October 25, 2008 |
The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., will reduce its newsroom staff by nearly half through voluntary buyouts as New Jersey's largest newspaper seeks to return to profitability. Jim Willse, the Star-Ledger's editor, said the newspaper accepted 151 buyout offers from its news staff, or about 45% of its 334 editorial employees.
May 2, 2013 |
F. Scott Fitzgerald made $16,666 -- the equivalent of about $219,529.02 today -- off the movie rights to "The Great Gatsby," according to a calculation by Marketplace . Baz Luhrmann's " The Great Gatsby ," which is set to open nationwide May 10, had a production budget of about $104.5 million. An earlier version, starring Robert Redford, has grossed $20,563,273 since its release in 1974. The figures, where Fitzgerald is concerned, come from a recently released digital version of his financial ledger at the University of South Carolina's Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library.
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July 19, 2008 |
Sherman "Jocko" Maxwell, 100, a pioneering black sportscaster who chronicled the Negro baseball leagues before the sport's racial barrier fell, died Wednesday at a hospital in West Chester, Pa., after battling pneumonia, according to his son, Bruce Maxwell. Supporting himself with a post office job during the day, Maxwell worked at night as a radio sportscaster. He was a prolific writer, submitting stories to the Ledger in Newark, N.J. -- the predecessor of the Star-Ledger -- on games played by the Newark Eagles.
May 8, 1990 |
In their final days in the Malacanang presidential palace, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos engaged in an orgy of spending--dispensing tens of millions of pesos to thugs, politicians and journalists--in a desperate campaign to retain power in the Philippines. According to a palace ledger, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, the couple spent more than 170 million pesos (about $8.5 million) from boxes of cash stored in their bedrooms during the last 100 days of the Marcos regime.
January 29, 1989 |
The Angels canceled their opening round of arbitration hearings, scheduled for Wednesday with Greg Minton, by signing the 37-year-old relief pitcher to a 1-year contract worth about $650,000 Saturday. Of the club's four remaining arbitration cases, Minton's figured to be the most likely to produce an early agreement, as only $90,000 separated the two sides. Minton filed for a $690,000 salary in 1989, and the Angels offered $600,000.
April 15, 2007 |
ON an old studio lot outside London, a production crew began work on the movie "Sahara" in November 2003 by staging the crash of a vintage airplane. But when the film opened in theaters in April 2005, the sequence had been deleted. "In the context of the movie, it didn't work," said director Breck Eisner. The cost of the 46-second clip: more than $2 million. This kind of spending, according to accounting records, helped turn "Sahara" into one of the biggest financial flops in Hollywood history.