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March 14, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Seeking a return to prominence after decades of futility, the New York Knicks brought back a part of their past glory Friday when they officially agreed to hire Phil Jackson as team president, according to multiple reports. The Knicks have scheduled a news conference for 8 a.m. PDT Tuesday at Madison Square Garden for what they have termed a "major announcement. " ESPN reported that Jackson's contract was expected to pay him $12 million a year. Jackson, 68, will be making his first foray into the front office of an NBA team after winning 11 titles as a coach with the Lakers and Chicago Bulls.
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SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Lakers fans lost one of their favorite chants earlier this season, the "M-V-P" mantra reserved for the still-injured Kobe Bryant . They lost another one Friday. Phil Jackson joined the New York Knicks' front office as team president, taking away his chances of returning to the Lakers and presumably the "We Want Phil" chant that popped in and out of Staples Center since Coach Mike Brown was fired. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni heard them plenty of times since getting hired but said he didn't feel relieved with Jackson out of the picture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Marisa Gerber
With a clientele of Hollywood celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, Dawn DaLuise was well-known as a skin-care guru to the stars. The 55-year-old former model ran a West Hollywood “skin refinery” that used electrical muscle stimulation instead of the typical steam-and-cream facial. Vogue and InStyle magazines have featured her and she was the go-to beauty expert for national publications. So last year, when esthetician Gabriel Suarez moved in a couple doors down and started offering facials and male body waxing, the competition created tension.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Marisa Gerber
With a clientele of Hollywood celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, Dawn DaLuise was well-known as the skin-care guru of the stars. The 55-year-old former model ran a West Hollywood "skin refinery" that used electrical muscle stimulation instead of the typical steam-and-cream facial. Vogue and InStyle magazines have featured her, and she's the go-to beauty expert for national publications. So last year, when esthetician Gabriel Suarez moved in a couple doors down and started offering facials and male body waxing, the competition created tension.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
They are losing more games by larger margins than anyone could imagine. They are losing more fans in bigger chunks than anyone thought possible. They have lost star players to injuries, star free agents to other teams, star power in their building to the Clippers, and even the glitter off that star from the hamburger ad that occasionally adorns the backs of the Laker Girls. None of which compares to what they could be losing next. REPORT: Kobe Bryant will "absolutely not" play again this season The Lakers are about to lose one of the greatest minds in basketball history, and they appear too dysfunctional to do anything about it. If Phil Jackson is indeed going to take over the front office of the New York Knicks in the coming days - as has been reported by several outlets - a serious question should be posed to the Buss children, who seem intent on quickly frittering away their revered father's legacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The chief executive of Orange County's toll road agency has agreed to resign after less than one year on the job. Neil Peterson, who was hired in May, was put on administrative leave in February after coming under fire for spending thousands of dollars without public scrutiny because of a provision that allowed him to approve certain contracts without board approval. Lisa Telles, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, declined to say why Peterson had decided to resign.
OPINION
March 9, 2014 | By Christopher Chabris and Jonathan Wai
Laszlo Bock, the head of human resources at Google, made quite a splash with his announcement last year that the technology firm has changed the way it hires people. Gone are the brainteaser-style interview questions that so many candidates abhorred. But also gone, it would seem, is any concern with discovering how smart applicants really are. "GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless.... We found that they don't predict anything," Bock told the New York Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I'm guessing that if you call 911 to report a fire in Los Angeles, you probably wouldn't want me showing up with a hose and a helmet. But just in case I had an untapped aptitude for putting out blazes, I decided to try my hand at the sample test questions posted for would-be firefighters on a city website. The LAFD could always use a few more good men and women, after all. The rank and file may be top notch, but in the upper echelons, it's been one white-hot controversy after another regarding the 911 system and misleading claims about response times.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
When the Lakers hired Coach Mike D'Antoni in November 2012, they made their decision soon after an interview with Phil Jackson. Jackson expected to have the opportunity to either accept or reject the position, but the Lakers chose to go in a completely different direction. In an interview with USA Today , Jackson said he believes the final say came down to the team's then-owner, the late Jerry Buss. "When I left [the interview], [Lakers owner/executive] Jimmy [Buss] was pretty happy about it and [General Manager]
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After a five-year hiring freeze, the Los Angeles Fire Department is beginning to select its next generation of firefighters, and it is finding that there is tremendous demand for the jobs. Last year, 70 open slots at the fire academy drew 13,000 applications. Some 6,500 candidates passed the written exam and were invited to submit paperwork showing they had passed the physical fitness test. With such a huge pool of applicants, the LAFD should have picked the very best - those with the highest test scores and the most training, and experience in emergency medical response, which has become a significant part of a firefighter's job. But that didn't happen.
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