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March 28, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A panel made up mostly of Los Angeles political insiders will spend the next six to eight months developing strategies for addressing two problems that have bedeviled City Hall - how to eliminate a persistent budget gap and create more jobs after a deep economic downturn. City Council President Herb Wesson, appearing with lawyer and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, said Thursday that the 12-member L.A. 2020 commission will submit proposals later this year to a new mayor and seven new council members.
January 23, 2013
For years, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles fought to keep secret its confidential files concerning pedophile priests. Hundreds of sex abuse victims hoping for a full accounting of what church leaders knew about the growing scandal and what they did to stop it were rebuffed time and again. But the cover-up is finally coming to an end. On Monday, a series of memos and letters filed in a civil case confirmed that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other church leaders plotted to shield pedophile priests rather than turn them over to police and prosecutors.
December 14, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
A state appellate court has upheld a Santa Barbara judge's order requiring the Boy Scouts of America to turn over two decades of confidential files on alleged sexual abuse. The Boy Scouts will appeal the decision to the California Supreme Court, a spokesman said Thursday. Lawyers for a former Scout, who was 13 when a volunteer leader sexually abused him in 2007, contend that the files will expose a "culture of hidden sexual abuse" in Scouting and the organization's failure to warn boys and their parents.
December 10, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A hotel housekeeper whose allegations of sexual assault derailed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's professional career and political ambitions agreed to settle her civil case against Strauss-Kahn on Monday, after prosecutors dropped criminal charges amid questions about the accusor's credibility. Details of the settlement, signed in a Bronx courthouse, were not released, and Strauss-Kahn was not present. The housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, 33, spoke briefly to reporters outside the courthouse after the settlement was finalized.
December 6, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
If you're looking for an intriguing book for an NFL fan, check out the recently released “Coaching Confidential” by Gary Myers, which examines the high-pressure lives of coaches in the league. Through interviews with more than 20 head coaches, Myers provides a behind-the-scenes look at the teams and personalities of the nation's No. 1 sports league. Among the anecdotes: --Denver quarterback John Elway offering in 1993 to pay Mike Shanahan $300,000 out of his own pocket to come back and coach the Broncos.
October 17, 2012 | By Jason Felch and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
The thousands of men expelled from the Boy Scouts of America on suspicion of molesting children came from all walks of life - teachers and plumbers, doctors and bus drivers, politicians and policemen. They ranged in age from teens to senior citizens and came from troops in every state. As the Scouts long have said, the files suggest no single profile of a predator. But a close look at nearly 1,900 confidential files opened between 1970 and 1991 revealed a pattern: Many suspected molesters engaged in what psychologists today call "grooming behavior," a gradual seduction in which predators lavish children with attention, favors and gifts.
September 29, 2012 | By Sarah Delaney, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - The self-proclaimed whistle-blowing butler of Pope Benedict XVI went on trial Saturday for allegedly stealing confidential documents from the papal apartments, with the court swiftly rejecting a defense request to enter evidence from a parallel investigation of broader issues of Vatican infighting. Paolo Gabriele, 46, is charged with aggravated theft for admittedly taking hundreds of papers, including personal letters to the pope, and passing them on to an investigative journalist for use on television shows and a bestselling book describing corruption and division at the center of the Roman Catholic Church.
August 31, 2012 | By Gregory Karp
CHICAGO — U.S. airline behemoths United Airlines and Delta Air Lines could be joined by a third mega-carrier, as talks to merge American Airlines and US Airways heated up heading into the Labor Day weekend. AMR Corp., parent of American Airlines, and US Airways Group Inc. announced Friday that they signed a non-disclosure agreement and would exchange confidential information in an effort to merge their companies. A merged airline would have complementary route networks and achieve the scale necessary to compete head-to-head with the largest carriers, US Airways officials have said.
August 14, 2012 | By Sarah Delaney, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY — A Vatican judge on Monday ordered the butler who personally served Pope Benedict XVI to stand trial for allegedly pilfering hundreds of confidential documents from the papal apartments and passing them to an Italian journalist. Paolo Gabriele, 45, will be tried by a Vatican tribunal this fall on charges of aggravated theft. A second defendant, Claudio Sciarpelletti, 49, a computer technician in the offices of the Holy See, is charged with aiding and abetting the butler.
June 27, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
At what point does creative freedom collide with moral accountability? Sheila Callaghan's bleakly sardonic “Roadkill Confidential” at Son of Semele Theater poses the question in uniquely unsettling terms. Ethical considerations don't deter megalomaniacal artist-provocateur Trevor Pratt (Melissa Randel) from knowingly constructing her latest work out of furry accident carcasses infected with a strain of tularemia that's lethal to anyone who touches them. Her dangerous project incurs the invasive surveillance of a sinister one-eyed FBI Man (Daniel Getzoff)
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