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BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Deryl McKissack, 52, is president and chief executive of McKissack & McKissack, a construction management and design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and Baltimore. The firm manages about $15 billion in construction projects. It has 160 employees. "We're managing the construction process, providing inspections, overseeing schedules and budgets," McKissack said. "With program management, you are managing more than just one project. You are managing an entire capital program for a client.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Forget #followFriday. It's #renewalFriday over at Fox. The network announced it has picked up comedies "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Mindy Project" and thriller "The Following" for the 2014-15 season. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" are part of the network's Tuesday comedy block. Toplined by Andy Samberg, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has performed modestly in its freshman season, averaging just over 5 million viewers, but has a few golden statues on its side -- it won two Golden Globes earlier this year, for the show and Samberg.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Homeowner groups from areas spanning the Santa Monica Mountains are accusing the Los Angeles City Council of undercutting hillside building restrictions by allowing a Bel-Air home to exceed height limits by nearly 40%. "Little by little, they are dismantling" hillside development limits enacted three years ago, said Marian Dodge, president of the nonprofit Federation of Hillside and Canyon Assns. The latest flare-up in the long-standing battle over hillside construction, encompassing some of Los Angeles' priciest neighborhoods, centers on a home proposed for Bellagio Road in Bel-Air.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Weather in February was once again a roadblock for retailers, who said sales figures for the month missed already modest expectations. One gauge from Thomson Reuters found that same-store sales rose 1.8% last month, falling short of a projected 2.8% rise at stores open a year or longer. Without the effect of drugstores, retailers turned in a 0.3% sales increase, the worst showing since a 2.4% decrease in August 2009. Analysts had expected a 1.9% boost. Some segments, however, showed surprising health, or at least the promise of it. The clothing sector, not including Gap, beat estimates by swelling 1.3%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Environmentalists took a new step Thursday in a decades-long dispute by filing a lawsuit against federal agencies that gave permission for construction of a community of 60,000 residents along the last wild river in Southern California. The lawsuit claims the Clean Water Act permit approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 failed to accurately assess the effect the Newhall Ranch project would have on water quality, Native American cultural sites, and endangered plants and animals along the Santa Clara River.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Construction is set to start this year on a $2-billion Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, according to published reports. A park in Beijing has been under discussion for years, but details have remained murky. A spokesperson for Universal Studios Theme Parks, a division of NBC Universal, declined to comment on the latest report. The park will be the sixth for Universal, including four already in operation and one that is set to open in South Korea in 2016. Construction will begin in Beijing this year, with completion scheduled for 2018, according to the website Aastocks.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Sony Pictures Entertainment will make a horror film centered on the mysterious death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, whose body was found inside a water tank at downtown's Cecil Hotel. The project is based on a screenplay by Brandon and Phillip Murphy titled "The Bringing. " It was acquired by Sony Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions. The 21-year-old Lam's body was recovered  Feb. 21, 2013. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning by the coroner, though surveillance video from the hotel's elevator that showed Lam acting oddly sparked conspiracy theories about the incident.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By August Brown
For experimental bands looking to broaden their horizons, there's no place like Joshua Tree. Turns out even English dance acts can find some magic in them hills.  Simian Mobile Disco, the longtime London electronica duo, has announced an intriguing new project that's half installation-art, half live album.  On April 26, the duo will commandeer Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, Calif., for a one-off performance that will be recorded for an...
SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | Sam Farmer
The NFL might be a quarterback league, but that wasn't reflected in last year's draft. Only one quarterback was selected in the first round - EJ Manuel, picked 16th by Buffalo - and one each in the next two rounds. This year should be a return to the familiar, as the draft is rich with quarterback prospects. This mock draft projects three quarterbacks will be taken in the first five picks May 8, and five in the entire first round. The wild card is Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who could be the No. 1 overall pick of Houston, or conceivably could tumble all the way out of the first round.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Mike Garson obviously takes the piano very seriously, but he can chuckle over some of the contradictory paths that a versatile mastery of the keys has led him down. Maybe the unlikeliest of all is the one he's embarking on Saturday at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, where he'll lead 44 instrumentalists, augmented by a 55-voice children's choir, in the premiere of his "Symphonic Suite for Healing. " Even an accomplished musician like Garson, who's best known as a key sideman during David Bowie's 1970s rise to superstardom but who usually plays jazz or a jazz-classical fusion when left to his own devices, can laughingly confess that what he's doing isn't brain surgery or as important as finding a cure for cancer.
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