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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1991 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reputed underworld figure Robert (Fat Bobby) Paduano, accused of trying to take over the Newport Beach drug trade, pleaded guilty Monday to 43 felony counts of residential robberies, extortion, conspiracy to sell cocaine and false imprisonment. As part of an agreement with county prosecutors, Paduano was sentenced to eight years in state prison. Paduano's guilty plea came after a lively and unusual exchange between the defendant and Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes and Joel Rubin
A Los Angeles police officer was sentenced Wednesday to community labor and three years' probation for falsely testifying about the details of a 2008 drug arrest. Officer Manuel Bernardo Ortiz, who was convicted of one count each of perjury and conspiracy, must perform 900 hours of graffiti removal or work for the California Department of Transportation. Ortiz, 40, was one of three LAPD officers convicted in connection with the arrest of Guillermo Alarcon Jr. Former officers Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were convicted of multiple counts of perjury for testifying falsely during different court proceedings.
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SPORTS
November 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
A James Bond-style ultrasonic gun disguised as a pair of binoculars was used to stun a top thoroughbred during a race, and could have become the key tool in a massive drug and betting conspiracy, a British court was told Tuesday. Defense attorney Jonathan Goldberg said the high-pitched sound from the gun caused the thoroughbred, Ile de Chypre, to veer suddenly and throw jockey Greville Starkey as they were heading for victory at Ascot racecourse on June 16, 1988.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Stung by scandals that threaten to put three of their own behind bars, state lawmakers were preparing Thursday to suspend Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested a day earlier on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in guns. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has called for a Friday vote to sideline the San Francisco Democrat - with pay - if he does not leave voluntarily, action supported by the leader of the Republican minority. Yee, arrested by the FBI in a criminal sting operation that also ensnared a notorious Bay Area gangster known as "Shrimp Boy," abruptly ended his campaign to become California's secretary of state in this year's elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way detectives see it, Dr. Kenneth C. Stahl was a man who became snared in a deadly double-double cross. For months, they said, he had meticulously planned the murder of his wife. He left no detail to chance, from the romantic dinner to the impromptu ride later that night along a remote stretch of Ortega Highway, where two hired killers were supposed to meet the couple and carry out the hit. But something went wrong.
OPINION
January 31, 1999
The impeachment of Bill Clinton is obviously part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to make the Republicans look like idiots. BRENT MEEKER Camarillo
OPINION
November 30, 2013
Almost all of the readers who responded to Michael Shermer's Op-Ed article Tuesday didn't buy his idea that psychology helps to explain why JFK assassination theories persist. Reader Stephany Yablow of North Hollywood wrote: "J. Edgar Hoover came up with the lone-gunman scenario within 24 hours of the assassination as a coverup. Lyndon Johnson backed it, demanding that the case be closed quickly. "The Warren Commission was political window dressing. It failed to thoroughly investigate, interview witnesses and experts and conduct forensic studies.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2009
'Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura' Where: TruTV When: 10 tonight Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children younger than 14)
NATIONAL
February 7, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Last July, dozens of theatergoers in Aurora, Colo., survived a massacre. Now they have to survive the people who think they're liars. In a court filing this week, Arapahoe County prosecutors said the conspiracy theorists have been such a problem they think releasing more victims' names publicly could hurt the prosecution of James Holmes in the killings. "Since the time this case was filed, unforeseen events continue to adversely affect the daily lives of the victims and witnesses in this case," the filing stated, which opposes a move to unseal more court records.
SCIENCE
December 18, 2012 | By Amina Khan
In the year 1155 BC, members of an Egyptian pharaoh's harem hatched a plot to assassinate him. But did they succeed? The "harem conspiracy" against Ramses III remains one of ancient Egypt's scandalous tales of deadly intrigue. But scholars have been unable to determine whether the god-king was actually killed in the attack. Now, a fresh examination of Ramses III's mummy finds that the unfortunate pharaoh's throat was slit. The report, released Monday by the journal BMJ, also strengthens the case that that another mummy may have been one of the perpetrators - Ramses III's own son, Pentawere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The history of politics is littered with unorthodox and illegal schemes to raise campaign cash, but the method allegedly used by Sen. Leland Yee stands apart. A criminal complaint released Wednesday says the San Francisco Democrat wanted donations in return for connecting an Italian gangster from New Jersey with an international arms dealer. The gangster was an undercover federal agent. Although Yee is better known as a gun control advocate in the Capitol, the complaint says he talked tough about having shady contacts who could obtain automatic weapons.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. That ... really shouldn't be the question. But for some reason it is in America. Deadly diseases such as measles and polio are no longer a threat to the majority of vaccinated Americans. (As The Times' editorial board recently wrote : “Vaccination doesn't immunize every person who gets the shots; some of the recent California cases were among people who had been vaccinated.”) Despite widespread fears, scientific consensus has shown no correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Two decades after Kurt Cobain's suicide, the Seattle police department has released new photos of the scene where the Nirvana singer took his own life. The two images show an array of what appears to be drug paraphernalia (including needles and a spoon) and personal effects like sunglasses and a wallet. The new images were taken from four rolls of film containing crime scene images that had gone undeveloped until recently. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's suicide, Seattle police cold-case detective Mike Ciesynski reviewed the case files but did not formally reopen the case or start any new investigation.
SCIENCE
March 19, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Is there really a link between vaccine and autism, cellphones and cancer, the HIV virus and the CIA? Almost half of Americans believe the answer is yes for at least one of the many medical conspiracy theories that have circulated in recent years. And the attitudes and behavior of those conspiracists toward standard medical advice reflect that mistrust, says a study out this week. A pair of University of Chicago social scientists set out to determine the extent of "medical conspiracism" among the U.S. public and conducted a nationally representative online survey.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple spent the weekend scrambling to respond to a security bug called "Gotofail" discovered first in its iOS devices and then in its Mac OSX. Beyond just leaving users vulnerable, the flaw ignited a debate among cybersecurity experts because the mistake in the code was considered so basic. Some wondered how Apple could have made such a simple error. "This sort of subtle bug deep in the code is a nightmare," wrote Google's security expert Adam Langley on his blog. "I believe that it's just a mistake, and I feel very bad for whomever might have slipped in an editor and created it. But others wondered whether the code was a deliberate attempt to create a backdoor for government spy agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The unsealed indictment of Hunter Moore, dubbed by many as the "king of revenge porn," and his alleged associate Charles Evens cites emails from October, 2011 in which Evens and Moore discuss how to "hack e-mails" and carry out their alleged scheme. Moore and Evens were arrested Thursday on suspicion of hacking into email accounts to steal sexually explicit photos, many of which would allegedly be posted to Moore's Internet site. The site quickly became an online gallery of nudity and one feared by many musicians.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A small plane with nine people aboard went down off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, killing one person -- the state's health department director, Loretta Fuddy.  The Wednesday crash put an unexpected spotlight on Fuddy, 65, who had helped implement Obamacare, the state's new gay marriage law and, perhaps most notably to conspiracy theorists, verified and approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate.  During the...
SCIENCE
March 19, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Is there really a link between vaccine and autism, cellphones and cancer, the HIV virus and the CIA? Almost half of Americans believe the answer is yes for at least one of the many medical conspiracy theories that have circulated in recent years. And the attitudes and behavior of those conspiracists toward standard medical advice reflect that mistrust, says a study out this week. A pair of University of Chicago social scientists set out to determine the extent of "medical conspiracism" among the U.S. public and conducted a nationally representative online survey.
OPINION
January 6, 2014 | By Deborah Cohen
At this time of year, a lot of Americans have vowed to develop more healthful habits. Unfortunately, most of those who have made weight loss resolutions will fail. But it won't be entirely their fault. Americans today live in a food swamp. We are constantly exposed to marketing and advertising designed to keep food on our minds and treats at our fingertips. If you go out to dinner, you will probably be served more food than you need and eat more than you should. At the market, you'll be encouraged to buy unhealthful foods.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By J.C. Gabel
Rafael Bernal, born in 1915 in Mexico City, doesn't come to mind when one thinks of great detective novelists of the 1960s. There is little about him on the Internet in English, and none of his other novels, plays, story collections or histories have been translated. Although he wrote dozens of books, his 1969 novel, "The Mongolian Conspiracy," is considered his masterwork, but it was difficult to procure even an old dog-eared copy - until this past fall, when it was reissued by the folks at New Directions.
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