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WORLD
January 11, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
Using a crude sawed-off stick as a cane, Shi Yaping waited outside a government office, competing with a throng of petitioners to air her grievance over a neighborhood dispute. The 59-year-old had traveled here from the central province of Hubei to take advantage of a centuries-old Chinese custom that grants citizens the right to bring unsettled complaints to a regional panel of inquiry. Yet Shi knows well the perils of speaking her mind in China, where undercover police and mercenary thugs wait to pounce.
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BUSINESS
September 22, 1998 | Bloomberg News
The Teamsters union filed new complaints against Anheuser-Busch Cos. with the National Labor Relations Board and said it will challenge plans by the beer maker to start operating under its most recent contract offer. The Teamsters, representing more than 8,000, or about a third, of Anheuser-Busch's employees, said the company refuses to put proposals in writing and has stopped allowing union members to pay dues through payroll deduction.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2000 | Sharon Bernstein
A year after a legal case and a devastating internal report forced Kaiser Permanente to revamp its system of binding arbitration, complaints against the state's largest HMO are being heard sooner, according to a report issued by the independent attorney who now runs the program.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1989 | From Reuters
Japan's powerful trade ministry took the unprecedented step Wednesday of asking foreign companies how to increase imports, and it received a bushel of complaints about the system. Trade officials said executives at 83 companies from 10 countries in North America and Europe met Trade and Industry Minister Hikaru Matsunaga and other officials for a high-level dialogue on import promotion.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1999 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Spanish-language commercial from Chevron Corp. that ran briefly on general-market television channels drew a small but vocal response from consumers angered by the use of a language other than English on general-market stations. "The fact is that we received a small number of positive and negative responses," said Chevron spokeswoman Bonnie Chaikind. "But the overall response was very, very small in relation to the total customer base of Chevron."
NEWS
October 12, 1990 | FRANK CLIFFORD and ANNE C. ROARK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The U.S. Census Bureau has agreed to investigate the claims of 17% of the nation's cities, counties and towns--including the city of Los Angeles--that the 1990 preliminary census missed thousands of housing units across the country. In all, the bureau has accepted for review the challenges of 6,602 communities, including 128 in Southern California, while rejecting 983 challenges nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1989 | MATT LAIT
Public defenders in West Municipal Court in Westminster said Monday that cramped working conditions and heavy caseloads have made it increasingly difficult to adequately represent their clients. Because of limited office space, public defenders sometimes have to resort to interviewing clients in hallways and file rooms. "Under these conditions, client confidentiality goes out the window," said Deputy Public Defender Sharon Petrosino Monday. "It's hard to do our job this way."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Students and activists joined together Wednesday to file complaints against colleges and universities nationwide, alleging that the schools have failed to follow federal laws, including those involving the reporting of sexual assaults and discrimination. Attorney Gloria Allred announced that complaints were filed against Swarthmore College, Dartmouth College, USC and UC Berkeley on Wednesday morning. Some of these were Title IX complaints alleging a hostile environment for women.
BUSINESS
December 29, 1989 | S.J. DIAMOND
Following is my annual select assortment of questionable products, services, pitches and practices, as reflected in one year's calls and letters from consumers. Many were already familiar, involving utilities, banks, insurance, time share properties, prize giveaway promotions, the IRS, retail service, credit cards, telemarketing and, of course, the invariable problems with new cars and car repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
The city of Newport Beach has received a slew of letters protesting its proposal to establish a special assessment district to charge property owners for burying power lines in West Balboa. But city officials suspect they were all written by the same person and have asked police to investigate possible mail fraud. "They all have a Santa Ana postmark, are all addressed with labels and were all mailed on either the 22nd or the 23rd" of this month, City Manager Kevin J. Murphy noted.
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