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April 5, 2012
'Scandal' Where: ABC When: 10:01 p.m. Thursday Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14)
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SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp suddenly found himself linked to the Donald Sterling scandal Sunday. In the hours leading up to the Dodgers' 6-1 defeat by the Colorado Rockies, the celebrity gossip site TMZ released a second audio recording of what was said to be a conversation between the Clippers owner and a woman described in court filings as his girlfriend. The female voice in the recording promised to remove from her Instagram account a picture of her with Kemp. On a recorded conversation released earlier, a man identified as Sterling chided a female friend for "associating with black people.
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OPINION
May 16, 2013
Re "Anger widens as IRS details emerge," May 14 While members of Congress want to know more about the IRS targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) groups, they should look no further than themselves for the blame. I tried to read the tax code regarding just what a "social welfare" group is, and my head almost exploded. The IRS didn't write these rules, Congress did. If there isn't clarity in the IRS procedures, blame Congress. But don't look to Congress to fix anything. Its members benefit from the spending these tax-exempt organizations do. If anything, this loophole should be closed.
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp woke up Sunday morning to suddenly find himself linked to the Donald Sterling scandal, as TMZ released another audio clip said to be of the Clippers owner speaking to his girlfriend. In the recording, the man purported to be Sterling voices displeasure about the woman's Instagram pictures of her with African Americans, including Kemp. “Racism is kind of old, for real,” Kemp said. “Honestly, I just feel sorry for him, that he feels that way about African American people.” Kemp is friends with Clippers players Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
So Fitz's son may be his brother, Olivia's mama is really alive and Quinn now "belongs" to B613? The only thing more shocking would be a tasteless Jackie Kennedy joke. Oh, right, there was one of those two in the most recent episode of "Scandal. " Which begs the question: If every week's a "game changer," can a show even claim to have game? This is just one of the many conundrum's of ABC's beltway soap, a show that started off as a spin procedural and quickly became something of a national fixation: "Portrait of Caution Being Thrown to Wind, No. 28. " TALKING TV: 'Orange is the New Black' is the new hot Created by Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, D.C. fixer/president's mistress/fashion icon, it debuted to chilly reviews only to be remade in form -- forget those clients, it's Liv and President Fitz 24/7 -- and function.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2012 | By Jeanne Dorin McDowell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When actress Kerry Washington was preparing for her role as Olivia Pope, the high-octane Beltway "fixer" on the new ABC series "Scandal," one of the first things she did was launch a Google search for Judy Smith, the real-life crisis consultant on whose professional life the series is based. Washington was somewhat perplexed by how little came up on the D.C. insider who had navigated through some of the thorniest public relations challenges of the past 20 years on behalf of her clients, including Monica Lewinsky, former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig and NFL quarterback Michael Vick, to name a few. There were no interviews and rarely even media mention of the public relations powerhouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
ABC's "Scandal" revolves around a beautiful, law-breaking Washington power-fixer with killer instincts and a matching wardrobe. She's madly in love with the very flawed president of the United States, who, among other things, recently murdered a Supreme Court justice. And they're the good guys. This is the show that Twitter built. Premiering midseason last year to tepid reviews (including mine) and low ratings, "Scandal," ABC's drama about crisis manager Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Columbus Short's list of troubles just got longer as the actor just announced he won't be back on "Scandal" when the hit ABC drama returns for its fourth season. Short, who has been on the show since Season 1, released a statement to the media on Friday that said, "At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I've called home for three years, with what is the most talented ensemble in television today. I would like to first thank ['Scandal' creator] Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By David Ng
The widening scandal engulfing the Internal Revenue Service has turned into a major headache for the Obama administration. Among the many names the scandal has drawn into its orbit is a Southern California artist who works as a motivational speaker. San Diego artist Erik Wahl reportedly was paid $17,000 by the IRS to perform at a 2010 employee convention in Anaheim, according to the Bloomberg news service. The convention has drawn a considerable amount of scrutiny in recent days for its perceived extravagance and a price tag reportedly close to $4 million.  Wahl hasn't been accused of any wrongdoing.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
What would TV do without Anthony Weiner? The disgraced former congressman and failed mayoral candidate, otherwise known as "Carlos Danger," has fueled countless hours of cable-news coverage, of course, but his technological antics have also provided fodder for scripted series including “The Good Wife,” Law & Order SVU” and now “Scandal.” We live in a heyday for political dramas on television and Weiner is the gift that keeps on giving ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
The industrial city of Vernon in southeast Los Angeles County has long been known for its small number of residents and voters - just 42 turned out for a municipal election last year, for example. So on Friday, when city leaders and state and national elected officials announced the groundbreaking of a new apartment complex in the city, it was hailed as a good governance reform that will bring more voters to the city. The 45-unit Vernon Village Park is hailed as an environmentally conscious, energy-efficient facility that, as city officials put it, "will make the concept of a live/work community a reality in Vernon.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Columbus Short's list of troubles just got longer as the actor just announced he won't be back on "Scandal" when the hit ABC drama returns for its fourth season. Short, who has been on the show since Season 1, released a statement to the media on Friday that said, "At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I've called home for three years, with what is the most talented ensemble in television today. I would like to first thank ['Scandal' creator] Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) bemoaned the "subtle and insidious impact" of money in politics on Wednesday. His comments came after criminal investigations that have resulted in the unprecedented suspensions of three state senators, and in the midst of an election year that will likely feature tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending. Steinberg and Senate Republican leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) spoke with reporters near the Capitol after a series of conversations among senators about ethical guidelines and proper fund-raising.
OPINION
April 20, 2014 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify? Sometimes a prison is just a building, its closure of no more significance than the demolition of a market or the shuttering of a strip mall. Yet from time to time, the closing of a facility constructed for the purpose of confining humans invites reflection.
OPINION
April 19, 2014
Re "A tax break worth saving," Editorial, April 16 There is no tax break worth saving. All the breaks do is make our tax code a laughingstock. Once we start protecting the "good" breaks, all of them will remain. Arthur Armstrong Manhattan Beach ALSO: Wrapping up the Bell scandal Teachers, seniority and students Tax havens prove alluring to China
OPINION
April 19, 2014
Re "Rizzo is sentenced to 12 years in prison," April 17 Now that another chapter in the saga of the city of Bell corruption scandal has been closed, let's thank the Founding Fathers for the constitutional amendment that guarantees freedom of the press. We see, in countless media investigations of wrongdoing by officials such as former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo, a shining beacon of hope for freedom, fair play and democracy. Without the media - more precisely, newspapers in America - we would be like a small ant being stepped on by a Herculean giant of institutional self-interest.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
He got himself into a bit of a pickle in "Scandal's" Season 2 finale, but it looks like Jake's future on the show isn't doomed: ABC confirmed Friday that Scott Foley, who guest starred on the drama last season, will return as a series regular in the show's third season. Foley, probably best remembered for his role on young adult drama "Felicity," was introduced to "Scandal" viewers during the second half of last season as Jake Ballard, a mysterious military man with a connection to President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The Los Angeles Times has recruited eager (and sometimes unethical?) journalist James Novak of "Scandal" fame to join the paper. Not even close! But Dan Bucatinsky, who portrays the enthusiastic reporter/hubby of the president's chief of staff on the hit ABC show, will join us for a live chat at 2 p.m. PDT. Last season, Bucatinsky -- as James -- opened the door to one of the show's biggest questions. Not the will-they/won't-they steamy conundrum between Olivia and Fitz, but rather the did-they/didn't-they mystery (a.k.a.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The third season finale of ABC's Beltway drama "Scandal" was high in emotion and ratings.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, Thursday's season closer drew 10.5 million viewers overall and a rating of 3.4 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, marking the series' highest rated finale yet and its second highest rated episode ever. The series high was the Season 3 premiere, in which the show returned from a major cliffhanger.  'SCANDAL' RECAP: Olivia flies off into the sunset ... for now Compared with the Season 2 finale, Thursday night's episode was up 15% in total viewership and 6% in 18-49.  ABC won the night in the 18-49 demo, notching an average of 2.2 -- where a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers -- driven by "Scandal," which posted Thursday's best 18-49 rating.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
In Thursday's “Scandal” season finale, Olivia finally seizes the opportunity to stand in the sun, boarding a plane bound for who-knows-where with Jake at her side, if not exactly in her heart. After the death of little Jerry, the bombing at Sen. Hightower's funeral and her own father's stabbing, Olivia decides that she is the real scandal, the common denominator in all the misfortune around her. What Olivia doesn't know is that by leaving, she won't be making things better, she's removing the last obstacle standing in the way of the person who's truly the problem -- dear old Dad. It's essentially a replay of her sabotage of B613 two weeks ago, which she thought would solve all her problems but only ended up putting Fitz's life in danger.
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