September 13, 2006 |
Joe Francis and the Santa Monica-based company he built on soft-core "Girls Gone Wild" videos pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating federal laws designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and agreed to pay fines totaling $2.1 million. Under the terms of a deal with the Justice Department, Francis agreed to personally pay a $500,000 fine to settle charges in Los Angeles that he failed to keep records of the ages and identities of the women who appeared in his films.
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February 3, 2005 |
Vikki LaMotta, the Bronx, N.Y.-born beauty whose marriage to boxer Jake LaMotta was portrayed in the film "Raging Bull," has died. She was 75. LaMotta died Jan. 25 at Boca Raton Community Hospital in Florida, about six months after open-heart surgery, said her son Harrison Foster. In the movie, Robert DeNiro plays the boxer who is obsessed with his young wife, played by Cathy Moriarty, but his obsession drives her away.
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September 8, 1992
San Diego County's largest labor organization announced Monday it will endorse mayoral candidate Peter Navarro. The San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, with a membership of more than 108,000, weighed in on Navarro's side primarily because of his opposition to the proposed free-trade pact between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
December 24, 2006
Regarding "Maker of 'Girls Gone Wild' is sentenced," Dec. 14: Was this an opinion piece or a straight news story? So Joe Francis "made a fortune persuading drunken women on spring break to bare their bodies." Really? None of the hundreds, if not thousands, of these women over the years volunteered for or initiated their involvement in these videos by seeking out his crews the minute they found out the "Girls Gone Wild" production was in town? You obviously haven't been to a youth-oriented spring break or Mardi Gras-type event if you think most of the youngsters at these things have to be persuaded to do any partying.
May 23, 2013 |
On Wednesday night's Season 8 finale of "Criminal Minds," the identity of the sinister serial killer known as the Replicator was finally revealed. And though the BAU team finally took him out, it wasn't before he managed to kill one of their own. Spoilers follow for those who haven't caught up on the show. It turns out the Replicator, whom the team had been tracking for most of the eighth season, was none other than guest star Mark Hamill. Hamill may be riding a new crest of notoriety following the disclosure that he'll be appearing in the next "Star Wars" movie, but to viewers of "Criminal Minds" he was just John Curtis, a demoted FBI agent out to get revenge on his former partner, Erin Strauss (played by Jayne Atkinson)
January 21, 1994 |
The Washington Redskins completed an agreement to buy all the land needed for a 78,600-seat football stadium to be built halfway between Washington and Baltimore. Redskin owner Jack Kent Cooke said he signed an agreement with Joe De Francis, principal owner of the Laurel and Pimlico racetracks in Maryland, to purchase 100 acres now part of the Laurel facility. * The Green Bay Packers named Ted Thompson as director of pro personnel.
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October 9, 1988 |
One would never expect the lives of Mary Grillo and Doug Baylis to cross. Grillo comes from an affluent East Coast family, attended exclusive Wellesley College and, she says, was "expected to marry a Harvard man." Baylis was raised in San Diego by working-class parents. Although he received a state scholarship to UC San Diego, Baylis had to work his way through school doing menial jobs, even shining shoes for money during his freshman year.
May 28, 1992 |
Local labor leaders reportedly have pledged to picket three non-union hotels that will lodge United Auto Workers delegates during the organization's convention here in June. Hotel and Restaurant Union Local 30 business manager Nancy Browning on Wednesday told the Detroit News that the UAW's decision to book some of its delegates into non-union hotels was "hypocritical," given the UAW's attempts to get Americans to buy union-made domestic vehicles.