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October 10, 2010 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
The last seven tortuous months of bickering and bartering to form Iraq's government? It was a garden party compared to the political endgame playing out today, in which the players are like gladiators unleashed in an amphitheater. With the American guardians of the new democratic system fading from the scene, politicians know that this moment is pivotal. To lose now may be to lose forever. Asked about the blood sport of Iraqi politics and the challenges of ruling the country, one politician here suggested only half-jokingly, "The only way to make an Iraqi obey you is to kill him. " For outsiders, it may be difficult to fathom the idea of a political stalemate crippling a government for most of the year, destabilizing a fragile state and raising fears of new strife.
April 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
You're the mayor. A guy walks into City Hall and offers to spend half a billion bucks to revitalize property owned by the city, at no cost to the city. What do you say? If you're Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, you call it a taxpayer giveaway. This is not a knock at Tait. This is a tip of the cap toward a mayor who has been so incredibly successful in framing the debate surrounding the Angels' stadium lease negotiations that the process has ground to a dead halt. It has been six months since the Anaheim City Council voted to approve the framework of a deal designed to keep the Angels in town for the long term, and to determine how to cover the estimated $150 million needed to keep Angel Stadium up and running for the long term.
August 1, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
Negotiations are underway for the sale of a prime 6.3-acre slab of empty land in downtown Los Angeles near the Staples Center and the L.A. Live entertainment complex. A Shanghai-based real estate company called Greenland Holdings Group announced late last week that it had signed a “corporation agreement” to buy the development project, known as Metropolis. But the current owners -- a joint venture between IDS Real Estate Group and the California State Teachers' Retirement System -- caution that there has not been an official deal completed, despite media reports.
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Netflix Inc. and other Internet companies may soon be able to pay for a faster road online for streaming movies and other content into customers' homes, raising concerns about who ultimately may end up with the bill. The nation's top telecommunications regulator, breaking with his agency's long-standing position, will propose new rules that would allow broadband network owners to sell a high-speed toll road for content providers, the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday.
December 20, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: I'm not good at negotiating contracts. Do you have any advice? Answer: Follow these techniques from Roger Dawson, author of "Secrets of Power Negotiating," and see whether your skills improve. If you're soliciting bids, never accept an initial offer: It makes the other party think it could have done better. If you're bidding, make your initial offer higher than what you expect to get. If the party across the table agrees to your offer, you'll come out way ahead.
April 6, 2008 | Joseph Fink, Camarillo
Where we left off: TV producer Charlie Bonner, whose trip to Cabo was interrupted by his wife Genie's disappearing act, agrees to meet with Congressman Falco. Meanwhile, Genie has come up empty in her attempt to find a stripper named Carmen. Now she's trying to persuade her driver, with the help of a pistol she carries in her purse, to take her to Falco's house too. -- Today's winning entry was written by Joseph Fink of Camarillo -- Bonner had insisted on sitting at the other end of the long dining table even though the distance was absurd for a personal conversation.
October 4, 2009 | MARK HEISLER, ON THE NBA
How does an NBA referee go from a blind, arrogant !@#$%&! to Solomon the Wise, without whom the game of basketball is lost? This heartwarming development happens every 10 or 20 years, when the !@#$%&!s are locked out and replaced with schnooks who have never officiated an NBA game. Replacement officials worked last week's exhibition opener in Salt Lake City without incident. This was good news for the league, since the Jazz was playing the volatile Denver Nuggets. Talks with the National Basketball Referees Assn.
November 8, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Revenue sharing and the NHL's "make whole" mechanism to pay players the full value of their contracts dominated six hours of conversation Wednesday when representatives of the league and the NHL Players' Assn. met for the second straight day at an undisclosed site in New York. They plan to meet again Thursday, again avoiding media scrutiny as they try to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and end the lockout the league imposed Sept. 15. People with knowledge of the proceedings who were not authorized to comment said that the sides have reached the stage of real negotiation instead of one side expecting the other to capitulate, and that the process will be slow as they test wills.
October 2, 2001
Message to all peaceniks: It takes two to make peace but only one to make war! When you are attacked you have only three options. One is to die. Two is to fight back. Three is to give in and do what the attackers want. This is called slavery. You say there is a fourth option--negotiation? That's either part of a peace process (requiring two) or a stall tactic to give one or both sides time to regroup their warriors. Barbara Aspenson Los Angeles
July 6, 1986 | John M. Wilson
Carrie Fisher's not publicizing it, but she's aspiring to a writing career. Besides some recent magazine pieces, she's penning a book of what her agent calls "human comedy fiction pieces" for Simon & Schuster, due out in 1987. And she's been deep in negotiation with ABC to write a pilot episode for a sitcom that Buck Henry would write and exec produce. Her agent told us the deal was "just closed." But ABC (at press time) said firmly that "nothing's firmed up" and negotiations are continuing.
April 20, 2014
ASIA Presentation Justin Rubin will share stories and advice about traveling to Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India and Nepal. Topics include how to survive being held hostage by an orangutan and the proper way to drink cobra blood. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. EUROPE Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop for those interested in exploring Europe by rail.
April 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Change or end up in a culvert: NHL style. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was talking recently about the challenges of his profession, the changing nature of hockey, and put as fine a point on it as possible. He has coached 1,039 regular-season games, been in the playoffs 13 times and won the Stanley Cup two years ago with the Kings. From the start - coaching in Chicago to San Jose to Calgary and finally, Los Angeles - Sutter has evolved with the times and the players. "Anybody that has had success over a long time, it's not just the game that's changed," Sutter said.
April 9, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
WASHINGTON - Negotiators for Iran and six world powers said Wednesday that they have completed preliminary discussions on Iran's disputed nuclear program and are dashing to finish a long-term comprehensive agreement by July 20. Wrapping up two days of talks in Vienna, the negotiators said they would meet next month to draft a final deal in hope of reaching an accord before the midsummer deadline. The results are hardly assured because the process will entail difficult decisions on a number of contentious issues.
April 7, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - With the 8-month-old Palestinian-Israeli negotiations entering a state of deadlock, Palestinians spoke Monday about a "paradigm shift" in the U.S.-sponsored peace process. The talks, which were supposed to produce a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of April, hit a stumbling block last week when Israel did not release a group of Palestinians, as promised. The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of reneging on its agreement to release 104 prisoners in four batches in exchange for a promise that the authority would not pursue plans to join United Nations organizations.
April 4, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ah, isn't that sweet? The big boys are arguing. Holding their breath and not going to play until … something. Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can't even agree on what they're not agreeing about. But they've drawn a line in the infield, or at least one side claims the other side did. Which it denies. Keep that scorecard handy. This isn't a negotiation, it's torture by rhetoric with fans on the rack. The new baseball season is almost a week old now and discussions between TWC and the other providers to broadcast the Dodgers' new 24/7 channel, SportsNet LA, appear to be broadening faster than you can say “Erisbel Arruebarrena.” Time Warner Cable officials told The Times' Joe Flint that DirecTV had ceased serious negotiations to carry SportsNet LA and been informed the satellite provider would not carry the Dodgers this year.
March 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers President Stan Kasten was full of good news. The Dodgers have sold a record 35,000 season tickets. For the first time they will have sold 3 million tickets by their home opener. TV ratings were up 40% last year and are expected to rise again this season. Only, about that. Those rising TV ratings just might require that most of Los Angeles is actually able to view the games. The Dodgers' mainland opener in San Diego is Sunday and Time Warner Cable has yet to sign an other major provider up with the team's new regional sports network.
April 7, 1988
The nine-month contract negotiation process between the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees and faculty members goes on, using ever more of the time and energy of personnel and taxpayers' money. It could and should be ended right now. A neutral, state-appointed fact-finder was brought in after an impasse was reached. Both sides had equal access to the arbitrator, who has now made a report. The findings are non-binding, but the faculty is ready to accept them.
February 7, 2000
Re "No Breakthrough in China Reform," Feb. 2: Jim Mann's article fails to mention the real cause of "no breakthrough." It is understandable that there is a state of war between mainland China and Taiwan and that Uncle Sam continues to sell arms to one side, Taiwan. Under this circumstance, the mainland government does not entertain any Western ideas such as democracy, human rights, etc. that can weaken its authority to defend itself against subversion by the U.S. Indeed, the selling of arms and meddling in the civil war by the U.S. are the real causes that prolong the "breakthrough" of reform.
March 27, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
Yet another nail went into the coffin of the NCAA on Wednesday. And for those who genuinely care about the well-being of college athletes, that couldn't be better news. Peter Sung Ohr, a regional National Labor Relations Board official, ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern University aren't student-athletes, as the NCAA likes to designate them, but rather employees of the school who generate vast sums of money for the institution. Players are compensated for their work via scholarships, and are therefore entitled to unionize.
March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mike Trout has not set a deadline for negotiations on a long-term contract extension, and the Angels' center fielder said Thursday he would not be opposed to talks carrying into the regular season. Players in similar situations often prefer to sign before the start of the season, so talks don't become a distraction, or put off negotiations until after the season. Not Trout, 22, who finished second in American League most-valuable-player voting in 2012 and 2013. "It doesn't matter to me," said Trout, who signed for $1 million this season but is expected to command well over $100 million in an extension.
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