April 23, 2014 |
What looked like a routine NFL play wound up leaving a life-altering mark on former Jacksonville linebacker Russell Allen. Allen, 27, who was released by the Jaguars last week, is finished with football. He suffered a stroke on the field in a Week 15 game against Buffalo last season, something he recently revealed to Robert Klemko of TheMMQB.com . He was released after failing a physical. Allen developed a dime-sized dead spot on his cerebellum after a face-to-face collision in the first half with Bills center Eric Wood -- what seemed like a hard but typical hit. "It was strange because it was so routine," Allen told Klemko.
April 22, 2014 |
Nikki Rocco, the veteran head of domestic distribution at Universal Pictures, will retire at the end of this year, she said Tuesday. Rocco, the first woman to become president of a major studio's distribution operations, has worked for the studio for nearly five decades. Rocco, 64, first joined Universal Pictures as a paid intern in 1967 while she was a high-school senior, after which she was hired to work in the company's New York office. She has been Universal's head of domestic distribution since 1996. PHOTOS: 2013's highest-paid media executives "Nikki Rocco is an industry icon, and in the short time I've been with the company it's been clear why she is held in such high regard," said Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 |
A top advisor to Los Angeles lawmakers announced Tuesday he plans to retire after decades working in city government. "This decision does not reflect any dissatisfaction with the city," Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller wrote in a Tuesday letter to the City Council. "After nearly 30 years and much thought I have decided that it is time to move on to explore other interests and spend more time with my spouse and family. " In the letter, Miller expressed mixed emotions and said his last day would be Aug. 29. He did not immediately return a call Tuesday seeking additional comment.
April 19, 2014 |
Saku Koivu saw his retiring teammate, friend and Finnish countryman Teemu Selanne skate around the arena bathed in cheers last week in the Ducks' final regular-season home game. Moved, of course, Koivu quickly set aside the moment that's so close to home. Because there are still games to win. Koivu, 39, could be just as close to retirement as Selanne, but the 18-year NHL veteran center hasn't officially announced his intentions. "Very private guy, very unselfish - been like that a long time," Koivu's linemate Andrew Cogliano said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 |
Campaign contributions are flowing briskly to candidates in some of California's hottest congressional races, including two of the most vocal proponents of getting money out of politics. Incumbents in races in the Sacramento area, Central Valley, Bay Area and Riverside and Ventura counties each have raised more than $1 million to fend off vigorous challengers. And in San Diego County, freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and his main opponent, Republican Carl DeMaio, were nearly neck and neck, with Peters taking in nearly $1.8 million to DeMaio's almost $1.5 million.
April 15, 2014 |
Detroit, fighting its way through the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, has reached an agreement that preserves current pensions but cuts cost-of-living payments for retired police and firefighters. The agreement, announced Tuesday, is the first major compromise between the city and any of its retirees as Detroit and its creditors try to find a way to deal with an estimated $18 billion in long-term liabilities. The pact must be approved by the 6,000 members of the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Assn., whose leaders said they backed the negotiated agreement and by Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing the bankruptcy case.