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ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
A defaced stencil by the elusive street artist known as Banksy -- which might have quadrupled in value after being vandalized -- has been cleared from a London neighborhood. The artwork of a boy blowing bubbles that spell out the name “TOX,” a prolific tagger jailed last year for his handiwork, appeared last August on a wall along Jeffrey's Street in the city's northwest neighborhood of Camden Town. The wall was later smeared with black paint as part of an ongoing turf war in Camden between Banksy and the graffiti crew known as Team Robbo.
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SPORTS
April 3, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers should not be allowed to emerge from bankruptcy until they settle $8.3 million in bills from Major League Baseball, attorneys for the league argued in a court filing Tuesday. The issue is not likely to delay the sale of the Dodgers, which the U.S. Bankruptcy Court is expected to approve April 13. Frank McCourt agreed last week to sell the team to Guggenheim Partners, a group fronted by Magic Johnson and incoming team President Stan Kasten, for a record $2.15 billion.
SPORTS
April 3, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers should not be allowed to emerge from bankruptcy until they settle $8.3 million in bills from Major League Baseball, attorneys for the league argued in a court filing Tuesday. The issue is not likely to delay the sale of the Dodgers, which the U.S. Bankruptcy Court is expected to approve  April 13. Frank McCourt agreed last week to sell the team to Guggenheim Baseball Partners, a group fronted by Magic Johnson and incoming team President Stan Kasten, for $2.15 billion, a world record for a sports franchise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
The water bill at Maria Arizmendi's home in Bell has gotten so expensive that she's cut back on gardening and started using paper plates. Often, when it's time to shower, she heads over to the home of a friend, who is served by a different utility. Arizmendi, 70, said she pays about $50 a month for water, but her friend pays roughly $20 every two months. "There must be something that's not working right," said Arizmendi, a retired L.A. County employee who lives alone. "It just doesn't make sense what they put in these bills, and when you call, you can't get them to pick up, or you can't get an answer.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Facebook Inc. was awarded $75,776 in legal fees from a New York man who claims he's entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in the social network. In a decision Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio in Buffalo, N.Y., ordered Paul Ceglia to pay the fees after ruling that he violated a pretrial discovery order and failed to turn over email account information. The fee comes on top of an earlier $5,000 fine by the judge. Last month, Foschio said Ceglia must reimburse Facebook for legal fees it incurred in trying to get him to comply with a court order in the partnership dispute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2012 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
More than 200 nonprofit groups, from animals rights organizations to political activists, said most of their donated funds appear to have vanished after the organization that watched over the money suddenly ceased operations last month. The International Humanities Center closed its offices, took down its Web page and informed its clients by email that it has ceased operation. The center served as an umbrella organization for small nonprofit groups, handling their donations and performing administrative duties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2011 | By Sam Allen and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Vernon has long spared no expense when it comes to hiring attorneys. But this year, as officials fought back an effort to disband their municipal government, the scandal-tainted city turned to lawyers like never before. The blue-chip law firm that helped coordinate Vernon's political battle, Latham & Watkins LLP, was paid nearly $7 million this year, according to records reviewed by The Times. Over $2 million more went to other lawyers and lobbyists working to defend the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Former Bell Police Chief Randy G. Adams is requesting that a judge order Bell to pay legal expenses he incurred while defending himself in a civil lawsuit and corruption investigations. Attorneys for the former chief filed a complaint against the city earlier this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court after Bell repeatedly refused to pay his expenses. "The city would not talk to us, so we're forced to take this action," said Adams' attorney, Thomas P. O'Brien. He said Adams is trying to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A three-year-old lawsuit between Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and City Controller Wendy Greuel ended with a fizzle this week, with an appeals court declining to say whether elected officials can be audited at City Hall. The lawsuit, inherited by Greuel and Trutanich when they took office in 2009, originated with a dispute between City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and City Controller Laura Chick. Delgadillo sued Chick in 2008, saying that she overstepped her authority when she attempted to audit his office's handling of workers' compensation programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A judge has ordered the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to pay legal fees to The Times in litigation over the release of identities of officers involved in shootings, finding that the issue was a matter of public interest. Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ordered the department to pay nearly $173,000 in attorney's fees incurred over a year and a half of litigation in a California Public Records Act lawsuit filed by The Times in 2009. The newspaper had sued after the department denied a request for the names of deputies involved in three fatal shootings.
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