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NATIONAL
October 16, 2011 | By David Willman, Washington Bureau
FBI Agent Edward Montooth began worrying the moment he got the call early on the morning of July 27, 2008: The chief suspect in the deadly anthrax letter attacks of 2001 had just been rushed to a hospital. The leader of the FBI investigation knew that if Army microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins died, the opportunity to present the case against him in a courtroom would be lost. Conspiracy theories and speculation, he feared, could well overshadow the evidence. "They better save [him]
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SPORTS
February 10, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
They had colorful nicknames like "The Mongoose" and "The Snake," initially raced mostly for glory in light of skimpy prize money and became legends as professional drag racing's popularity expanded nationwide. As the National Hot Rod Assn. holds the 50th anniversary of the Winternationals this week, here's a look at some of drag racing's most notable drivers over the decades in the premier top-fuel and funny car classes, some of whom will appear to help celebrate this year's Winternationals in Pomona: 1960s "Big Daddy" Don Garlits In the Winternationals' first 10 years, and for decades after that, Garlits was the driver even casual fans knew as being synonymous with drag racing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Allen Barra
In July 2009, a year before his death at age 99, John Wooden was named by the Sporting News as the top coach in the history of American sports. Not many argued with the selection. Over his 29-year career he won 664 of 826 games for a winning percentage of .804. From 1964 through 1975 his UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA championships, and UCLA's games drew higher TV ratings than most NBA games. Surprising as it seems, Wooden, arguably the most influential coach in basketball history, has never had a definitive biography until now. In "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and studio analyst for CBS Sports, has written a virtual cutaway view of the history and evolution of basketball in the form of a biography.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Citing "morally reprehensible" conduct by Wedbush Inc., an arbitration panel has ordered the Los Angeles securities firm to pay a former bond trader $3.5 million in withheld compensation. Stephen Kelleher, who won the award, alleged in his complaint that company Chairman Edward Wedbush had personally withheld pay from many high-level staff members in recent years. "This guy has been doing this to a lot of people for a long time," Kelleher said in an interview Tuesday. John Stenson, a lawyer for the company, declined to comment on the ruling except to say the firm would appeal it. Several current and former employees of Wedbush have brought legal actions over compensation issues.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Wrestling with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, Arizona decided Friday to close nearly all of its state parks, including the famed Tombstone Courthouse and Yuma Territorial Prison. The State Parks Board unanimously voted to close 13 parks by June 3. Eight others had already been closed, and the decision would leave nine open -- but only if the board can raise $3 million this year. The action represents the largest closure of state parks in the nation, although several other states are considering similar moves.
NATIONAL
March 3, 2010 | By Megan Twohey
Since she was hired two years ago as a medical assistant, Jennifer Simonsis has come to an agreement with her employer: During the winter, she gets time off to see her doctor, frequent breaks and help in setting up a light-therapy lamp at her desk. Simonsis gets workplace accommodations for seasonal affective disorder, or SAD -- depression triggered by limited daylight in winter. Pointing to a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against the disabled, some SAD sufferers say they are entitled to schedule changes, access to windows and other modifications.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The web of mystery continues ? Mazda is no longer the only automaker with a spider problem. The same yellow sac spider that sparked a recall of 65,000 Mazda6 sedans also likes to nest in Honda Accords. Honda Motor Co. hasn't announced a recall but has notified its dealers to be on the lookout for the spider. The company has issued what is known as a technical service bulletin telling Honda mechanics how to fix the problem. "It was the same scenario and the same breed of spider.
OPINION
May 13, 2002
The state Legislature can strike a modest, reasonable blow against global warming by passing the final version of a program for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide from autos, pickups and sport utility vehicles. Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas implicated in global warming. AB 1058, by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), passed the Assembly earlier and won approval in the Senate last week. Now it's back to the Assembly for ratification of Senate amendments as early as today.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A group representing Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. joined a lawsuit meant to halt California's plan to curb car and truck emissions of gases linked to global warming, uniting every major automaker in opposition to the program. The Assn. of International Automakers, which lobbies on behalf of Honda, Nissan, Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., said Thursday that it was joining a suit filed Dec.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2009
Weekly survey of 20 Orange and L.A. County lenders as of 9/16/2009 Loans to $417,000 Week ended 9/16/2009 Week ended 9/9/2009 Week ended 3/18/2009 30-year fixed 5.17% +0.29pt 5.27% +0.23pt 5.06% +0.35pt 15-year fixed 4.68% +0.26pt 4.78% +0.17pt 4.80% +0.42pt $417,000 and up 30-year fixed 6.14% +0.36pt 6.17%+0.50pt 6.74% +0.74pt 15-year fixed 5.54% +0.33pt 5.69% +0.25pt 6.84% +0.85pt Home equity lines 5.74% 5.74% 5.06% Home equity loans 9.08% 9.08% 8.77% 6-month LIBOR 0.68% 0.69% 1.86% 1-year Treasury 0.40% 0.42% 0.70% 6-month Treasury 0.22% 0.23% 0.45% 6-month CD 0.37% 0.37% 1.84% Prime rate 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 11th District cost of funds 7/2009 6/2009 1/2009 1.473% 1.599% 2.455% Compiled by HSH Associates, Financial Publishers; www.hsh.
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