June 22, 2012 |
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.
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April 13, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2012 |
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.
February 29, 2012 |
A decade after Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl was killed by terrorists in Pakistan, his father, Judea Pearl, is far from worried about his son's afterlife. “I think my son feels very comfortable wherever he is,” Pearl said in a phone interview Wednesday. At least some members of the Mormon Church, however, were concerned about the spiritual fate of the Wall Street Journal reporter. They posthumously baptized Pearl last year. It's the posthumous baptism of his son -- and other Jewish people -- that worries Judea Pearl.
February 26, 2012 |
Question: I just bought a single-family home as a second property. A tenant and his family are living in the home. They have a one-year lease that has about five months left on it. As far as I know, he is paying the rent on time and otherwise abiding by the lease. But I bought the house in order to move my in-laws into it. Is there any way I can remove the tenants and replace them with my in-laws before the lease expires? Answer: Landlords and tenants choose to document their relationship with a lease rather than a month-to-month rental agreement because both sides have decided to lock in that relationship for the life of the lease.
February 25, 2012 |
For more than 60 years, Tucson was synonymous with spring training. Then 13 months ago the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks decamped for Maricopa County, taking with them tens of millions of tourist dollars and leaving gaping holes in the city's coffers and its sports landscape. Chris Keeney thinks he can fill both voids by bringing spring training back. Only his idea has nothing to do with baseball. Keeney believes Tucson's climate, location and population is perfectly suited to professional soccer — and he has managed to persuade six of Major League Soccer's premier teams to come down this month and take a look.