CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 |
For the first time since California's controversial parent-trigger law went into effect, a school district has elected not to challenge a petition submitted by parents. The Los Angeles Board of Education this week ratified a partnership between the district and a charter school to take control of the struggling 24th Street Elementary. The 2010 law gives parents increased authority over low-performing campuses, including the option to convert them to independently operated charter schools.
April 20, 2010 |
In case anybody was wondering, Kobe Bryant can still take over a game. If there were still questions about his injuries and ineptitude over the last few weeks, Bryant wanted to answer a few of them. On a night where his father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant was in attendance, a rarity, but a reality, Bryant scored 39 points and the Lakers pushed themselves away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, 95-92, in Game 2 of their first-round series Tuesday at Staples Center. It wasn't easy, the game coming down to Jeff Green's missed three-point attempt at the buzzer, but the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate gave strong bipartisan approval to landmark legislation that could largely lead to the end of the nation's decades-long Internet sales tax holiday. Now the issue shifts to the more skeptical, Republican-controlled House, where the debate will revolve around one fundamental question: Does helping governments collect an existing and owed tax constitute a tax increase? The Marketplace Fairness Act, approved 69-27 Monday by the Senate, gives states the authority to require larger online retailers with no physical presence in those states to collect sales taxes that residents already are obligated to pay. Many states, including California, are expected to jump at the chance to start collecting an estimated $23 billion in total sales tax revenue that is lost to online, catalog and other so-called remote sales each year.
October 30, 2013 |
LONDON - A plan to regulate the British press as a result of the country's phone-hacking scandal was signed by Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday despite the objections of publishers who sought a court order to block such a measure. The royal charter approved by the queen and the nation's major political parties calls for the creation of a watchdog group designed to curb the type of abuses revealed by the scandal. The practices include listening to the voicemails of crime victims, celebrities, royal family members and others, such as employees or relatives of people in the news.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2010 |
The Glendale City Council this week gave its blessing to a proposed 338,000-square-foot expansion of Walt Disney Co.'s creative campus. The plans call for a six-story office building walled largely in glass, landscaping with palm trees and a park-like area for outdoor activities. "It's a beautiful project," Councilwoman Laura Friedman, chairwoman of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, said during a public hearing on the development. "It's going to look terrific and certainly improve the area aesthetically."
February 17, 2012 |
The parent company of imploded Seattle savings and loan giant Washington Mutual Bank has finally gotten the go-ahead to exit bankruptcy proceedings after more than three years of brutal legal battles. Judge Mary Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware had twice rejected reorganization plans filed by Washington Mutual Inc. She OK'd the latest plan Friday after WaMu sweetened its offer to dissident creditors who had invested in the company's distressed debt. For the record, 11:02 a.m. Feb. 17: A photo caption with a previous version of this post incorrectly identified Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon as former Councilman Richard Alatorre.
August 27, 2010 |
The Justice Department said Friday that it had approved the proposed union of United and Continental airlines, after an unexpectedly speedy four-month review that paves the way for the merger to close before Thanksgiving. To win the blessing of federal antitrust regulators, United and Continental agreed to lease slots for 18 round-trip flights to Southwest Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport, giving the low-cost carrier its second foothold at a major airport servicing New York City.
March 9, 2010 |
Pretty much as soon as he's done celebrating, best actor Oscar winner Jeff Bridges will travel to New Mexico to shoot "True Grit," the Coen brothers remake of the John Wayne classic that will come out in December. It will be the second movie of the season for Bridges, whose "Tron Legacy" is also set to be released in December. But don't expect to see too many other boldfaced names from Sunday's Oscar podium in movie theaters any time soon. After starring in three movies in 2009, Sandra Bullock is being ultra-deliberate in selecting her next film.