November 19, 2013 |
The Angels hired former Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein as their major league player information coach, a newly created position that will combine elements of scouting and on-field coaching. In a team-issued release, Manager Mike Scioscia said Eckstein, 40, “will integrate scouting reports and have input on the defensive side of our team.” Eckstein will also be involved with “pre-game preparation,” though his role was not specified. Eckstein, the brother of former Angels shortstop David Eckstein, spent almost five years as Washington's hitting coach before being fired last July.
November 6, 2013 |
The Chicago Cubs are set to hire San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their manager, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced. The team was expected to make it official on Thursday. The move ends a long search that began with the last-place Cubs targeting New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, only to be denied a shot when he decided to stay put. Instead, the Cubs are hoping Renteria can help develop their young players and lead them to their first championship since 1908.
October 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A former congressman convicted of 17 felonies including extortion, money laundering, bribery and insurance fraud was sentenced Monday to three years in prison. Former Rep. Rick Renzi, a three-term Republican from Flagstaff, Ariz., was convicted in June of using his influence in Congress to profit from a federal land deal and of using clients' insurance premiums to finance his first congressional campaign, the Justice Department said. In 2005, Renzi used his position to promote a land deal that brought millions of dollars to him and a business partner, James W. Sandlin, the Justice Department said in a news release.
October 12, 2013 |
Since the end of its first season, the narrative direction of "The Walking Dead" has been a, um, bone of contention. Based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman (who serves as executive producer), "The Walking Dead" leveraged a built-in audience to become AMC's first real big ratings hit. Issues of plot and pacing dog any adaptation, but creative differences have separated the show from its show runner twice already - Scott Gimple recently took over Season 4, which premieres Sunday night.
October 4, 2013 |
Just for the record, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said midway through a 27-minute criticism of California, he wasn't in Anaheim to criticize California. That might have come off a tad hollow, given that Perry had already asserted that the state comes in a distant second to his by almost every measure imaginable -- tax rates, poverty levels, business growth, even freedom, by the governor's sights. “The purpose of my visit is not to bash California,” he said on the first day of the state Republican Party convention.
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October 2, 2013 |
Rick Finkelstein, a longtime Universal Pictures executive who was featured in a documentary about injured athletes after he was paralyzed in a ski accident, died Tuesday of cancer, the studio said. He was 64. Finkelstein, known for his sharp mind and business acumen, for years led the studio's home video and television distribution. He most recently was in charge of the studio's strategic planning and anti-piracy efforts. He also was the studio's representative on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Assn.
September 26, 2013 |
Group therapy session? Wake-up call? Just a darn good show? Or maybe all three. But one thing is for sure, nobody will soon forget Rick Owens' spring 2014 runway show. The California-raised, Paris-based designer recruited step dancers from college sororities all over the U.S., including Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles area to come to Paris and perform. The lights came up, and there they came, descending the staircases at the top of the runway, dancing, clapping and stomping, all body types and sizes.
September 17, 2013 |
Rick Neuheisel's career path has gone in interesting directions since he was asked to leave UCLA. The former Bruins coach is a polished commentator for the Pac-12 Networks. For those who don't have DirecTV, he is funny and insightful. Musically, though, he still has a ways to go. He popped up on the "Dan Patrick Show" this week to sing "The Ballad of Johnny Manziel ," borrowing the tune from Marty Robbins' "El Paso. " It's not a hit. “Flattening out the Tide” could have used some work.
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September 17, 2013 |
Rick Warren said in an interview Tuesday on CNN that even with a loving family and access to mental healthcare, it was not enough to save his son from suicide. Matthew Warren, 27, fatally shot himself April 5 at his home in Orange County by using an unregistered gun that he bought on the Internet. “The day that I had feared might happen one day, since he had been born, and the day that I had prayed would never happen … happened,” Warren told CNN's Piers Morgan . Warren appeared on the show with his wife, Kay. They founded Saddleback Church in 1980 in Orange County, and Warren also wrote the best-selling book, "The Purpose Driven Life.
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September 3, 2013 |
Billionaire developer Rick Caruso will be allowed to moor his 216-foot mega-yacht in Newport Beach after obtaining a special permit from the city. In mid-August, to the chagrin of several citizens, the Newport Beach Harbor Commission voted to allow two large yachts - including Caruso's - to moor for a set period of time near the west end of Lido Isle. Neighbors voiced concerns over potential noise and safety problems, in addition to citing a lack of transparency in the decision-making process, but no City Council members called for the decision to be reconsidered.