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March 23, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has begun termination proceedings against six deputies who were part of what officials are describing as an aggressive group that may have used gang-like hand signs to identify themselves before allegedly assaulting two fellow deputies at a Christmas party last year. The firing of six deputies in connection with a single incident is one of the largest in the department's history, officials said. The men all worked on the third floor of Men's Central Jail, where they allegedly were part of a clique that had certain gang-like characteristics, including three-finger hand signs, representing the third floor.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
In assembling a list of several of the saddest holiday songs ever recorded for Calendar, I preemptively noted that “We can't claim these are definitively the saddest, because there are so many more available to choose from.” Sure enough, readers quickly started citing their own depressive/dysfunctional/downcast holiday favorites that I hadn't singled out: Willie Nelson's “Pretty Paper,” Randy Newman's “Snow,” the Pogues' “Fairytale of...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA
A group of sixth-graders from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Santa Clarita celebrated an early Christmas on Monday with about 30 first-time mothers--most of them disadvantaged teenagers--and their babies. "This is so much fun, I've never seen so many babies in one place," said 11-year-old Andrew DeGiorgio, one of the sixth-graders.
NATIONAL
November 30, 2012 | By Tina Susman
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, that warm and fuzzy time of year when adults engage in public verbal brawls over whether to call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree. Rhode Island's governor, Lincoln Chafee, got so fed up with the debate after an uproar at last year's state Christmas tree - er, holiday tree - lighting, that this year, he gave only 30 minutes' notice before flicking the lights on the towering fir in the Statehouse rotunda. The idea was to prevent protesters from crashing the party, as they did last year when a group angry over Chafee's dubbing the tree a “holiday tree” crowded the annual tree-lighting event.
NEWS
January 17, 1985 | VIRGINIA DOODY KLEIN
Question: Last December I met a really cute guy at our office Christmas party. Our company has several branches, and he works at an office about an hour away. We seemed to hit it off really well and even talked about getting together after the holidays. I've thought about him a lot since then and am convinced that there was something special between us. But it's been several weeks and I haven't heard from him yet. Do you think I should call him at work and invite him to dinner?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A Christmas party for Men's Central Jail employees turned ugly when a brawl broke out that resulted in seven Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies being relieved of duty, officials confirmed. Roughly 100 guests, including sheriff's supervisors, had gathered Friday night in Montebello. The party was winding down near midnight when local police received an anonymous 911 call reporting a fight at the Quiet Cannon banquet hall, officials said. It was unclear if alcohol was involved, but sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said "it was a Christmas party, one could assume there was" drinking.
NEWS
December 11, 1994
The Variety Boys and Girls Club will host its 45th annual Christmas party for members on Saturday. The party begins at 10 a.m. Candy, fruit and toys will be given to children age 7 to 17 who are members. Annual membership at the club, 2530 Cincinnati St., is $2, which includes sports and recreation programs, educational and computer classes, field trips and games. Information: (213) 269-3177.
NEWS
November 19, 1992
The City Council has approved a city staff request for $10,000 for the city employees' Christmas party. The request came from City Manager Howard Caldwell's office, who asked for "funds not to exceed $10,000 for the 1992 employees' Christmas party." The three council members present, Omar Bradley, Jane D. Robbins and Bernice Woods, passed the motion without discussion. "The city manager annually asks for about $10,000 for the Christmas party, but usually only spends about $4,000," Bradley said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1993 | MARTIN MILLER
More than 100 current and former burn patients and their families gathered at the Garden Grove Community Center on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the holidays during the Orange County Burn Assn.'s 11th annual Burn Survivor Christmas Party. Mostly attended by younger patients, the annual Christmas party gave the victims an opportunity to socialize with other survivors, as well as the physicians, nurses, therapists and volunteers who helped care for them.
NEWS
December 21, 1987 | Associated Press
Lt. Col. Oliver L. North and retired Rear Adm. John M. Poindexter were guests last week at one of Vice President George Bush's Christmas parties, a spokesman said today. "They are among the people routinely invited," said Steve Hart, Bush's acting press secretary. "He's had a long-term relationship with both men and . . . he won't exclude them because they're down."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County sheriff's captain who ran the Men's Central Jail fostered a culture of brutality by protecting dishonest deputies and permitting his underlings to use excessive force on inmates, his former lieutenant alleged in testimony Friday. Capt. Daniel Cruz even joked at the department's annual Christmas party about hitting inmates, according to Michael Bornman, who is now a department captain. While toasting deputies at the party, Cruz allegedly asked a banquet hall-full of jailers: "What do I always tell you guys?"
OPINION
February 19, 2012 | By Charlotte Allen
A few years ago Ann Coulter published a book titled "How to Talk to Liberal (If You Must). " With all due respect, Coulter, one of my favorite conservative eye-pokers, was wrong. There is no "how" in talking to a liberal. You can't talk to a liberal, period. Believe me, I've tried. I've got a liberal mother, four liberal siblings and their assorted liberal offspring, and a horde of liberal friends (I went to college and grad school). Whenever I advance to them even the mildest of challenges to liberal orthodoxies, on topics ranging from the welfare state to illegal immigration to abortion, I'm greeted with name-calling, obscenities, shout-overs and, finally, the grave-like silence of ostracism.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2011
COMEDY The 1988 Nakatomi Corporation Christmas Party The improvised comedy show turns action-thriller "Die Hard" into a 1988 holiday office party. The whole cast of coworkers will be there: Nakatomi President Joe Takagi, Holly Gennaro (recently separated from her husband, John McClane), Harry Ellis and more. Enjoy the train wreck that's sure to come. Upright Citizens Brigade, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. 11 p.m. $5. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com . MUSIC Watch the Throne The long-gestating project combines the strengths of two rappers of the last two decades, Jay-Z and Kanye West, who have worked together often but never on a collaborative full-length album.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were allegedly attacked by other deputies at a Christmas party last year have accused the department of encouraging an atmosphere of lawlessness and violence among its jail employees, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The allegations stem from an altercation at a Montebello banquet hall last December when about half a dozen deputies allegedly assaulted two others and punched a female deputy who tried to intervene in the face. The deputies who were described as the aggressors worked on the third floor of Men's Central Jail, where they were believed to have formed an aggressive clique known to flash gang-like hand signs.
NEWS
March 23, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has begun termination proceedings against six deputies who were part of what officials are describing as an aggressive group that may have used gang-like hand signs to identify themselves before allegedly assaulting two fellow deputies at a Christmas party last year. The firing of six deputies in connection with a single incident is one of the largest in the department's history, officials said. The men all worked on the third floor of Men's Central Jail, where they allegedly were part of a clique that had certain gang-like characteristics, including three-finger hand signs, representing the third floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has begun termination proceedings against six deputies who were part of what officials are describing as an aggressive group that may have used gang-like hand signs to identify themselves before allegedly assaulting two fellow deputies at a Christmas party last year. The firing of six deputies in connection with a single incident is one of the largest in the department's history, officials said. The men all worked on the third floor of Men's Central Jail, where they allegedly were part of a clique that had certain gang-like characteristics, including three-finger hand signs, representing the third floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 30-foot Christmas tree was sparkling. A deejay played a rock 'n' roll Christmas song. The bar in the corner was open. Guests at the Investors Title Co. office Christmas party were relieved. "I was surprised we were having a party this year," said Kevin Olsen, an Eagle Rock title officer. "There seems to be a trend for companies to cut them out. "The place I used to work for is just having egg nog and punch after work this year. Spouses aren't even invited."
NEWS
October 15, 1989 | MARY LOU LOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"People are acting as though it's Christmas," commented Dr. James Caillouette at the Huntington's Autumn Gala, referring to the black-tie dash about him, and to the fact that the party was a Christmas party until this year. Everyone, including Overseers chairman Marion Jorgensen, who switched the traditional Christmas party to October, and Huntington trustee chairman Stanton Avery, were saying prayers of thanks for starry skies above.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The flashing lights, inflatable Santas and desiccated Christmas trees have all come down, and so have the gaudy ratings numbers for KOST-FM (103.5) ? annual home of nonstop holiday music. Once Christmas was over, KOST returned to its normal playlist of adult-contemporary music and dropped from first to second in the January ratings, according to figures released this week by the Arbitron ratings service. The station ? which every year since 2001 has converted to constant carols for the holidays and seen a subsequent bump in its popularity ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A deputy at the L.A. County Men's Central Jail was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness during the USC- UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl, marking the latest allegation of off-duty wrongdoing by jail guards. Deputy Joseph Gonzalez was arrested by Pasadena police on a misdemeanor charge during the Dec. 4 game. The Sheriff's Department confirmed that Gonzalez was relieved of duty while an internal investigation was completed but would not say why, citing personnel rules. Two weeks ago, seven deputies at Men's Central were relieved of duty after violence broke out at their employee Christmas party in Montebello.
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