January 18, 2013 |
Marian Burkhart was looking forward to traveling on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. She and her husband settled into their seats, picked a movie and waited for what she called the "Taj Mahal plane" to take them from Houston to Los Angeles. Then the pilot came on the intercom with surprising news: All passengers had to get off the plane because federal regulators had grounded the so-called aircraft of the future, concerned by fires caused by its electronics system. Burkhart, 48, now isn't sure whether she'll fly on a 787. "It's a beautiful plane ... but I would wait awhile," she said, moments after arriving in Los Angeles on an older airplane.
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January 16, 2013
Daniel J. Edelman, 92, who built one of the world's top public relations companies and pioneered celebrity endorsements and media tours, died of heart failure Tuesday at a Chicago hospital, said his son, Richard Edelman. Edelman is credited with developing many of the methods now standard in the field, after transforming the firm he started more than 60 years ago with two people into a global marketing force with more than 4,500 employees in 66 offices worldwide. The firm's clients include Microsoft, Pfizer, Wal-Mart and Royal Dutch Shell.
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January 10, 2013 |
Capping a raucous eight-hour-plus meeting, the Irvine City Council early Wednesday voted to overhaul the oversight and spending on the beleaguered Orange County Great Park while authorizing an audit of the more than $220 million that so far has been spent on the ambitious project. A newly elected City Council majority voted 3 to 2 to terminate contracts with two firms that had been paid a combined $1.1 million a year for consulting, lobbying, marketing and public relations. One of those firms - Forde & Mollrich public relations - has been paid $12.4 million since county voters approved the Great Park plan in 2002.
November 20, 2012 |
— Ronny Turiaf sat on the Clippers' bench for the first three quarters Monday night, never hanging his head, always cheering and staying tuned to the game. When Turiaf got his call 2 minutes 23 seconds into the fourth quarter, he delivered some big moments for the Clippers against the San Antonio Spurs. "I'm a guy who likes to watch the game and see what I can bring to the table," Turiaf said. "I've always prided myself on staying mentally connected. " Turiaf finished with three rebounds, all offensive, and four points in 5:10 after he got the call when Ryan Hollins fouled out. "I'm not going to lie to you. I was surprised to hear my name called out there at that point," Turiaf said.
October 23, 2012 |
Obviously, the good people in Los Angeles are very different from you people in San Diego. Or, as Bill Johnston , the director of public relations for the Chargers, put it in a recent blog to folks in San Diego: "What's with you people?" The Chargers fell apart last week against Denver despite suggestions now that they were using a sticky substance. They let you people down on national TV, and yet you people flipped out as if they had never done it before. "Time to take a chill pill," wrote the PR guy on chargers.com.
October 9, 2012 |
There they were Sunday night, during the televised NFL game, their pictures flashed to a nation of TV viewers, with penalties incurred listed below. They were three known New Orleans Saints evildoers. They might just as well have been on the wall of a post office: --Sean Payton, Saints head coach, suspended for the season. --Joe Vitt, Saints assistant coach, suspended for six games. --Gregg Williams, Saints defensive coordinator, suspended indefinitely. They were the core of the New Orleans bounty hunters, the men who un-Saintly created or allowed their players to pool money and award it to those who knocked key opponents out of games.
September 26, 2012 |
Come to find out, a heart beats somewhere inside those plush NFL offices in Manhattan. Maybe they aren't, as we thought, too big to care. Or so big they would react only on their terms. Somewhere, somehow, blood had to run in the roomful of corporate robots. Don't misunderstand. This is not to suggest that Commissioner Roger Goodell and his band of merry lawyers, upon watching the Seattle Seahawks be awarded the second immaculate reception in the league's history, gathered in a quiet room Wednesday to discuss the need to immediately right the wrongs.
July 27, 2012 |
Don Perry, head spokesman for Chick-fil-A, has died. The Atlanta-based company said Perry died "suddenly" Friday morning. Perry, who most recently was vice president of public relations, had worked with the chain for nearly 29 years, according to Chick-fil-A. “He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him,” the company said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” Local news outlets reported that Perry suffered a heart attack.
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June 25, 2012 |
Retail giantWal-Martsaid that it has parted ways with a public relations firm whose employee was found to have posed as a reporter at an event staged byWal-Martcritics. Wal-Martspokesman Steven Restivo said in a statement Friday that his company and Mercury Public Affairs had mutually decided to end their "business relationship. " Mercury had received $60,000 to lobby officials at Los Angeles City Hall over a proposed Wal-Mart grocery in Chinatown, according to city records. "We take this matter seriously and have taken the appropriate steps to ensure this type of activity is not repeated," Restivo said.
June 20, 2012 |
Stewart and Lynda Resnick have spent decades building one successful brand after another: Fiji Water, Teleflora, the Franklin Mint. Now the Beverly Hills billionaires have launched a public relations campaign to save one - their popular pomegranate juice brand, Pom Wonderful. The Resnicks are appealing a government ruling that they misled consumers about Pom's ability to fight disease. They had spent years touting pomegranate juice's benefits in treating prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and heart disease.