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May 10, 2013 | By Jung-yoon Choi and Alexandra Zavis
SEOUL -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has dismissed a spokesman over an “inappropriate act” during a state visit to the United States this week, her office said Friday. Another press aide did not specify what spokesman Yoon Chang-jung was alleged to have done, when he briefed South Korean journalists who were accompanying Park in Los Angeles on Thursday. But the country's Yonhap News Agency reported that the 56-year-old was accused of groping an intern at the South Korean Embassy in Washington while at a hotel Tuesday.
March 31, 2014 | David Lazarus
Yelp just can't stop living the thug life. Five years ago, I asked whether the popular review site was a shakedown racket for merchants. I quoted a number of small-business owners who said Yelp had threatened to run negative reviews more prominently if they didn't pay for advertising. Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp's chief executive, told me at the time that the San Francisco company doesn't strong-arm merchants. He blamed talk of shakedowns on disgruntled business owners spreading "false rumors.
September 6, 1985 | United Press International
Stephen Hayes has been named chief spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency announced Thursday.
March 30, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Ten people were injured, one of them critically, in a head-on crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 126 on the outskirts of Fillmore in Ventura County, authorities said. Six victims were taken to hospitals after the 2:11 p.m. accident east of Hopper Canyon Road, a Ventura County Fire spokesman said. The collision, about five miles east of the Fillmore city center, involved four vehicles, he added. One woman was taken by helicopter to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks in critical condition, the spokesman said.
September 26, 1988
A letter from Wilfred Couzin (Sept. 6) erroneously identified me as a current spokesman for Moral Majority. I have not held that position for more than three years and, in fact, have written several columns critiquing it specifically and some TV evangelists in general. CAL THOMAS Washington, D.C.
April 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Jerzy Urban, who for seven years defended the government policy to outlaw Solidarity, said he was stepping down as government spokesman as of Monday--the same day that the union became legal again. Urban told state radio he will take over the Committee for Radio and Television, a government panel that oversees all broadcasting. A secretary in Urban's office said that Urban and his successor, who has not yet been named, probably will appear together today at the weekly briefing.
October 10, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - - A spokesman for the family of a San Francisco woman whose body was found 17 days after she disappeared from her hospital bed said Thursday that investigators have found no evidence of foul play in her death. David Perry, the family spokesman, said a source close to the investigation told him there was no sign that Lynne Spalding , 57, had been a victim of a crime. Spalding was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 with a urinary tract infection and disappeared from her room two days later.  A hospital worker discovered her body Tuesday morning in an exterior stairwell used as a fire escape.
August 27, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol has been named a spokesman for Madrid's 2020 Olympic bid, according to the Associated Press. The committee to lure the Olympics to the Spanish capital issued a statement Tuesday indicating Gasol will address the International Olympic Committee next month in Buenos Aires. The Olympics are "more than a sport," Gasol said in the statement. Bringing the Olympics to Spain would provide a boost for Spain's recessed economy. The bid of @Madrid2020ES is ready to host the next @Olympics and needs our support.
June 30, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
The spokesman for the nightclub where Michael Vick held his birthday bash says the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback left in a car minutes before a shooting outside, contradicting the timeline of Vick's attorney. Larry Woodward told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Vick left the establishment at least 10 minutes, and perhaps as many as 20 minutes, before the shooting. Allen Fabijan, spokesman for Guadalajara Mexican restaurant and nightclub in Virginia Beach, Va., said Wednesday that time-stamped footage from a surveillance camera outside the entrance of the club shows a car with Vick inside leaving at 2:07 a.m. Friday -- about four minutes before the shooting a block away.
January 5, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Michael Muskal, Washington Bureau
Robert Gibbs, the media face of the Obama presidency, will leave his post as White House spokesman and will boost the president's reelection drive from outside the West Wing. The departure of Gibbs as the chief spokesman has been rumored for weeks, but it was unclear whether he would stay in another job within the administration or whether he would leave the White House to work for Obama from outside. Gibbs confirmed this morning that he will leave sometime in early February, after the president delivers his State of the Union speech to the new Congress.
February 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
The wait continued early Friday for the winner of the Powerball jackpot worth $425.3 million to come forward after having bought the ticket at a Bay Area gas station. The winner has up to a year to claim the prize, but state lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said people generally turn their ticket in within a week. "I give the person the first day to be shocked," Traverso said on Thursday, "and then the wheels start turning. " Wednesday's winning ticket sold at a Chevron gas station in the city of Milpitas was the only one in the nation to match all six numbers.
February 21, 2014 | By Dan Loumena, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
U.S. luge star Kate Hansen and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel pulled off a hoax -- a wolf supposedly walking down the hallway in a dorm at the Sochi Olympics -- that created a worldwide stir, but a spokesman for the International Olympic Committe took the prank in stride. Hansen allowed Kimmel to post the video on her Twitter account. It was actually a wolf wandering down a hallway that was fabricated at Kimmel's studio to look like the U.S. dorms at the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia.
February 5, 2014 | By Jim Ruland
William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch" stands with Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" and Allen Ginsburg's "Howl" as the seminal texts of the Beat Generation. With its harrowing scenes of junkie depravity, its view of postwar America was the most extreme of all the Beats. Yet few American literary figures have enjoyed more second acts than Burroughs. He was spokesman for the countercultural movement in the '70s, begrudgingly bore the label Godfather of Punk in the '80s, and was a spoken-word performer and visual artist until his death in 1997.
February 2, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Dan Schnur may represent a new trend and the embodiment of California political reform. Then again, he may be just another wannabe officeholder living in fantasy land. Schnur, 50, a former Republican strategist and spokesman - hack and flack - is running for California secretary of state, or chief elections officer. What makes this noteworthy is that Schnur - most recently a reformer and educator - is trying to become the first nonpartisan to win a partisan statewide office.
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Two days after a jury found him guilty on eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright introduced a bill that would allow some nonviolent felony convictions to be converted to misdemeanors. The Democrat, who represents an Inglewood-area district, was convicted Tuesday of lying about where he lived when he ran for his Senate seat and voted in several elections. On Thursday, he introduced the bill. On Friday, a spokesman for Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
January 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Los Angeles Unified School District has instructed its schools to cancel outdoor athletic events scheduled for Friday because of air-quality concerns with the fire in Glendora, according to district athletics spokesman Trent Cornelius.  
December 9, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Three Cal State San Bernardino police officers struggled with an unarmed graduate student for about seven minutes Saturday evening at an off-campus housing complex before growing fearful for their own safety and fatally shooting him, authorities said. Bartholomew Williams, 38, exhibited "super-human-type strength" during the tussle, using the officers' pepper spray against them and grabbing one of their batons, said a spokesman for the San Bernardino Police Department, which is investigating the shooting.
November 10, 1987 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writer
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, fired last year for being an "arch-practical joker," was involved in a shoot-out in front of an Inglewood liquor store over the weekend that left one man dead, authorities said Monday. Brent Talmo, 25, who is suing to get his job back, was with an off-duty deputy, Robert Lee Harris, 27, early Sunday morning when the two came to the aid of a woman companion who said she had been verbally assaulted by a man, Inglewood police said.
November 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and David Zahniser
A new Department of Water and Power billing system that has been riddled with problems cost ratepayers more than twice the $59 million cited by the utility's spokesman in recent days. The total cost of staff time, contractors and software for the troubled system, which has brought an avalanche of public complaints, is $162 million, DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo said Friday. About $63 million of that was labor costs for DWP employees who were diverted from regular duties to help roll out the program, Ramallo said.
November 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the nation's most famous evangelists whose ministry tended to presidents and paupers, has been taken to a hospital for observation in Asheville, N.C., his spokesman said Wednesday. Graham, who celebrated his 95th birthday on Nov. 7 at a party with guests including Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, went to the hospital Tuesday and is expected to released soon, his spokesman said. “Billy Graham is in the hospital with a respiratory congestion issue, similar to what he had a few weeks ago. As was the case then, we expect he will be able to return home in a day or two,” Mark DeMoss, a family spokesman, said in a statement emailed to reporters.
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