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July 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
WIMBLEDON, England -- BBC commentator Sue Barker summed up the atmosphere here at Wimbledon on Wednesday. "Ready for Murray mania," she said. Indeed, the fourth-seeded Murray and Spaniard David Ferrer, who was seeded seventh, played exquisite tennis Wednesday in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The force of the hitting from both players was punishing but both players also used slices and drop shots and lobs to the delight of the Centre Court crowd, which was willing to cheer for Ferrer even though no British player has won Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, which makes Murray sort of the Chicago Cubs.
March 26, 2014 | By Michael D. Sorkin
Murray Weidenbaum taught students at Washington University in St. Louis and presidents in the White House that government should get out of the way and let people and businesses work as hard as they can to achieve as much as they can. He preached deregulation, and his syndicated newspaper columns caught the eye of Ronald Reagan, who in 1980 was running for president. Reagan took Weidenbaum to the White House as his top economic advisor. At first, the administration used tax cuts to fight high unemployment and inflation.
June 3, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
An AEG executive testified Monday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil trial that he offered Dr. Conrad Murray $150,000 a month on the singer's instructions to serve as his personal physician on the "This Is It" concert series in London. Murray originally asked for a total of $5 million, which Paul Gongaware testified was ridiculous. When Gongaware later made the $150,000-a-month offer, Murray at first turned him down. "I told him the offer comes directly from the artist," Gongaware testified.
March 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
August 29, 2013 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Although most of his fellow space scientists scoffed at the idea, Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Bruce C. Murray insisted that a picture of a planet's surface was worth a thousand words - or at least as much as the measurements of magnetic fields and particle concentrations that his colleagues favored in the early days of planetary exploration in the 1960s. "Pictures," said Louis Friedman, a founder and former executive director of the Planetary Society, "were considered a stunt.
October 20, 2011 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dr. Conrad Murray probably gave Michael Jackson 40 times more of the surgical anesthetic than he admitted to police, and left the drug running into the singer's veins even as his heart stopped beating, a leading expert on the drug testified Thursday. The testimony of anesthesiologist Steven Shafer is the most direct refutation yet of Murray's account of what happened in the hours leading up to his famous patient's death. Shafer, a Columbia University professor, said mathematical modeling based on levels of the drug found posthumously in Jackson's body debunked Murray's statement that he gave only a single 25-milligram dose of the drug shortly before Jackson's death.
August 29, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
If you are among the millions who gawk at spectacular photographs and other images from space, you may have Bruce C. Murray to thank. The former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who died Thursday , considered photography and imaging in general to be as important as the esoteric measurement of fields, radiation and particles that were the cutting edge of astronomy at the time he took the helm. When Murray's tenure began in 1976, most researchers there considered visual imagery a "stunt" unworthy of time and money.
May 23, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
The central question in the Michael Jackson wrongful-death trial is who employed Dr. Conrad Murray: Jackson or concert promoter AEG. In testimony that appeared to undercut AEG's claims that the doctor worked for Jackson, a company executive said Thursday that negotiations over Murray's $150,000-a-month contract did not include the singer or his advisors. He also said that the performer's camp never saw the drafts of the agreement. The admission by Shawn Trell, AEG Live's senior vice president and general counsel, appeared to help the Jackson family members who insist the company negligently hired and supervised Murray, now serving time for involuntary manslaughter after giving the singer a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.
April 15, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors want jurors at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial to hear about how, in the hours leading up to Michael Jackson's death, the singer's physician was talking to one woman on his cellphone and texting another while a third repeatedly called him. In papers filed Thursday, Deputy Dist. Attys. David Walgren and Deborah Brazil wrote that the details of Murray's relationships with the three women should be allowed at trial because it was "relevant to show Dr. Murray's level of inattentiveness and distraction while he was responsible for the care of Mr. Jackson.
January 8, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
After three days of testimony about the medical care Dr. Conrad Murray gave Michael Jackson, prosecutors shifted their focus Friday to the physician's complicated personal life, summoning to the witness stand two former girlfriends and his current mistress. Only one of the women, a Santa Monica actress with whom the married doctor now lives, testified at length about her relationship. But the decision to call the witnesses suggested prosecutors may attempt to connect Murray's numerous and expensive affairs to his desire to obtain and keep the job as Jackson's $150,000-a-month personal physician.
February 28, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
In his recital on Thursday at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, his first in Southern California since 2009, Murray Perahia displayed a breathtaking drive and imagination playing the music of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. The 66-year-old pianist seemed especially focused. Opening with Bach's French Suite No. 4, Perahia's dreamy rendition of the Allemande gave way to a visceral feel for the rhythms of these Baroque dances, including a jig-like Courante and a crisply articulated Gavotte, Menuet and Gigue.
February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bill Murray talked to Charlie Rose for the full hour of Rose's PBS program this week. Like most interviews with the great Murray, it was full of great, candid insight and this time, Rose even got Murray to reveal what he was planning to say for his Oscar acceptance speech. You may recall Murray received his first and only Oscar nomination in 2004 for playing the lead opposite Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation. " However, he lost out to Sean Penn, who starred in "Mystic River.
February 7, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Tilda Swinton, as usual, made a strong fashion impression, with flat, feathered sandals and a tuxedo with a ruffle at the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," in which Swinton stars along with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and others, launched the European event Thursday night. The film, by Wes Anderson, is set to open in the United States on March 7. Swinton, whose hair color has varied, had high, platinum-blond curls and bright lipstick and toes for the event, which also featured costar Murray in a dapper hat. The fashion choices were in keeping with the film.
January 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire and Lisa Dillman
His team has the NHL's best record, just swept the rival Kings in consecutive games and is getting career seasons from stars and others alike. Yet, Ducks General Manager Bob Murray is taking nothing for granted, telling The Times in a telephone interview Monday that he and his staff spent an hour mulling ways to improve the roster earlier in the day. "This is no different than any year; you're always trying to get better, never satisfied," Murray...
January 25, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It was just over a week before the leads of HBO's gay-centered new series "Looking" would ultimately be seen - and examined closely - and the trio of friends (or "dream team," as they dub themselves) were too occupied to be overwhelmed by the burden, thumbing through humorous cellphone videos of one another taken from the set. "I hope my phone is never stolen because these are so humiliating," said Jonathan Groff, an impish grin tugging at his face as he shared a video of regrettable singing moments by costars Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett.
January 3, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
The NFL has fined Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray $21,000 for leveling Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Damion Square. The league said Murray used the crown of his helmet to deliver the blow that sent Square to the ground. The game officials did not flag Murray for the hit. The Cowboys running back had taken a swing pass down the left side of the field when he began cutting back and was met by Square in pursuit. Do you think Murray should be fined for leveling Square?
May 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Michael Jackson, did not have a signed contract with the promoter of the London concerts by the singer, who died two weeks before they were scheduled to begin. Whether the contract was valid is a major issue in the wrongful death suit Jackson's mother and three children have filed against Anschutz Entertainment Group. Murray, who worked with the singer for two months to prepare him for the concerts, signed his contract the night before Jackson died, but neither the singer nor a company executive signed.
October 6, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Harriet Ryan and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The doctor came by night and left each morning. What went on in the second-floor bedroom where Michael Jackson was treated by his personal physician night after night was known only by the doctor and his famed patient. On Wednesday, the private words of the feeble patient to the caretaker at his bedside rang out in the Los Angeles courtroom where Dr. Conrad Murray is now on trial for Jackson's death. Barely comprehensible and slurring his words, the singer shared with Murray his dreams about a children's hospital he wanted to be remembered for. "God wants me to do it. I'm gonna do it, Conrad," the singer told the doctor.
December 15, 2013 | Lisa Mascaro and Maria L. La Ganga
That Congress could soon pass a budget agreement after months of relentless partisan showdowns is thanks in large part to a mom in tennis shoes. Sen. Patty Murray presented herself in that ordinary way when she first ran as a Democrat to represent Washington state, and skeptics questioned her political savvy -- and footwear. In the two decades since that long-shot campaign, the petite, no-nonsense lawmaker has quietly ascended to the top levels of Senate power. As chairwoman of the Budget Committee, Murray negotiated a breakthrough $85-billion accord in one-on-one talks with Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the former GOP vice presidential contender from Wisconsin who is known for his austere approach to the federal budget.
December 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After the ineptitude and intransigence on display in October's government shutdown, congressional leaders had nowhere to go but up. And so they have, modestly. Top members of the House and Senate budget committees struck a deal this week that would set funding limits for the federal government through September 2015, averting some cuts to defense and domestic priorities without increasing the deficit. Although the details are disappointing, it's noteworthy and welcome that a leading Senate liberal and a House conservative found a common path forward, even if it's not an ambitious one. The deal negotiated by Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.)
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