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14 Aug 2010 13:41


U.S.: Want to roll in the dough? Get a job with the federal government

  • $123,049 the amount federal civil servants earned on average in 2009
  • $61,051 the amount similar private workers earned on average source

27 Jul 2010 09:14


U.S.: Bell, California’s highly-paid city council no longer highly-paid

  • 90% decrease in pay for many well-paid members source

26 Jul 2010 20:56


U.S.: Bell, California: Home to a bunch of rich bureaucrats, apparently

  • 36,664 the population of Bell, California
  • $787k the amount Bell’s city manager Robert Rizzo makes yearly, which is very high for the city’s size – he’s also not the only one, either
  • $0k the amount the city’s embarrassed mayor, Oscar Hernandez, will make for the rest of his term – and he’s not running for re-election source

23 Jan 2010 10:24


Culture: Good luck: Bristol Palin tries for child support from Levi Johnston

  • $100,000 Levi’s 2009 income (?!)
  • $1,750 amount in child support she’s asking from Levi Johnston per month
  • $4,400 amount Bristol Palin claims Levi has paid for Tripp’s child support
  • $10k amount Levi’s lawyer claims he’s paid in child support already source

20 Jan 2010 12:00


Culture: Updated: “Tonight Show” severance: Don’t let the big number fool you

  • Updated: Big money for Conan. Others, not so much. Conan’s reportedly close to a $40 million deal to get out of his contract, but he wants more than the $12 million in severance being offered for his employees (reportedly $600,000 more). Before you think that severance is a ton of money, we just did some math:

How many employees does he have?:

  • 200the number of employees Conan has, roughly source

The way that splits up:

  • $4.5
    the amount that would go to executive producer Jeff Ross
  • $7.5
    the amount that would go to everybody else. Jesus.

How this breaks down for Conan’s people:

  • split Based on the number given by MTV today, that’s exactly $37,500 a piece per employee. Not too huge at all, guys.
  • seniority Our number doesn’t account for salaries of sidekicks like Andy Richter and Max Weinberg, nor seniority.
  • taxes It’s also before the 40% or whatever they take out of severance before they give it to you. It’s kind of a raw deal. source

The silver lining:

  • In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew, and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket. Now he just wants to get back on the air as quickly as possible.
  • Gavin Polone • Conan O’Brien’s manager, regarding the deal NBC reportedly struck with the comedian last night. Conan’s not only a rich man, but apparently he’s a prince, because he’s taking care of his workers when he doesn’t have to! Good show, old red-headed chap! source

30 Dec 2009 20:46


Biz: An AIG exec resigns over pay. A tree falls down in the forest.

  • She was afraid of being sent to her room without supper. AIG Vice Chairman Anastasia Kelly, who was in charge of legal, human resources, corporate affairs and corporate communications, resigned with “good reason” over her executive pay. She’s eligible for severance, and man, that severance should keep her from eating cans of Chef Boyardee for a long time – $2.8 million. source

09 Dec 2009 11:06


World: The U.K. isn’t against taxing massive executive bonuses, either

  • 50% one-time tax on massive banker pay; ouch source

07 Dec 2009 10:25


Biz: A bunch of whiny AIG execs claim they’ll quit over their pay

  • five execs sent a letter December 1st claiming they’d leave over their compensation
  • two changed their minds over the weekend; all look overly whiny as a result source

26 Nov 2009 11:19


U.S.: Many are thankful for Shaq paying for Shaniya Davis’ funeral

  • The funeral On Sunday, more than 2,000 people showed up to Davis’ funeral – a sad, disturbing end for the five-year-old girl. It came out yesterday that the NBA star paid for the funeral.
  • The backstory Davis, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, went missing earlier this month and was found six days later in a wooded area. She was a victim of child prostitution and kidnapping.
  • The charges
    Mario McNeill was arrested for the murder, with video evidence implicating him. Davis’ mother, Antoinette, was charged with human trafficking charges related to child prostitution. source

18 Sep 2009 12:04