Morris Cos. CEO Hamish Maxwell, 87, who steered Philip Morris Cos. in its purchase of General Foods Corp. and takeover of Kraft Inc., milestones in transforming the tobacco company into a consumer products conglomerate in the 1980s, died Saturday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He had bladder cancer, said his daughter Graham Russell. Maxwell spent 37 years with Philip Morris, culminating with his tenure as chairman and chief executive officer from 1984 to 1991.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Sanity prevailed in Oklahoma on Monday. Oklahoma County District Court Judge Patricia Parrish recently ruled that the state's secrecy-shrouded lethal-injection protocol denies condemned prisoners due process. The compelling point: How can prisoners weigh the constitutionality of their executions if they are barred from knowing with what drugs they will be killed? The state, naturally, is appealing that decision. But in a Kafka-esque twist of legal absurdities, one of the men, Clayton Lockett, came awfully close to execution anyway.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The attorney for the man accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse has filed additional, similar cases against three Hollywood executives. Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were named in three separate complaints, filed by attorney Jeff Herman in Hawaii, accusing them of sexually abusing Michael F. Egan III. Last week, Singer was accused in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting Egan in the 1990s. Ancier is a prominent television executive who has held senior positions at Fox and NBC. Neuman is a former senior Walt Disney television executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
John Claerhout, a former Boy Scouts of America executive known for his finesse at fundraising and his promotion of scouting programs for thousands of inner-city Los Angeles teenagers, has died in a Northridge hospital. He was 85. Claerhout underwent quadruple bypass surgery two weeks before his April 4 death from complications of pneumonia, said his son Kevyn Claerhout. Claerhout was a masterful networker who recruited a stream of local and national celebrities for gala dinners benefiting the Scouts.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jadeveon Clowney is slated as one of the top picks, if not the top pick, in just about every mock NFL draft out there. But at least one NFL executive isn't impressed with the South Carolina defensive end. Or so he says ... anonymously. “He's spoiled, and he's lazy," an NFC personnel director told nj.com. “He's never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you're going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don't see it. " He added of Clowney: “Oh, he's going to be a high pick.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Putting his stamp on the Motion Picture Assn. of America, former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd has assembled his own team of top-level executives at Hollywood's chief lobbying organization. Dodd, who was tapped in March to run the MPAA, announced Thursday that Lori McGrogan, his former chief of staff in the Senate, will be brought in as his senior advisor, assisting in strategic and long-term planning as well as day-to-day operations. Laura Nichols, formerly a senior fellow for the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C., think tank, will head up the MPAA's communications team.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2013 | By Shan Li
Voters in Switzerland, angered by high executive pay, backed a plan to increase the control of shareholders over compensation of corporate leaders. Nearly 70% of voters approved the so-called "Rip-Off Initiative," according to the Swiss television station SRF, which gives shareholders the right to vote on compensation for company directors and executives and bans bonuses bestowed on high-ranking employees when they join or leave a firm. "Today's vote is the result of widespread unease among the population at the exorbitant remuneration of certain company bosses," said Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga in a press conference over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
SCIENCE
April 14, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Fruit flies seem to have a preternatural ability to evade annoyed swatters. Now, laser-wielding scientists have discovered the secret of these winged escape artists: They execute speedy hairpin turns by banking in the same way that fighter jets do. The aerial skills of Drosophila hydei , described this month in the journal Science, could provide insight into the complex neural circuitry that makes such impressive maneuvers possible - and perhaps...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Senior Turner Broadcasting executive Steve Koonin has been named chief executive of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. He'll be in charge of operations for both the National Basketball Assn. franchise and its home court Philips Arena. Koonin will also have an ownership stake in the team. A well-regarded programming and marketing executive, Koonin has been with Turner for 14 years, rising to the rank of president of Turner Entertainment Networks, whose holdings include TNT, TBS, TruTV and Cartoon Network.
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