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June 14, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Satellite broadcaster Dish Network has struck a new deal with Hoak Media and will resume carrying the Dallas-based TV station owner's 14 stations. Last week, Hoak Media's smaller-market stations were pulled from Dish after the two sides failed to come to terms on a new distribution agreement. Although such spats between programmers and distributors have become commonplace, this one was noteworthy because Dish said Hoak had cited the satellite operator's new commercial skipping device, known as the AutoHop, as a reason it was pulling its stations.
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March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Hanley Ramirez has entered his walk year. Ramirez and Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter each expressed interest in completing a contract extension eight months ago, but the two sides have not reached a deal, and Ramirez can file for free agency after the season. Ramirez could be the premier position player available in free agency, if he gets there, when contract values for star players are escalating rapidly. The other top position players eligible to hit the market appear to be fellow infielders Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
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SPORTS
June 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PITTSBURGH -- The last we heard anything about Clayton Kershaw's potential contract extension, it was shortly after opening day, when The Times reported that nothing was imminent . Well, it looks as if Kershaw and the Dodgers are moving toward a deal. Exactly how close the two sides are remains unknown, but Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports is reporting they are “making progress” on a seven-year contract extension. Citing unnamed major league sources, Rosenthal is reporting the potential deal would be worth more than the record $180-million contract Justin Verlander signed with the Detroit Tigers this year.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - The sexual assault case against Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was suspended indefinitely Tuesday pending new plea negotiations, one day after a military judge's extraordinary ruling that there was evidence the Army had interfered in previous negotiations. Army Col. James L. Pohl ruled Monday after new evidence came to light. He gave Sinclair's lawyers an opportunity to seek a plea agreement even though Sinclair's previous offer to plead guilty to lesser charges had been rejected.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Major producers and unions representing various crafts workers in the film and TV business have negotiated a new labor contract. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said it had reached an agreement on a new three-year deal with the Basic Crafts Unions, whose members include electricians, plumbers, utility workers, location managers and studio drivers. Modeled on a similar contract recently struck by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the new contract provides a 2% annual wage increase and additional funding for the unions' health plan.
SPORTS
November 29, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers are negotiating a contract extension, according to ESPN Deportes . Ramirez spoke to ESPN Deportes in the Dominican Republic, where he and the other members of the country's World Baseball Classic championship team were honored. “I can't talk about years or money, but we're negotiating and there could be something this winter,” Ramirez said in Spanish. Ramirez is under contract for one more season at $16 million. Ramirez reiterated his wish to remain with the Dodgers for the remainder of his career , saying they gambled by acquiring him from the Miami Marlins last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Joe Flint
It's time for another round of deal, delay or drop with your hosts Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp.  Earlier this week, the two media giants kept viewers on the edge of their seats wondering whether the CBS signal would disappear from Time Warner Cable systems in Los Angeles, New York City and elsewhere. After trading lots of blows, including a brief knockout of the CBS signal, the two sides agreed to keep negotiating in the hopes of coming to terms on a new distribution contract.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Hanley Ramirez has entered his walk year. Ramirez and Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter each expressed interest in completing a contract extension eight months ago, but the two sides have not reached a deal, and Ramirez can file for free agency after the season. Ramirez could be the premier position player available in free agency, if he gets there, when contract values for star players are escalating rapidly. The other top position players eligible to hit the market appear to be fellow infielders Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The New Deal A Modern History Michael Hiltzik Free Press: 499 pp., $30 Michael Hiltzik's "Colossus," published last year, told the story of the building of what is now known as the Hoover Dam, an epic public works project that was seized upon by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an icon of his New Deal. Hiltzik's latest, an extension of "Colossus" in a way, moves on to the subject of the New Deal itself, beginning with FDR's election in November 1932 and his inauguration four months later on a cold, damp day when America, in the midst of a banking collapse, was a "stupefied giant standing face to face with insolvency.
SPORTS
April 26, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
The Green Bay Packers have signed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a $110-million, five-year contract, making him the highest-paid NFL player ever, according to NFL.com . Rodgers' new deal averages $22-million a year -- including a total payout of $40 million in the first year -- besting the $20.1-million Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is set make on his new $120-million, six-year contract, which had previously made the reigning Super Bowl...
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz.  - Mike Trout had not wanted to discuss his potential nine-figure payday other than to call the reports of a massive contract extension "pretty funny. " What exactly did he find funny? "The numbers they throw out," Trout said Monday. "It's crazy what people are saying, and throwing out numbers like that. I'm in a spot where I wouldn't have thought I would be before my career was over. " That spot is going to come with a pretty high number, right? "No comment," Trout said with a smile.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
With the blessing of Major League Baseball, the Dodgers are about to launch a publicity push for their new SportsNet LA channel. The new television home is set to debut Feb. 25, the day before the Dodgers open their Cactus League schedule. SportsNet LA plans to air all of the team's spring training games, Dodgers President Stan Kasten said. The channel also will air every regular-season game (except those selected for national Fox or ESPN broadcasts) and programs featuring player profiles and behind-the-scenes activities.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
In the last few years, Morrissey  has penned an autobiography and has even briefly alluded to a retirement , but the artist, activist and quite possibly rock 'n' roll's most-adored grouch has more music in his system. Morrissey on Wednesday unveiled his intention to release a new album in 2014, his first since 2009's "Years of Refusal. " Recording for the as-yet-untitled album is slated to begin later this month with noted producer Joseph Chiccarelli, whose accolades include a Grammy for his work with the White Stripes on the act's "Icky Thump.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
JoJo has signed a deal with Atlantic Records, ending an exhaustive multi-year battle with her former label, a representative for the singer has confirmed to Pop & Hiss. In 2004, the Massachusetts-bred singer, born Joanna Levesque, arrived as a big-lunged 13-year-old poised for teen-pop stardom. Her sassy, R&B-kissed self-titled debut yielded singles such as “Baby It's You,” "Not That Kinda Girl" and "Leave (Get Out)," which hit the top of the pop songs chart, making her the youngest solo act to land a No. 1 in the U.S.    PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times But more than seven years after a stellar sophomore effort, 2006's “The High Road” -- it featured the massive smash “Too Little Too Late” -- a third album from the singer had yet to see release.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The next questionable decision Don Mattingly makes will be nothing more than a questionable decision. He'll be able to explain his thought process and move on without wondering if it will cost him his job. Mattingly has agreed to a new three-year contract with the Dodgers to be their manager through the 2016 season, ending speculation about his future with the franchise. The new deal could be formally announced as early as Wednesday, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable and Viacom Inc., parent of popular channels MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, have renewed their long-term distribution agreement. The current contract between the two media powerhouses was due to expire at the end of the year. However, the talks went smoothly and neither side felt the need to go public with negotiations and run ads attacking each other. That scenario has often played out for consumers.  "We're pleased to have reached agreement in advance of our deadline," said Melinda Witmer, Time Warner Cable's executive vice president and chief video and content officer.  Under the terms of the deal, Time Warner Cable also agreed to offer Epix, the pay-TV movie channel that Viacom co-owns, to its subscribers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox News has signed Shepard Smith to a new long-term contract and is creating a breaking news division for the anchor to oversee. Smith, who currently anchors a 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. newscast, will give up his early evening duties. However, Fox News executives said his visibility on the network will actually increase in his new role, which goes into effect this fall. “Shep's strength in breaking news and on location anchoring and reporting remains unmatched, and that's why we are committed to fully utilizing his skills away from the teleprompter whenever and wherever news is breaking across multiple platforms," said Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before jumping on the Dodger bandwagon. The Skinny: I got homesick for New York watching the Democratic mayoral debate Tuesday. I can't decide who I would vote against more. Wednesday's headlines include a win for Hollywood in a tax fight with China and the cast of "Duck Dynasty" signing a new deal with A&E. Daily Dose: Everyone is excited about how hot the Dodgers are, but KCAL-TV Channel 9 has to be bumming a little. Much of the Los Angeles market couldn't see the boys in blue win Tuesday night because of the fight between Time Warner Cable and CBS. That means smaller ratings for KCAL.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The Proud Bird, the historic LAX restaurant that has been a hangout for some of the nation's biggest aviation pioneers, will remain open for at least another year after the owner was able to secure a temporary new lease from the Los Angeles World Airports. John Tallichet had announced last month that the restaurant would close, after an unsuccessful two-year effort to negotiate a new long-term lease. He said he remained hopeful a last-minute deal could save the restaurant that his father, a bomber pilot during World War II, had opened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The Proud Bird, the historic restaurant at LAX that has been a hangout for some of the nation's biggest aviation pioneers, will remain open for at least another year after its owner was able to secure a temporary new lease from Los Angeles World Airports. John Tallichet had announced the restaurant would close last month after an unsuccessful two-year effort to negotiate a new long-term lease. He had said he remained hopeful a last-minute deal could save the restaurant opened by his father, a bomber pilot during World War II. After an outpouring of community support, Tallichet pledged to keep the Proud Bird open until late December.
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