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June 18, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to sign legislation that could reduce the public's access to basic government records that have long been used to scrutinize the actions of elected officials. The proposal, a late insert into the state budget that lawmakers passed last week, would allow local officials to opt out of parts of the California law that gives citizens access to government documents. Under that law, officials now must respond to a request for records from a member of the public within 10 days and are required to make the documents available electronically.
June 14, 2013 |
Octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch began his rise to global power and riches when, at 21, he inherited his father's newspaper business in Australia. Under his tough hide, Murdoch has had a soft spot in his heart for newspapers ever since, which is why he is splitting off the publishing side of his empire from the entertainment side. At Murdoch's urging, News Corp shareholders have approved the division. Remaining under the News Corp umbrella will be 120 newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, The Times of London and the Australian, plus HarperCollins book publishers.
June 13, 2013 |
The Koch brothers are firing back at former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt, who last week made a speech at UCLA in which he said he couldn't “imagine anything good from the Koch family owning the Los Angeles Times. " A statement posted on KochFacts.com written by Mark Holden, Koch Industries' general counsel, said Hundt was being hypocritical. In his remarks, Hundt advocated removing federal regulations that would prevent Rupert Murdoch 's News Corp.
June 12, 2013 |
News Corp. has moved closer to its historic breakup that is expected to test whether investors share Chairman Rupert Murdoch's confidence that there is a solid future for newspapers. On Tuesday, shareholders approved measures that will allow Murdoch's sprawling media empire to be cleaved into two separate publicly traded companies. The most profitable assets - Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast TV network, Fox regional sports networks, FX and the 20th Century Fox movie studio - will form 21st Century Fox Inc. The publishing assets, including the Wall Street Journal, Times of London, New York Post, the Australian, HarperCollins book publishing house and several Australian television properties, will form a separate company.
May 25, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Indian-Pakistani relations, for years fraught with tension, appear on the surface to have received a boost from the stunning electoral comeback by former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Since Sharif's decisive victory in the May 11 national elections, he and Manmohan Singh, prime minister of nuclear archrival India, have chatted amicably by phone and have invited each other to visit. Newspapers in both countries buzz with editorials and commentaries about the potential for a ramp-up in economic and political ties.
May 18, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad has expressed skepticism that a planned U.S.-Russian peace conference could help stop the bloodshed in his country, according to an interview published Saturday in an Argentine newspaper. The Syrian leader also repeated assertions that he had no intention of stepping down from office. "We have welcomed the Russian-United States rapprochement, and we hope that there is an international meeting to help the Syrians overcome the crisis," Assad told the Argentine daily Clarin in his first public comments on the U.S.-Russian initiative.
May 18, 2013 |
LAREDO, Texas -- A recent wave of kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo was prominently featured in a recent Sunday edition of El Mañana, one of the largest and most long-standing Spanish-language newspapers on the border. But the story carried no byline, and no residents were quoted or pictured. "People don't want to go out for interviews - they say, 'No, we may get kidnapped,'" said Ninfa Cantú Deándar, who runs the paper with her siblings. Because of threats from Mexican cartels, the paper - published in the twin cities of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas - is operating very differently these days.
May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Disclosure of a highly classified intelligence operation in Yemen last year compromised an exceedingly rare and valuable espionage achievement: an informant who had earned the trust of hardened terrorists, according to U.S. officials. The operation received new scrutiny this week after the Justice Department disclosed it had obtained telephone records for calls to and from more than 20 lines belonging to the Associated Press news service and its journalists in April and May 2012 in a high-level investigation of the alleged leak of classified information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 |
The UCI campus newspaper will stay in print after students agreed to charge themselves a fee to keep the presses rolling. Staffers at the New University student newspaper had campaigned for a 99-cents-per-quarter fee to finance the printing operation, warning that the longtime student paper could fold in a year otherwise. In balloting last month, more than 72% of student voters approved the fee, which amounts to about $3 a year per student. "I definitely was glad to see that there's more support for us than I thought," said Jessica Pratt, the newspaper's student editor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2013 |
Nick Souza doesn't remember developing the film of what he considers his most noteworthy front-page photo. He doesn't even recall printing the image. What he does remember is "standing on a giant ladder in the middle of Broadway" to photograph co-workers lined up in front of the old Herald Examiner. "I quickly snapped some photos of the editors, reporters and photographers that ended up being run six columns wide," he said, "with the headline: 'So Long, L.A.'" A generation has come of age since the death of Hearst's Los Angeles Herald Examiner on Nov. 2, 1989, a digital generation that has no memory of The Times' scrappy competitor.