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August 29, 2008
Preparation for the quasi-hurricane is as much about politics as it is about prudence. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Lots of luck. This is yet another example of the pitiful coverage of organized labor by local media. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Anthony Pellicano and attorney Terry Christensen were found guilty of conspiring to illegally wiretap the ex-wife of Kirk Kerkorian. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Gas prices fall for 10th straight week, Valley home prices increase slightly, and Culver City blogger charged with felony. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
CNBC's John Harwood is reporting that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has only been in office a little over a... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 28, 2008
The Minnesota governor tops the list of Republican VP candidates over at Intrade, the current events futures market.
You can get some deals in Palm Springs, San Diego and Vegas over the next few weeks as hotels reduce room rates. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Several hundred baggage handlers, security personnel and janitors walked off their jobs today.
Economy revised upward, pay-as-you-drive plan proposed, Mexico gears up on port, and local movie shooting is down. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 27, 2008
The Hollywood detective and L.A. attorney Terry Christensen are being tried in connection with illegal wiretapping.
Let's suppose gasoline prices hadn't soared a couple of months back. Would folks in Santa Barbara still want offshore drilling?
IndyMac bill rises, Santa Barbara supes support oil drilling, Southwest cutting flights, and Vons trims double coupons. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 26, 2008
A computer glitch at a Georgia facility that processes flight plans is creating all sorts of problems in the eastern half of the country. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
That's what a Riverside jury just awarded the El Segundo toymaker in a copyright infringement case against MGA Entertainment over... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Who knew that the Hilton Garden Inn LAX is where the Bev Hills-based hotel company tests out its new ideas? $MTEntryExcerpt$>
L.A. home prices keep dropping, gridlock concerns for Universal City, Ticketmaster does well in China, and MGM is not for sale. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 25, 2008
The average price of unleaded regular is under $4 a gallon for the first time since the middle of May.
How exactly should they assess damages in the copyright infringement case involving Bratz dolls? $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Stocks are off on financial worries, Merrill reassessing UA deal, higher electric rates being considered, and Wells isn't shopping. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
A top FBI official said early on that the mortgage business was attracting a not-so-savory element. Nobody listened. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 22, 2008
AG Jerry Brown has decided not to pursue claims by former IndyMac employees that the NY senator triggered a run on the thrift. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Folks might not be able to swing a new house or car, but they've got to buy something
, right? $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Ban-on-texting bill moves on, gas prices could be headed up, Warner Bros. wants superheroes, and "Brangelina" scores at newsstand. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 21, 2008
But what does it mean for me
? Itís probably an end to those sharply lower gas prices. For a while. Maybe. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Sam Zell isn't the only guy who took on huge amounts of debt in pursuit of a big deal. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Mattel wants $2 billion, new day for Ticketmaster, LAX workers move closer to a strike, and American Apparel opens in China. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 20, 2008
The Bev Hills billionaire testified in the trial of attorney Terry Christensen and Hollywood gumshoe Anthony Pellicano. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Today's crash in Madrid comes as the McDonnell Douglas-designed plane is being phased out by the airlines. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Borrowers most seriously delinquent on their loans will be able to adjust mortgage payments under a new plan. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
That would be Julia Scott, the much-profiled CEO of Glendale-based DineEquity, which used to be known as IHOP. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
More worries about credit crisis, new revelations in Rocky case, ESPN goes after Olympics, and age-bias suit settled. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 19, 2008
Of the top 10 ZIP codes ranked by number of transactions last month, six were in the Antelope Valley. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Based on the latest trading action, there's a 43.5 percent chance that Joe Biden will get the nod. Nobody else is close. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
You learn a lot about how wild and crazy the mortgage business had become by examining the case of James Matthew Osborn. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Is the Newport Beach-based lender in trouble or not? Different analysts are interpreting the data in different ways. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
That's how John Quinn believes the legal world views his firm. He's exaggerating, but not by much. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Stocks taking another hit, quieter Labor Day at airports, GM pulls out of Oscars, and big gains at LAT.com. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 18, 2008
The average price of regular in the L.A. area is $4.03 a gallon, which is 58 cents lower than its peak in mid-June. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The bottom feeders were out in force last month, with home sales throughout Socal jumping 13.8 percent from a year earlier.
Union Bank parent is taken over, new rifts at SAG, Phelps gets huge ratings, and Wal-Mart phasing out most music. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 17, 2008
Dean Singleton really wants Denver to make a good impression at next week's Democratic National Convention. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Those friendly Beijing volunteers are next to useless when it comes to providing actual information.
August 15, 2008
Nouriel Roubini still may not be a household name, but the NYU economist is getting there. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Emmis Communications is cutting salaries and some people, another sign of the times in the publishing biz. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
L.A. County's unemployment rate in July was 7.5 percent, which compares with 4.9 percent
a year earlier. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Gas nearing $4 a gallon, Netflix back in action, MGM wants to keep Tom Cruise, and NBC won't air Phelps live. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 14, 2008
The Donald has agreed to buy Ed McMahon's Bev Hills house in whatís being described as "an act of benevolence." $MTEntryExcerpt$>
July traffic at the Port of L.A. fell 2.54 percent from a year earlier, while the Port of Long Beach saw a 12.9 percent decline. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
L.A. ranks 26th among all California counties in foreclosure notices. It could be worse - you can be living in Merced.
The company didn't ship out any DVDs either Tuesday or this morning and only about half the normal volume on Wednesday. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Inflation jumps in July, foreclosures still high in California, Greenspan expects relief early next year, and actors taking sides. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 13, 2008
A $3.8-billion accounting charge for goodwill is another way of saying that Tribune overpaid for Times Mirror in 2000.
As part of the chain's bankruptcy reorganization, 11 stores in California will be shuttered in the fall.
Paula Wagner, who with longtime business partner Tom Cruise was supposed to revitalize United Artists, is calling it quits. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Within Tribune's publishing group, revenue dropped 10.6 percent - and classified-ad revenues plunged 26 percent. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
NBC might go live nationwide in covering the swimmer's run for an eighth gold medal on Saturday night - if it gets that far. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Auto doldrums depress economy, Longs sale may spur closings, new fraud claims against broker, and Chris Albrecht's early exit. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Air India is dropping its three weekly round-trip flights, which is bad news for an airport that has been pushing overseas business. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 12, 2008
New predictions of a financial failure, California's underwater homes, Downey's bleeding stops, and more trouble for Ed McMahon. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 11, 2008
NY, SF and Chicago are grown up places where cabbies will pull over when you hail them. Try doing that in L.A. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
This could just be posturing, but Boeing might not submit a new bid for the $35-billion contract, opening the door for Northrop.
Higher oil prices can cause recessions, but lower oil prices will not spur recoveries. That requires a healthy economy. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
"Call me weak," says a WSJ reporter, "but sitting at the opening ceremonies in a pool of my own liquefied salt was a unique form of torture." $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Markets hold up despite Georgian fighting, DreamWorks honchos near deal with Indian company, and NBC scores in Beijing. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 8, 2008
At last check it was nearing $115 a barrel, which is down more than $4 on the day - and $32 from its peak. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Seven nights in a palacial suite, chauffeur-driven Maybach, private jet to Iran - any takers?
Check out CNBC's August 2007 interview with Angelo Mozilo - the guy is practically tap-dancing in his chair. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Oil and gas prices keep falling, deli packages keep shrinking, Mozilo inquiry gets stepped up, and ways to watch the Olympics online. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 7, 2008
Overall ad sales have been dreadful, but the Beijing games are one of those grand events that prove to be the exception. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
L.A.'s developer extraordinaire says he's ready to just sell the land he bought 19 months ago and call it a day. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Hospital scam uncovered, only so-so July retail sales, movie-going takes dip, and proposal to ban smoking on restaurant patios.
August 6, 2008
That would be Howell Raines, former executive editor of the NYT - and now a knuckleheaded conspiracy theorist. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
As much as the so-called experts would like to paint the housing market with a broad brush, the reality is quite different. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
FirstFed is struggling to work out all the bad loans it handed out - almost literally - a few years back. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Stocks down in early trading, why Ontario is losing so many flights, and more conventions coming to L.A. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 5, 2008
The company's big problem: how to handle the raft of pay option mortgages, many of which are now going bad.
That these two guys are still in charge - and still talking to each other - makes for one of L.A.'s longest-running acts. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
These rankings are always a little suspect, but what's interesting is the evidence of global wealth. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Stocks up strongly on lower oil prices, DirecTV may be a merger candidate, and TV tops newspapers in ad revenue. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 4, 2008
A federal judge turned down MGA's motion for a mistrial in the Bratz case, despite a juror's reported ethnic slur. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The politically connected parking lot king has been struggling to finish up what would become downtown's tallest residential tower. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Maybe it's a bit early to roll out the SUVs and pick-ups, but pump prices continue their downward move. The... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
A federal judge will hear Bratz-maker MGA Entertainment lay out its motion for a mistrial in the case with Mattel. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 2, 2008
How else do you describe a departing Countrywide executive who is using the company jet for a vacation to Africa? $MTEntryExcerpt$>
August 1, 2008
Get outta here - $69 for a single-day adult ticket and $59 for kids? Remember when tickets were just a buck? $MTEntryExcerpt$>
The jobless rate for 16- and 17-year-old men rose to 29.4 percent, the highest since the government started counting in 1948. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Jobs report is bad but not terrible, L.A. gas prices keep falling, movie production to resume, and Cher lists Malibu villa for $45 million. $MTEntryExcerpt$>