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July 26, 1985
The union executive committee representing United Press International employees voted to call for a strike vote if a federal bankruptcy judge approves management's request to abrogate the union contract. If the Wire Service Guild's 750 members approve, the union would go on strike within 48 hours of any order by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Bason freeing UPI from its union contracts.
November 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Could Corbin Bleu's background in dance ultimately hurt him on "Dancing With the Stars?" His partner, Karina Smirnoff, seems to think so. Smirnoff has danced on "Dancing With the Stars" for a long time (since Season 3), so she knows a bit about how the judges work on the ABC dance competition series. But with just five teams left on the show this season, could she already be making excuses if she and Bleu are cut this week? The judges "leave no room for us," Smirnoff told UPI in an interview published Monday.
June 28, 1985
United Press International's chairman and chief executive said he expects a recapitalization to be complete within two months and predicted that UPI will survive and emerge "stronger and better than ever." Nogales told the Florida Assn. of Broadcasters that negotiations are under way with potential investors to restructure the company, which has been operating under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code since April 28.
November 17, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Five bells rang, followed by the clack-clack of paper spewing from the Teletype. It was a bulletin. "Dallas, Nov. 22 (UPI) - Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas. " Five bells for a bulletin. Ten for a very rare flash alerting editors and broadcasters to earth-shaking news. There were several flashes that day. One came soon after the initial bulletin. "Kennedy seriously wounded perhaps fatally by assassin's bullet. " And about an hour later: "President Kennedy dead.
May 21, 1986
A Financial News Network investor group and Biotech Capital Corp. said it settled a 4-month-old lawsuit against the wire service and its buyer, Mexican newspaper publisher Mario Vazquez-Rana, filed after the FNN group lost out in bidding for the company. Under the agreement, UPI will transfer to FNN a 40% stake in Comtex Scientific, the firm that markets UPI's electronic database. At current stock market prices, the stake is worth about $3.9 million.
November 5, 1985
A U.S. bankruptcy judge approved a settlement under which Scripps will be credited with more than $1 million in claims that it filed against United Press International after the wire service filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code last spring. UPI in return will receive from Scripps $300,000 in cash, an extension on the lease from Scripps of its communications center and the freeing up of $500,000 that Scripps owed it in overseas royalties.
April 7, 1986
The wire service, along with its creditors committee and union, filed a plan in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that would sell the news service to Mexican newspaper magnate Mario Vazquez Rana for $41 million. However, the former principal owners of UPI, Douglas Ruhe and William Geissler, filed an objection that must be resolved before the plan can go forward. Judge George Francis Bason Jr.
November 7, 1986 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS
The recently named president of United Press International resigned Thursday and was replaced by a management consultant--a former journalist who promised new strategies for the beleaguered news agency. In addition, the wire service's managing editor was fired as the new owner of UPI continued to clean house. The changes came little more than a week after the New York Times said it would drop UPI's news report on Dec. 31, a major blow to the nation's second-largest wire service.
July 16, 1988
As a former sportswriter for United Press International, I take umbrage at Mike Downey's July 6 satire on Billy Martin. In it, Downey poked fun at UPI and its groundless reputation for embellishing facts and statistics. Wrote Downey: "The Associated Press said Martin was fired for having kicked dirt on the groundskeeper. United Press International said Martin was fired for having kicked ground on the dirtkeeper." I was there, and Martin actually kicked home plate into the left-field bleachers.
May 25, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
United Press International withdrew a report that Vice President Dan Quayle was booed Wednesday when his National Guard duty during the Vietnam War was mentioned as he was to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy. The wire service corrected the story later and said no boos were heard. The initial UPI story appeared in The Times' P.M. Final edition Wednesday. UPI later reported that Quayle, delivering the commencement address in West Point, N.Y., was hissed briefly when the Guard duty was mentioned.
May 15, 2007 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Kate Webb, a courageous foreign correspondent who forged a path for other female journalists in a four-decade career spent largely in turbulent Asian outposts, including a harrowing period in Cambodia during the Vietnam War when she was captured and presumed dead, has died. She was 64. The pioneering reporter had bowel cancer and died Sunday in Sydney, Australia, her brother, Jeremy Webb, told the Associated Press.
November 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Service Reports
Pye Chamberlayne, 68, a longtime radio correspondent best known for his work with United Press International from 1962 to 1966 and then from 1969 until his retirement in 1999, died Oct. 21 of a heart attack brought on by coronary artery disease at his home in Calmes Neck, Va. Broadcasting once an hour to millions of radio listeners, Chamberlayne covered the White House during his first stint with UPI and then covered Congress and national politics.
March 23, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Leon Daniel, 74, who spent nearly four decades reporting on wars, the civil rights movement and other domestic and foreign news for United Press International, died Sunday at a hospital in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Daniel had a blood clot in his lung while recovering from angioplasty, according to Judith Paterson, a retired journalism professor and his companion for the last 10 years. Since suffering a stroke two years ago, Daniel had lived in an assisted-living facility.
January 4, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
It's one of those sports questions that can never be answered. Could USC, which was ranked No. 1 in the United Press International coaches' poll after the 1974 season, have beaten Oklahoma, which was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press writers' and broadcasters' poll, despite being on probation and ineligible for a bowl game, if they had met in a one-game championship finale? That's an intriguing thought, one worthy of debate. But it wasn't the question that first popped into J.K.
February 15, 2004
As a former UPI newsman, English teacher and journalism major, I found my heart skipping a beat when I read the cover of the Jan. 25 issue: "One in eight Americans now live in California." What's next? "Between he and I"? Singular subjects require singular verbs, i.e., "One in eight Americans now lives in California." Rick Harrison Via the Internet
January 12, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alex Kahn, 94, who worked for United Press International for 40 years, including 15 years as the wire service's Southern California sports editor, died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. Kahn continued working as a freelancer for UPI and Associated Press after his retirement from UPI in 1973, covering major league baseball and horseracing at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. Kahn was a lifetime honorary member of the Baseball Writers Assn.
April 28, 1985 | From Associated Press
Directors of United Press International on Friday authorized managers of the news agency to file for protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy laws. The move was taken as UPI told employees that there was not sufficient funds to meet the current payroll. It was not known whether UPI Chairman Luis G. Nogales would actually file a petition for reorganization, the agency said in a story transmitted on its news wires. UPI is the nation's second largest news service.
February 6, 2003
A memorial service for Vernon Scott, who covered Hollywood for more than five decades for United Press International, will be held Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Scott died Nov. 18 at 79. Information: (310) 440-4500.
When Helen Thomas began covering the White House, the United States was 10 years from putting astronauts on the moon and the fashionable first lady was wearing a pillbox hat. On Tuesday, 40 years and many presidents later, the 79-year-old Thomas announced she is resigning from United Press International, the news agency for which she worked for 57 years, after it was bought by a company affiliated with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.
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