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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2010 | By Hector Becerra, Sam Allen and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Carl Algee's job as a $25-an-hour security guard at Vernon's municipal power plant came with one big perk — a city-owned apartment at well below market rent. There was also one catch. "When I got the apartment, they said I had to register to vote … and they said, 'You'll know who to vote for,'" Algee recalled. "It was a vague statement, but I knew what they meant — the incumbents. " Algee said he got his ballot by mail and decided to go to City Hall to fill it out and turn it in; as he stood at the counter, a city employee hovered nearby, watching him mark his choices.
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BUSINESS
July 14, 2001 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, as online grocers fed with huge amounts of money were sprouting up, a tiny Aliso Viejo service began taking grocery orders over the Internet and making deliveries to buyers in south Orange County. WhyRunOut.com seemed an unlikely rival to huge outfits such as HomeGrocer.com and WebVan Group, which bought fleets of trucks, built big warehouses and made bigger headlines. But WebVan, which took over HomeGrocer last year, posted losses of more than $1 billion before closing Monday.
HEALTH
October 8, 2001 | SUSAN OKIE, WASHINGTON POST
A newly identified, antibiotic-resistant strain of a common bacterium is contributing to an increase in relatively hard-to-treat bladder infections in women in at least three U.S. cities, according to a study published Thursday. Genetic analysis and other laboratory tests pinpointed the strain of Escherichia coli bacteria as the culprit in a substantial percentage of drug-resistant urinary tract infections among female university students in Berkeley, Minneapolis and Ann Arbor, Mich.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2003 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
As he deploys tens of thousands of American troops to the Middle East, President Bush now must decide whether to block the upcoming execution of a highly decorated career soldier who apparently suffers brain damage from his Gulf War experience. Louis Jones Jr. came home in 1991 a changed man after the war with Iraq, according to psychiatric reports and family testimony. He drank too much, divorced and eventually left the Army after 22 years, retiring as a master sergeant in the Airborne Rangers.
BUSINESS
November 30, 1986 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS, Times Staff Writer
An exhibit booth--just the booth, not the people--was once taken hostage by a New York trucking company in a dispute with an air freight firm over an unpaid bill. The kidnaping stunt worked. The panicked company that owned the booth scurried to scrape together something--anything--else for the trade show that was about to open in Washington. Meanwhile, it pleaded for a settlement and, barely in time, the deal was made and the booth set free.
NEWS
July 19, 1998 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a brief stop at the Primadonna casino, 43 miles south of Las Vegas, but one poker game led to another. By 3 a.m. May 25, 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer and David Cash were tired of hanging around the arcade, waiting for David's dad. Bored, the two 18-year-olds decided to urinate on two coin-operated games. David chose Big Bertha, whose polka-dot dress flared when players hurled balls into her gaping red mouth. Jeremy selected a helicopter game. Then a wall socket.
OPINION
December 19, 2008 | JOEL STEIN
I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood. How deeply Jewish is Hollywood?
NEWS
April 21, 1999 | JULIE CART and ERIC SLATER and STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Laughing as they killed, two youths clad in dark ski masks and long black coats fired handguns at will and blithely tossed pipe bombs into a crowd of their terrified classmates Tuesday inside a suburban high school southwest of Denver, littering halls with as many as 23 bodies and wounding at least 25 others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1998 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former gang member died Thursday morning in what police called a gang-related shooting--making 1998 the second year in a row that Santa Paula has reported Ventura County's first homicide of the year. As officers spent New Year's Day searching for suspects, community leaders pointed to the killing as further evidence that the city needs to deal with its gang problems. Louie Fonseca, 27, was found at 1:48 a.m. bleeding in the street in the 100 block of Marin Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2002 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jovita Marquez and Virginia Villa were among the thousands of Southern California Latinos drawn to La Luz de Oro Corp., whose name means "The Light of Gold." At the company's festive sales rallies--marathon sessions mixing evangelism with secular promises of money, cars and homes--the two women were told they could realize their financial dreams if they invested in the telecommunications company, followed its rules and held on to their faith. But faith has given way to anger.
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