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January 19, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
Jose Offerman was banned for life by the Dominican Republic winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during an argument on the baseball field. Offerman, a former All-Star shortstop with the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox and manager of the Licey Tigers, appeared to hit first base umpire Daniel Reyburn in the face or neck with a fist during a playoff game Saturday against the Cibao Giants. Reyburn fell to the ground. The Dominican league's president, Leonardo Matos Berrido , announced the ban Monday.
February 23, 1989 | From United Press International
The Wilmette Village Board has voted unanimously to become the fourth municipality in Illinois to ban the sale and possession of handguns. The measure adopted Tuesday night takes effect in 90 days.
October 2, 2009 | Kim Geiger
In an effort to curb accidents caused by distracted driving, the Obama administration has banned federal employees from text messaging while driving and said it would consider new restrictions on cellphone use by rail, truck and bus drivers. President Obama signed an executive order Wednesday night banning federal employees from text messaging while driving on the job or in a government-owned vehicle. The order was announced Thursday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at a two-day summit in Washington on distracted driving.
March 9, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times
The brightly colored vans advertising "Topless Maids $99" caused a stir in Burbank last year when they were seen parked on city streets for days on end, prompting officials to publicly denounce them as eyesores and visual blight. Last week, the City Council voted to ban vehicles whose main purpose is advertising. There are some exemptions, such as pizza and mail delivery vehicles. "What we're capturing with this ordinance is those signs that are bolted to a van, leaned against a van, trailers that are unhitched and left in the public right of way," Deputy City Planner Patrick Prescott said at Tuesday's meeting.
June 7, 1989 | From Associated Press
The West German government Tuesday joined France in banning ivory imports from Africa in an effort to save African elephants from extinction. The ban invoked by the federal Environment Ministry took effect immediately, a ministry statement said.
May 17, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
The Grove shopping center became the unlikely battleground in the debate over gay marriage after it banned boxer Manny Pacquiao from the mall in response to an interview he gave in Los Angeles. The ban led to a day of dueling statements, denunciations and backtracking. Some news organizations erroneously quoted the boxing champion as saying gay men should "be put to death. " That prompted the management of the Grove to issue a terse statement Tuesday evening that Pacquiao was persona non grata at the L.A. shopping center despite a scheduled television interview with Extra, which regularly films at the popular outdoor mall next to the Original Farmer's Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue.
February 19, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
Lighting up for dramatic effect is a no-no on Colorado theater stages. The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Department of Public Health is taking a hard line against the smoking of tobacco products or tobacco substitutes on indoor stages, following legislation enacted in 2006, now under appeal. "You simply cannot make unprotected conduct protected by dumping it into a theater context," the paper quotes assistant attorney general Lisa Brenner Freimann as saying.
May 7, 2013
The California Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the right of cities to ban  medical marijuana  dispensaries. Although voters or the Legislature may decide to adopt "a different approach" in the future, nothing in the current laws restricts the right of local governments to declare dispensaries a nuisance that must be prohibited, the court said. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the court's ruling and what it means for California medicinal users with Times reporter Maura Dolan.
January 16, 2008 | From Reuters
Afghanistan has banned the import and exhibition of "The Kite Runner," a film about the troubled friendship of two Afghan boys. The decision was made "because some of its scenes are questionable and unacceptable for some people . . . and would cause trouble for the government and people," a government official said. Paramount, the studio behind the adaptation of the 2003 bestselling novel by U.S.-based Afghan author Khaled Hosseini, last year had to get its three young stars out of their homeland before the movie premiered to protect them from a possible backlash.
January 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned 12 rodent poisons made by the United Kingdom-based Reckitt Benckiser Inc. because the products failed to abide by safety regulations, the agency announced Wednesday. The agency said in a statement it has worked with rodent poison makers to ensure they comply with safety standards, but Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of other products such as Woolite laundry detergent and Clearasil face wash, has refused to abide by regulations. The British company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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