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June 6, 2001 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Hewlett-Packard chief Lew Platt is ending his short second career at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates as founder Jess Jackson has decided to take the company off the market. Platt, 60, was hired in January 2000 as chief executive to restructure the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based firm, one of the largest wineries in the country, and get it ready for a public offering or sale to a large international company that could further its global expansion plans.
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July 17, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ORLANDO - The Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke about Trayvon Martin before appearing at the NAACP national convention here Wednesday morning, faulting the jury that acquitted Martin's killer for being biased and relying on the state's “stand your ground” self-defense law, noting that he has been investigating other such cases involving blacks. “The jury was not representative,” Jackson said of the six women, five of them white, who acquitted George Zimmerman on Saturday. “Now they are showing their own cultural biases” he said in interviews.
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November 26, 2004 | Michelle Locke, Associated Press
Jess Jackson made his mark as a lawyer, carving out an accomplished career as a land-use attorney. He got into winemaking and became a huge success, building an empire on Kendall-Jackson chardonnay. So far, though, he doesn't seem to have gotten the hang of retirement. Jackson, who briefly stepped down from the top spot at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates Ltd.
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June 21, 2013 | By Katherine Skiba, Tribune reporter
WASHINGTON - Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and attorney Vernon Jordan are the latest high-profile people to show support for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who will be sentenced July 3 for looting his campaign treasury of about $750,000. Letters from the two were filed Friday in federal court. Smiley, who hosts “Tavis Smiley,” which airs on PBS, said when he spoke recently to Jackson, “the first words out of his mouth were an acknowledgment and apology for letting me and so many others down.” He told the sentencing judge that he'd known Jackson most of his life.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
When Jess Jackson coaxed his family into helping crush a load of grapes some 25 harvests ago, he had no clue he was about to create one of the nation's largest wine empires. "I was attracted by the lifestyle. I wanted to get away from law and become a farmer," said Jackson, a former property rights attorney from San Francisco. Since that modest first vintage of 16,000 cases in rural Lakeport, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, his winery has carved out a niche as the Starbucks of wine.
SPORTS
February 11, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The owner of horse of the year Rachel Alexandra said his filly won't run against Zenyatta in a $5-million race in Arkansas, but he proposed a three-race series in which the leading ladies would meet. Jess Jackson says he has been in discussions with the president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn. and hopes details can be worked out with the owners of Zenyatta. In a news release issued Wednesday, Jackson said that if training and racing schedules as well as purse money could be worked out, the three races would "rival the Triple Crown."
SPORTS
November 1, 2008
Sorry to pick a fight with Bill Dwyre, but when he says Curlin and Bo Derek are no longer 10s, we can't agree. We were within two or three feet of Bo Derek a couple of times at the Breeders' Cup and can still say she's a 10. As for Curlin and his owner Jess Jackson, they're still 10s in our book for trying to keep horse racing alive. Ron & Genie Steele Playa del Rey
BUSINESS
November 21, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER
Jess Jackson, 70, the founder of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, announced his resignation Monday, turning the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based company's top spot over to his wife, Barbara Banke, who helped him found the company winery nearly 20 years ago. Banke will assume the role of chairwoman and continue her role as president of Kendall-Jackson's Cambria Winery. The Jackson family will continue to own the company, which posted $346 million in sales last year.
SPORTS
September 12, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Call it a Hail Mary pass for the Breeders' Cup -- and an incomplete pass at that. Less than two months before racing's world championship comes to Santa Anita, the Breeders' Cup said Friday that it will add $1 million to the winner's share of the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 7 if both Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta start in the $5 million race. The winner's share in the 1 1/4 -mile race would increase to $3.7 million. The problem is that Jess Jackson, owner of the 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra, has said repeatedly that he would not run his horse on Santa Anita's synthetic track.
SPORTS
September 12, 2008 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
The Big Brown-versus-Curlin drama will begin to play out for horse racing fans in a somewhat untraditional scene Saturday at Monmouth Park. Big Brown, the spectacular winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- who was also a spectacular loser when he was pulled up on the final turn in the Belmont -- will be running on grass, in an ungraded, nine-furlong race called the Monmouth Stakes at the New Jersey track. Because Big Brown is running, track officials upped the purse from $200,000 to $500,000.
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February 20, 2013 | By Katherine Skiba, Jeff Coen and Wes Venteicher, Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and his wife, former Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, pleaded guilty Wednesday in what prosecutors said was a conspiracy to siphon about $750,000 in federal campaign funds for their personal use. Jackson entered a negotiated plea of guilty on one felony count of conspiracy to commit false statements, wire fraud and mail fraud. He could face years in prison when he is sentenced this summer. Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty to a charge of willingly filing a false tax return, tied to the same allegations that the couple repeatedly tapped the former congressman's campaign fund, used the money for personal expenses and then made fraudulent campaign and tax disclosures to cover up the misconduct.
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November 21, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune reporter
Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress on Wednesday, saying in a letter that he is cooperating with a federal investigation "into my activities" but blaming his health problems for his decision to step down just two weeks after his reelection. Jackson's letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner was his first acknowledgment of the ongoing corruption inquiry into his  alleged misuse of campaign dollars. "I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone," Jackson said in the two-page letter dated Nov. 21. "None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailties and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right.
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August 15, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
The Mayo Clinic announced this week that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who has been on medical leave since June, is at the facility in Rochester, Minn., being treated for a form of bipolar disorder known as bipolar II. The clinic's statement says describes bipolar II depression as “a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive.” A combination of genetic and environmental factors are thought to...
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Not that he's missing much given the pointless political "show" votes currently dominating the House of Representatives, but Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s apparent disappearance is giving folks in his district heartburn. The Democratic congressman from Illinois hasn't been seen publicly since announcing a medical leave of absence a month ago, prompting his home-state senator, fellow Democrat Dick Durbin, to call for some clarity. "As a public official, there comes a point where you have a responsibility to tell the public what's going on," Durbin said Monday.
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July 5, 2012 | Chicago Tribune staff
A week after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced he was taking a leave of absence, his office released a statement Thursday saying his condition is "more serious than initially believed" and that he is being treated at an "in-patient facility. " In a statement that contained few details, the Illinois Democrat's office said: "Recently we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time. According to the preliminary diagnosis from his doctors, Congressman Jackson will need to receive extended in-patient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter.
NEWS
June 25, 2012 | By Rick Pearson and Katherine Skiba, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s office disclosed Monday that the veteran Democratic congressman has been on medical leave from Congress for the last two weeks and is being treated for exhaustion. In a statement from his office, spokesman Frank Watkins said the 17-year congressman went on medical leave June 10. “He asks that you respect his family's privacy,” the statement said, adding that his congressional offices remain open for constituents. The statement was the first public disclosure that Jackson has been on medical leave for two weeks.
SPORTS
November 16, 2008 | Bill Dwyre, Staff and Wire Reports
Racing fans may get one more look at one of the greatest horses of all time. In an announcement made late Saturday, Curlin's majority owner, Jess Jackson, said that the winningest horse in North American history would be retired to stud next year but might race once more before the end of the year "if the right race and right purse was found. " The most likely race for a Curlin finale would be the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs the Friday after Thanksgiving. No specifics about any race were included in Jackson's announcement.
BUSINESS
July 8, 1992 | DAN BERGER, TIMES WINE WRITER
Two winemakers were talking. One said he was using Montrachet yeast to ferment his Chardonnay grapes. The other said he was using Prise de Mousse to ferment the juice into wine. The conversation then wandered off into arcane microbiological chat that was lost to the non-science majors present at the dinner table.
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