July 8, 2012 |
DENVER - As Chris Lindley drove to work that morning in August 2008, a call set his heart pounding. The Democratic National Convention was being held in Denver, and Barack Obama was to accept his party's presidential nomination before a crowd of 80,000 people that night. The phone call was from one of Lindley's colleagues at Colorado's emergency preparedness agency. The deadly bacterium that causes tularemia - long feared as a possible biological weapon - had been detected at the convention site.
June 7, 2012 |
One constant of the Frank and Jamie McCourt ownership of the Dodgers was a constant front office turnover. Bodies came and went so quickly that it sometimes became difficult to know who was in charge of what. Either they wanted out, the McCourts drove them out, or after their divorce, bodies loyal to Jamie McCourt were simply sent packing. When Stan Kasten arrived, he quickly surveyed the organizational landscape and recognized the management shortcomings. On Thursday he moved to add some front-office heft, returning to his favorite right-hand man Bob Wolfe.
June 4, 2012 |
The popular MTV show "Teen Wolf" is among 28 projects that won a piece of the lottery -- California's film and TV tax credit lottery, that is. Producers of the TV series were notified Friday that they were among the select few to receive conditional approval for the state film and TV tax credit, out of 322 projects that poured applications into the Film Commission's office last week. The number of submissions rose 83% this year, underscoring heavy demand for the film incentive.
May 14, 2012 |
NBC evidently believes laughter is the best medicine: The struggling network will have a strong dose of comedy on four nights in its fall lineup plus the Season 3 return of"The Voice. " Keeping its Thursday sitcom block essentially intact with existing series, NBC will push the low-rated comedies"Community"and"Whitney"to Fridays and open up Tuesdays and Wednesdays for new sitcoms such as "Go On," "Animal Practice" and "Guys With Kids. " Nearly one-quarter of NBC's fall prime-time schedule will consist of sitcoms; last fall, the figure was just 14%. Also on the schedule: the Monday one-hour series "Revolution," the new sci-fi drama from producer J.J. Abrams, and, for Wednesday, "Chicago Fire," from "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf.
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May 11, 2012 |
The first color photo of California's celebrity gray wolf, OR7, was taken this week as he loped across a sagebrush-covered hill in Modoc County. Thanks to his GPS collar, people around the world have been able to follow the young wolf's journeys as he traveled from his home pack in northeastern Oregon, crossed into California in late December and then trotted around the wilds of far Northern California and southern Oregon, the first of his kind recorded in the Golden State since the 1920s.
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May 8, 2012 |
Digby Wolfe, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer who helped producer George Schlatter develop "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," a landmark TV series that became an overnight sensation in the late 1960s, has died. He was 82. Wolfe, who later became a professor of writing at the University of New Mexico, died of lung cancer Wednesday at his home in Albuquerque, said his wife, Patricia Mannion-Wolfe. The British-born Wolfe - an actor, writer, singer and comedian whose early career included writing for the BBC's satirical "That Was the Week That Was" and hosting an Australian TV variety show - moved to Los Angeles in the mid-'60s.
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April 15, 2012 |
Venice Beach resident Karen Wolfe says she will file a police complaint against a community activist and blogger who published on his website her name, address and a photograph of her home as a place where the homeless would be welcome to camp overnight. Mark Ryavec, president of Venice Stakeholders Assn., listed not only Wolfe's name and home address but also those of 10 other activists, journalists and politicians who he said shouldn't mind having the homeless set up tents and sleeping bags outside their doors because they had expressed sympathy for them.
March 22, 2012 |
French investigators Thursday were trying to establish whether a gunman killed by police after a 32-hour siege had accomplices still at large or was a lone assassin acting out his own bitter agenda. They also want to determine how Mohamed Merah, 23, amassed an arsenal of weapons while reportedly under surveillance by France's intelligence services after he spent time with Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Merah, who police say confessed to gunning down seven people in a nine-day rampage and told them he was linked to a fringe Al Qaeda group, died late Thursday morning with a shot to the head after battling the French equivalent of a SWAT team.
March 14, 2012 |
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Congress acted legally when it eliminated Endangered Species Act protections for the Northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolves and opened the door to wolf hunts. The opinion, by a Democrat-appointed panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, found that when Congress last year ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove protection for that distinct wolf population, lawmakers were amending the law and not violating the separation of powers doctrine.