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March 19, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu and Tony Perry
Owners of the flagging San Diego Union-Tribune, one of the largest daily newspapers in California, said Wednesday that the publication would be sold to a private equity firm for an undisclosed sum. Platinum Equity of Beverly Hills would be the Union-Tribune's first owner since the paper was acquired in 1928 by Copley Press Inc., a family-owned chain based in La Jolla.
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March 21, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. -- San Diego State needed overtime to beat New Mexico State on Thursday night and then, afterward, Aztecs' Coach Steve Fisher asked for extra time to gets some things off his chest. Fisher criticized the NCAA for sending the loser, in this case New Mexico State, home directly after an exciting game that ended around 10:30 p.m. in Spokane. "It's disgraceful," Fisher said at his postgame news conference. 2014 NCAA tournament bracket Knowing the losing team could have been his team, Fisher said he called the NCAA on Friday to ask if his players could spend the night in Spokane and fly home Friday.
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May 22, 2009 | Joel Rubin
The union representing Los Angeles police officers is pressuring the owner of San Diego's biggest newspaper to change the paper's editorial stance on labor issues or to fire its editorial writers. The feud is rooted in the recent purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune by Platinum Equity, a private Beverly Hills firm.
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January 5, 2014
Jerry Coleman Longtime announcer for Padres Jerry Coleman, 89, the longtime voice of the San Diego Padres and a former major league ballplayer whose career was interrupted by combat in two wars, died at a hospital Sunday, the team announced. Coleman's baseball career spanned more than 70 years and included sharing in four World Series titles with the New York Yankees. As a Marine Corps pilot, he flew 120 missions in World War II and the Korean War. He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses and retired as a lieutenant colonel.
SPORTS
July 11, 2009
The quality of "Page 2" on Tuesday (Jerry Crowe), reminded me of another Jerry (Magee) who recently retired from the San Diego Union-Tribune. They are members of an elite group: "The writers whom writers love to read." Duane Mitchell Escondido
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May 3, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
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.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Los Angeles Times named Bill Nagel, a former executive at the San Diego Union-Tribune, to the newly created position of executive vice president of business services. Nagel replaces Jack Klunder, executive vice president of circulation and distribution, who is leaving the newspaper. Nagel will oversee circulation and will focus on increasing alternative revenue sources by marketing The Times' print distribution system, call-center operations and production services to other media.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
Now here's a mad idea: Invite 10 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists to use their sharp-tongued political satire by illustrating an article on "Why George W. Bush Is in Favor of Global Warming" for the March issue of Mad magazine. John Ficarra, the editor of Mad, and Sam Viviano, the art director, assembled the team. They told the International Herald Tribune that the artists were all happy to participate. The contributing cartoonists and the years they won the Pulitzer are: Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 2002; Steve Breen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1998; Matt Davies, Journal News, 2004; Jack Higgins, Chicago Sun-Times, 1989; Dick Locher, Chicago Tribune, 1983; Jim Morin, Miami Herald, 1996; Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News, 1981; Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader, 2000; Michael Ramirez, Investor's Business Daily, 1994; and Ben Sargent, Austin American-Statesman, 1982.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Under his resignation deal with the City Council, Bob Filner will remain as mayor until the end of business hours Friday, complete with a police security detail and a relinquishing of his keys to his office. But planning has already begun for a special election to find a successor to fill the unexpired three years of his term. Would-be candidates are assessing their chances at becoming the city's 36th mayor. Council President Todd Gloria, who will become interim mayor when Filner leaves, has asked the city clerk for a timeline on when a primary and, if needed, a runoff could be held.
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August 15, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
How to unpack the layers of irony when “journalists” at the web TV operation run by San Diego's largest newspaper decided to spoof "Mayor Headlock's" predicament with a remake of Robin Thicke's chart-topping music video “Blurred Lines”? First of all, as you know, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been accused by a baker's dozen or so of women of making unwanted sexual advances, including putting some in headlocks, kissing them, coming onto them and generally acting more like a drunken fraternity boy than a 70-year-old career politician.
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July 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
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.
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May 3, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
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.
SPORTS
April 10, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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November 21, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
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.
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July 2, 1992
A former San Diego Union reporter has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was the target of sexual harassment by a female editor and eventually lost her job because of it. Lillian Mei-Mei Wang, 30, of Palos Verdes filed the suit Tuesday in San Diego Superior Court, claiming she was the subject of sexually suggestive comments, "unwelcome pet names" and ongoing requests for dates from her editor, Sandra Dolbee.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
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.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
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.
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