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August 31, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
In the first major legal challenge to a planned NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, a coalition of environmental activists and community advocates filed suit Thursday claiming that a state law intended to assist the project is unconstitutional. Developer Anschutz Entertainment Group and supporters of the project - dubbed Farmers Field - had successfully lobbied for passage of the law, which fast-tracks legal challenges to the stadium's environmental impact report by imposing deadlines and requiring such lawsuits to begin at the Court of Appeal level.
August 5, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON -- On the first day of the rest of his life, Michael Phelps slept in. Or, at least, he tried to. He got four hours of sleep, his body still attuned to early-morning training sessions. For the first time since he arrived here two weeks ago, he saw Big Ben. He still had a sponsor to satisfy, so he threw on a Visa polo shirt and entertained questions from reporters from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria and Turkey. Without Phelps, who retires as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, can the rest of the world catch the United States in swimming?
July 25, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The cast of"Modern Family"has an ancient problem. In the television industry, actors typically sign contracts that range from five to seven years with annual pay increases of 4% to 6%. The compensation can range from $40,000 to $70,000 per episode to more than six figures for established stars. On its face, that doesn't sound so bad. But in the rare cases of a huge commercial hit, the companies that produce and air the show get a big and quick return on their investment. Then their headaches begin - with the actors.
July 17, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Former San Fernando Councilman Mario Hernandez, who resigned his post after his affair with Councilwoman Maribel de la Torre turned acrimonious last month, asked the district attorney's office Monday to drop charges of battery and vandalism against his ex-lover. Prosecutors, however, say they will continue to pursue the case. It is the latest turn in a tempestuous relationship first revealed by Hernandez in November when he announced at a City Council meeting that he and De la Torre were having an affair.
June 22, 2012 | By Joe Flint and David Savage, Los Angeles Times
Broadcast television isn't going to look like cable television any time soon. In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court declined Thursday to address whether the Federal Communications Commission's indecency rules - and how they are enforced - are unconstitutional. That determination vacated a lower court ruling that the FCC's enforcement of its indecency rules was unconstitutional. The ruling, which arose from a legal battle over the indecency rules between the FCC, News Corp.'s Fox and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, means that broadcast TV will continue to have to steer clear of the swear words and nudity that have become prevalent on much of cable television, especially during hours when children might be in the viewing audience.
April 13, 2012 | By Paul Pringle, Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
 A new city report assails officials in charge of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for failing to impose even basic financial controls, allowing the routine squandering of public money and permitting corruption to take root in "a dysfunctional and risk-prone culture. " On the Coliseum Commission's watch, $870,000 was sent to South America for soccer matches that were never held, according to an audit released Thursday by City Controller Wendy Greuel's office. In addition, a Coliseum contractor received millions in payments even though he had no contract, and a stadium staffer was paid for working 25 hours in a single day. Auditors also found that the commissioners gave their former general manager, Patrick Lynch, an annual bonus of $125,000 for several years without requiring him to undergo a performance review.
March 21, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers lost their composure. Andrew Bynum showed frustration with the officiating. Lakers Coach Mike Brown showed frustration with the team's defense. All the players showed frustration with yet another poor road performance where they squandered a double-digit lead. Derek Fisher wouldn't have solved the Lakers' on-court execution in their 107-104 loss Tuesday to the Houston Rockets. But he would've been there in the locker room to calm everyone down. He wasn't there, though.
March 20, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
State workers who are denied unpaid sick leave required by federal law cannot sue the states, the Supreme Court said in a victory for states' rights that some liberal advocates saw as a bad omen for President Obama's healthcare law. The 5-4 decision is a setback for millions of employees of state agencies and state colleges, and it voided in part a provision in the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Among other things the act said that employees had a right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to recover from an illness or childbirth.
March 15, 2012 | Helene Elliott
The Clippers' season was sliding off the rails, their fast and furious charge to first in the Pacific Division fading as they delved deeper into life without Chauncey Billups. Without his poise and presence they were losing games they had won before he tore his left Achilles' tendon on Feb. 6. Shots that found their way in without fail during their first 22 games didn't fall anymore. They were letting too many opponents back into games and squandering too many leads. "I think when you're losing to sub-.500 teams it's alarming.
March 1, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an appeals court ruled in an Orange County case. The unanimous decision by a three-judge Court of Appeal panel in Santa Ana was the first in the state to prohibit cities from enacting zoning restrictions that effectively ban all marijuana dispensaries. The court was also the first to rule that dispensaries must grow the marijuana they sell, a requirement that would force most of them out of business.
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