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Just when it seemed American Airlines Chairman Robert Crandall had softened his renowned tough edges, he's proving he still plays hardball when it comes to labor costs. Despite a pilots strike threatened for tonight that would force American's grounding, throw the U.S. travel system into turmoil and cost American $50 million a day, Crandall and the airline are standing firm in contract negotiations with the Allied Pilots Assn., the union for American's 9,300 pilots.
April 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
National Geographic Channels, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society, is being overhauled. Out are Chief Executive David Lyle and President Howard Owens. In their place, veteran Fox executive David Hill has been named chairman and Courteney Monroe, chief marketing officer for National Geographic's U.S. network, has been promoted to chief executive. For Hill, this is his second stint as chairman of National Geographic Channels. He oversaw the partnership several years ago before turning the day-to-day job over to Lyle while keeping a seat on the board of directors.
February 11, 1989 | ROBERT SHOGAN, Times Political Writer
To the cheers of pennant-waving supporters, Ron Brown won the Democratic national chairmanship Friday, becoming the first black to head a major political party. He promptly pledged to bring unity to Democrats and hard times to their Republican opponents. Elected by acclamation, Brown marched to the podium to the strains of "How High the Moon" and vowed not to permit his racial identity to overshadow his responsibilities as the party's leader.
April 14, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Turner Broadcasting is getting a makeover. For years, the parent company of cable channels TBS, CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, HLN and TruTV was one of the more stable and low-key units of Time Warner Inc. Based in Atlanta, Turner seldom gets as much attention as Time Warner's Warner Bros. and HBO, despite being a cash cow that last year had operating profit of $3.5 billion and revenue of almost $10 billion. But the new leaders at Turner -- Chief Executive John Martin and President David Levy are shaking things up. There have been several high-profile departures this year -- some voluntary and some not -- and Levy has promised that more changes are in the works.
December 27, 1987
Our readers wrote letters throughout 198 7 expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters. We appreciate their taking the time to share their viewpoints and look forward to hearing from you in 1988. While I agree with the premise that all are not created equal in energies, gifts and talents, and that those who are gifted to lead should be encouraged to do so, the issue that must be addressed is how those with such attributes can be can be encouraged to give back to the world in a caring, compassionate sense.
December 20, 2003
Having never been in the service myself, it took me many years of trial and error to learn leadership skills. Recently, when confronted with the need to teach something about this skill to a young business associate, I sent him to see "Master and Commander." As Tony Perry describes so well ["A Salute to Peers of Old," Dec. 13], this film is so much more than just another action-packed adventure. The leadership lessons demonstrated by Capt. Jack Aubrey have the power to change the life of the audience.
March 14, 1999
Much as farmers must constantly adjust the way they do business to compensate for changing weather and market conditions, so must Ventura County's agricultural commissioner develop new skills and habits if he is to carry out the duties demanded by an evolving county. Earl McPhail, who has held that job for two decades, has been slow to respond to the growing need for his office to play the roles of diplomat, educator and enforcer of the delicate balance between farmers and their urban neighbors.
January 31, 1999
Last week's announcement that William Norlund plans to step down as president of Mission College leaves two of the San Fernando Valley's three community colleges in search of a new leader. Last November, the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees refused to renew Pierce College president Bing Inocencio's contract.
April 12, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Numerous USC linebackers coaches helped Hayes Pullard on his way to becoming a projected four-year starter for the Trojans. Joe Barry coached him as a freshman, Scottie Hazelton as a sophomore and Mike Ekeler as a junior. Now, Peter Sirmon is preparing the fifth-year senior for his final season. As the Trojans completed their third week of spring workouts on Saturday, Pullard said he was looking forward to a few more practices before next week's finale at the Coliseum.
April 5, 2014 | By David Ng and Mike Boehm
There's nothing opera buffs like better than a climactic death scene. But the one that San Diego Opera scripted for itself has gone over so badly that its leaders are now trying to write a new ending. Last month's sudden announcement that the opera would shut down just short of its 50th anniversary next year raised an outcry from patrons and company members alike, who said they didn't have any advance warning of the company's escalating financial troubles. A faction of the board, which has close to 60 members, has succeeded in getting the closure postponed by two weeks, to April 29, in hopes that last-ditch pleas for donations can keep the lights on. More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the opera to be saved.
March 27, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Su'a Cravens made a bold debut last season. The USC safety intercepted a pass in the opener and went on to earn recognition as a freshman All-American. Cravens is aiming higher in 2014. He strives for first-team All-American honors. He seeks inclusion on the list for the Thorpe Award, presented annually to the top defensive back in college football. "I'm shooting for the stars," Cravens said Thursday. "You won't go anywhere if you don't. " The 6-1, 215-pound Cravens started all but one game and intercepted four passes last season.
March 26, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
After stepping down as Los Angeles County sheriff in January, Lee Baca largely has avoided the spotlight. Former aides don't know how to reach him. Reporters looking to interview him have been rebuffed. His last tweet was a link to his farewell address. But this week, Baca took center stage once again - this time as a guest speaker at a Loyola Marymount lecture hall where he offered a contemplative, and at times, self-critical view of his 15-year tenure. Speaking to a group of undergraduates Tuesday night, Baca said his biggest regret as sheriff was spending too much of his time at public events instead of managing his department.
March 26, 2014 | By Meg James
His older son, Lachlan, quit a top executive job in the company and retreated to Australia. His second son, James, was battered by the British phone hacking scandal. Some analysts figured Rupert Murdoch's long-held ambition to leave his vast worldwide empire in the hands of a Murdoch would never happen. But with one bold stroke Wednesday, the 83-year-old Murdoch cemented a new leadership structure that ensures his two sons will be in charge of his two media companies long after he is gone.
March 23, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Planned as a springtime tour with a modest itinerary - affording time to chat with the pope, admire the Rembrandts and take in the Colosseum - President Obama's weeklong trip to Europe instead has become a high-stakes test of whether he can move the continent's leaders into a tougher response to Russia's annexation of Crimea. Obama will huddle Monday in Amsterdam with other members of the G-7, seeking a strategy against what many see as the most threatening European land grab since World War II. He will have to navigate disagreements among the European nations over how far to go, and the price they are willing to pay, to sanction Russia for seizing the peninsula from Ukraine.
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In late January, Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, deciding to halt his public criticism of the team. Johnson has been critical of owner/executive Jim Buss, and the decision to hire Mike D'Antoni to coach the team over Phil Jackson. On Wednesday, Johnson couldn't hold his tongue. I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers. - Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
March 11, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Technicolor visual effects and animation chief Tim Sarnoff is getting a big promotion. The French entertainment and media technology company announced that Sarnoff will head the company's new production services group, effectively overseeing all of Hollywood's Technicolor operations, including the main office on Sunset Boulevard, as well as facilities at Paramount Pictures and in Burbank. Sarnoff's group combines two previously separate units -- creative services and digital productions -- and will represent all visual effects, post-production, animation, and digital cinema distribution worldwide.
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