web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Media (Page 23)

Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-102186435-fb5ee1a08c1c05868ca47747cd3d741624fb7335-s1100-c15 Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after winning over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 17, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after winning over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 17, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Updated at 5:51 p.m. ET

Basketball star Kobe Bryant was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and others, the city’s mayor confirmed to NPR.

Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years and is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in the 2007-2008 season and is fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-1196594255_custom-04d72c4a2598b3fca94ef63fd54b7976723fbec1-s1100-c15 Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles. Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

“The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. The FAA and NTSB are investigating,” the city of Calabasas wrote on Twitter.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters there were nine people killed in the crash, including one pilot and eight passengers.

“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said following the news. “… But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”

“There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through now,” Bryant’s longtime Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal wrote on Twitter.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played on the Lakers for 14 seasons in the 1970s and 1980s and is one of just three people to have scored more points than Bryant said, “I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.”

Abdul-Jabbar called Bryant “an incredible family man,” who “inspired a whole generation of young athletes.”

A native of Philadelphia, Bryant was drafted into the NBA from high school at age 17 and stayed with the Lakers for his whole career — joining what ESPN called “an exclusive club” of players to spend two decades with the same team.

He won consecutive NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002 — and then again in 2009 and 2010.

Injuries held him back in the final years of his career, with a tear of his Achilles tendon at the end of the 2013 season, followed by a knee injury and rotator cuff surgery. When he announced his retirement in November 2015, “it wasn’t a shock,” as NPR characterized it. To mark the occasion, Bryant wrote a poem, which begins:

“Dear Basketball,

From the moment

I started rolling my dad’s tube socks

And shooting imaginary

Game-winning shots

In the Great Western Forum

I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —

From my mind & body

To my spirit & soul.”

Bryant faced controversy in 2003, when a 19-year-old woman accused Bryant of raping her. He was charged with sexual assault and false imprisonment. The accuser faced intense scrutiny from the media and a campaign from Bryant’s defense team to discredit her. The criminal case ended in 2004 after she decided to not participate in the trial.

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-2203507_custom-7953a78e9cc5e068d71b20128de7c151b1853194-s1100-c15 Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa attend a news conference at Staples Center, in Los Angeles in 2003. The NBA star proclaimed his innocence of the sexual assault charges filed by the district attorney of Eagle, Colo., for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old Colorado woman. J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa attend a news conference at Staples Center, in Los Angeles in 2003. The NBA star proclaimed his innocence of the sexual assault charges filed by the district attorney of Eagle, Colo., for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old Colorado woman.

J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images

Bryant and the accuser settled a civil lawsuit out of court in 2005 with no admission of guilt. He released a statement saying he believed the encounter was consensual, “but I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did.”

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-895194666-12_custom-ed7e497cce53e1c9976530c855e5f88051731f85-s1100-c15 Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at the Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. Harry How/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Harry How/Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at the Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Harry How/Getty Images

Bryant retired in 2016. He was married to Vanessa Bryant, and the two were parents to four daughters.

NPR’s Bobby Allyn contributed reporting.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Dies At 41 In Helicopter Crash

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-102186435-fb5ee1a08c1c05868ca47747cd3d741624fb7335-s1100-c15 Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Dies At 41 In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after winning over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 17, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Dies At 41 In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after winning over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 17, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Basketball star Kobe Bryant was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., along with four other people.

Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years and is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in the 2007-2008 season and is fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-895194666-12_custom-ed7e497cce53e1c9976530c855e5f88051731f85-s1100-c15 Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Dies At 41 In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Harry How/Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Dies At 41 In Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Harry How/Getty Images

“The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. The FAA and NTSB are investigating,” the city of Calabasas wrote on Twitter.

Bryant was drafted into the NBA at age 17 and stayed with the Lakers for his whole career — joining what ESPN called “an exclusive club” of players to spend two decades with the same team.

He won consecutive NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002, then again in 2009 and 2010.

Injuries held him back in the final years of his career, with tears of his Achilles tendon at the end of the 2013 season, followed by a knee injury and a rotator cuff surgery. When he announced his retirement in November 2015, “it wasn’t a shock,” as NPR characterized it. Bryant wrote a poem to mark the occasion, which begins:

“Dear Basketball,

From the moment

I started rolling my dad’s tube socks

And shooting imaginary

Game-winning shots

In the Great Western Forum

I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —

From my mind & body

To my spirit & soul.”

A 19-year-old woman accused Bryant of raping her in 2003 and he was charged with sexual assault and false imprisonment. The accuser faced intense scrutiny from the media and a campaign from Bryant’s defense team to discredit her. The criminal case ended in 2004 after she decided to not participate in the trial.

Bryant and the accuser settled a civil lawsuit out of court in 2005 with no admission of guilt. He released a statement saying he believed the encounter was consensual, “but I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did.”

Bryant retired in 2016. He was married to Vanessa Bryant, and the two were parents to four daughters.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Trump’s Mideast Plan Is Seen Mainly as an Election Lift for Netanyahu

Westlake Legal Group 00dc-mideast-1-facebookJumbo Trump’s Mideast Plan Is Seen Mainly as an Election Lift for Netanyahu United States International Relations Trump, Donald J Palestinian Authority Netanyahu, Benjamin Kushner, Jared Israel Gantz, Benny Abbas, Mahmoud

LONDON — Less than a month after being sworn in, President Trump welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to the White House with a bold promise: He would broker a peace accord between the Israelis and the Palestinians — the diplomatic unicorn that had eluded half a dozen of his predecessors.

“I think we’re going to make a deal,” he said in 2017. “It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand.”

“As with any successful negotiation,” Mr. Trump continued, “both sides will have to make compromises. You know that, right?” he added, turning to his guest.

Mr. Netanyahu grinned. “Both sides,” he replied.

The Israeli leader will return to the White House for meetings Monday and Tuesday, and Mr. Trump is expected at last to lay out the details of that long-awaited plan. Mr. Netanyahu said Sunday he hoped to “make history” on the visit.

But far from a bold effort to bring old enemies together — one that demands painful concessions from both sides — Middle East experts now expect the plan to be mainly a booster shot for Mr. Netanyahu’s desperate campaign to stay in power.

Benny Gantz, again Mr. Netanyahu’s rival in Israel’s third election in less than a year, will have his own separate meeting with Mr. Trump on Monday. He had at first resisted the invitation, fearing a political trap in which Mr. Netanyahu would get to play the statesman while Mr. Gantz would look puny by comparison. But analysts said he could not afford to snub the president, given Mr. Trump’s enduring popularity in Israel.

The Palestinians, who stopped talking to Mr. Trump after he ordered the United States Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in December 2017, will not be at the White House to be briefed on the plan. They have vowed to reject it.

“For him to do this in the middle of an Israeli election, without any Palestinian participation and with no intention to follow up with any of the participants, shows this is not a peace plan at all,” said Martin S. Indyk, who served as special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations under President Barack Obama.

“It is a farce from start to finish,” he said.

Mr. Indyk’s verdict is harsh but not uncommon among diplomats who have worked on past peace efforts. Like other veterans of those fruitless negotiations, in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Mr. Indyk watched the early days of Mr. Trump’s diplomacy with fascination and even muted hope — that this most undiplomatic of presidents might achieve a breakthrough where they had failed.

That triumph of hope over experience was shared by some in the region. Palestinians and Israelis took to calling it Mr. Trump’s “deal of the century,” outdoing his own description of it as the “ultimate deal.”

The president brought a deal maker’s swagger and a property developer’s instincts to a problem that, after all, involves disputed territory. His close ties to Mr. Netanyahu — something Mr. Obama lacked — raised hopes that he might be able to extract real concessions from Israel. In a sign of the importance Mr. Trump attached to the effort, he put his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in charge of it.

Mr. Kushner led a team that included Jason D. Greenblatt, the Trump Organization’s former chief lawyer, and David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer with ties to the Jewish settler movement who became Mr. Trump’s ambassador to Israel. He would emerge as the most influential adviser to Mr. Trump on Israel.

For months, Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt traveled around the Middle East, meeting with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and other nations. Their strategy, known as “outside-in,” was designed to build a coalition of Arab support for a peace plan. The Arab leaders, the White House hoped, would pressure the Palestinian Authority to accept whatever Mr. Trump offered.

Mr. Kushner devoted particular attention to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, with whom he had cultivated a friendship of like-minded scions. Prince Mohammed expressed a willingness to establish relations with Israel and said the Israelis “have the right to have their own land.”

At home, Mr. Trump’s pro-Israel supporters were growing restive. They worried that he might put too much pressure on Mr. Netanyahu. Mr. Trump told him that a rapid expansion of settlements was not conducive to an agreement. After meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, in May 2017, Mr. Trump said that it was an “honor” — a post that later vanished from his Twitter feed.

Any such worries, however, were laid to rest seven months later when Mr. Trump announced he would move the embassy, formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The move delighted evangelicals, as well as pro-Israel donors like Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate.

But it drove away the Palestinians, who cut off contact with the White House, and doomed the White House’s efforts to build Arab support for its plan. King Salman of Saudi Arabia was among those who condemned the decision, declaring, “East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories.”

Mr. Trump reacted harshly to the Palestinian rejection. He punished them by cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority, as well as funding for the United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees.

The State Department shut down the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington. It downgraded the American consulate in Jerusalem, which had been a key channel to the Palestinians, by merging it with the embassy under Mr. Friedman, who later said Israel had the right to annex parts of the West Bank.

Even as the rift with the Palestinians widened, Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt labored on their plan. Working under a veil of secrecy, they compiled a multipage document, with annexes, that officials said would propose solutions to all the key disputes: borders, security, refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

While the plan never leaked — a rarity in the sievelike world of Middle East diplomacy — its general contours became known. It is not expected to call for a two-state solution or give East Jerusalem to the Palestinians. Nor will it offer Palestinian refugees a right of return or other compensation.

Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, who has since left the administration, predicted in March 2018 that the Israelis and the Palestinians would each find things in the plan to embrace and oppose. But it was already clear that it would be tilted heavily in Israel’s favor — or more precisely, in the favor of their embattled ally, Mr. Netanyahu.

Facing indictment on multiple corruption charges in early 2019, the prime minister was fighting for his political life. With Mr. Netanyahu facing a closely fought election that April, Mr. Trump gave him an election-eve gift, announcing in March that the United States would reverse decades of policy and recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which was seized by Israeli troops in 1967.

With the release of his plan stymied by the instability in Israel, Mr. Kushner turned his attention to economics. In June, he announced the United States would raise more than $50 billion to improve the lives of the Palestinians and their Arab neighbors. His 38-page plan, titled “Peace to Prosperity,” had slick graphics and the promotional tone of a real estate prospectus.

Mr. Kushner followed up with a two-day workshop in Bahrain, which was boycotted by the Palestinians and shrugged off by other Arab leaders, for whom the peace project had faded into irrelevance.

Even after Mr. Trump’s shift on the Golan Heights, Mr. Netanyahu was unable to cobble together a majority to form a government. After a second election, in September, he found himself again short of a majority.

If Mr. Trump releases his plan this week, analysts said, it will be less about delivering the “deal of the century” than giving Mr. Netanyahu one last electoral lift.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Los Angeles Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash

Westlake Legal Group 5e2decbc1f00002e00858110 Los Angeles Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash

NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. The former Los Angeles Laker, nicknamed “Black Mamba,” was 41.

His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was reportedly among the helicopter’s other four passengers, who were all confirmed dead. The identities of the other crash victims have not yet been confirmed.

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a S-76 helicopter crashed “under unknown circumstances.” The FAA said it will investigate the crash, as will the National Transportation Safety Board.

Bryant, who was married to wife Vanessa for more than 18 years, was the father of four daughters. 

A spokesperson for Bryant did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Bryant entered the league in 1996 right after he graduated from high school and played for the Lakers for 20 seasons. He was a five-time NBA champion, helping the Lakers win titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

The 18-time NBA All-Star was named league MVP in 2008. He also won two Olympic gold medals for men’s basketball.

The basketball star, who retired from the Lakers in 2016, ranks at No. 4 on the NBA’s all-time points leaders, with 33,643 points. Bryant tweeted his congratulations to Laker LeBron James on Saturday, after James’ total points passed Bryant’s, putting James in the No. 3 spot. It was Bryant’s last tweet.

In 2018, Bryant became the first NBA player in history to win an Academy Award for his animated short “Dear Basketball.”

He faced backlash in 2003 after he was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado. He admitted to having a sexual encounter with the woman, but denied the accusation that it was rape. The young woman declined to testify in court, and the case was later dropped. They later settled a civil suit she filed in 2005. 

Bryant was remembered on Sunday as ”father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved,” by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Twitter, where fans and those who knew him expressed their sadness and paid tribute to him.

“Kobe will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes,” Garcetti said in a tweet.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Friends, Fans Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant After Superstar’s Death

Westlake Legal Group 5e2df1bb240000310064c53c Friends, Fans Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant After Superstar’s Death

As news of Kobe Bryant’s shock death spread on Sunday, tributes poured in for the former Los Angeles Laker.

Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, along with four others, according to multiple outlets. He was 41 years old and left behind his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters. 

“Damn. RIP Mamba. May your memory be a blessing,” Mark Cuban wrote on Twitter, where countless people expressed their horror and sadness over the basketball great’s sudden death.

“Shocked and saddened to hear about Kobe Bryant,” filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan tweeted, shortly after the news broke. “To us in Philly he was one of ours. His loss will be felt throughout the city.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Kobe Bryant Reportedly Dies In Helicopter Crash

Westlake Legal Group 5e2decbc1f00002e00858110 Kobe Bryant Reportedly Dies In Helicopter Crash

NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash, multiple outlets reported on Sunday.

The former Los Angeles Laker, who was 41, was reportedly on a private helicopter in Calabasas, in Los Angeles County, with four other people.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that five people died in a Calabasas helicopter. A spokesperson for Bryant did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Bryant became the first NBA player in history to win an Academy Award for his animated short “Dear Basketball” in 2018.

He garnered backlash in 2003 after he was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado. He admitted to having a sexual encounter with the woman, but denied the accusation that it was rape. The young woman declined to testify in court, and the case was later dropped. They later settled a civil suit she filed in 2005. 

He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Worried Reporters Make a Plea: Please Buy Our Paper

Westlake Legal Group 22TRIBUNE-01-facebookJumbo Worried Reporters Make a Plea: Please Buy Our Paper Tribune Publishing Company Soon-Shiong, Patrick Organized Labor Newspapers News and News Media miami herald McClatchy Co Los Angeles Times Layoffs and Job Reductions Knight, Timothy P Gatehouse Media Inc Gannett Company Inc El Nuevo Herald Denver Post Chicago Tribune Baltimore Sun Arizona Republic Alden Global Capital

On a cold Chicago morning last month, Gary Marx, a veteran investigative reporter, took his dog for a walk and then strolled over to the affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood. After being buzzed into the courtyard of a large house, he hand-delivered a letter urging the intended recipient to buy — or at least invest in — Mr. Marx’s journalistic home of more than three decades, The Chicago Tribune.

“It’s one thing to put your name on a museum,” Mr. Marx said, summarizing the contents of the letter in an interview, “but this is to save an institution that really safeguards this city.”

Along with a Tribune colleague, the investigative reporter David Jackson, Mr. Marx undertook his unorthodox campaign after it was disclosed in November that Alden Global Capital, a New York hedge fund, had acquired a large stake in Tribune Publishing, the parent company of Chicago’s biggest daily.

Journalists are wary of Alden because of its cut-to-the-bone management strategy. In 2018, a group of writers and editors at the Alden-owned Denver Post published a special package devoted to attacking the company, which had enacted deep staff cuts at the paper. The lead article blasted Alden executives as “vulture capitalists.”

In addition to sending letters to wealthy Chicagoans, Mr. Marx and Mr. Jackson have written to Alden’s president, Heath Freeman, asking him for a meeting. They have received no response. Mr. Freeman and MediaNews Group, the Alden subsidiary that runs its newspaper operation, did not reply to requests for comment for this article.

The two reporters have also made an appeal to Patrick Soon-Shiong, the billionaire medical industry entrepreneur who bought The Los Angeles Times and other California papers from Tribune Publishing in 2018 for $500 million after prolonged tensions between The Times’s editorial staff and Tribune executives.

Dr. Soon-Shiong, a Tribune Publishing stakeholder since 2016, has held on to 25 percent of the company. Mr. Marx and Mr. Jackson asked that he keep his interest in Tribune Publishing or sell it to civic-minded investors, rather than allowing it to end up with Alden.

“Your role as the news company’s savior could only add to your reputation and opportunities,” they wrote.

Their attempts to woo new investors are unusual in an industry that has traditionally tried to keep business and journalism separate.

“It was not that long ago that it would have been unusual to publicly campaign for a change of ownership,” Ann Marie Lipinski, a former Chicago Tribune editor in chief and the curator of Harvard’s Nieman Center for Journalism, said in an interview. “What you’re seeing in Chicago is a very different approach: journalists dissatisfied with leaving business decisions to the business side, trying to have significant impact on the future of their companies.”

Mr. Marx, who was once expelled from Cuba because of his reporting, and Mr. Jackson, who won a Pulitzer Prize during a one-year stint at The Washington Post for his articles on victims of police shootings, have relied on habits honed in the newsroom as they make the rounds.

Before ending a conversation with a possible benefactor, for instance, they ask that person whom they should contact next. They also published an opinion article in The New York Times calling attention to what they see as the threat to journalism posed by Alden.

After having bought up roughly 32 percent of Tribune Publishing in recent years, Alden is the company’s largest shareholder. It can buy more Tribune Publishing stock as soon as July. This month, the company asked journalists at newspapers across the country to volunteer for buyouts.

It is certainly not news that the newspaper business is in trouble. Its onetime profit center, print advertising, has declined sharply as readers increasingly prefer to get the news on screens.

The finance industry, looking at newspapers as distressed assets with hidden value, has swooped in, scooping up struggling publications, cutting their staffs and wringing them for profits.

Last year, the parent company of the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, GateHouse Media, bought the second largest chain, Gannett, in a merger valued at $1.2 billion. That deal was also driven by the banking industry. The new company, named Gannett, is controlled by a private equity firm, Fortress Investment Group, which itself is owned by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. The merger also received nearly $2 billion in financing from another private equity firm, Apollo Global Management.

On the day the deal went through, the company’s leader, Michael E. Reed, spoke of “inefficiencies” at the new Gannett and described the NewsGuild, the union that represents journalists at many of its papers, as “a big problem.”

Like Mr. Marx and Mr. Jackson in Chicago, journalists in other cities have made moves to protect their jobs — by working to form unions, seeking out new ownership or generally raising a ruckus.

Journalists at The Baltimore Sun, a Tribune Publishing newspaper, have sought buyers among local entrepreneurs and foundations, said Scott Dance, a weather and environment reporter there. The prospects include the Abell Foundation — endowed by the namesake family that owned The Sun until its 1986 sale to Times Mirror, a newspaper company that merged with Tribune Publishing’s predecessor in 2000.

In Oakland last month, journalists at the Alden-owned Bay Area News Group, a ring of daily ad community papers that has lost nearly 100 jobs since 2016, leafleted a Christmas tree lighting, warning about “Alden Global Capital and the Destruction of Local News.”

“They clearly do not value the newspaper mission,” said George Kelly, a Bay Area News Group reporter. “We’ve been asking for Alden to invest or get out.”

Late last year, journalists at The Miami Herald and its Spanish-language sibling publication, El Nuevo Herald, won union recognition days after their owner, the publicly owned newspaper chain McClatchy, revealed that it might not be able to make an upcoming minimum payment to the company pension plan. A McClatchy spokeswoman declined to comment.

A union push followed extensive layoffs two years ago at The Los Angeles Times, job cuts that were presided over by Michael W. Ferro Jr., who was the chairman of Tribune Publishing (then known as Tronc). After he installed an editor and publisher who feuded with the staff, newsroom employees formed the paper’s first union since its founding in 1881. A few months later, Dr. Soon-Shiong took The Times off Tribune Publishing’s hands, to the newsroom’s relief.

“The Los Angeles Times campaign started because we had all this changing management and questions about ownership,” said Jon Schleuss, a former editor there who is the new president of NewsGuild, the union that represents journalists at many newspapers (including The New York Times).

“Without forming the union,” he added, “we would never have gotten the new owner.”

In 2018, Tribune Publishing cut the newsroom staff of The Daily News in New York in half. The layoffs at the formerly brawny tabloid, which once had the highest circulation of any daily newspaper in the country, came a year after Tribune Publishing bought it.

The reign of Mr. Ferro as the Tribune Publishing chairman was brief. It started in 2016 when his fund, Merrick Ventures, plowed $44 million into the company and came to an end in 2018, when he stepped down after two women accused him of making unwanted sexual advances. He sold his Tribune Publishing shares to Alden.

Other Tribune Publishing newspapers had organizing drives during his time in charge: The Hartford Courant, The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, The Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call and — for the first time in its more than 170 years — The Chicago Tribune formed unions. A Tribune Publishing spokesman declined to comment for this article.

Newsroom employees at The Arizona Republic, a daily belonging to the supersize version of Gannett that came into being after the merger with GateHouse Media, voted to become unionized in October. Steve Benson, a Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist who was laid off a year ago, designed a logo for the Arizona Republic Guild featuring a saguaro cactus with a No. 2 pencil in place of a trunk.

Maribel Wadsworth, the publisher of Gannett and USA Today, said in an interview that, as a former reporter, she sympathized with the journalists — “seeking that sense of security is an understandable path,” she said — but expressed skepticism about the organizing effort.

“Unions are not going to be the driver of revenue growth or subscription growth, or change the challenges the industry has faced,” she said.

Several Republic journalists said they hoped to achieve greater job security and opportunities for career advancement. They also sounded loftier aims that have been invoked in newsrooms across the country.

“The days of journalism being held publicly by Wall Street should be over,” said Rebekah L. Sanders, the consumer protection reporter at The Republic who helped lead the union drive. “We have a public service mission, which used to be propped up by crazy ad margins. That’s all gone, so we need to make a transition in our business model.”

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Cobbler’s thumb cut off during shoe accident, replaced by his big toe

Doctors can do amazing things these days.

After losing his thumb in a horrific shoe repair accident, David Lee thought he was going to lose his job. Fortunately, doctors were able to find a replacement… on his foot.

It was his big toe.

Now, after a long recovery, Lee is cobbling like nothing happened.

Westlake Legal Group toe-thumb Cobbler's thumb cut off during shoe accident, replaced by his big toe Michael Hollan fox-news/lifestyle fox-news/health/medical-research/surgery fox news fnc/health fnc article 842dc6c2-9541-5509-a696-eeca7949fce9

“I shouted for someone to ring an ambulance but I couldn’t see how bad it was. I saw my thumb drop on the floor,” David Lee told SWNS. (SWNS)

Lee, a professional cobbler, was trimming the heel of a shoe last January when his hand got snagged in the machine, SWNS reports. The accident reportedly resulted in Lee’s thumb getting severed from his hand.

MAN DONATES KIDNEY TO MOM WHO WOULD DIE WITHOUT TRANSPLANT: ‘IT WAS A NO-BRAINER FOR ME’

“I shouted for someone to ring an ambulance, but I couldn’t see how bad it was. I saw my thumb drop on the floor,” he told SWNS. “I had no pain though. I didn’t look initially as I compressed it with my jumper. I calmly turned the machines in the shop off. Straight away, I knew how bad it was and I just worried that I wouldn’t be able to fix shoes again.”

Lee admits that he “cried my eyes out when I thought about it, as I thought I was going to lose my shop. I was more concerned about that than my thumb because this is my passion.”

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

Amazingly, Lee says that because it happened so fast, he felt “no pain at all” and was able to turn his machines off. He then “went outside for a cigarette while I waited for the ambulance.”

After being taken to a nearby hospital, he was transferred to the Pulvertaft Hand Centre, at Royal Derby Hospital, where doctors suggested using his big toe to replace the thumb. Lee agreed, saying his main concern was his business.

When asked about his new appendage, he said, “It feels heavy having a toe where the thumb should be.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Now, after recovering from the injury, Lee is back to cobbling and he’s even able to use his toe-thumb to paint shoes, which he says is a hobby of his.

Westlake Legal Group toe-thumb Cobbler's thumb cut off during shoe accident, replaced by his big toe Michael Hollan fox-news/lifestyle fox-news/health/medical-research/surgery fox news fnc/health fnc article 842dc6c2-9541-5509-a696-eeca7949fce9   Westlake Legal Group toe-thumb Cobbler's thumb cut off during shoe accident, replaced by his big toe Michael Hollan fox-news/lifestyle fox-news/health/medical-research/surgery fox news fnc/health fnc article 842dc6c2-9541-5509-a696-eeca7949fce9

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Chris Watts’ murder of wife, young daughters gets renewed spotlight in new Lifetime movies

The shocking story of Chris Watts – the Colorado man who murdered his pregnant wife and two young daughters in August 2018 – is getting renewed attention after Lifetime released two new films Saturday revealing new details about the investigation that eventually resulted in his conviction.

CHRIS WATTS’ HORRIFIC KILLINGS OF WIFE, DAUGHTERS STILL HAUNT INVESTIGATORS, NEW DOC REVEALS

Watts is serving five life sentences for the murders of his wife Shanann Watts, who was 15-weeks pregnant at the time, and their daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, on August 13, 2018.  After making emotional on-camera pleas for his family’s return, Watts failed a lie-detector test and later confessed to authorities he had a role in their killing, Good Housekeeping reported.

He first claimed he strangled his wife to death in a fit of rage after she had smothered their daughters to death – purportedly as revenge for the husband asking for a separation. But he later confessed he killed all three – first Shanann by strangling her, and later his daughters by smothering them in a blanket before dumping their bodies in an oil field owned by a co-worker. He pleaded guilty to all counts.

Westlake Legal Group Christopher-Watts-AP Chris Watts' murder of wife, young daughters gets renewed spotlight in new Lifetime movies fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox-news/entertainment/genres/documentary fox news fnc/entertainment fnc Danielle Wallace article af488762-2868-58a6-b985-884c3c8f267e

FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Christopher Watts is escorted into the courtroom before his bond hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colo. The Colorado man, charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, has pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, under a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP, Pool, file)

Lifetime’s “Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer” and “Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy,” which both aired on Saturday, give a new take on the slayings. The first movie depicts the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s agent Tammy Lee, played by actress Brooke Smith, as she works to bring Chris to justice.

The movie part of Lifetime’s “Ripped from the Headlines” series includes an ominous recreation of a real-life Facebook video posted by Shanann’s before her death in which she tells her husband she’s pregnant, according to Oxygen. Another figure — Nichol Kessinger, the woman Chris was having an extramarital affair with at the time of the murders – is also portrayed in the film.

She is reportedly in witness protection after she was cleared of wrongdoing. She has stated that Chris told her that he was in the process of separating from his wife when they first began to date as co-workers, according to Inquisitr.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The second film, more of a documentary, includes new interviews with the real-life Lee as well as Shanann’s close friends, Cassandra Rosenberg and Cindy DeRosset.

The Watts Family has been the subject of other crime documentaries in the past. Last June, Investigation Discovery (ID) released a docuseries on the case titled “Family Man, Family Murderer: An ID Murder Mystery.”

Westlake Legal Group Christopher-Watts-AP Chris Watts' murder of wife, young daughters gets renewed spotlight in new Lifetime movies fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox-news/entertainment/genres/documentary fox news fnc/entertainment fnc Danielle Wallace article af488762-2868-58a6-b985-884c3c8f267e   Westlake Legal Group Christopher-Watts-AP Chris Watts' murder of wife, young daughters gets renewed spotlight in new Lifetime movies fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox-news/us/crime fox-news/entertainment/genres/documentary fox news fnc/entertainment fnc Danielle Wallace article af488762-2868-58a6-b985-884c3c8f267e

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Tiger Woods narrowly misses shot from fairway at Farmers Insurance Open

Westlake Legal Group Tiger-Woods4 Tiger Woods narrowly misses shot from fairway at Farmers Insurance Open Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/golf fox-news/person/tiger-woods fox news fnc/sports fnc article a190b618-c87a-5fcb-bfca-a1ce199d8992

Tiger Woods nearly drained a shot from the fairway Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods was on the par-4 second hole at Torrey Pines when his approach from the fairway dazzled the crowd – not because the ball went in but because he narrowly missed sinking the shot. Woods’ ball appeared to go into the hole and popped out at the last minute.

HERBERT WINS 1ST EUROPEAN TOUR TITLE ON AUSTRALIA DAY

The reigning Masters champion had to tap-in for birdie.

Woods and the rest of the field was chasing Jon Rahm at the start of the final round.

He shot a 69 in the first round, a 71 in the second round and a 69 in the third round. He started Sunday with a bogey on the first hole followed by the birdie.

NICKLAUS TURNS 80 AND REMAINS A PART OF GOLF’S CONVERSATIONS

He was make par on the third, fourth and fifth hole failing to gain on any of the leaders ahead of him.

Marc Leishman, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Palmer, Bubba Watson and Rahm were among the leaders in the final round of the tournament.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

Justin Rose, the Farmers Insurance Open’s defending champion, missed the cut.

Westlake Legal Group Tiger-Woods4 Tiger Woods narrowly misses shot from fairway at Farmers Insurance Open Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/golf fox-news/person/tiger-woods fox news fnc/sports fnc article a190b618-c87a-5fcb-bfca-a1ce199d8992   Westlake Legal Group Tiger-Woods4 Tiger Woods narrowly misses shot from fairway at Farmers Insurance Open Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/golf fox-news/person/tiger-woods fox news fnc/sports fnc article a190b618-c87a-5fcb-bfca-a1ce199d8992

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com