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October 2, 2009 | Roger Vincent
NBC Universal on Thursday relaunched its proposal to add a large housing development to its famous back lot in the San Fernando Valley, trying to address concerns of neighbors and critics that emerged after the plan was announced three years ago. As part of the planned $3 billion in improvements to the world's largest movie studio, Universal would build freeway ramps, add a north-south road and create an elaborate shuttle system in an effort to...
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April 27, 2014 | By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
In the annals of Texas journalism, Robert Heard stands out for many things: a biting wit, a prolific career, a lawyer's understanding of lawmaking, a determination to get the story even at considerable personal risk. It was the last trait that catapulted him from news reporter to news figure on Aug. 1, 1966, when he was shot in the shoulder during Charles Whitman's bloody rampage from the top of the University of Texas Tower in Austin. Heard, a 36-year-old Associated Press reporter, had followed two highway patrol officers on a wild sprint across a parking lot, but he forgot his Marine's training to zigzag.
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BUSINESS
October 1, 2009 | Meg James and Joe Flint
The nation's largest cable television company, Comcast Corp., is in talks to buy a stake in entertainment giant NBC Universal, said people familiar with the situation. Comcast has been looking to expand its entertainment offerings for several years. In NBC Universal it would get not only a big broadcast network and movie studio but also powerful cable channels including USA, Syfy, CNBC, MSNBC and Bravo. NBC parent company General Electric Co. has repeatedly denied that it is interested in selling its vast entertainment holdings.
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April 27, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
As a boy, Patrick Manyika looked up and watched packages of corn and canned fish fall from the sky. An airplane streamed overhead, dropping supplies to the hundreds of refugees living in isolation in the rolling hills and forests of northeast Rwanda. The relief packages read "USAID" - it was the first word he would learn to read. Manyika lived as a child in exile on the land of a national park, survived the Rwandan genocide as a teenager and eventually made his way to a private university in Southern California.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2009 | Meg James
General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt, sounding less committed to the entertainment business, said Friday that his company was getting its peacocks in a row for a possible change in ownership at NBC Universal. The industrial giant has mostly kept quiet about plans to sell part of its stake in NBC Universal as its broadcast TV and movie studio have faltered amid an advertising recession, its programming has missed at the network, and a string of costly box-office duds has prompted the ouster of two top film executives.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2008 | From Reuters
NBC Universal is pursuing film and television production acquisitions in Europe, India and Japan as part of a drive to bolster its offering of shows and movies outside the U.S. NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker said at a media briefing in London Tuesday that such markets were attractive for new deals as the company strives to double the size of its international operations. Earlier in the day, NBC announced a $150-million deal to buy a 26% stake in India's New Delhi Television.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2001 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Competence doesn't count for everything. This Australian quintet's repertoire stretches from guitar-heavy rock to lush postmodern pop along the lines of Crowded House or Michael Penn. It's all well-crafted stuff, but this album (in stores Tuesday) never fully ignites emotionally, although "Up & Down & Back Again" comes close with an urgent guitar attack matched by soaring vocal harmonies. Pleasant but distant.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1989 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
James Garner is standing on the lawn in front of the Virginia Science Museum in Richmond, Va., ignoring for the moment the business at hand--his film crew, the 1930s automobiles and the frenetic James Woods rehearsing a scene from the upcoming Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, "My Name is Bill W." Wearing a huge blue parka to shield him from the chill, Garner is surrounded by a clamoring group of fans, aged 5 to 75, who want nothing more than to get his attention and his autograph.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2010 | Carla Rivera
Children enrolled in Los Angeles Universal Preschool programs made significant improvements in the social and emotional skills needed to do well in kindergarten, according to a study released Monday. The gains were especially pronounced for English language learners, the study showed. The findings confirmed observations of preschool teachers that children attending high-quality programs are better prepared for kindergarten. For the first time, the study provided data to back up those observations, officials with the nonprofit preschool organization said.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2009 | Meg James
Peter Chernin, who stepped down as president of media conglomerate News Corp. this summer, is back in the spotlight. That didn't take long. The veteran television and movie studio chief has been a key, behind-the-scenes advisor on cable TV giant Comcast Corp.'s negotiations to take control of NBC Universal. The revelation this week of Chernin's involvement has prompted speculation that the executive could emerge as a powerful player at NBC Universal if Philadelphia-based Comcast succeeds with its bid. Chernin's new role is intriguing because of his well-known desire to head his own enterprise -- one where he's firmly in charge, no longer the odd man out of a family dynasty or beholden to a headstrong mogul.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
In the wake of a $10-million payout to a whistleblower, UCLA's School of Medicine is drawing more scrutiny over its financial ties to industry and the possibility that they compromised patient care. A new study in this month's Journal of the American Medical Assn. raised a red flag generally about university officials such as Eugene Washington, the dean of UCLA's medical school who also serves on the board of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. The world's biggest medical-products maker paid Washington more than $260,000 in cash and stock last year as a company director.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nikki Rocco, the veteran head of domestic distribution at Universal Pictures, will retire at the end of this year, she said Tuesday.   Rocco, the first woman to become president of a major studio's distribution operations, has worked for the studio for nearly five decades. Rocco, 64, first joined Universal Pictures as a paid intern in 1967 while she was a high-school senior, after which she was hired to work in the company's New York office. She has been Universal's head of domestic distribution since 1996.  PHOTOS: 2013's highest-paid media executives "Nikki Rocco is an industry icon, and in the short time I've been with the company it's been clear why she is held in such high regard," said Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Throughout the arduous college application process, Brown University was on the top of Madeline Anderson's wish list. So when the Long Beach high school senior received a rejection from the Ivy League campus, she was disappointed but also knew she had tons of company. The Rhode Island campus accepted just 8.6% of the 30,432 students who had applied for freshman admission, a historic low and down from 9.2% last year. Many other elite colleges across the country also reported dips in their acceptance rates, fueled by a rise in applications from overseas, particularly Asia, and by a trend among high school seniors to try their luck at more schools, experts say. "It did make me upset at first.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Universal Studios Japan's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will open July 15, the theme park announced Friday at an event attended by Japanese and foreign dignitaries. The $500-million Wizarding World, similar to an attraction that opened at Universal Orlando Resort in 2010, will include rides incorporating environments and characters from the "Harry Potter" book and film franchises. The themed land, part of the 108-acre theme park in Osaka, will feature attractions such as Hogsmeade Village, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and Hogwarts castle.  Universal Studios Japan unveiled that castle -- the focal point of the Wizarding World -- at an event attended by Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Universal Studios Hollywood will open a similar Wizarding World attraction in 2016.
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Infielder Adam Bedrossian, a junior at Alemany, has committed to Seattle University.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The latest piece in Universal Studios Hollywood's $1.6-billion expansion debuted Friday with dancing, music, speeches by dignitaries and swarms of minions. The theme park's newest attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, was unveiled to the members of the news media and special guests; it opens to the public Saturday. The opening is set to take advantage of the crowds of school-age children and college students vacationing in Southern California during spring break. The ride is based on the characters of the two "Despicable Me" movies, which have grossed about $1.5 billion.
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July 24, 1994
How "universal" should health-care coverage be? How universal is illness? DOUG DRENKOW Arcadia
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April 19, 2011 | Claire Noland
Michael Sarrazin, a tall, dark-eyed Canadian actor who starred opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney Pollack's 1969 film "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", died of cancer Sunday at a Montreal hospital, said his agent, Michael Oscars. He was 70. Born May 22, 1940, in Quebec City, Sarrazin grew up in Montreal and began acting in high school. Sarrazin came to Hollywood in the mid-1960s after signing a contract with Universal. He appeared in a flurry of films beginning with the 1967 movies "Gunfight in Abilene" with Bobby Darin and "The Flim-Flam Man" starring George C. Scott.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Administrators from California's two public university systems called Wednesday for the state to provide student loans to some immigrants in the country illegally to cover expenses not met with state scholarships. UC President Janet Napolitano and Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez said their  university systems are backing legislation creating the loan program, which will cost the state and campuses up to $9.1 million the first year. Napolitano noted that the state previously granted students in the country illegally access to state scholarships and the in-state residence rate.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Universal Studios Hollywood is putting the pedal to the metal on a new attraction based on the popular "Fast and Furious" movie series. The theme park announced Tuesday plans to add a high-definition, 3-D feature to the park's long-running Studio Tour tram ride by the summer of 2015. The addition is part of a larger $1.6-billion, 25-year expansion that will include a highly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction in the next two years and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, set to open Saturday.
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