May 28, 1996 |
As Mike Sager tells it, the letter arrived 18 months ago, written by Janet Cooke in her choolteacher hand. The proposal: that he, as her former boyfriend and Washington Post colleague, tell her story at last. Before the 12,000-word piece even surfaced in the June issue of GQ, Hollywood jumped in head-first. In a May 16 bidding war, TriStar Pictures committed a whopping $1.6 million for the movie rights, payable in full when principal photography begins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2009 |
Los Angeles County officials have been complaining for years about the ever-decreasing number of reporters who cover them. The county press room, once bustling with a dozen or more reporters, now looks like a ghost town, home to three reporters on a good day. Nonetheless, the Board of Supervisors has decided that the few journalists still around are causing problematic "traffic jams" during board meetings. So supervisors have decreed that reporters can no longer interview key personnel in the back rooms and corridors where the officials work during board meetings.
September 20, 2012
The Times' UCLA reporter Chris Foster, USC reporter Gary Klein and national columnist Chris Dufresne chatted this afternoon about a variety of topics. Moderator John Cherwa, Times deputy sports editor, pointed out that Dufresne correctly predicted that when USC and California play this weekend they would both be coming off losses. Although Dufresne said the Pac-12 Conference is much stronger this season than it has been in recent years, he ranks the Big 12 as the nation's No. 1 conference with the SEC at No. 2 and Pac-12 at No. 3. He also said that Stanford, coming off a 21-14 victory over the Trojans, could be the team to watch in the Pac-12.
December 6, 2013
The Grammys nomination concert special airs Friday on CBS, and The Times will share live updates from our pop music reporters, as well as commentary from fans, musicians and critics, here. Follow along with us as we learn which artists will be up for Grammys in 2014. ALSO: PHOTOS: Concert pictures by the L.A. Times FULL COVERAGE: Grammy nominations 2014 TIMELINE: Grammy Awards through the years MORE GRAMMYS 2014 COVERAGE TIMELINE: Grammy winners through the years PHOTOS: Top nominees FULL COVERAGE: Grammy Awards 2014
August 6, 2012 |
It would be imperceptible to all but the most insidery of campaign aficionados, but coverage of the presidential race took on a bit of momentum Monday. That's when Mitt Romney's traveling press corps kicked off “protective pool” coverage of Republican candidate. A routine of campaign coverage for decades, the pools give reporters limited access to candidates even on the days when they have no planned events. The theory is that the press should have maximum access to those who would be president, to witness a simple aside to a voter, contact with a big-money donor or some unforeseen disaster.
June 10, 2013 |
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, the newest Hollywood superstar, pulled a familiar move in this town. He told the media to get lost. For a minute, anyway. As reporters gathered in the Dodgers clubhouse Monday, Puig got on hands and knees, affixing white tape to the carpet in front of the locker area he shares with infielder Luis Cruz. Puig took a blue marker and, in Spanish, wrote that reporters were forbidden from entering the area. Puig was smiling the whole time, and he pulled up the tape after a minute.