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December 9, 2009 | By Meg James
CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves is one happy man. "Life is so much better for us than it was a year ago," he said Tuesday morning at the UBS media conference in New York. "Last year the advertising market was on the ropes, stations were getting socked, and CBS stock seemed to be in a free fall. But CBS' stock is back up and most of its core businesses are humming." Moonves was characteristically upbeat and confident. "I'm tired of reading how network television is down," he said.
March 20, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
For Republicans roaring into the midterm election, the last few weeks have brought a wave of good news. President Obama's poll numbers continue to hover in the 40s. Democrats' hopes of holding the Senate look slimmer by the day. And the GOP heralded last week's win in Florida's special congressional election as evidence that their anti-Obamacare strategy is working. But some Republican strategists and donors fear that buoyant mood spells trouble for the party down the road - by masking the long-term problems that were so evident after the 2012 election.
November 5, 2009 | Ben Fritz
When it comes to talking smack about the movie business, just leave Warner Bros. out of it. That's the word from Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes. On a conference call with analysts Wednesday, Bewkes said Warner Bros. was marching toward its most profitable year ever. There's a "perception that film is inherently a low-return or volatile business," Bewkes said, referring to widespread negativity about the movie industry this year amid wrenching changes in consumers' viewing habits and a rash of cost-cutting.
March 15, 2014 | By August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - This year's South by Southwest festival has a pall over it. No matter how great any band plays, or how tasty the breakfast tacos, there's just something weighing down the crowds after the early Thursday morning tragedy. There's no solution to this. Everyone's trying their best, but the mood is markedly somber, as it should be.  Perhaps the premiere of a new special from one the best (and most music-savvy) comedians working today could offer some levity, though.  Hannibal Buress is a longtime favorite in the indie/rap/comedy crossover scenes  - he's played the Fonda with Eric Andre, and has some of the most hilariously cutting riffs on hip-hop I've ever heard.
June 12, 2010 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Californians feel more confident in the economy — but not enough to open their wallets and spend. State residents are growing more upbeat about the economy's current and future prospects, according to a survey released Friday by the Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University. That's an important precursor to a sustained economic rebound. But their willingness to buy pricey items such as TVs or cars has plunged dramatically since earlier this year — a sign that they don't expect general economic improvement to help them.
August 23, 1986
What a pleasant experience to read the upbeat story of Fallbrook High School's novel fund-raising drive to pay for a Hawaiian trip. With the sports pages overloaded with unsavory news items, it is nice to know that the old-fashioned work ethic is still in vogue with the Fallbrook teen-agers. BILL RETCHIN La Quinta
May 31, 1987
On page 3 of Part II of The Times (May 27), your headline writers really outdid themselves. "Kolender Is Upbeat About Image of Police." Upbeat. Beat up. Really funny! CLARENCE HALL Escondido
August 24, 1991
I seldom read the sports page, but when I do, I always read Jim Murray's column. His columns are always so upbeat and heartwarming--even if the subject is one of pain and sorrow for some athlete. PRESTON L. HILL Westminster
May 16, 1987
Considering the Golden State Warriors were the most improved team in the NBA this season, it's hard to figure why Mike Downey would trash them in two recent articles. I suppose it's easier to write a negative, childish attack, rather than a positive upbeat article a la Jim Murray. As long as we're talking seven-letter descriptions, try useless for Downey and his ilk. DAVID HINES Carson
December 13, 1993
Many thanks for your positive upbeat article "For the Love of a Child, A Man Is Saved" (Nov. 4). With all the negative news on the front pages of newspapers about molestations, the economy, trade talks, Bosnia, etc., it was a thrill to read the success story of one homeless man, Orlando Lee, who has a job, a home, his daughter and a future. It brought tears to my eyes and prayers for his continued success. You made my day! CATHERINE PALLAD Chatsworth
March 7, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Millennials stand out among other generations for their optimism over personal finances and America's future, according to a new national survey released Friday by the Pew Research Center. But the upbeat thinking among the 18-to-33-year-old crowd is also marked by near or at record levels of detachment and distrust of traditional institutions, the report also said. “Millennials are forging a distinctive path into adulthood. " said Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center's executive vice president for special projects and author of the new book "The Next America.
February 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Albert Pujols reported to spring training along with Angels pitchers and catchers Thursday, and his mood seemed to mirror his health. The left-heel injury that hobbled him for four months last season before giving out in late July is fully healed. The surgically repaired right knee that flared up several times in 2013 is sound. Pujols is seven pounds lighter than he was last September, his 6-foot-3, 236-pound frame lean and chiseled from a winter of workouts. And while he will never be compared to Mike Trout on the basepaths, Pujols is feeling as frisky as the 22-year-old speedster.
January 29, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. has signed up 500,000 people for Obamacare policies across the country, and it struck an upbeat tone about early enrollment trends under the healthcare law. WellPoint, which runs Anthem Blue Cross plans in California and 13 other states, said new enrollees tend to be older than current customers but that enrollment is in line with its projections and pricing for the new policies. "We do feel good about what we've seen in the exchanges so far," WellPoint Chief Executive Joseph Swedish said Wednesday during an earnings conference call with analysts and investors.
January 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers turned to the Marshall Plan again, new point guard Kendall Marshall giving them another solid game after being plucked from the Development League. They're also open to fresh alternatives on defense after yielding 77 points in the second half and another big game to Timofey Mozgov, of all people. The Denver Nuggets' backup center shredded the Lakers again Sunday night at Staples Center, his 20 points and seven rebounds at the forefront of his team's 137-115 victory.
December 25, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
  Kobe Bryant wasn't depressed. He wasn't inhaling chocolate-covered caramels and peppermint bark while trying to digest the latest injury that wrapped itself around his left leg. He shrugged off a fractured knee as if it were a torn toenail or mildly sprained wrist, even though he'd probably sit out another five weeks. He's paying attention, though, once again monitoring who's saying naughty and nice things about another Bryant injury. "Same old tune, it's just being sung a little more loudly now. Those types of things just really help me lock in more than ever," Bryant said Wednesday before the Lakers lost to the Miami Heat, 101-95.
December 6, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, concluding his latest effort to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Friday, sounding encouraged about progress despite ongoing tension between the parties. "We are closer than we have been in years" to bringing peace to the region, Kerry told the press Friday morning before departing Israel for Washington. After arriving in Israel on Wednesday night, Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three times and once with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
April 28, 2007
I AM disappointed that on an evening promoting human compassion, "American Idol" would take the contestant who provided the emotional close to Tuesday's show and subject her to Wednesday's cruelty ["Tugging Emotions to the Very End," by Randy Lewis, April 27]. The number of votes that fans reportedly cast, 70 million, guaranteed high viewership without announcing a "shocking result" and then pushing Jordin Sparks off the cliff of elimination. For me and my family, it was a great letdown, and instead of ending upbeat about the real issue of the evening, human compassion to end suffering, we saw an example of senseless cruelty imposed on a seemingly wonderful and caring person.
A jury Wednesday spared the lives of Lyle and Erik Menendez, who shotgunned their millionaire parents to death in Beverly Hills in 1989 and now will spend the rest of their days in state prison with no hope of parole. As the verdicts were read in the tension-filled Van Nuys courtroom, a wave of relief seemed to sweep over the brothers and their defense attorneys when they realized that the jury had rejected the death penalty. The defense lawyers reacted with grins, tears and hugs.
November 1, 2013 | Tiffany Hsu
Count on coal this Christmas. That's what researchers at Morgan Stanley are saying in the first major forecast of a decidedly dour holiday season. Retailers hoping for a respite from a year of so-so shopping can instead expect the worst Thanksgiving-to-Christmas sales since 2008, the financial services firm said Thursday. Five years ago, the industry was free-falling into recession. This year, a new collection of worrisome economic conditions looms as stores gear up for a period that can sometimes account for 40% of annual revenue.
October 31, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
The scheme at the center of "Nosotros los Nobles" is a flimsy one at best: When Mexican construction mogul Germán Noble (Gonzalo Vega) tires of his grown children's spoiled antics, he fakes an embezzlement scheme and "freezes" their assets. Party boy Javier (Luis Gerardo Méndez), princess Bárbara (the Amanda Peet-esque Karla Souza) and hipster Charlie (Juan Pablo Gil) all go into "hiding" in a rundown fixer-upper and must get real jobs for the first time in their lives - presumably where they could easily follow their family company's perfectly legal and solvent activities in the papers or through friends.
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