CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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)
June 11, 2012 |
Rajat Gupta, a formerGoldman Sachs Group Inc.board member accused of insider trading, won't testify this week in his own defense, his lawyer said. Gupta's chief lawyer, Gary Naftalis, said in a letter Sunday to the federal court in New York that his client won't take the stand after saying earlier that it was "highly likely. " Gupta has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers say the government's case is speculative. Federal prosecutors rested their case Friday. Gupta faces as long as 25 years in prison if convicted on charges of securities fraud and conspiracy.
May 30, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday spoke out for the first time about the turmoil over leaked Vatican documents, seeking to reassure the faithful that the church would weather the storm. The pope, who acknowledged "sadness in my heart" one week after his personal butler was arrested by Vatican police and accused of stealing confidential papal correspondence, blamed the media for exaggerating "gratuitous rumors" and giving a distorted image of the Holy See. He said he had no doubt that "despite the weakness of men, the difficulties and the trials," the church would always be guided on its path by the Holy Spirit.