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October 17, 2009
The right to counsel is one of the glories of this nation's legal system, but it means little if a client can't depend on his lawyer to provide an accurate account of his legal options. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court confronted a compelling case of what can happen when a defendant relies on inaccurate legal advice. Jose Padilla, a legal U.S. resident and a Vietnam veteran, asked the justices to overturn his guilty plea to a drug charge because his lawyer had misled him about whether the plea would lead to his deportation to his native Honduras.
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BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Proposed legislation aimed at providing more tax credits to attract so-called runaway movie and television productions back to the industry's birthplace in California won initial approval from a legislative committee Tuesday. The proposal would renew and increase a state tax credit - amounting to as much as $400 million a year - to better compete with generous tax subsidies available in more than 40 states, including New York, Louisiana, New York and Michigan, as well as studios in Canada and Britain.
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OPINION
September 27, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
If, as seems possible, Mitt Romney is not elected U.S. president on Nov. 6, he will not be the first presidential candidate to run on the issue of competence and then lose because he ran an incompetent campaign. He will not even be the first governor of Massachusetts to do so. In 1988, Michael Dukakis, who was ahead in the polls just after the Democratic convention, declared in his acceptance speech: "This election isn't about ideology. It's about competence. " Then he proceeded to blow his large lead and lose to George H.W. Bush, who turned out to be a tougher old bird than anyone suspected.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
OXON HILL, Md. - After steep losses in the 2012 election, there was broad agreement within the Republican Party that its biggest challenge was bridging the divide with key voter groups - minorities, women and young voters - who threw their support behind President Obama, giving him the crucial margin in battleground states. But a year after the GOP's so-called autopsy report, the speeches from the party's leading voices at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, reflected a complex reality: Republicans are still searching for a unified message to reach those groups.
SPORTS
October 10, 1992
I respectfully suggest that the Raiders change their slogan to: "A commitment to competence." STUART ROBINSON, Bel-Air
BOOKS
April 28, 1991
I am amazed, aghast, horrified that anyone would think that competent writing is deadly. From where I sit, it seems that more competence is what is needed all over this decaying planet. If writing teachers are raising the inept to competence, isn't that good? Doesn't it raise the level? I have gone to many writing classes, met some wonderful people, found much enjoyment, and been paid for writing . . . I hope competently. If "The Stepford Writers" discourages people from going to writing classes, it will lower the "competence" in the world, and is stupid, incompetent and disgraceful.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1991
Perhaps the reason Americans are so smitten with Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is that they are not accustomed to competence in high places! JEAN L. ROSENFELD Malibu
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1989
"Wasn't it supposed to eventually dissipate, this awareness of skin color and the monstrous little acts it produces?" asks Bob Baker in his thoughtful "Questions for a Demon Within" in your special section. The problem is that we're asked to accept too much: too much change, too much difference, too often. It's intolerable. It's why we're going to have to start giving points to those who are most assimilated in national culture. Now, this may seem like a purely arbitrary conclusion, but actually it's quite logical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1990
Maybe it was just a historical blip. But I can remember when such books as "Profiles in Courage" and "The Best and the Brightest" were widely read. It was also a time when competence in public life actually counted for something, or seemed to. Contrast that with Admiral John Poindexter's case and the vehicle for former President Reagan's testimony: videotape. His competence to give evidence in open court without inadvertently disclosing classified information isn't reassuring. The steady hand of a tape editor is. What it comes down to is this: Ronald Reagan was our tall-in-the-saddle commander in chief for eight years, yet this video gambit was required to protect the country from him--and his mouth.
NEWS
November 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
Massachusetts medical authorities disciplined a doctor who prescribed overdoses of chemotherapy that killed one woman and seriously sickened another, questioning his competence and finding him guilty of malpractice, officials said Monday. The state's Board of Registration in Medicine suspended Dr. James Foran for prescribing four times the proper dosage of chemotherapy drugs to the women at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in November 1994.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who won an Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia, for ice dancing, will be contestants on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars," which starts March 17 on ABC. But they'll be competing against each other, not as partners. [Los Angeles Times] Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, 72, has shaved her head, partly as an activist move to draw attention to climate change, and partly to get rid or her signature red color and let the natural white show, "to show she's proud of her age," a spokesperson told the Telegraph.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - An ambitious bill seeking to stem the rise of sexual assaults in the military died Thursday after senators from both parties refused to limit the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence during this congressional session, arguing on behalf of victims who testified that they feared retaliation for pressing assault allegations up the military chain of command. Her bill - which won support from 17 of the 20 women in the Senate - would have shifted sexual assault investigations to military prosecutors.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Mattel Inc. dominates the market for dolls with its Barbie, Monster High and American Girl brands. But now it also wants to play with blocks. The El Segundo giant is paying $460 million to buy Canadian construction toy company Mega Brands Inc. as it pursues what it calls a “strategic imperative” to grow beyond the categories upon which it has relied for years. The acquisition essentially heralds a turf war between Mattel and Danish company Lego, which makes the popular plastic bricks currently being featured on-screen in box-office king “The Lego Movie.” Lego said Thursday that its global sales rose 10% last year even as the toy industry slipped slightly.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia -- The failure of U.S. skaters to win a medal in long-track speedskating in Russia came on the heels of one of the country's most successful World Cup seasons in years, with 28 medals. How did it all go so wrong? The U.S. Olympic Committee already has promised a thorough investigation, though it also had made clear its support for its partnership with Under Armour and extended its contract through the 2022 Games. U.S. speedskating officials said they will wait for a full analysis.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy's present met its future Saturday at the StubHub Center. And it was likely the future of Major League Soccer that was on display as well. On one side were Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan, guys you've probably heard of. Let's call them Galaxy I. On the other side - we'll call them Galaxy II - were Travis Bowen, Raul Mendiola and Cody Laurendi, guys you probably haven't heard of. But the organization is hoping those will soon be household names as well, which is why it founded a USL Pro team, basically a minor league affiliate, for whom they can play and train.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
Los Angeles high school students were vying Saturday for a chance to represent the city in a national science bowl in April. More than 225 local students, comprising 48 teams, were competing in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's 22nd Science Bowl at the utility's Hope Street headquarters downtown. The competition "tests students' reflexes, teamwork skills and knowledge of science, math and technology in a fun competitive atmosphere following a television game show format," according to a DWP release.
OPINION
July 28, 2008
Re "Judgment call," editorial, July 24 Your editorial correctly notes the need for reform in the judicial election process. The best reform would be to abolish judicial elections altogether. Members of the legal profession with personal knowledge of the candidates' aptitudes, temperaments and competence are far more able to recommend candidates for appointment to the bench than voters who lack this knowledge. The requirement to raise funds for judicial campaigns (particularly from attorneys who may appear before the candidates soliciting funds)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1999
In a city that does nothing but complain about its Police Department, I'd like to offer my sincere appreciation to the LAPD for the capture of the Westside rapist suspect (April 14). If our judicial system showed the same competence, we'd have a trial by the end of the week and a lethal injection by the end of the month. RICH SIEGEL Culver City
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's not true that the San Antonio Spurs have been playing together since the Stone Age. The Bronze Age, perhaps, but definitely not the Stone Age. The Spurs' cohesiveness and heady play is largely a result of such familiarity. It's why guys like Tony Parker can go down and Cory Joseph can step up and it's as if nothing has changed at all. The Spurs gave the Clippers another lesson in togetherness Tuesday night at Staples Center throughout a 113-103 victory that revealed a template for playing through less than ideal circumstances.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - There is a compelling race taking place in the mountains that has nothing to do with Austrians, timing devices or finish lines. It's the mad dash to complete the Olympic Alpine events before the snow melts and Rosa Khutor becomes a water slide. The hill has held up well through three Alpine races thanks to meticulous course grooming and the injection of hardening agents (salt). FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi The downhill portion of Friday's men's super-combined race, however, has been moved from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the hope one less hour of sunlight will help keep the track firm.
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