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April 21, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Comcast Corp.'s highest-paid executives — Chief Executive Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke — experienced compensation deflation last year. Roberts' pay package shrank 13.3% in 2011 to $26.9 million. That included a performance-based cash bonus of $5.5 million for the 52-year-old executive. Meanwhile, Burke's compensation dropped a whopping 32% to $23.7 million, which included a performance bonus of $6.7 million. The 53-year-old executive's amount fell dramatically last year, as it was the first time in three years that he did not collect a signing bonus.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Police need a warrant to open a package in the mail that reeks of marijuana, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, rejecting a prosecutor's arguments that a search was warranted under a novel “plain smell” test. In a ruling written by Justice Goodwin Liu, the state high court dismissed arguments by Santa Barbara County prosecutors that contraband could be searched under a theory that would extend the “plain sight” test to “plain smell.”  Police are generally entitled to seize evidence that is in plain sight.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that was heavily lobbied by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and aimed at boosting sales of high-tech goods and services. Four measures, part of a package of 18 business-friendly bills approved Friday, seek to ease the regulatory burden on developers of smartphone-based payment systems; reverse a retroactive tax hike on investors in small start-up companies, and create a "Made in California" program to help market innovative, locally manufactured consumer products.
TRAVEL
January 18, 1987
We just had to write to thank Jerry Hulse for a recent item in Travel Tips. Dollarstretcher, a subsidiary of British Airways, has done a magnificent job on its promotion package of $399 round trip LAX to Gatwick. After reading the tip we booked and were on our way within a week. We stayed at the Bedford Hotel in Russell Square. It was comfortable, clean and conveniently located to Underground, restaurants and shopping. We visited with friends, did some sightseeing and Christmas shopping during the week we were in London.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1985
Less than a month after it was introduced as a bold attempt to establish an ad-hoc daytime network of independent stations, the two-hour "INDAY" package was on the verge of being cut in half by its distributor Wednesday because of low ratings.
TRAVEL
March 2, 1986
Since 1972 I have been going to Lech, Austria, annually for skiing. As a result, I greatly enjoyed the Stan Hollander article Feb. 2. However, the article was lacking in basic information. The article only hints at the vast land area and varied terrain that can be skied, covering several mountains and towns with intelligently connecting lifts. The great majority of hotels and pensions are 1-5 minutes' walk from the lifts. A few hotels and sample rates were provided but did not go far enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY
The Gascon Center Theatre in Culver City sparkles with tiny lights for "Stories of the Season," an engaging roundelay of winter's tales inspired by many cultures, presented story-theater style. The cast of six has a repertoire of 10 stories, each represented by a package. Selected audience members pick five packages to open, resulting in a different quintet of stories at each performance. Cast members also discuss holiday traditions and, as a low-key finale, tell personal seasonal memories.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Make a splash at SeaWorld this month with a $338 vacation package at San Diego's Paradise Point Resort & Spa  that includes a stay in a bungalow-style hotel room and two adult tickets to the park. Paradise Point, just across the street from SeaWorld, includes breakfast, parking and a water taxi ride in the package. The deal: Book your trip by June 30 for a stay in June, July or August. The discount is 20% off the regular rate of $423 for a Lanai Garden Room. Other savings include two adult tickets to SeaWorld ($156 value)
NEWS
May 26, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
Japan 's tourism office has partnered with airlines and hotels to offer an incredible price on a trip to Tokyo on selected dates in June. The package includes accommodations for four nights plus round-trip airfare from Los Angeles and other gateway cities for just $780 a person. In addition, $50 per reservation is donated to the consulate-general of Japan to aid in the recovery effort. For this deal, tickets must be bought by Tuesday. The deal: Tourism to Japan has dropped by more than 60% since the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear reactor leaks, according to the Japan National Tourist Organization . Now the agency seeks to give visitors a reason to return.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Seriously, y'all, let's try to settle this: When did Dolph Lundgren become so cool? In the last few years, he has gone from some sort of where-are-they-now punch line to the B-grade action movie's answer to Cary Grant. Forget how he looks with a rocket launcher, have you seen him rock a pocket square? After having come across as the suave one amid the hard-core macho puffery of the "Expendables" pictures as well as diving into the psychotropic madness of "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning," with "The Package," Lundgren continues his recent streak of making the most of small roles, elevating each movie in the process.
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