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March 25, 2013 |
Despite publicly defending his second-in-command for months amid an abuse scandal in the Los Angeles County jail system, Sheriff Lee Baca pressured Undersheriff Paul Tanaka into stepping down, several sources said. The Sheriff's Department has repeatedly portrayed Tanaka's decision to retire earlier this month as a move Tanaka initiated. But sources said Baca met with Tanaka and told him he should retire. The conversation, they said, stunned his once-trusted confidant. One source close to Tanaka said the undersheriff believes Baca views him as a political liability and is trying to use him as a scapegoat for the jail's problems as the sheriff seeks reelection to a fifth term.
March 19, 2013 |
Leslie Moonves has had the same morning routine for decades. "The first thing I do after getting out of the shower is pick up Daily Variety and have a cup of coffee," the CBS Corp. chief executive said. "It's a 30-year habit. " That habit is ending for Moonves and lots of other Hollywood power players, movie and television stars, producers and publicists and thousands of wannabes: Daily Variety is ceasing as a print publication after almost 80 years. Tuesday's edition is its last.
March 16, 2013 |
Just before sunrise, a hardy band of men and women gathered near a barley field in the remote San Luis Valley to await the dawn. Some fiddled with their cameras while others nervously scanned the cold, empty sky. As golden sunlight broke over the mountains, a distant trumpeting filled the air. Thousands of primeval-looking birds with long necks and dagger-like beaks appeared overhead. Their numbers were staggering, the noise deafening. As they spiraled raucously down onto the field, cameras fired from every direction.
March 11, 2013 |
Anquan Boldin was a key reason San Francisco lost the Super Bowl to Baltimore last month. He led the Ravens with six catches for 104 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to help deal the 49ers a 34-31 loss. Someone's going to feel a bit sheepish when he faces his new teammates for the first time. In an apparent salary cap move, Boldin has been traded from the Ravens to the 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick in 2013 pending a physical, multiple sources are reporting.
March 11, 2013 |
Elle Macpherson is engaged to Jeffrey Soffer, multiple sources reported Monday. The former "Fashion Star" host plans to move to Florida to be with her Miami-based billionaire real estate developer fiance, a source told Access Hollywood, which first reported the story. Macpherson, 49, and Soffer, 43, are said to have dated for two years before breaking up last March. They reportedly rekindled their romance when Soffer injured his vertebrae in November after a helicopter crash, Us Weekly reported . PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities People magazine also confirmed the engagement with a source of its own and said there was no word yet on a wedding date.
March 8, 2013 |
The hedge fund billionaires who took over the remains of imploded IndyMac Bank after the mortgage meltdown and converted it into OneWest Bank are exploring the possibility of selling the big Pasadena savings and loan, according to people informed about the process. Discussions have been held with several banks, these people said, although the talks are at only a preliminary stage - "the kick of a tire or two," as one said. OneWest Chairman Steven Mnuchin, the former Goldman Sachs mortgage executive who led the group that bought IndyMac from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
March 8, 2013 |
Question: When I moved into my apartment building about two years ago, I had a job as a physical therapy assistant. About three months ago, however, I had a bad bicycle accident, and now I can't work. Currently, my main source of income is disability insurance from my employer and state disability benefits. When the apartment manager saw me around the apartment complex during the day, she asked me whether I was still working. I explained to her that I was on disability. She seemed concerned about this and about a week later served me with a 60-day notice terminating my tenancy.
February 20, 2013 |
The commissioner's office has provided the Oakland Athletics with tentative guidelines for a potential move to San Jose, according to three people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. The existence of the guidelines does not necessarily mean the A's will move to San Jose soon, or at all. However, if the A's can satisfy the concerns of the league office, Commissioner Bud Selig could let club owners decide whether to approve the...
February 9, 2013
If you're joining in on Lonely Hearts Clubs this Valentine's Day, the physical feelings of a broken heart may be familiar. "The idea that people experience pain after rejection may be more than just a metaphor," said Ethan Kross, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan who has studied the merger of physical and psychological manifestations after such loss. In his 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Kross found that the areas of the brain that are activated when someone experiences physical pain are the same areas that are affected by emotional loss or heartbreak.
February 3, 2013 |
At the heart of the new book "Love in the Time of Algorithms" is a philosophical question: does the billion-dollar dating industry, whose currency is the perpetual promise of new relationships, signal the death of commitment? It is the question posed to Sam Yagan, chief executive of free dating website OkCupid, by the book's author, Dan Slater. "That's really a point about market liquidity," replies Yagan, a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Business School, and a self-confessed "math guy" who says he knows nothing about dating.