January 23, 2014 |
Some would say it was only a matter of time: Justin Bieber has been arrested in Miami Beach on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an invalid license after police witnessed a drag racing incident in Lamborghinis in the wee hours Thursday morning. The details come according to a police report obtained by Nation Now, which also revealed that the Biebs had, police said, a "stupor look" with glassy eyes and a smell of alcohol coming off him. While the officer searched Bieber, the singer allegedly cussed him out, stating he had no weapons and asking, profanely, why he had to be patted down.
January 20, 2014 |
Works councils - elected bodies representing all workers in a plant, both blue and white collar - are acclaimed as one of the best, most innovative features of Germany's labor relations system. They have been shown to enhance efficiency, adaptability and cooperation. By supporting the use of work sharing (agreeing to reduce everyone's hours rather than laying some people off), for example, these councils helped Germany experience less unemployment during the Great Recession and a faster, more robust recovery since then.
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January 17, 2014 |
Dave Madden, the actor and comedian who played the curmudgeonly band manager on the popular 1970s TV series "The Partridge Family," died Thursday at a hospice in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 82. The cause was complications of the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome, said his wife, Sandra Madden. Madden played Reuben Kincaid, who managed the family band and clashed with the wisecracking pre-teen bassist played by Danny Bonaduce. "The Partridge Family" ran on ABC for three seasons starting in 1970 and has endured in reruns.
January 16, 2014 |
Management changes continue at Nickelodeon as another high-level executive announced that she was leaving the children's channel - her home for nearly 20 years. Paula Kaplan, who serves as executive vice president of current TV series, told her team on Thursday that she would be leaving the network, according to people familiar with the matter. Kaplan previously was a West Coast general manager and head of talent and casting for many of Nickelodeon's businesses. She did not return a call left at her office Thursday afternoon.
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January 13, 2014 |
Preliminary findings of an audit of the Great Park showed irregularities and raises questions about the financial and structural management of the $200-million project. Among other things, the review concludes that some contractors who were awarded low-bid contracts ultimately billed the city far more than originally estimated, in most cases because of change orders approved by the Irvine City Council. The contractor that won the right to construct a preview park, for instance, ended up billing the city five times its original bid. In some instances, services were paid for twice, and some work done by a public relations consultant for individual council members was billed to the park, the report says.
January 12, 2014 |
Question: I'm on the board of our homeowners association and was shocked when our management company's contract was supposed to terminate, but they stayed on! We wanted to get rid of them but learned too late that the company had what is called an "automatic renewal" clause. How do we get out of this contract? Answer: Because boards often accept management company contracts with little or no negotiation, the majority of these agreements are laden with terms and conditions favoring management and its employees while limiting oversight and remedies available to the association.
January 10, 2014 |
The announcement Thursday that the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will resign at the end of the month throws the nation's largest publicly owned utility into yet another period of turmoil. Ron Nichols brought industry expertise and an aversion to political showmanship to an agency that has gone through eight general managers since 2000 and cycled through one controversy after another. Why so much turnover? Because the general manager has a nearly impossible job - essentially to serve as CEO of a $4.3-billion enterprise, which he or she is expected to operate with private-sector efficiency while beholden to the shifting political demands of City Hall.
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January 9, 2014 |
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, mired in a series of controversies over employee perks, rate hikes and customer service problems, lost its general manager Thursday as Ron Nichols announced he is stepping down. Nichols becomes the latest in a revolving door of leaders to cycle through the nation's largest municipal utility, which has seen five general managers since 2007. Mayor Eric Garcetti is now searching for a replacement who will face obstacles on several fronts.
January 8, 2014 |
Less than three months before he signed a new three-year contract, Don Mattingly insinuated he might not return to the Dodgers next season. With his deal formally announced Wednesday, Mattingly talked for the first time about the infamous October news conference at which he sounded as if he were demanding a contract extension. Speaking on a conference call from his off-season home in Indiana, Mattingly said his end-of-the-season comments weren't a premeditated attack designed to pressure ownership into offering him a new deal.
January 8, 2014 |
HOUSTON - These are rough days for Lakers fans. Very. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, however, sounded at ease during a phone interview with The Times, going over a variety of topics on a team that can't stay healthy, play defense or, seemingly, make the playoffs. First things first. Kupchak is satisfied with Coach Mike D'Antoni, blaming the Lakers' woes on injuries and saying D'Antoni is doing a "great job. " "We're happy with Mike," Kupchak said Wednesday. "You can look back six weeks ago and say it's exciting and we're playing great.