CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1990 |
A candidate for Moorpark mayor claimed Monday that the city's most frequently used park will be closed for four months so that tougher turf can be planted, but city officials said no decision has been made. Tom Wheeler, a former city parks and recreation commissioner, held a press conference at Peach Hill Park, where lighted diamonds allow adult softball teams to play at night and where youth soccer teams practice in the afternoon. He said replanting the park's turf will cost $30,000 to $35,000.
May 12, 2012 |
The director of two movies shot on Cape Cod has been sentenced to a maximum of three years in state prison after admitting that he exaggerated expenses when he applied for Massachusetts film tax credits. Daniel Adams pleaded guilty last month to larceny and making a false claim when he applied for state film tax credits for the 2008 movie "The Golden Boys," with Bruce Dern and David Carradine, and "The Lightkeepers," a 2009 movie starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner. Prosecutors said Adams overcharged the state by $4.7 million for expenses related to those movies.
June 19, 2013 |
ABC News has tapped Dan Abrams to be an anchor of "Nightline. " The appointment of Abrams comes on the heels of ABC's decision to shift "Nightline" anchor Terry Moran to chief foreign correspondent for the network's news unit. Moran will be based in London. Abrams has been at ABC News since 2011. A lawyer, he has provided analysis of high-profile trials for the network, mostly on its morning show "Good Morning America. " ABC News President Ben Sherwood said Abrams would continue to appear there and have his own regular segment on the show.
November 4, 2013 |
The international arm of the Motion Picture Assn. of America will host filmmakers and representatives from the American and Chinese film industries in Los Angeles this week for the third annual China International Co-Production Film Screenings. Created in 2009 in partnership with China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film & Television, the event highlights the growing bonds between the film industries of both nations. This year's program begins Monday night at Universal Studios with a screening of Keanu Reeves' directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Other movies to be screened this week include the North American premiere of "Finding Mr. Right" from writer-director Xue Xiaolu; the Chinese hit "Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon;" and the love story "A Wedding Invitation.
June 18, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before watching Tom Wheeler's confirmation hearing. The Skinny: Tom Wheeler, the nominee to be the next FCC chairman, will face a Senate confirmation hearing this afternoon. Should be entertaining. Tuesday's headlines include Bruce Rosenblum getting a new gig and a backlash against Tyler Perry's OWN shows. Daily Dose: Watchers of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday may have been taken off guard when ads for CNN's brand-new morning show "New Day" appeared.
October 18, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before going back to bed for some more sleep. The Skinny: I was out of town Thursday on assignment and didn't get back home until about 1 a.m., so I'm groggy and wired at the same time. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview as well as a story about ABC possibly selling its stations. Also, the confirmation of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is being held up. Go Dodgers! Daily Dose: While broadcasters wait to see if the Supreme Court will hear its case to shut down Aereo, the start-up that delivers local TV station signals to consumers via the Internet continues to launch in new cities.
January 31, 1993 |
The cellular telephone industry said Friday that it would pay for government-approved research to determine whether radio waves from cellular phones pose a cancer risk. "We recognize that some may find industry-sponsored research is suspect," said Tom Wheeler, president of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Assn. "Therefore, we are asking the federal government to appoint a blue-ribbon panel to review the methodology and findings of this research."
May 10, 2001 |
The use of cellular phones in vehicles has become a "significant highway safety concern," a top U.S. auto safety regulator told lawmakers Wednesday, but it would be premature to ban their use while driving. "We believe it's premature to push for federal legislation in this area," National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Executive Director Robert Shelton told the House Transportation Committee's panel on highways and transit.
January 19, 2011 |
Call it Iowa's field of nightmares. The state famously depicted in Kevin Costner's 1989 baseball classic "Field of Dreams" has become mired in an ever-widening scandal over alleged abuses of its film tax credit program. Last week, Iowa prosecutors bolstered their criminal case against Tom Wheeler, the state's former film chief, charging him with various felonies, including official misconduct over his handling of state film tax credits. The corruption scandal, the largest of its kind in the country, is drawing nationwide attention as a prime example of how some state tax credit programs ?