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September 23, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
While the NFL's use of replacement officials might be having a negative impact on the flow and outcomes of the games, it's definitely taking a toll on the players, whose union sent an open letter to all 32 team owners calling for the end of the lockout of regular officials. The letter, posted Sunday on the NFL Players' Assn. website and signed by numerous current and former star players, says that a safe working environment no longer exists with the replacement officials. The union finds it odd that Commissioner Roger Goodell takes punitive action in the name of the players' health and safety yet puts those same players at a disadvantage by locking out highly trained officials.
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May 11, 2013 | Sandy Banks
The teenager showed up in a panic on Thursday, cradling a wounded puppy in arms spattered with blood. A stray dog had attacked his 2-month-old pit bull on a walk near their South Los Angeles home. The city animal shelter nearby was the only place he knew to go. He ran over to Amanda Casarez, pleading for help. She took one look at the puppy's bloody gash and pulled out her cellphone. Within hours the pup was in surgery, the vet bill guaranteed by strangers from a pool of volunteers working with Downtown Dog Rescue, which sponsors an intervention program at the shelter.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2011 | Cyndia Zwahlen
During the economic downturn, spending on pets remained relatively strong -- as long as they were alive. But there are indications that people are choosing less expensive ways of saying goodbye to deceased pets. An increasing number of pet owners are choosing the lower-cost option of cremation rather than burial. Partly, this reflected the rising trend of human cremations, but it was also because of the tight economy, said Mike Detlefsen, president of Pet Haven Cemetery & Crematory in Gardena.
SPORTS
October 21, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire, Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Thirty men, 30 opinions. The NBA owners presiding over the league's increasingly bitter lockout of players aren't united behind the idea that it's better to lose an entire season rather than accept a bad labor deal. For now, however, the hawks outnumber the more conciliatory owners, such as the Lakers' Jerry Buss, the New York Knicks' James Dolan, the Miami Heat's Micky Arison and the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban. Billy Hunter, executive director of the players' union, said those four want to make a deal.
SPORTS
April 6, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Fantasy owners may build their teams around superstars like Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw, but success often lies in the performance of an unknown commodity. From a minor leaguer about to show off his tools at the next level, to a career backup who finally gets everyday playing time, players ignored on draft day often wind up in pivotal roles. Times staff writer Tim Hubbard takes a weekly look at players, teams and trends that are constantly evolving over baseball's regular season: TIME TO STEAL Matt Harvey SP | New York Mets The 24-year-old right-hander has the ability to anchor a staff for years.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way. According to a survey by HomeAway, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, owners spend an average of 8.6 hours a week managing their properties. That's one full workday a week. And even then, it's doubtful that the typical owner can market his vacation pad, maintain it and do all the other things necessary to have a successful rental regime.
HOME & GARDEN
September 10, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Time
A walled and gated Encino estate that has been home to actors Al Jolson, Kirstie Alley, Katey Sagal and Charlie Sheen at various times has come back on the market at $6.95 million. Updated in keeping with its architectural history, the 1934 traditional residence has Venetian plaster walls, vaulted beamed ceilings, marble and wood floors, custom cabinetry and woodwork, and marble counters. A formal dining room, a butler's pantry, an office/library, a gym, a wine cellar, a media room, den, two bars, seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half-baths lie within 8,522 square feet of living space.
SPORTS
December 19, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Frank McCourt's sales pitch landed on the desks of prospective Dodgers bidders Monday, and the ideas on how to make money from the team included this one: Raise ticket prices. Not in precisely those words, of course. However, the so-called "bid book" advised prospective owners that the Dodgers' average ticket price last season ranked 10th in the major leagues, even though the team played in the second-largest market in the majors. The Dodgers have cut ticket prices for next season, after posting their lowest attendance in a non-strike season since 1992.
SPORTS
June 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
Tom Hicks, who owns more than 400 radio stations and the NHL's Dallas Stars, became the owner of the Texas Rangers Wednesday night. By a 30-0 vote at their meetings in Seattle, major league owners approved the sale of the Rangers to the 52-year-old media mogul for $250 million. The vote followed one made earlier Wednesday by baseball's ownership committee. "I'm delighted," interim commissioner Bud Selig and owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, said.
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August 17, 2012 | wire reports
In a quick vote Thursday, Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of the Padres to a group that includes Kevin and Brian O'Malley , sons of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley . Commissioner Bud Selig announced the endorsement after the end of the owners meetings in Denver. Under the deal, the group will buy the franchise from owner John Moores for about $800 million. The sale will close by Aug. 31. Ron Fowler , a businessman in San Diego, will become the executive chairman.
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