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December 13, 2002 | Elaine Dutka
Both sides claimed victory in the settlement of a copyright infringement lawsuit over the authorship of "Sonny," Nicolas Cage's directorial debut. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in August, veteran TV writer Robert Dellinger ("Starsky and Hutch," "Kojak") claimed he had co-written the script -- and three others -- with John Carlen, the credited screenwriter, at a federal prison in the 1970s.
October 29, 2000
I'm always glad to see an ex-con leave prison and make his mark on the world in a positive manner ("Edward Bunker's Convictions," by Robert Dellinger, Oct. 1). When I started working as a prison guard at Soledad in 1985, an old convict told me that if I wanted to understand criminals, I should read Bunker's "No Beast So Fierce." He was Bunker's cellmate at San Quentin during the '60s, and he told me that he'd read it page by page as it was being written. I took his advice and was impressed by the raw candor of the book.
July 31, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Sprint Corp. said Tuesday that it received commitments for $1.5 billion in new bank loans, sending shares of the third-biggest U.S. long-distance telephone company up by 13%. Sprint has no plans to draw against the unsecured bank line, and the company has enough money to repay $1.4 billion of debts coming due in the next 18 months, said Chief Financial Officer Robert Dellinger.
June 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dorothy R. "Dottie" Dellinger, 89, an assistant to President Reagan, died May 13 at her Santa Monica home, her family said. She had suffered from lung cancer. After volunteering with the Westside Republican Council, Dellinger was asked to help with a backlog of mail in 1975 that had been sent to Reagan, then the former governor of California. She arrived in Washington after Reagan was elected president in 1980.
August 29, 2002 | Elaine Dutka
MOVIES Ex-Con/Writer Claims Credit for 'Sonny' Script "Sonny," Nicolas Cage's directorial debut, is hitting rough waters even before its first public screening at the Deauville Film Festival Friday. A spokesman for Cage on Wednesday denied allegations that the film failed to recognize one of the authors of the screenplay.
March 16, 1988 | JACK JONES, From Staff and Wire Reports
A couple of Santa Monica men didn't much care for the three-foot rosy-tailed boa constrictor that emerged from a hole in their apartment wall twice in recent months, so when it made another appearance, they herded it into a plastic trash bag and called the cops. "They were just sitting there and it kind of slithered across their floor," said Santa Monica Police Lt. Roy McGinnis. He did not identify the men, who live in a second-floor apartment in the 1300 block of 11th Street.
July 25, 1999 | ANN W. O'NEILL
The spy who scammed me . . . Safe house . . . Staying in touch. Ever ponder which cartoon characters live clean and sober, and which don't? Well, ponder no more. Somebody has actually performed a study of the smoking and drinking habits of the two-dimensional stars of animated films. The results, attached to a Los Angeles Superior Court suit against the Walt Disney Co., just might surprise you: Ten characters in "Pinocchio" puff stogies, including Gepetto and the wooden boy himself.
July 18, 1999 | ANN W. O'NEILL
There is no Mafia . . . Ex-bosses . . . Adventures in house-hunting . . . Settling Stallones. While doing time for extortion at Terminal Island in 1972, Robert Dellinger taught a writing class, turning his fellow cons on to prose. Among his students was mob scion Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, who was in the joint for credit card fraud. The writer's friendship with the Bonanno family gave Dellinger a treasure trove of story ideas. He says he took those ideas to his agent, Mickey Freiberg.
August 19, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Sprint Corp. may cut its dividend, among the highest in the telecommunications industry, to conserve cash as a decline in long-distance sales makes it harder to repay debt, investors said. Sprint paid $226 million in dividends in the first half, three times its net income of $72 million in the same period. Its annual yield--the dividend as a percentage of share price--of 4.27% is the second-highest among its peers after that paid by Verizon Communications Inc., Bloomberg data show.
December 16, 2004 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Furthering the consolidation of the wireless industry, Sprint Corp. on Wednesday unveiled plans to acquire rival Nextel Communications Inc. in a cash and stock deal worth $33.8 billion. Sprint would remain the country's No. 3 cellular provider, but Nextel's 15.3 million high-revenue subscribers would make the combined company a stronger competitor in a winnowing field. The new company -- to be called Sprint Nextel -- would have 38.5 million customers, compared with Cingular Wireless' 47.
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