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ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2011 | By Scott Collins and Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
Completing a swift rise and fall from TV stardom, controversial host Glenn Beck will lose his once-popular Fox News show later this year, the network announced Wednesday. Beck's 5 p.m. program, which earned scorn from liberals for its attacks on President Obama as well as its devotion to sometimes-obscure right-wing thinkers, was a top cable draw in 2009 and a signpost for the populist "tea party" movement in last year's midterm elections, which dealt a ballot-box rebuke to the White House.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A group of environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday aimed at blocking construction of the final portion of a 14-mile project to add two fences along the U.S.-Mexico border to thwart drug smuggling and illegal immigration. The lawsuit asserts that the project will needlessly destroy sensitive habitat in the region near the Tijuana Estuary, home to 87 plant and animal species.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
It was the decision that launched a thousand lips. In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission stopped requiring broadcasters to air contrasting views on controversial issues, a policy known as the Fairness Doctrine. The move is widely credited with triggering the explosive growth of political talk radio.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2001 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whipped cream bikini contests. Bra bingo. Taking the homeless to a New Jersey mall for a shopping spree. These are the kinds of stunts that can turn you into the next big thing in commercial talk radio, as two guys out of New York named Opie and Anthony are proving. Born in the days when everyone within three feet of a microphone was doing O.J.
SPORTS
December 25, 2005 | From the Associated Press
At halftime of Louisville's game against Detroit, a video of the Cardinal players' singing a particularly cringe-inducing version of the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" ran on the Freedom Hall scoreboard. It was the only really good laugh the No. 11 Cardinals enjoyed during their 56-48 victory Saturday.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Just weeks after it went on the air, liberal talk-radio network Air America Radio has lost its co-founder and chief executive as well as its top programming and operations executive. The departures come after weeks of start-up problems for the limited-distribution network, which features entertainers Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo and was launched with a barrage of promotion at the end of March.
NEWS
March 23, 1986 | DELTHIA RICKS, United Press International
Technology used to save premature babies might also be used to save fetuses that have been aborted, but scientists and bioethicists question whether abortion laws should be changed to reflect the scientific advances. "One of my concerns, looking at the new technology with regard to abortion, is that it is just part of the balancing act in an emotionally charged issue," said Joyce Bermel of the Hastings Center Report, a journal of bioethics.
NEWS
August 29, 1991 | EDMUND NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After interviewing 16 police officers and more than 30 witnesses, investigators have found no evidence of police wrongdoing during a violent altercation with a family of picnickers in Brookside Park. "At this point, no disciplinary issues have surfaced," Police Chief Jerry Oliver said Tuesday before briefing the City Council in closed session.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Through a combination of fund-raising efforts and deep cuts in staffing and other overhead, the financially ailing Opera Pacific has accounted for $1.2 million toward its Aug. 31 goal of $1.7 million, Martin Hubbard, interim executive director, said Monday. "I've been very encouraged," Hubbard said. "But we have a lot still to do." The company hopes to raise another $20,000 at a fund-raising luncheon hosted by famed American opera star Beverly Sills at 11:30 a.m.
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