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February 1, 2014 | By Steve Padilla, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Henry A. Waxman's surprise announcement that he's leaving Congress means that four longtime California lawmakers are retiring from the House of Representatives. Two are Democrats, two Republicans. Combined, they served more than 100 years in the House. Here are quick looks at who they are and who might replace them: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press HENRY A. WAXMAN Age: 74 City: Los Angeles First elected: 1974 Party: Democratic Known for: Liberal but pragmatic, with an extensive record of legislative victories, often involving the environment, consumer protection and healthcare.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
With Stephen Colbert joining CBS, late-night TV's generational shift is complete - and the real battle for viewers, onscreen and online, can begin. America's most-watched network announced Thursday that it had picked Colbert, the 49-year-old host of Comedy Central's news sendup "The Colbert Report," as the next host of "Late Show. " Details of the show, including a start date and its location, have not been revealed. But CBS and Colbert confirmed that he will do the show as himself - and not in his current character, a bumptious right-wing talk host.
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NEWS
November 4, 1999 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITERS
A bid to negotiate an end to Los Angeles Unified's 3-week-old power struggle appears to have failed, leading Ramon C. Cortines to say Wednesday that he is no longer interested in temporarily filling the district's top job. "I have withdrawn my name from consideration as of this morning," said Cortines, 67, renowned for navigating school districts through troubled times.
OPINION
March 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
As Los Angeles County sheriff, Lee Baca was roundly and rightly criticized for his failure to prevent or correct the abuse of jail inmates over the course of his 15 years in office, most notably during the final few years of turmoil that culminated in the indictment of 20 deputies and Baca's resignation. It is not uncommon, when a controversial figure leaves power, for critics to denigrate every aspect of his tenure and leadership philosophy, and it would be easy to write off anything that happened at the jails on Baca's watch as being a disaster that must be reversed at the earliest possible moment.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1998
Re Carla Hall's story on the demise of shows featuring strong women characters ("For Women in Sitcoms, It's the Next Generation," May 18): She might want to consider the possibility that--while "Murphy Brown" simply reached the end of its natural life span--"Roseanne," "Grace Under Fire" and "Cybill" were less the victims of changing attitudes than of their own changing content. Over the course of their shows' runs, the stars of all three assumed virtually total creative control--firing (or causing to quit)
NATIONAL
March 26, 2009 | Rick Pearson and Ashley Rueff
Chicago's morning radio airwaves were filled Wednesday with dueling governors, with both Rod R. Blagojevich and Pat Quinn declaring God was on their side as they attacked each other. Impeached former Gov. Blagojevich, a guest host on WLS-AM, declared he was an "instrument" of God and maintained that his successor, Gov. Quinn, and top Democratic lawmakers had removed him to clear the way for a tax increase.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The powerful Shubert Organization, Broadway's largest landlord, has turned to two of its longtime employees to run the company as well as its foundation, following the death of its chairman, Gerald Schoenfeld, last week. Philip J. Smith has been named chairman of the organization, which owns 17 New York theaters. He will also head its multimillion-dollar foundation, which supports nonprofit theater and dance companies across the country. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Shubert board of directors, which also named Robert E. Wankel as president and elected him to the board of directors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1992
As part of a public-speaking contest at Westlake elementary school, a fifth-grader gave a first-person oral report on an historical figure, Hitler, and all hell broke loose. What a travesty--and also, tragedy. Hitler was one of the all-time thugs of history. Modern wanna-bes carefully misdirect attention to the man, rather than to his actions. While you keep watch for the heel click, the outstretched arm and the Sieg heil chorus, his minions are consolidating the government structure that permitted the Holocaust: 1, the people must be disarmed; 2, the police power must be strengthened and concentrated, and 3, the first conditions must be achieved with the consent of the people.
SPORTS
January 22, 2003 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC is displaying Carson Palmer's Heisman Trophy and retiring his cardinal and gold No. 3 jersey today during a noon pep rally at Heritage Hall. Brandon Hance, who wore a yellow No. 4 practice jersey while redshirting this season, has already begun working to succeed Palmer as the Trojans' No. 1 quarterback. Last Thursday, Hance went through his first off-season weightlifting workout. He was still feeling the aftereffects in his upper body on Tuesday.
SPORTS
October 20, 1985 | United Press International
The short sandy hair has begun to gray at the temples, but Larry Robinson either hasn't noticed or has chosen to ignore his geriatric trappings. Instead, he is living up to his sobriquet of "Big Bird" as he grimaces, contorts his wrist and fingers like a gnarled oak, and says in his best nasal granny twang: "You've been bad boys. Go stand in the corner."
OPINION
March 15, 2014 | Erwin Chemerinsky
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire from the Supreme Court after the completion of the current term in June. She turned 81 on Saturday and by all accounts she is healthy and physically and mentally able to continue. But only by resigning this summer can she ensure that a Democratic president will be able to choose a successor who shares her views and values. A great deal turns on who picks Ginsburg's successor. There are, for example, four likely votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade on the current court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel A. Alito Jr. If a Republican president selects Ginsburg's replacement, that justice easily could be the fifth vote needed to allow the government to prohibit all abortions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Jean Merl
As political frays go, the race to succeed longtime Rep. Henry Waxman is going to be a crowded, eclectic doozy. No fewer than 21 people - most of them lacking any public profile - have applied to appear on the June 3 primary ballot in that contest. The district the Beverly Hills Democrat is giving up after four decades in Congress is one of the state's most politically active, full of wealthy donors and home to many in L.A.'s signature entertainment industry. With no limit on how many terms a representative can serve, an open House seat is relatively rare and likely to draw a crowd - just not usually this big. The hopefuls include 11 Democrats - not surprising in a district with a vivid blue wash - four Republicans, one Libertarian, one Green Party member and four independents.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Help Wanted: Walt Disney Co. seeks executive with experience in both broadcast and cable television. Must embrace new technologies, display keen programming instincts and be deft at corporate politics. Internal candidates welcome. The impending departure of Anne Sweeney from her role as president of the Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks will leave a large hole at the media giant. Besides overseeing the ABC broadcast network and its local stations, Sweeney is responsible for key cable properties including the Disney Channel and ABC Family both in the U.S. and abroad.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
It's only been a few hours since Anne Sweeney announced her intentions to resign from her senior role at Walt Disney Co. next January, and speculation is already heating up about who will replace her. Holding the titles of co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, Sweeney is responsible for the ABC broadcast network and its local television stations as well as Disney's cable networks, including the Disney Channel...
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Steve Padilla, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Henry A. Waxman's surprise announcement that he's leaving Congress means that four longtime California lawmakers are retiring from the House of Representatives. Two are Democrats, two Republicans. Combined, they served more than 100 years in the House. Here are quick looks at who they are and who might replace them: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press HENRY A. WAXMAN Age: 74 City: Los Angeles First elected: 1974 Party: Democratic Known for: Liberal but pragmatic, with an extensive record of legislative victories, often involving the environment, consumer protection and healthcare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A June special election to replace former Los Angeles school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte has the potential to alter the political power dynamic and the overall direction of the nation's second-largest school district. LaMotte, who died in December, was close to the teachers union and was a critic of L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy. Although she rarely played an influential role on the seven-member board, her replacement has the opportunity to do so. A vigorous and strategic successor - aligned ideologically with LaMotte's views - would pose a hurdle to Deasy.
SPORTS
September 29, 1999 | BILL PLASCHKE
Right you are, Fox. That thing in front of your face? Yep, that's a nose. It took Fox officials two years, but finally they saw it Tuesday, saw what others had seen for months, saw something they should have known for two years. Finally, they realized that Bob Graziano, a nice and decent man who would make a fine president of a bank, was overmatched as president of a baseball team.
NEWS
May 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Former state Rep. David Vitter was elected to succeed Bob Livingston in Congress, winning a close election over former Gov. Dave Treen. With 99% of the precincts reporting, Vitter got 51% to Treen's 49%. The two solidly conservative Republican lawyers, both veteran politicians, struggled to point out their differences after they were the top finishers in a field of nine in a May 1 primary.
SPORTS
December 27, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The bidding for Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka opened Thursday, and it could be four weeks before we learn which team is the winner. But the Tanaka saga already has one winner: Rob Manfred, the chief operating official of Major League Baseball and a likely successor to Bud Selig as commissioner. The commissioner works for the owners, not for the fans. He has to keep the owners happy -- no easy feat when the economic resources vary so widely from the largest market of New York to the smallest market of Milwaukee -- and he has to keep the peace with the players' union.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
John Krafcik, president and chief executive of Hyundai Motor America in Costa Mesa, will step down at the end of his contract Dec. 31, making way for successor David Zuchowski to take over both posts effective Jan. 1. Zuchowski joined Hyundai Motor America in February 2007 and currently serves as executive vice president of sales. "We sincerely thank John for his visionary leadership and relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction, which has driven Hyundai's record growth over the past five years," said Im Tak Uk, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company's parent, Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea.
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