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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 23, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
The New York Jets are interested in playmaking receiver DeSean Jackson, the former Long Beach Poly High and California standout who is under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles through 2016. Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking at the NFL owners meeting Sunday in Orlando, Fla., said that the 27-year-old receiver and kick returner was among a group of players in whom the team had an interest. The major issue is the $10.25 million owed to Jackson this season, a cost the Eagles might be willing to shed.
March 23, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our association board allows the manager to control all the homeowners association notices that owners are supposed to get. The manager picks and chooses who will receive notice of meetings, elections and other important issues. Sometimes she puts these vital notices in a locked glass case, way at the other end of our huge complex, takes a picture of them as proof the notices were put up, then orders the security guards to remove those same notices from the case after the snapshot.
March 22, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla.  - The NFL set scoring and yardage records last season - the league loves that - and had all the hallmarks of competitive balance, including 48% of games that were decided by seven points or fewer, the fourth-most in history. But, as is typical this time of year, there's a push from teams to further tweak the rules. The ideas might be legitimate improvements, or maybe just superfluous tinkering, but that's for team owners to decide at this week's annual meetings, a three-day event at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando.
March 17, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested Sunday night on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.  The arrest took place in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, where Isray lives. Carmel police Lt. Joe Bickel said Monday no details from the arrest would be released at this time because information is still being gathered. Irsay is being held at the Noblesville jail under $22,500 bond, according to Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryant Orem said.
March 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Sometime in the relatively near future, perhaps even this year, Zach Lee could take the mound for the Dodgers in a regular-season game. Or Joc Pederson could step into the batter's box. If it happens, fans at Dodger Stadium might consider raising their plastic cups in a tribute to the man responsible: Frank McCourt. If not for the team's unpopular former owner, the Dodgers' two top prospects would be somewhere else. Lee might be counting down the days until the NFL draft.
March 17, 2014 | By Kim Christensen
Scores of small businesses burned in a payroll-tax scam got some welcome news late last week when an insurance company said it would cover $3 million of their total losses. "We won't get all of our money back, but at least it looks like we will get a good chunk," said Melissa Meltzer, who with her husband, Robert, owns a Los Angeles children's fitness franchise that lost about $55,000. The Meltzers are among about 150 mostly Southern California restaurateurs, dentists, hairstylists and others who learned around Christmas that money they had deposited with LA Payroll for state and federal taxes had disappeared - as had the company's owner, Tovmas Grigoryan.
March 17, 2014 | By Anne Colby
The safety of family members is the first concern for most people during and after a major earthquake. For many of us, family also means our family pets. Monday's magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles was a good reminder to be prepared with an earthquake plan and emergency kits. If you're a pet owner, you should also include your animals in your disaster planning. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles offers earthquake preparedness tips for pet owners.  First, it suggests getting dogs and cats microchipped and outfitted with current ID tags to enable easy identification if they are lost or wander away during an emergency.
March 16, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - The economy may be growing at a frustratingly slow pace, but one piece of it is booming: American homeowners' equity holdings - the market value of their houses minus their mortgage debts - soared by nearly $2.1 trillion last year to $10 trillion. Big numbers, you say, and hard to grasp. But look at it this way: Thanks to rising prices and equity levels, about 4 million owners around the country last year were able to climb out of the financial tar pit of the housing bust - negative equity.
March 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The gig: As the head of Sterling Venue Ventures, Lance Sterling runs the recently renovated Saban Theatre concert venue in Beverly Hills and also owns and operates the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Early days: Sterling, 51, studied civil engineering at the University of Arizona. While in school, he worked in bars, nightclubs and concert venues that booked groups such as Grand Funk Railroad. "I was making more money running concerts than I would as an engineer," he said. After college, he briefly worked for a billboard company and then went into the hotel business.
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