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Posts Tagged ‘Joseph Menn’

Vegas Journo Adds Casino Context to Reuters-Sands Bulletin

On Monday, Reuters west coast enterprise editor Peter Henderson and author-contributor Joseph Menn made waves with an article about Las Vegas Sands Corp. being investigated by the Nevada State Gaming Control Board in connection with some explosive China accusations leveled by a former employee. Accusations that have been consistently denied by Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson (pictured).

Today, Las Vegas Review-Journal staffer Howard Stutz shares an intriguing op ed about all this. He says it’s par for the exclusive, Shadow Creek course:

In reality, Nevada’s licensed casino companies are always under investigation. So an international media report Monday that Las Vegas Sands Corp. is being probed by the Nevada Gaming Commission and Control Board over bribe payment allegations in mainland China isn’t much of a revelation.

Nor is there much new in reports on the allegations, some of which are a decade old.

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We (Heart) LAT Tech Geeks

buchheit1.jpgThe PR department at the L.A. Times just sent us an e-mail (see below) promoting the Business Section’s new blog — as if we needed the introduction!

We have already become addicted to the musings and findings of Alex Pham, Chris Gaither, Joseph Menn, Michelle Quinn and Jessica Guynn.

From schadenfreude (or to use a newspaper term “breaking news”) about Henry Nicholas‘ indictment to that YouTube-as-marketing-tool issue we told you about yesterday, Technology never seemed so … digestible. (We were going to say “cool,” but then we’d lose our spot in the Mean Girls clique.)

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Loeb Award Finalists Announced — SoCal (Finally) Represented

01largenews.jpg Unlike some of the other prizes recently, SoCal newspapers are better represented in this morning’s announcement of Loeb finalists (the award is based out of Los Angeles, so we’d better be!).

Some of the local points of pride:

Finalists in the Breaking News category include Claudia Eller, Richard Verrier, Maria Elena Fernandez, Jay A. Fernandez, Meg James, John Horn and Joseph Menn for their LAT writers’ strike coverage.

In the Best Writing category, Lisa Girion is up for her story “Coverage Denied.”

Congratulations!

(photo of 2001 winners from the OC Register)

LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

Un-Friend Us: From Joseph Menn: “Social networking sites, which let users create detailed profile pages and connect with friends, are becoming the hot new thing for identity thieves, both amateur and professional. As improved spam filters and skeptical consumers make bogus e-mail less successful, scam artists are taking advantage of the atmosphere of trust that exists within these online circles of friends.”

y!image.jpgYa-who? Yahoo Inc. stock plummeted this morning after merger talks with Microsoft Corp. collapsed. We hate it when those “buy gold” people are right.

37595576-07132234.jpgCatfight on the Catwalk: NBC Universal signed an exclusive pact with the production team behind Project Runway, two weeks after Lifetime Networks secured the rights to the show. Competition between the former producers and the show itself? Fierce.

LAT In 90 Seconds

34303224.jpgWriting Their Way Out Of This Mess? In a lovely F.U. to the studios dozens of striking writers are considering setting up companies that bypass studios and reach consumers directly with original Web video. This would be kind of a step back for some writers, as writing for the Web isn’t exactly a writers’ dream – but Joseph Menn likens this approach to the early days of United Artists, so who knows? Bonne chance!

34300851-16154641.jpgHarsh Reality: Columnist Scott Collins takes WGA president Patric Verrone to task for apparently softening his stance toward getting union representation for reality TV writers.

34301543-16173900.jpgWait…There Is Something To Watch After All: It’s on VH1, of all places. Seven Ages of Rock is, apparently, fun for the whole family. And just when your TiVo was running dry.

LAT In 90 Seconds

32456468.jpgMortensen Goes Naked, Arty: A brief history of method acting is described in this piece by Gina Piccalo: “For Eastern Promises, Mortensen set out alone for Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Ural Mountain region of Siberia, spending weeks driving around without a translator. … Mortensen studied the gangs of the vory v zakone (thieves in law). He read books on Russian prison culture and the importance of prison tattoos as criminal resumes. He perfected his character’s Siberian accent and learned lines in Russian, Ukrainian and English. During filming, he used worry beads made in prison from melted-down plastic cigarette lighters and decorated his trailer with copies of Russian icons.” Remind us about this in 10 years, when he’s filming Wild Hogs 2

32456701.jpgMonsters (Scam), Inc.: Online job sites fail to do enough to prevent Web predators from scamming job-seekers, says Joseph Menn.

bbor.jpegHow A Bill Reviews A Law: Former city editor Bill Boyarsky reviews John W. Dean’s new book, Broken Government. Spoiler alert: He likes it.

LAT in 90: Brainiacs

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Hal Fishman Obit
KTLA’s erudite anchor Hal Fishman died at 75 after nearly 50 years in television. Dennis McClellan’s obit explains why Fishman was significant and relevant.On-line only.

Baby Brain Drain
Excessive viewing of baby videos may hinder language development in infants, or something like that. Amber Dance is back on the scare science beat.

We Need to Stalk
Google maps– a boon to paparazzi? That’s the takeaway from the piece written by Alex Pham and Joseph Menn.

Immoral Equivalence
Kurt Streeter defends Barry Bonds, comparing the use of prescription drugs and Red Bull to illegal steroid use. Online commenter says it best: “We should stop eating Wheaties as well.”

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