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August 7, 2012
Mark O'Donnell Tony-winning co-writer of 'Hairspray' Mark O'Donnell, 58, the Tony Award-winning writer behind such quirky and clever Broadway shows as "Hairspray and "Cry-Baby," died Monday in New York. His agent, Jack Tantleff, said the writer collapsed in the lobby of his apartment complex on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. O'Donnell won the 2003 Tony for best book of a musical for co-writing "Hairspray" with Thomas Meehan, and the pair earned Tony nominations in 2008 for doing the same for "Cry-Baby.
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BUSINESS
July 16, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Meg James and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
The News Corp. phone-hacking scandal claimed two high-ranking executives running the company's U.S. and British operations as Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch tried to stem the fallout from a growing crisis he had been downplaying. The resignations of longtime Murdoch intimates Les Hinton as chief executive of Dow Jones & Co. and publisher of its Wall Street Journal and Rebekah Brooks as chief of News International in London came hours apart Friday. Hinton was in charge of News International and Brooks was editor of its News of the World when many of the hacking incidents are alleged to have occurred.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1999
The best post-Grammy hot spot in your city? Ertegun: Elaine's Restaurant. Jones: Matsuhisa or anywhere Wolfgang Puck is cooking. * The official Grammy cocktail in your city? E: Dry Manhattan. J: Stoli and cranberry juice with a lime twist. * The official Grammy dessert in your city? E: Greene apple tart. Michael's, that is. J: Warm chocolate souffle with whipped cream. * The best vehicle to be seen arriving in? E: A stretch Volkswagen Bug, or Seymour Stein's pickup truck.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2011 | By Andrea Chang and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
99 Cents Only Stores Inc. has agreed to be sold in a deal valued at about $1.6 billion, the deep-discount retailer said Tuesday, as investors are eyeing dollar stores that have grown in popularity during the economic downturn. The City of Commerce chain will be acquired by Los Angeles private equity firm Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $22 a share in cash, a 7.4% premium over Monday's closing price of $20.49. The chain said the current family management team will remain.
HEALTH
May 4, 2009 | Shari Roan
Loaded with caffeine and taurine to stimulate the central nervous system, energy drinks have become the go-to solution when you need a quick, energizing pick-me-up. But sometimes energy isn't what you need. Concentration and attention can start to fade in the face of those midafternoon doldrums and a host of distractions. Something to perk up the mind and enhance focus would do the trick. Some beverage manufacturers say they have just the solution.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1987
Like 72% of Orange County's super-rich, Bren made his money in real estate. He currently owns 99% of the Irvine Co., which owns 68,000 acres of prime Orange County real estate, most of it undeveloped. As the county's largest landowner, Bren is worth $1.25 billion which makes him No. 30 in his fourth appearance on the Forbes list. Bren is a former collegiate ski star, the son of producer Milton Bren and stepson of actress Claire Trevor. He began his career as a home builder in 1958.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1993 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, Patrick Goldstein is a frequent contributor to Calendar
In Adrian Lyne's new film, "Indecent Proposal," billionaire playboy Robert Redford comes to visit Demi Moore at her realty company. As he walks into her office, we catch a glimpse of Moore's secretary, a blond bimbo busily filing her nails and reading "Backlash," Susan Faludi's 1991 expose of the war against women's rights. The shot is meant as a playful jab at Faludi. But after seeing Lyne's new film, in which Redford offers a happily married young couple $1 million for a one-night stand with the sultry wife, the outspoken author--and many of her female Hollywood peers--are in no laughing mood.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Rupert Murdoch completed his $5-billion-plus deal to acquire Dow Jones & Co., adding the Wall Street Journal to his News Corp. and ending a century of control by the Bancroft family. From Times Wire Services
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