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OPINION
November 30, 2013
Re "Ruling puts bullet train at risk," Nov. 26 In terms of gubernatorial hubris, having a child with the housekeeper pales in comparison to Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to sue everyone in the state to try and preempt legal challenges to the deeply flawed high-speed rail plan. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny scored a legal bull's eye by ruling in favor of the defendants (the people of California) in the state's suit to disallow court challenges to the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
In a major legal blow to the California bullet train, a Sacramento judge ruled Monday that the project cannot tap bonds that voters approved for construction, a decision that could cause indefinite future delays. Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny issued two decisions Monday, both of them based on findings that the state made key errors and failed to comply with voter-approved requirements as they moved the project toward a long-awaited groundbreaking. The decisions do not immediately stop the project, but they could sharply curtail the state's ability to pay for the high-speed rail system in the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
In a major legal blow to the California bullet train, a Sacramento judge ruled that state officials cannot pursue their plan to tap billions of dollars in voter-approved bond funding for construction, a decision that could cause indefinite delays in the massive $68-billion project. Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny, ruling Monday in two closely watched cases, found the state officials made key errors and failed to comply with legal requirements as they moved the project toward a long-awaited groundbreaking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
A Transportation Security Administration officer killed at Los Angeles International Airport during a rampage three weeks ago was shot 12 times, with bullets piercing organs, grazing his heart and severing a major artery, according to a final autopsy report released Friday. Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, died within two to five minutes of the attack inside Terminal 3. The gunman, identified by authorities as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, targeted TSA agents during the Nov. 1 shooting, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Melanie Mason
California bullet train officials argued in a Sacramento courtroom Friday that they can legally tap federal money to start construction without relying on state funds now at issue in a lawsuit. Property owners and government officials in Kings County - where some of the first sections of track are to be placed - filed the suit, claiming that because rail officials don't know how they will pay for the entire $31-billion operating segment, they are violating restrictions established by voters in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
A cellphone charger saved a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy from further injury early Tuesday after a parolee opened fire during a midnight struggle in Inglewood and the bullet glanced off the pocketed cord. It was a chance hit authorities called “miraculous.” The suspect - described only as a parolee in his 40s - was shot and killed, but not before he fired again, officials said, grazing the deputy's partner in the hand. Both officers were treated at area hospitals and released later in the day. Sheriff Lee Baca said the deputy would have likely been seriously injured had the cellphone charger not blocked the bullet, sending it down her pant leg. It grazed her leg and exited out her pants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
A cellphone charger in a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy's pocket saved her from serious injury during a struggle in Inglewood early Tuesday when a parolee opened fire and the bullet glanced off the device. Authorities called it "miraculous. " The suspect, described as a 49-year-old parolee, was shot and killed but not before he fired again, grazing the deputy's partner in the hand, officials said. Both deputies were treated at area hospitals and released later in the day. Sheriff Lee Baca said the deputy probably would have been seriously injured had the cellphone charger not deflected the bullet, sending it down her pant leg. It grazed her leg and went out her pants.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Talk about coverage! A Florida gas station clerk's cellphone stopped a bullet fired by a robber early Monday and saved the clerk from serious injury, police said. Police from the Orlando suburb of Winter Garden told the Orlando Sentinel that the stickup began about 4:45 a.m. when the gunman asked for help looking for a drink before pulling a revolver. The gunman wanted the two clerks to get into the safe at the Hess station, but they weren't able to open it. That's when the gunman ran away -- but not before firing a single bullet that struck one of the clerks in the abdomen, police told the Sentinel.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The bullet, of course, is the disastrous rollout of the government's sign-up website for federal health insurance exchanges, which has prevented countless Americans from signing up for health coverage. The dodge was graciously provided by the House Republican caucus, which chose to distract the public's attention with its quixotic effort to "defund" the Affordable Care Act by shutting down the government, thus placing the workaday financial pain facing millions of America's at the top of the news cycle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
California bullet train officials, responding to a judge's ruling that the project has failed to comply with voter-imposed spending controls, argued Friday that they can use federal funds to begin construction of an initial 29-mile segment of Central Valley track. The state's high-speed rail agency asserted in a legal filing that using federal funds would not trigger restrictions imposed in 2008 on use of state bond money for the proposed $68-billion, Los Angeles-to-Bay Area high-speed train.
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