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October 26, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stuart Taylor, 91, publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press from 1964 to 1984, died Sunday at his home in Montecito of natural causes. A native of Norfolk, Va., who grew up in Baltimore, Taylor graduated from the University of Virginia in 1935 and served in the Army during World War II. He later worked at the Philadelphia Bulletin as a sports and city government reporter and eventually rose to become vice president.
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July 2, 2011 | James Rainey
The series of stories in the Santa Barbara News-Press would have drawn attention for its sheer mass: 19,000 words, spread across five days on the front page of the paper. The tough content commanded attention too: accusations that an award-winning police officer had trumped up evidence to increase drunk-driving arrests. And there was a final grabber: The author of the reports had been arrested by the same cop on suspicion of DUI. The series, which concluded last weekend, has generated a wave of debate and wildly divergent opinions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2007 | Catherine Saillant and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
In the latest in a series of charges and countercharges at the Santa Barbara News-Press, the newspaper alleged in a front-page article Sunday that the computer hard drive used by former editor Jerry Roberts had once contained images of child and adult pornography. The article came after months of turmoil at the paper. In July, Roberts and a number of other key personnel resigned over what they described as meddling in editorial content by News-Press owner Wendy McCaw.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
An arbitrator has awarded $748,022 to former Santa Barbara News Press Editor Jerry Roberts to cover his legal costs in a years-long legal battle with his former employer, New Press owner Wendy McCaw, documents released Friday show. Arbitrator Deborah Rothman rejected all claims by McCaw's company, Ampersand Publishing, that Roberts violated his employment contract after his 2006 resignation by talking about McCaw's alleged interference in the newsroom. Roberts' departure sparked an exodus of editors, reporters and photographers from the paper.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2007 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
santa barbara -- After a year of name calling, serial litigation and dozens of newsroom defections, American journalism's nastiest in-house squabble debuted in a courtroom here Tuesday. Attorneys for eight fired journalists accused Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw of trying to quash a union organizing drive, while the publisher's lead lawyer argued that the employees overstepped their authority and tried to seize control of the newspaper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1993 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors were asked Tuesday to award $15 million in damages to Beverly Hills attorney-businessman Leonard M. Ross as testimony concluded in his libel suit against the Santa Barbara News-Press and its owner, the New York Times Co., over news reports on his turbulent business career. In closing arguments in Los Angeles Superior Court, Ross' lawyer, Anthony M.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2000 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wendy P. McCaw, a billionaire environmentalist and ex-wife of cell-phone king Craig McCaw, has agreed to buy the Santa Barbara News-Press, bucking a national trend toward newspaper consolidations and corporate ownership. The sale would transfer the 155-year-old newspaper from the corporate family of New York Times Co. into the hands of one of Santa Barbara's wealthiest but lowest-profile citizens, who has no background in newspapers or journalism.
NATIONAL
July 7, 2006 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Five top editors and a veteran columnist have resigned from the Santa Barbara News-Press, saying Thursday that the newspaper's billionaire owner had been meddling improperly in the editorial content of the 151-year-old publication. Editor Jerry Roberts was escorted from the newspaper's headquarters before noon as several staff members cried and others hurled obscenities at the new publisher, Travis K.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2011 | James Rainey
The series of stories in the Santa Barbara News-Press would have drawn attention for its sheer mass: 19,000 words, spread across five days on the front page of the paper. The tough content commanded attention too: accusations that an award-winning police officer had trumped up evidence to increase drunk-driving arrests. And there was a final grabber: The author of the reports had been arrested by the same cop on suspicion of DUI. The series, which concluded last weekend, has generated a wave of debate and wildly divergent opinions.
BUSINESS
May 31, 1989
Rita-Helen Henning has been named editor of the Lompoc Record. She succeeds Dan Bolton, who will join the Press-Enterprise Co. in Riverside in a capacity working with the publisher and the general manager. Henning, who was city editor of the Record, has been with the newspaper for nine years. She also has worked for the Santa Barbara News-Press and weekly Santa Ynez Valley News.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2007 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
santa barbara -- After a year of name calling, serial litigation and dozens of newsroom defections, American journalism's nastiest in-house squabble debuted in a courtroom here Tuesday. Attorneys for eight fired journalists accused Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw of trying to quash a union organizing drive, while the publisher's lead lawyer argued that the employees overstepped their authority and tried to seize control of the newspaper.
OPINION
May 19, 2007
Re "Santa Barbara's news mess," Opinion, May 13 The very rich seldom understand their limitations. Santa Barbara has its share of billionaires, but Wendy McCaw is in a league of her own. She assumed that, by buying the News-Press, she also owned the news. Yes, owners can run businesses as they see fit, but a newspaper is no ordinary business. McCaw destroyed an institution that added cohesiveness to the civic life of this small city. Sooner or later she will tire of this hassle, and her yacht, jet and lawsuits will be a distant memory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2007 | Catherine Saillant and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
In the latest in a series of charges and countercharges at the Santa Barbara News-Press, the newspaper alleged in a front-page article Sunday that the computer hard drive used by former editor Jerry Roberts had once contained images of child and adult pornography. The article came after months of turmoil at the paper. In July, Roberts and a number of other key personnel resigned over what they described as meddling in editorial content by News-Press owner Wendy McCaw.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2007 | Scott Martelle, Times staff writer
After seven months of intense drama -- firings, walkouts, boycotts, legal challenges and a union drive -- the simplest measure of the impact here from billionaire Wendy McCaw's showdown with her newspaper staff is told by Johnny Morosin. Someone Morosin knows died recently, and he didn't find out until a few days later. Like countless others, Morosin no longer reads McCaw's News-Press, so he missed the death notice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
About 200 past and current employees of the embattled Santa Barbara News-Press sued the paper Wednesday, contending that it failed to keep accurate time records and stiffed them out of overtime pay. The suit alleges that the newspaper failed to pay overtime to employees who worked more than eight hours a day or more than 40 hours a week. It also alleges that the News-Press did not provide its employees with meal and rest periods that are required by California law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
As reporter Scott Hadly peered out over the more than 500 people gathered Tuesday to protest newsroom changes at the Santa Barbara News-Press, he told the crowd that he was gratified -- and a bit surprised -- by the strong turnout. "Journalists usually are regarded below lawyers in people's perceptions," said Hadly, 42, one of nine News-Press staffers who have resigned in recent weeks over ethical clashes with the paper's billionaire owner, Wendy McCaw. "This is just incredible."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
And the Winners Are: "Highway Patrolman," an Overseas Filmgroup picture about a young Mexican police officer, took top honors at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, securing the best picture award and top director honors for Alex Cox.
OPINION
July 13, 2006
Re "Santa Barbarans Worry About Their Paper," July 8 Thank your for detailing the horror story of the demise of the Santa Barbara News-Press. One of the sad results of the loss of journalistic integrity at the hands of a seemingly clueless billionaire is the lack of investigative reporting in a community that desperately needs it. Without a proactive press performing a watchdog role over the current development frenzy here, backroom deals, conflicts...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2006 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Normally genteel Santa Barbara convulsed with another round of recrimination Thursday over its daily newspaper -- with owner Wendy McCaw accusing journalists who quit her newsroom en masse of using the paper to air their biases, while one of the defectors slammed the wealthy owner as an amateurish meddler. Much of the fighting was conducted on the front pages of the Santa Barbara News-Press and the alternative weekly the Santa Barbara Independent.
OPINION
July 13, 2006
Re "Santa Barbarans Worry About Their Paper," July 8 Thank your for detailing the horror story of the demise of the Santa Barbara News-Press. One of the sad results of the loss of journalistic integrity at the hands of a seemingly clueless billionaire is the lack of investigative reporting in a community that desperately needs it. Without a proactive press performing a watchdog role over the current development frenzy here, backroom deals, conflicts...
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