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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Lin is a Times staff writer.
More than a year after the death of rapper Kanye West's mother, state officials are investigating her nephew, a registered nurse who oversaw her recuperation after her plastic surgery, according to a person with knowledge of the probe. Stephan Scoggins, who received his nursing license in 1990 and has an advanced degree in public health, was in charge of caring for Donda West when she returned home Nov. 9, 2007, after a 5 1/2 -hour operation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2008 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
Advocates for low-wage caregivers called on authorities Monday to investigate the spending practices of a Los Angeles union and a related charity that have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the labor organization's leader. "This is very serious," County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose 1990s legislation allowed the union to organize home-care workers here, said of the financial transactions disclosed by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran
A former employee of an adult-care center was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail for attacking a disabled man and recording the beating on his cellphone camera. Patrick John Solis, 23, a former worker at Jossen Vocational Academy, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and felony false imprisonment of a dependent adult. On April 12, 2006, Solis and co-worker Michael Douglas Rama made a 30-second cellphone video of themselves slapping a mentally disabled adult, who is seen wailing and trying to ward off the beating.
HEALTH
March 3, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
The broken rib could have been a disaster for Claire Soroko. She had been saying goodbye to friends Christmas Day when she stumbled from an outdoor step and banged into an iron handrail, breaking a bone in her chest. Afterward, she couldn't clean, drive or even dress herself. "I really don't have anyone," says Soroko, a Park La Brea resident in her 70s. "My daughter and son-in-law are very busy. I couldn't ask them to come and stay with me."
HEALTH
March 3, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
A scarcity of paid caregivers means that, in the future, older people may have to band together to help each other. Older Americans are already pitching in to care for their more frail or even older counterparts as either paid or volunteer workers. That's because finding younger people to work as caregivers is becoming more difficult.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Nurses aren't just taking orders anymore. From intensive care wards to the halls of Congress, they're exerting growing influence over hospital practices and patient treatment. With the clout they've gained through unionization, they've raised their incomes and their profession's profile. Now they're lobbying for a radical change to the country's healthcare system, starting in California. On Monday, hundreds of members of the California Nurses Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
The California Senate voted Thursday to bar employers from denying promotions or raises to workers who juggle job duties with the demands of caring for children, sick spouses or aging parents. One of the first such efforts in the country, the measure would add "familial status" to the categories of discrimination banned by the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
Mothers, not only do you have your own day this Sunday, you also are the primary beneficiaries of a growing body of laws and court rulings that grant workplace protections to caregivers. California is among several states and cities that are passing or considering legislation banning job discrimination against workers with the responsibility of caring for children, aging parents or ill spouses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The video made national news: a worker caught on a cellphone video repeatedly striking a developmentally disabled man as he cowered in fear and moaned. In the weeks following the discovery, the administrators overseeing Orange County's programs for the developmentally disabled have declined to discipline the adult day-care program in Anaheim where the abuse occurred, saying they were isolated incidents.
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