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July 29, 2007 | Alex Renderos and Hector Tobar, Special to The Times
The fate of a U.N.-backed initiative to fight organized crime hangs in the balance in Guatemala, where legislators will decide this week whether to scrap a plan to create an international team of investigators to aid the country's beleaguered criminal justice system.
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July 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signaled his intention to appeal a federal court decision ordering a special judicial panel to examine severe overcrowding in California's prison system. The governor's action comes a day after the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals created the three-judge panel, following the recommendation of two federal judges.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
A presidential commission recommended major steps Wednesday to overhaul the treatment of military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying that a system criticized for shabby treatment and numbing bureaucracy needed "fundamental change."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with the creation of a civilian commission that would review misconduct complaints against county law enforcement. The board agreed to spend two months fine-tuning details of the proposal before giving final approval, a concession to the sheriff, district attorney and some board members who criticized the current version.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
Nearly four years after the worst wildfires in state history raged across Southern California, officials have yet to implement some of the key reforms developed in the aftermath of the disaster that killed more than two dozen people and destroyed thousands of homes. The state faces another potentially disastrous fire season, with the Southland recording its driest year on record. Already, there have been several major blazes this year -- far earlier than usual.
NATIONAL
May 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The lone Democrat on a White House privacy board has abruptly resigned, citing disagreements with the Bush administration over the board's role in protecting civil liberties. Lanny J. Davis, a Washington lawyer and former Clinton White House counsel, said this week he no longer believed the five-member board was sufficiently independent to provide oversight of government surveillance. Leaders of the Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Under fire for spending $82 million annually on gang-prevention programs without measuring how effective they are, the City Council agreed Tuesday to form a panel of academics to suggest evaluation methods. The City Council also agreed to create a steering committee, including the mayor, city administrative officer and city attorney, to determine which anti-gang programs should be funded in the coming fiscal year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton has appointed an advisory group, including former City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, to help implement reforms recommended after the Rampart police corruption scandal, officials said Tuesday. In addition to Miscikowski, the group will include police union President Bob Baker, policing expert Merrick Bobb, civil rights attorney Connie Rice and top LAPD command officers.
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December 7, 2006 | The Associated Press
PRESIDENT BUSH'S RESPONSE President Bush's remarks Wednesday after receiving the report of the Iraq Study Group, as transcribed by the White House: I just received the Iraq Study Group report prepared by a distinguished panel of our fellow citizens. I want to thank James Baker and Lee Hamilton and the panel members for spending a lot of time on this really difficult issue. And I thank you for coming into the White House today to give me a copy of this report.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2006 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Now that the Iraq Study Group has issued its report, the word bandied about by both parties Wednesday on Capitol Hill was "change." "We are at a point where we know that what we're doing now is not working, and we need a change of course," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a staunch administration ally. "There is a broad consensus of that." "This report that was delivered today represents another major blow at that 'stay-the-course' policy.
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