March 14, 2012 |
LONDON - Police investigating Britain's phone-hacking scandal swooped down on a number of homes in an early-morning raid Tuesday and arrested six people, including a woman widely identified as Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers. Scotland Yard said five men and the woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a more serious charge than phone hacking. That suggests that the authorities' probe into the scandal has broadened to include an investigation into a possible cover-up by employees and executives at Murdoch-owned News International.
February 9, 2012 |
LONDON - Rupert Murdoch's News International has settled nearly all the cases against the company in the first wave of lawsuits for phone hacking by its journalists, with a new round of apologies and payouts announced Wednesday in a London court. But a potentially damaging claim lodged by British singer Charlotte Church is still headed to trial later this month and a wave of new lawsuits - as many as 56 in all - is looming, lawyers told London's High Court. News International, a division of News Corp., has tried hard to keep the phone-hacking cases from going to trial, launching its own compensation program and paying out millions of pounds in out-of-court settlements.
February 5, 2012
"After extensive deliberations with the board, I recommended to them that I was no longer the right person to lead Sunoco as it progresses to the next phase of its future. " - Lynn L. Elsenhans, announcing she will step down as chief executive officer of Sunoco Inc. after leading the Philadelphia company in winding down its oil-refining businesses. "She was brought here to do something, she did it, and now she's going. I know a couple thousand people who wouldn't mind helping her pack.
January 14, 2012
Al Attles' favorite memory of Wilt Chamberlain: The legendary 100-point game he produced for the Philadelphia Warriors against the Knicks on March 2, 1962. But Attles, who attends every Warriors home game, also remembers being on hand just days earlier when Chamberlain - his former teammate - set a record with 34 free-throw attempts. Attles never expected either record to be broken in his lifetime. But there he was Thursday night, watching as Dwight Howard stepped to the foul line time and again in the Magic's 117-109 victory at Golden State.
December 15, 2011 |
LONDON - A former top lawyer for Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers insisted Wednesday that he told the mogul's son there was evidence of widespread phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Tom Crone questioned contentions made by James Murdoch - chairman of News International, the British arm of his father's media empire - that he had not been informed about an e-mail indicating that hacking was rife. For months, News International insisted the illegal accessing of the cellphone voice messages of celebrities and crime victims was confined to reporter Clive Goodman, who, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, was jailed in 2007.
November 22, 2011 |
LONDON - They couldn't be more different - the handsome, world-famous actor and the quiet parents who endured unspeakable tragedy. But together they've become the most public faces of Britain's phone-hacking scandal, and Monday they testified about their run-ins with this country's ferociously competitive tabloid press. For Hugh Grant, it was the paparazzi who wouldn't stop harassing the mother of his child for photos and the gossip rag that allegedly accessed his phone messages and wrongly concluded that he was cheating on his girlfriend.
November 22, 2011 |
HUGH GRANT starred in a London courtroom yesterday, testifying in a judge-led media-ethics inquiry regarding Britain's deservedly beleaguered press. Earlier testimony came from the parents of a murdered schoolgirl whose phone was targeted by reporters from the now-defunct tabloid News of the World . You know, the scandal in which the reporters all got fired but their editor walked away with a few million pounds. Grant, however, said he believes his phone was hacked by Britain's Mail on Sunday tabloid - the first time he has implicated a newspaper not owned by Rupert Murdoch . Grant said he could not think of any other way than eavesdropping on his voice mails that the Mail could have obtained the story alleging that his romance with Jemima Khan was on the rocks due to his conversations with a "plummy voiced" woman identified as a film-studio executive.
September 16, 2011 |
The latest big-time Hollywood scandal continues - and it's caught the attention of none other than the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As SideShow reported Thursday, the feddy bears are investigating "computer hacking attacks on celebrities" after cellphone photos appeared online that seemed to show actress Scarlett Johansson posing in the buff. That followed apparently hacked pics of a nude Jessica Alba on the Internet. Reports also say Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake , stars of Friends With Benefits , had cellphone photos snatched and posted online.
August 3, 2011 |
LONDON - British police on Tuesday made their 11th arrest in their continuing investigation into phone hacking by the now-shuttered Sunday tabloid the News of the World, owned by the British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire. A 71-year-old, named in media reports as Stuart Kuttner, former managing editor of the News of the World, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to intercept communications and corruption when he voluntarily appeared for questioning at a central London police station.
July 24, 2011
This used to be a noble profession. Still is, to tell you the truth. To hear an editor debate whether a story is fair to some deplorable individual most would consider unworthy of the effort or to watch a reporter rush toward danger to tell a story that needs telling is to be unalterably convinced of the honor in this work. But even in the saying, you brace for the derision and scorn - according to Gallup, the public ranks journalists between auto mechanics and lawyers in terms of ethics - that will surely follow.