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ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
Last week, news of Jared Paul Stern's Page Six payola scandal rippled through New York's media circles with all the force of an 800-pound bomb. The story has all the stranger-than-fiction twists you could ask for: media figures accused of Mafia-like strong-arm tactics, boldfaced names in compromising positions -- and at its core is a terrific Los Angeles story, hinging on a Southland billionaire and with tantalizing implications about the entertainment industry's backroom dealings.
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SPORTS
January 21, 1994 | Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 28, 1992 | GREG JOHNSON
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. David Letterman responded to militant jihadist death threats with jokes and a top 10 list. ( Los Angeles Times ) But security at the Ed Sullivan Theater has been tightened. ( New York Post ) "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis has been arrested. Again. ( Los Angeles Times ) Los Angeles has denied permits for this weekend's planned Sunset Junction street fair. ( Los Angeles Times ) DC Comics is hoping digital comics and Superman in blue jeans will save the future of the medium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
"Girls Gone Wild" video empire owner Joe Francis was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly touching an 18-year-old woman's breast, buttocks and inner thigh repeatedly during a party at a Hollywood eatery in January. Francis, who on Monday in a separate case was sentenced to 35 days in prison by a federal judge for criminal contempt, is slated to be arraigned May 22, said Frank Mateljan, a Los Angeles city attorney's office spokesman.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
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)
BUSINESS
December 31, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. said billionaire Carl Icahn must disclose a "secret" agreement he has with creditors of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. about a possible merger of the two studios. The Santa Monica film and television studio wants to continue its lawsuit against Icahn even though he no longer is attempting to acquire Lions Gate, it said in a filing in U.S. District Court in New York late Thursday. Lions Gate sued Icahn in December, saying he was "secretly plotting" to profit from merging the studio with MGM while telling investors the deal would be a "debacle.
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