CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2013 |
When former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel led the successful charge to prevent Home Depot from opening a new store in her district, she talked about the potential environmental and traffic drawbacks and accused the chain store of flouting local development rules. One thing she did not mention during the heated debate in the summer of 2007 was that weeks earlier, she had inherited a 50% interest in a competing business - her family's building supply store about nine miles from the proposed Home Depot in Sunland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2013 |
When soldiers are dishonorably discharged, the law prevents them from owning firearms. The same standard, however, doesn't apply to fired police officers. In Monday's column, George Skelton wonders if that would have prevented ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner from getting the weapons he allegedly used in last week's shooting rampage. "Maybe, at least, Dorner should have been required to undergo psychological testing upon being sacked to determine whether he was mentally fit to own weapons," he writes. Either way, Skelton says, it's too easy to get a gun in America.
January 31, 2013 |
The ethics for adding ancient works to American art museum collections became substantially more stringent five years ago when the Assn. of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) decided to set the bar higher -- prompted by complaints from Italy, Greece and other ancient lands that museums had long turned a blind eye to evidence that pieces they owned had been looted from archaeological sites. On Wednesday, the AAMD, which has 217 member museums in North America, announced a few more subtle tweaks to those guidelines, including requiring a public explanation on the AAMD's website if a museum decides to acquire a piece despite gaps in its ownership record going back to the fall of 1970.
January 29, 2013 |
The sharp increase in home prices - particularly in regional markets such as Phoenix and Las Vegas, which had been so decimated by the bust - is raising concern among some economists. Indeed, home prices are now posting double-digit gains in some of the places where so-called negative equity is severe. According to data from S&P/Case-Shiller, prices in Las Vegas rose 10.0% over the year and Phoenix was up 22.8%. It is those kinds of big increases that could fuel speculation. “It does concern me a bit,” Zillow.com chief economist Stan Humphries said.
January 22, 2013
Re "Product safety must include guns," Column, Jan. 18 David Lazarus makes some good points, but he doesn't mention that alcohol and tobacco use isn't protected by the Constitution. Hence, regulating them is legal. Guns are protected, and regulating them (at least at the national level) is rightly difficult. If the legislature of New York wants to enact overreaching laws, then shame on New Yorkers for electing people who don't appreciate their responsibility to protect their constituents.
December 2, 2012 |
ATLANTA -- No one down here in Southeastern Conference country was surprised Sunday when the final Bowl Championship Series standings confirmed Alabama would be playing Jan. 7 for the national title. The surprise is why the SEC isn't playing the SEC again, just like last season. "Do you think Florida deserves to play for the national title more than Notre Dame?" someone actually asked Alabama Coach Nick Saban on Saturday after his team clinched the SEC with a 32-28 win over Georgia.
November 29, 2012 |
TAIPEI, Taiwan - The proposed sale of an irreverent media empire in Taiwan to a consortium heavily invested in mainland China is sparking protests by Taiwanese worried that Beijing will quash its tradition of free speech. Next Media, known for racy animated graphics poking fun at the Chinese Communist Party, as well as figures such as Mitt Romney and Tiger Woods, signed a deal this week to sell Apple Daily newspaper, one of Taiwan's largest dailies, two other print products and a fledgling television station to the consortium.
November 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — Tribune Co. is close to securing the regulatory approval it needs to emerge from its long-running bankruptcy. The staff of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday recommended that the agency grant the company waivers of rules that prohibit the ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same city. Tribune needs the waivers for its cross-ownership of media properties in Los Angeles and four other markets. The waivers — the last major hurdle in the four-year case — would be granted Friday as long as none of the five commissioners raises serious objections, according to a person at the FCC who wasn't authorized to speak and therefore did not want to be identified.
November 14, 2012 |
Bill O'Reilly can breathe a little easier. Last week while speaking about the reelection of President Obama, the Fox News commentator said, "The white establishment is now the minority. " But when it comes to who owns the nation's TV and radio stations, whites -- and white males in particular -- are still the majority. The Federal Communications Commission just released its report on the ownership of commercial broadcast stations which reveals that as of 2011, whites own 69.4% of the nation's 1,348 television stations.
November 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are poised to ease ownership restrictions on major-market media outlets in what could be a boost to some big players in the struggling newspaper industry. After two failed attempts to loosen its rules, the Federal Communications Commission is expected by the end of the year to approve a new proposal that would allow newspapers and television or radio stations in the 20 largest markets to consolidate. And unlike previous battles, there is little opposition this time to easing the so-called cross-ownership rules.