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November 16, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
A House panel hearing ethics violation charges against New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel decided Monday to accept the prosecutor's evidence as uncontested after the Harlem Democrat walked out of the proceedings. Rangel's decision not to participate ? after arguing that it was unfair for him to face the charges without legal representation ? short-circuited what was expected to be a weeklong proceeding involving a dozen witnesses. Instead, after briefly considering and then rejecting a motion to delay, the eight-member panel of the House Ethics Committee decided to forgo witnesses and hear only the presentation of Blake Chisam, chief counsel for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
Abrilliant biologist can look at a drop of pond water through a powerful microscope and see the building blocks of life. An intuitive archeologist sifts through Anatolian detritus and reconstructs the daily life of Troy.
December 28, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Charles B. Rangel, whose 40 years in the House have come under a cloud because of an ethics scandal, announced Tuesday he has established a new defense fund to help pay off past legal expenses and to deal with pending and new complaints. Rangel (D-N.Y.) was censured by the House earlier this month for financial and fundraising misconduct and had to stand on the chamber’s floor to listen to Speaker Nancy Pelosi read the censure resolution, which passed 333-79. The new fund, called the Charles B. Rangel Legal Expense Trust, was approved by the House ethics committee, Rangel announced in a prepared statement.
April 6, 1998 | CONNIE KOENENN
While it's generally acknowledged that women are more in tune with their bodies and more willing to consult a doctor than men, middle-aged males these days find themselves facing not only new vulnerabilities but also much hype about treating everything from back pain to baldness. To sort through the confusion, the nonprofit People's Medical Society, dedicated to consumer health education, has produced a comprehensive guide, loaded with lists, charts, illustrations and consumer tips.
October 8, 2010 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Prominent Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Charles B. Rangel will face ethics trials after the November elections, the head of the House Ethics Committee announced Thursday, in what will be rare, back-to-back congressional proceedings. The trial for Waters (D-Los Angeles) will begin Nov. 29. The proceedings for Rangel (D-New York) are scheduled to begin Nov. 15. "After an investigation that has lasted over a year, I am eager to have the opportunity to clear my name," Waters said in a statement Thursday.
A Newport Beach man under investigation for criminal bank fraud by one arm of the U.S. Justice Department has been asked by another part of the agency to help operate a company that filed for bankruptcy protection this week. Charles B. Rau, who said he is waiting to see whether the U.S. attorney's office will seek criminal charges against him, said Thursday that he was hired this week by the U.S. trustee's office to operate a Costa Mesa motorcycle parts maker called Genuine Fisher.
March 23, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum
The other morning, while tourists were lining up for an early lunch at Sylvia's soul food restaurant in Harlem, Rodney Capel and Basil Smikle were finishing breakfast -- and dissecting the travails of the local political machine. Usually by now they'd be chewing over lists of Democrats eager to jump into primaries this fall and scoping out Republicans hinting at making a run. "But everything is in limbo, seized up," said Smikle, sipping his coffee. "It's just such a weird time."
July 10, 1988 | Eugene D. Robin, Robin, professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, is the author of "Medical Care Can Be Dangerous to Your Health: A Guide to the Risks and Benefits" (Harper & Row). and
There is growing and justified criticism of American medicine based on evaluation of the risks as well as the benefits of medical care. Risks there are. It is to be hoped that one result of this trend will be to provide the public, as well as individual patients, with a more realistic picture of both the promise and the pitfalls of medical care, thereby improving patient welfare. Unfortunately, neither of the two books reviewed here helps much toward achieving this laudable goal. "Medicine on Trial" is unabashed doctor-bashing, with little attempt at balance, perspective or, at times, accuracy.
The epiphany of Charles R.B. Kirk came 26 years ago. He had been a prosecutor for seven years, toiling in the San Francisco division of the state attorney general's office, and he was agonizing about his career choice. As he headed across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toward Marin County, he felt overcome with the failure he saw everywhere: the broken homes, broken lives and broken bodies. He was deep into his gloomy reverie when he saw San Quentin prison, home of California's death row.
August 10, 2010 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
As Rep. Maxine Waters was warned against interceding on behalf of a bank with ties to her husband, her chief of staff, who is also her grandson, was "actively involved" in working to help the institution, according to a House Ethics Committee report released Monday that accuses the longtime Los Angeles political figure of three ethics violations. Waters was accused of violating three rules — one that requires its members to "behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House," a second that prohibits lawmakers from using their influence for personal benefit and a third forbidding the dispensing of favors.
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