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ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Long before "lean in" became a rallying cry for professional women of America, there was "Murphy Brown. " In fall 1988, the sitcom about a brash, unmarried, fortysomething news anchor and recovering alcoholic premiered on CBS. Though it was slow to build into a hit, "Murphy Brown" became a top 5 show, won 18 Emmys over 10 seasons and sparked a contentious national dialogue about single motherhood, thanks to a certain vice president. Played by patrician blond Candice Bergen, Brown may have been physically reminiscent of real-life newswoman Diane Sawyer, but with her irascible and relentless disposition, she was, as creator Diane English famously put it, closer to "Mike Wallace in a dress.
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BUSINESS
January 17, 1991
I see (Part A, Jan. 9) that Transportation Director Robert Best has signed contracts with the California Toll Road Co., an international consortium, to build several toll roads in California. What is going on? I read the papers and listen to the news, but this is the first I have heard about privatizing our roads to foreign investors. We can't be taken over by an invading foreign army but we are being taken over just as surely by foreign investors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1989
South Pasadena officials have asked the state Department of Transportation to establish an independent task force to consider alternatives to building the last link of the Long Beach Freeway. The City Council, with the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, made the request in a letter sent this week to Robert Best, director of the department. A Caltrans spokesman said Friday that the letter had not yet arrived.
NEWS
May 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Caltrans Director Robert Best has threatened to simply close the highways on which construction workers are exposed to traffic. Best and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Maury Hannigan made a joint plea to drive safely and soberly through highway work zones and "end the slaughter of California highway workers." In less than two months, five Caltrans workers have been killed, including two early this month along Interstate 5 in Stockton who were struck by a suspected drunk driver.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1992 | Associated Press
* Shinji Sakai, a 30-year veteran of Toyota Motor Corp., will succeed Yuki Togo as president and chief executive of the firm's Torrance-based U.S. operations, the auto maker said. Togo, 67, will become chairman of Toyota Motor Sales USA. Yale Gieszl was named executive vice president, succeeding Bob McCurry, who was named vice chairman.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2005 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
For HIRE: diminutive, silver-haired, 71-year-old television and movie actor. Known as a perfectionist and loner. Skilled at playing tough guys. Cops his specialty. Please, no villain roles at this time. After six decades as a Hollywood actor, Robert Blake, best known as the Emmy-winning 1970s television detective Baretta, would like to get back to work. "I'm broke," he told a news conference last week shortly after a jury acquitted him of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. "I need a job."
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