CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Irene McCormack Jackson called it "one of the proudest days of my life" when she went to work for Mayor Bob Filner as his director of communications late last year, even if it meant taking a $50,000 pay cut. She said she believed his campaign promise to treat employees with respect and was thrilled to be part of "a progressive administration dedicated to improving the lives" of San Diego residents. But soon her job became a nightmare, Jackson said, as she was subjected to the "Filner headlock" and repeated comments by the 70-year-old Democrat that he wanted to kiss her, have sex with her, even marry her. On one occasion, she said, he suggested she should work without her panties on. "His behavior made me feel ashamed, frightened and violated," Jackson said at a news conference Monday to announce a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city and Filner, filed on her behalf by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2013 |
You may not have heard the term “twerking” before now, but you've probably seen it. It's the charmless, stripper-inspired move that involves shaking one's booty as fast as possible, while crouching or in a handstand position. It's all over YouTube, especially in an “Official Twerk Team” video with explicit and expletive-laced lyrics that's been watched millions of times. Today, my colleague Tony Perry reported that more than 30 students at Scripps Ranch High School have been suspended for making a twerking video and setting it to music with crude lyrics.
April 10, 2013 |
It's a big week for the Dodgers' roots, today marking the day the Dodgers called up Jackie Robinson, Friday the official release of his film biography “42,” on Tuesday marking 66 years since he made his historic major league debut and this week marking the 100th anniversary of Ebbets Field. Here's a look at it all, plus some other tidbits, on the web: -- Your first stop should be Ron Rapoport's story at LA Observed on his interviewing Robinson in a dark downtown hotel room, near his death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - David Copley, owner and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune until it was sold in 2009, died Tuesday after crashing his Aston Martin near his home in La Jolla. Copley, 60, was found slumped in the front seat of his car early in the evening and rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He had left a board meeting of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, saying he did not feel well. The cause of death was an apparent heart attack; Copley had received a heart transplant in 2005.
May 10, 2012 |
U-T San Diego may be close to buying the Orange County Register, a purchase that could put new U-T owner Doug Manchester at the helm of a sprawling Southland media enterprise. U-T Chief Executive John Lynch confirmed that the company has “had discussions” with Irvine-based Freedom Communications, which owns the Register. But he stopped short of saying that a definite deal is nearing, as several recent reports have suggested. “Nothing is certain as we attempt to expand our holding in L.A. and O.C.,” Lynch wrote in an e-mail.
July 14, 2011 |
The Beverly Hills-based private-equity firm that owns the San Diego Union-Tribune has hired a New York investment bank to explore options for the newspaper, a move often considered a first step for an owner seeking to sell. Platinum Equity, which acquired the paper two years ago from the Copley family, hired Evercore Partners to "evaluate strategic alternatives," said Mark Barnhill, a principal at Platinum. "We manage a large and complex investment portfolio, and routinely consider a range of options that will best position our companies for the future," Barnhill said in a statement.