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February 7, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The San Quentin News, the inmate-run newspaper at one of California's most notorious lockups, is being honored by a journalism association at the same time its operations have been suspended by prison officials. The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is recognizing the newspaper, one of the few of its kind in the country, with a freedom of information award for "accomplishing extraordinary journalism under extraordinary circumstances" and lifting "the curtain of secrecy that shrouds those who live behind the walls.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014
Hamish Maxwell Philip Morris Cos. CEO Hamish Maxwell, 87, who steered Philip Morris Cos. in its purchase of General Foods Corp. and takeover of Kraft Inc., milestones in transforming the tobacco company into a consumer products conglomerate in the 1980s, died Saturday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He had bladder cancer, said his daughter Graham Russell. Maxwell spent 37 years with Philip Morris, culminating with his tenure as chairman and chief executive officer from 1984 to 1991.
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WORLD
September 25, 2013 | By Laura King and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces raided the headquarters of the newspaper of the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, confiscating equipment and sealing off the building, the paper's staff said Wednesday. The move against the Freedom and Justice newspaper, affiliated with the party of the same name, was the latest in a series of escalating measures by Egyptian authorities against the Brotherhood. The newspaper had circulated clandestinely in recent weeks, after other media outlets linked to the movement were shut down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Beverly Hills Courier has been sold to Paula Kent Meehan, a former hair-care products executive turned philanthropist. Terms of the deal for the feisty weekly tabloid were not disclosed. Clifton Smith, the current publisher, announced the long-rumored sale in a front-page story and a note to readers on Friday. The sale is expected to close within 30 days. “Our longtime friend, Paula Kent Meehan, has had an interest in the Courier for many years,” he wrote. “We share the same love of Beverly Hills and the same commitment to the city.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
By day, Sarah Tressler was a mild-mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper. By night, she was an exotic dancer. That's what got her fired, she says. Tressler, 30, has filed a gender discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  alleging that the Houston Chronicle wrongly fired her from her job as a society reporter, according to the Associated Press. Tressler says she was told she failed to reveal her side job on her employment application.
BUSINESS
October 6, 1992
I just read your article about the Star Free Press obtaining the Camarillo Daily News and the Simi Enterprise in the Sept. 15, 1992, Valley Business section. I believe the story was excellent except for one fact. Continually, you talked about the five daily newspapers in Ventura County, forgetting that a sixth daily newspaper does exist in Ventura County, and that is the Santa Paula Chronicle. We may be the smallest newspaper in Ventura County, but we are a Monday through Friday daily newspaper and have been the Santa Paula newspaper since 1887.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- A reformist-oriented daily Iranian newspaper has been shut down and its manager jailed after the publication was accused of insulting Islam, various media accounts reported Thursday. The incident raises questions about pledges to ease press restrictions from President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who took office in August. The Aseman, or Sky newspaper, which was pro-Rouhani in outlook, was closed for "spreading lies and insulting the holy precepts of Islam,” said the official Islamic Republic News Agency, quoting a source in the public prosecutor's office.
NATIONAL
September 23, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two men are being held in connection with last week's shooting at a Chicago park in which 13 people were injured, including a 3-year-old boy, the Chicago Tribune reported. Chicago police would not comment on the report, and no news conference has been scheduled on the case, a police spokesman said. According to the Tribune, the two men were taken into custody Sunday. The men, both 22, were arrested around 7:30 p.m. CDT in an abandoned building in the 5200 block of South Marshfield Avenue, the newspaper said.
SPORTS
September 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
The fallout over Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics has begun. So to speak. A satirical French newspaper called Le Canard enchaine  has published cartoons that reference both the Games and radioactive leaks at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. One cartoon shows a pair of sumo wrestlers with extra arms and legs. They are wrestling in front of the plant while a commentator says: "Thanks to Fukushima, sumo wrestling is now an Olympic sport. " Another cartoon shows two people in protective gear inspecting an Olympic pool with their Geiger counter.
WORLD
March 7, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Gunmen shot at the offices of El Diario de Juarez newspaper early Wednesday in the latest attack against a news organization in northern Mexico and days after an editor was killed near the U.S. border. No one was injured when gunmen driving past the paper's Ciudad Juarez offices fired seven rounds from a pistol just after 1 a.m., piercing windows, El Diario reported (link in Spanish). Fifteen minutes later, shots were fired at the city's Canal 44 news station. Nine people were held for questioning late Wednesday in connection with the attack after local authorities and Chihuahua state Gov. Cesar Duarte pledged to find the assailants.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2014 | Shan Li
Commuters at Union Station in downtown L.A. got an early look Wednesday at the first edition of the Los Angeles Register. A small group of reporters and editors wearing T-shirts stating "A New Voice in L.A. " handed out copies to commuters emerging from trains and subways on their way to work. The paper is the latest effort by Aaron Kushner, co-owner of parent company Freedom Communications Inc., to push his belief that print still sells well in the modern era of digital media.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
The goal of the Los Angeles Times is to publish a newspaper of the highest quality. This requires The Times to be, above all else, a principled newspaper. Making it so is the responsibility of every staff member. In deed and in appearance, journalists at The Times must keep themselves - and the newspaper - above reproach. The ways a newspaper can discredit itself are beyond calculation; these guidelines do not purport to cover them all. It is up to staff members to master these general principles and, beyond that, to listen carefully to their individual sense of right and wrong.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton and Jim Puzzanghera
Tribune Co.'s newspaper unit will pay a dividend of up to $275 million to its parent when it is spun off later this year, according to a government filing. The new Tribune Publishing Co. will own the Los Angeles Times and seven other newspapers. Shares of the company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TPUB. Details about the dividend were made public in a lengthy filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission submitted late Friday. The dividend has sparked opposition from critics who say it would weigh on the company at a time of diminishing advertising revenue and intensifying digital competition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The Fresno Bee is testing a small drone aircraft that could possibly be used for news reporting purposes, the Business Journal reported this week. “This is a new thing and it's way down the pike,” Tom Cullinan, president and publisher of the Fresno Bee, told the Business Journal. “We saw it demonstrated and the cost is reasonable.” The quadcopter would possibly be used for aerial photography of accidents, fires, farmland and waterways, the Journal reported.  Cullinan said the remote-controlled drone would also come in handy in situations where reporters are unable to get to a news scene.
WORLD
March 2, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- A Spanish journalist kidnapped by Islamist rebels and held for almost six months inside Syria has been released and was safe in neighboring Turkey, his newspaper reported Sunday. Marc Marginedas, accompanied by Spanish officials, was undergoing a medical evaluation in Turkey, reported El Periodico, his employer. Since his release, Marginedas has been able to speak with his family in Barcelona, and with Spanish authorities, including President Mariano Rajoy, his newspaper said.
WORLD
February 26, 2014 | By Julie Makinen, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
BEIJING -- A recently dismissed Hong Kong newspaper editor was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after assailants wounded him in the back and leg and fled on a motorbike. The assault on Kevin Lau , whose removal as editor of the Ming Pao daily last month helped spark demonstrations over erosion of media freedoms, shocked a wide swath of the former British territory, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Under an arrangement known as “one country, two systems,” Hong Kong is supposed to enjoy greater freedom of speech and the press, along with other liberties, than the mainland.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
A deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to the owner of the Orange County Register may be in jeopardy less than a month after it was announced.   On Oct. 10, Aaron Kushner, owner of the Register, said he would buy the Inland Empire's largest newspaper for $27.25 million, adding it to his fast-growing stable of Southern California dailies.   But a new filing by A.H. Belo Corp., the Press-Enterprise's current owner, casts serious doubts on the deal.   Originally slated to close Oct. 15, the sale has been extended to Nov. 15, according to the Monday filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and amended provisions require Kushner to prove that his company, Freedom Communications, is financially solvent and has enough cash to operate the Riverside paper after a transfer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The Fresno Bee is testing a small drone aircraft that could possibly be used for news reporting purposes, the Business Journal reported this week. “This is a new thing and it's way down the pike,” Tom Cullinan, president and publisher of the Fresno Bee, told the Business Journal. “We saw it demonstrated and the cost is reasonable.” The quadcopter would possibly be used for aerial photography of accidents, fires, farmland and waterways, the Journal reported.  Cullinan said the remote-controlled drone would also come in handy in situations where reporters are unable to get to a news scene.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
There are real-life newspaper editors like the ones you see in the movies, the ones who swagger and swashbuckle and cuss and scrap. Bill Thomas was not one of those editors. He was urbane, dapper, cool and collected, an editor to match the sophisticated, urbane Los Angeles whose newspaper he edited through the 1970s and 1980s. William F. Thomas died Sunday. He was 89, and he was  editor of the Los Angeles Times through the storied, glory decades when the paper grew from a regional booster sheet into a newspaper of national influence and international renown.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- A reformist-oriented daily Iranian newspaper has been shut down and its manager jailed after the publication was accused of insulting Islam, various media accounts reported Thursday. The incident raises questions about pledges to ease press restrictions from President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who took office in August. The Aseman, or Sky newspaper, which was pro-Rouhani in outlook, was closed for "spreading lies and insulting the holy precepts of Islam,” said the official Islamic Republic News Agency, quoting a source in the public prosecutor's office.
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