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September 3, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
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.
September 1, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Maybe money isn't the issue between DirecTV and the Pac-12 network. Maybe there is too much violence … not on the field, but in the studio. Commentator Ronnie Lott was in the process of singing UCLA's praises after the Bruins' 58-20 victory over Nevada. The former USC defensive back took a tumble while jokingly tossing his wallet to fellow commentator Rick Neuheisel, a former UCLA coach and quarterback. Neuheisel quickly quipped, “See what happens when he says anything nice about UCLA.
August 26, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A pair of mega-yachts, including billionaire developer Rick Caruso's new 216-foot vessel, will glide into Newport Harbor next month, and not everyone is thrilled with the pending visit . Caruso's yacht, the Invictus, is expected to be anchored off Lido Isle for 16 days during a two-month stretch, in part for a gala christening party. The owner of a second boat, the nearly 130-foot Marama, wants to anchor in the harbor for five days to host a private wedding. The boat's owner wasn't identified.
August 26, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
At 216 feet from stem to stern, the Invictus is a colossus of a yacht, complete with a gym, a theater and a dining room table that comfortably seats 20. And when billionaire developer Rick Caruso's mega-boat pulls in and out of Newport Harbor in the coming weeks, it will dwarf the cabin cruisers and sailboats that typically bob on the waters here. Even the long-running Balboa Island Ferry will be a speck in comparison. But the pending arrival of the Invictus and a second yacht, the 130-foot Marama, is also testing the patience of some Newport residents who say the massive vessels - even as temporary visitors - will be a nuisance and possibly lead to other large-boat owners making Newport Harbor a port of call.
August 24, 2013 | By Kari Howard
After Elmore Leonard died this week, his 10 rules of good writing were passed around like a favorite memory at a wake. He called this his most important rule: “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” The word “sounds” there is key, because Leonard was a master of the rhythm, the musicality, of language. Does it sound like something you would actually say? Good. Does it sound like you're showing off? Not so good. A few days later, I came across a list of the “25 Things Editors Need to Remember When Working With Writers.” I agreed with almost all of them, but two are things I absolutely do. And I bet Leonard did too: 13. Suggest that your writers read out loud to themselves.
August 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Rick Ross built his career rapping about his exploits as an above-the-law drug kingpin, a front he kept up even after it was famously revealed that in a previous life the Miami MC had once worked as a Dade County corrections officer. The news might reasonably have killed his ascent. But having survived the intrusion of reality, Ross doubled down on artifice, and since then his tales of a lavish and dangerous lifestyle have made him one of hip-hop's most successful stars. When he took the stage Wednesday night at Club Nokia, Ross was clearly hoping to control his image once again in the wake of yet another damaging episode.
August 12, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stan Lynde, creator of the syndicated western comic strip "Rick O'Shay," which ran for 20 years in major newspapers and reached about 15 million readers, died Tuesday of cancer in Helena, Mont. He was 81. Lynde was a Korean War veteran who had studied journalism at the University of Montana and briefly worked on his family's ranch in Colorado when he realized he wanted to try to make it as a cartoonist. After buying a one-way ticket to New York City in the 1950s, he worked his way up to commodities reporter at the Wall Street Journal while attending the School of Visual Arts at night.
August 6, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has named Rick Jacobs, a high-profile Democrat who raised more than $2 million to help Garcetti win the May election, one of his senior advisors at City Hall. Jacobs' appointment is the latest in a series of top-tier City Hall jobs Garcetti has awarded to key campaign supporters. He will counsel Garcetti on communications, external affairs, scheduling, protocol and strategic partnerships. Jacobs' title, deputy chief of staff for operations, belies the clout he is likely to wield.
July 28, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Pastor Rick Warren is back in the pulpit Sunday at Orange County's Saddleback Church, nearly four months after the suicide of his son. Warren, author of the bestselling book “The Purpose Driven Life,” was scheduled to preach at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., said Kristin Cole, a spokeswoman for the church. Warren also presided over services on Saturday. Saddleback announced Warren's return on its website with a simple, “HE'S BACK!” His sermon will be part of a new series, “How to Get Through What You're Going Through,” according to the website, and Warren's wife, Kay Warren, was expected to join him for a portion of each service.
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