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August 4, 2008 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
Bruce E. Ivins, the chief suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, was a "sociopathic, homicidal killer" who planned to kill his co-workers "because he was about to be indicted on capital murder charges," a Maryland court was warned shortly before Ivins committed suicide last week. Jean Carol Duley, a psychotherapist who had treated Ivins for six months, told the court July 24 that the microbiologist had purchased a bulletproof vest and gun and boasted of roaming the streets hoping to stab someone.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2008 | Bob Pool, Andrew Blankstein and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
One Los Angeles firefighter was killed and another injured Wednesday afternoon in an explosion that rocked a Westchester business district as rescuers were investigating reports of earlier blasts and smoke pouring from buildings. The dead firefighter, who was identified as Brent A. Lovrein, 35, was blown back and possibly hit by building material when an electrical vault blew apart, ripping a gaping hole in an office building at Sepulveda and La Tijera boulevards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2008 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
Kaiser Permanente has suspended a physician who handled high-risk pregnancies at its Fresno hospital, more than four months after the Los Angeles Times reported that doctors and nurses there had repeatedly questioned his competence. In a statement released late Friday, interim hospital Administrator Linda Monte said that, effective immediately, perinatologist Hamid Safari would not be able to provide care to any Kaiser member in a hospital or outpatient setting.
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February 27, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided not to decide one of its most closely watched job discrimination cases. The non-decision was unanimous. At issue was whether a laid-off older worker who sued her employer for age bias could rely on the testimony of other older workers who also were fired from the same company.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
People who worked closely with Frank Davis on the film "2 Fast 2 Furious" testified Thursday that they found the first assistant director to be uncommunicative and lacking in people skills leading up to his 2002 firing by Universal Pictures from the movie. The testimony came on the third day of an anti-discrimination government lawsuit against Universal, alleging that Davis, who is African American, was wrongly fired because of his race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Monterey County man opened fire at a wastewater treatment plant Friday, fatally shooting another man and critically wounding the gunman's estranged wife before killing himself, police said. Steven Harold Smith, 50, the pump station maintenance supervisor, shot the two fellow employees shortly before 7 a.m. at the Lode Street Wastewater Facility in the Live Oak section of Santa Cruz, Sheriff's Sgt. Fred Plageman said. Mike Sotelo, 41, of Santa Cruz, died at the scene.
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April 17, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court refused Monday to put stricter limits on racial slurs in the workplace, turning away an appeal from a black computer technician who was fired shortly after complaining that a white co-worker loudly described a pair of crime suspects as "two black monkeys in a cage." Robert Jordan was dismissed from his contract job for IBM in suburban Maryland a month after his complaint and was told that he was "being disruptive."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2007
SOMEONE needs to tell David O. Russell that we have laws in this country that prohibit employers from abusing their employees [" 'Huckabees' Tantrum Just Business as Usual?" by Gina Piccalo, April 11]. If any other employer acted like he did, he would be fired and/or sued for abuse. More shocking is the reaction of liberal Hollywood -- from George Clooney condemning the release of the tape as "sneaky" and messing with people's lives, to Russell's co-workers and friends justifying it by saying that "movie sets are pressure cookers."
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April 14, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court weighed Friday whether to limit racial slurs in the workplace just as two broadcast networks were firing radio host Don Imus for his demeaning, racist comments on air. The justices were considering an appeal from a black computer technician who was fired from his job at IBM after he complained that a white co-worker had loudly referred to a pair of crime suspects as "two black monkeys in a cage."
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March 10, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury in Tucson on Friday acquitted Border Patrol Agent Ephraim Cruz of charges that he smuggled another agent's girlfriend across the border from Mexico to the U.S. Cruz, 34, had been prosecuted as part of a series of cases against agents who had dated -- and in some cases married -- illegal immigrants.
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