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March 28, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
The son of infamous German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who helped Adolf Hitler hoard art looted from Jews during the Holocaust, says he's now willing to return works his father had acquired to the heirs of their victimized owners. Attorney Christoph Edel, a court-appointed legal guardian for the 81-year-old Cornelius Gurlitt, issued a statement on Gurlitt's website this week saying that Gurlitt has told him, “if the works…should be justifiably suspected of being Nazi-looted art, please give them back to their Jewish owners.” Added Edel: “Let there be no doubt that we will comply with the instructions of our client.” It's a stronger commitment than Gurlitt previously had made.
March 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 5-month-old English bulldog reported stolen from a pet day care facility has been returned to its owners by "an anonymous male," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The dog, named Schroeder, had wandered away from its owners in San Marcos. A passerby found the dog and took it to a nearby day care facility, Dogtopia. Then, for reasons unexplained, another person came to the faciity on March 19 and claimed the dog was his. He was caught on security camera leaving with the animal.
March 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
The Hollywood Film Festival boasts an enviable name, one that directly invokes the entertainment capital of the world, but since its founding in 1997, it has struggled to carve out a niche for itself among the thousands of film fests worldwide and the dozens in the Southland alone. Now the festival's new owner is trying to build an identity that lives up to the moniker, though not by way of glitz and glamour. This month, film festival veteran Jon Fitzgerald and his company CineCause acquired the HFF from founder Carlos de Abreu, a Mozambique-born Portuguese entrepreneur, as part of an ambitious plan to turn it into a premier showcase of socially conscious movies.
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a "full discussion" on the topic among team owners and executives this week. "I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said.
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The death this week of Ralph Wilson, founder and sole owner of the Buffalo Bills, was but half the heartache of the NFL franchise and its fans. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, found out two weeks ago that the oral cancer he was originally diagnosed with in June has returned. His wife, Jill, wrote on her blog that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " The 54-year-old Kelly, an icon in western New York, is hospitalized in Manhattan, and has been visited by a steady stream of Bills teammates.
March 26, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
About 150 employees at rocket engine maker Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park were told Wednesday that they would be laid off as part of a companywide reduction that the company says is related to last year's merger. Aerojet Rocketdyne was created by the sale of Rocketdyne to GenCorp Inc. for $550 million, a deal that was finalized last summer. It brought together two major California rocket companies - and longtime competitors. GenCorp already owned Aerojet, the Sacramento aerospace firm founded in 1942.
March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has come under increasing pressure to change his team's name because some people believe it is offensive to Native Americans. Through it all Snyder has insisted that he will keep the Redskins moniker, saying that he wishes to honor those tribes and their heritage. To that end, Snyder announced in a letter to fans Monday that he is forming the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation "to provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities.
March 25, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
So Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team, visited 26 Native American reservations over four months and discovered a reality that just about everyone else in the country already knew . Native Americans on reservations are disproportionately mired in poverty; affected by alcoholism, diabetes and elevated suicide rates, among other health issues; and lack many of the basic necessities of modern life, including...
March 24, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
When promoting a big-budget summer film, there are plenty of stops at which movie stars are expected to shill their product. Actors hole up in fancy hotels for press junkets, trade banter with David Letterman and fly overseas to walk red carpets. But many also appear at a less talked-about event: CinemaCon, a Las Vegas conference attended by about 3,000 movie theater owners, studio executives and concession distributors. This week, some of Hollywood's biggest names - Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler - will head to Caesars Palace to show off footage from their coming movies and mingle with exhibitors.
March 24, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Today it's rare to see a piece of celebrity-worn apparel - on screen or off - that can't be identified and even purchased with a few mouse clicks. From politician Sarah Palin's eyeglass frames (Kawasaki 704s) to film protagonist Jay Gatsby's bow tie (Brooks Bros.), the power of the Internet has made the world one great, big clickable catalog. But what if the jacket you covet was the one Amelia Earhart was wearing on her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic? Or the dress of your dreams was last seen on Josephine Baker in a 1940 wartime photograph?
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