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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
September 12, 2012 | By James Rainey
It's obvious Mitt Romney wants badly to change the tenor of the presidential race, in which he has struggled for months to find a way to push ahead of President Obama. It became clear just how badly the Republican presidential candidate will reach for a game-changing moment when late Tuesday, and again Wednesday, he effectively issued a full-throated defense of the Free Speech rights of that hate-mongering Florida pastor, Terry Jones. Romney might not have mentioned Jones' name but that was the gist of his statements, with the candidate - in a fanciful contortion of fact and logic - accusing President Obama of being more sympathetic with Muslim protesters than with the American diplomats they attacked in Cairo and Benghazi, Libya.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Looking at the movies opening in late summer and early fall, it would be easy to assume these are go-go days for women in cinema. Actress Zoe Kazan not only stars in the romantic comedy "Ruby Sparks," she also wrote the screenplay. Likewise, Rashida Jones co-scripted her latest starring vehicle, "Celeste and Jesse Forever," with Will McCormack. Opening in Los Angeles on Friday is Julie Delpy's "2 Days in New York," a follow-up to her 2007 romantic comedy "2 Days in Paris"; Delpy wrote and directed both movies, poignant looks at the day-to-day complications of falling (and staying)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2007 | Janet Wilson and Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's senior staff declared there "are no winners and losers" in California's ambitious low-carbon fuel initiative unveiled in Sacramento on Tuesday. But some parts of the energy industry may have more to gain than others. Former California secretary of state Bill Jones, co-founder and chairman of Fresno-based Pacific Ethanol Inc.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2010 | John Hoeffel
Stepping up the Obama administration's opposition to Proposition 19, the nation's top law enforcement official promised to "vigorously enforce" federal drug laws against Californians who grow or sell marijuana for recreational use even if voters pass the legalization measure. U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder's response to the initiative comes as the administration has been under pressure to campaign against it more forcefully. Last week, Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, chided the Obama administration for not doing enough to defeat it. And last month, nine former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration publicly urged Holder to speak out. In a letter sent Wednesday to the former DEA administrators, Holder wrote, "Let me state clearly that the Department of Justice strongly opposes Proposition 19. If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2000 | Reuters
The New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday fined brokerage firm Edward Jones & Co. $200,000 for improperly supervising the sale of about $3 billion worth of long-term certificates of deposit. "In certain instances, the registered representatives did not adequately disclose the features and risks of the investment to customers," the NYSE said.
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