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November 14, 2013 |
Donald S. Maxwell, a retired financial executive who helped guide the Los Angeles Times and its former parent company, Times Mirror, through periods of unprecedented expansion, died Wednesday at his home in La Habra Heights. He was 83 and had pancreatic cancer, family members said. Maxwell joined The Times as controller in 1969 and later became the newspaper's vice president of finance. In 1982, he was named a vice president of Times Mirror, where he had a succession of financial responsibilities.
November 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two Islamist groups in Nigeria have been added to the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations for killing thousands of people and threatening Westerners in West Africa, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Boko Haram and a splinter group, Ansaru, were named to the federal roster of terrorist groups after U.S. officials determined that they had received training and some financing from the Al Qaeda affiliate in North Africa. The designations "demonstrate our strong support for Nigeria's fight against terrorism and its efforts to address security challenges in the north," Lisa Monaco, President Obama's counter-terrorism advisor, said in a statement.
November 9, 2013 |
DETROIT - Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension. But the city's recent plunge into bankruptcy - overseen by an outside emergency manager answerable to the state government, not the citizens of Detroit - makes her wonder whether she and other African American residents of the impoverished city will be able to stop Wall Street creditors from seizing what's left of a municipal treasury they paid into for most of their lives.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In blocking the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to head a top housing agency, Senate Republicans showed they preferred to keep oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the hands of a career bureaucrat who opposes providing more aggressive aid for struggling homeowners. Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, was nominated by President Obama to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The nomination failed a key procedural vote Thursday. The White House and congressional Democrats plan to continue to press for Watt to replace acting Director Edward J. DeMarco, who has led the housing regulatory agency since 2009.
October 28, 2013 |
Of all the changes made by the IceArizona group since it purchased the Phoenix Coyotes from the NHL in August, one seemingly small decision symbolizes the new regime. The Coyotes traditionally hold a dinner for players and their wives before the season, "to kind of set the tone," General Manager Don Maloney said. "And basically the last three years it's been Happy Meals and six-packs. The new owners took us out to a nice restaurant. Little things that you think don't mean much, but they mean a lot for the whole mind-set of your group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 |
Through a secret arrangement to double his generous vacation and sick day allotments, former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo was actually making at least $1.18 million, much more than has previously been reported, a trial witness said Friday. Rizzo and his top aide, Angela Spaccia, drew up a document awarding themselves 33 hours of vacation time every two weeks and each actually drew two paychecks, one for the salaries and the second for the vacation and sick time payouts, Lourdes Garcia, the city's former finance officer, testified.