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December 7, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
A new chapter can be added to the long-running soap opera "As the Worm Turns. " Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, her attorney said, and Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson warned Rodman that he could be sent to jail if he doesn't pay it. Dennis and Michelle Rodman must still work out custody and visitation for their two children: a son and a daughter....
December 4, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Unified School District filed court papers Tuesday asserting that a new tentative agreement with the teachers union has satisfied judicial orders to use state standardized test scores in instructor evaluations. The deal, reached last week after months of intense negotiation, would allow data from the tests and other sources to be used as one measure of teachers' effectiveness for the first time. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant had ordered L.A. Unified to show that it was using test scores in evaluations by Tuesday after ruling earlier this year that state law required such data as evidence of whether teachers have helped their students progress academically.
November 16, 2012 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
On the orders of a San Diego appeals court, California prison officials have agreed to release a bedridden inmate whom court officials describe as "an angry, repulsive person. " The quadriplegic inmate, Steven Martinez, was the first in 2011 to apply and then be denied release under California's then-new medical parole law allowing the release of inmates who require 24-hour nursing care. The program was designed to save the state money by moving California's costliest prisoners into community hospitals and nursing centers, where the federal government will pay half the bill for their care.
November 5, 2012 | By Chris Megerian and Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - An Arizona group was scrambling late Sunday to keep secret the individuals behind its $11-million donation to a California campaign fund after California's Supreme Court, in a rare and dramatic weekend action, ordered it to turn over records that could identify the donors. The order followed days of frenzied legal battles between California regulators, who have tried to get documents related to the anonymous contribution before election day, and attorneys for the Arizona nonprofit who have resisted delivering them.
November 2, 2012 | By Wesley Lowery
Los Angeles Times Pedro Espinoza took pride in his gang affiliation. The 18th Street gang member, with slick black hair and tattoos on his neck and arms, once bragged to a parole supervisor that he aspired to land on death row for his allegiance, prosecutors said. On Friday afternoon, Espinoza was granted his wish. The 23-year-old was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Jamiel Shaw II, a standout football prospect for Los Angeles High School who was killed as he walked home from a friend's house.
October 19, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
John Greenwood, a political moderate who headed the Los Angeles Board of Education in the mid-1980s and later served as president of the Southern California branch of the nonprofit Coro organization, has died. He was 67. Greenwood died of a heart attack Oct. 11 in San Pedro, where he and his family had lived for many years, said his sister-in-law Peg Greenwood. First elected to the school board in 1979, Greenwood saw his eight-year tenure begin at a time of deep contention among trustees and in the sprawling district over court-ordered mandatory school busing for integration, which had been launched the previous year.
October 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a judge's order requiring the state to count the thousands of ballots from voters who go to the right polling place but are sent to the wrong table for a different precinct. Four years ago, more than 14,000 ballots in Ohio were not counted on the grounds they were cast in the wrong precinct. The issue arises often in Ohio's cities because a single polling place often serves several precincts. But the three-judge panel said Thursday it is unfair and unconstitutional to penalize a voter because of a mistake by a poll worker.
August 12, 2012 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California's progress in relieving its teeming prisons has slowed so much that it probably won't comply with a court-ordered population reduction, and judges have raised the prospect of letting some inmates out early. Three federal jurists have given the state until Friday to come up with a schedule for identifying prisoners "unlikely to reoffend or who might otherwise be candidates for early release" and to detail other ways to hasten the emptying of double-bunked cells.
August 10, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Anaheim residents said they are disappointed but not defeated by the rejection of a ballot proposal that would have created voting districts to increase Latino representation in Orange County's largest city. "We need to do it sooner rather than later," lifelong Anaheim resident Veronica Rodarte said. The City Council's decision Wednesday to establish a committee to study elections and voter registration means there is little chance the measure can be placed on the November ballot.
July 28, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles judge ordered an investigation Friday into the care ofMichael Jackson'schildren, capping a tumultuous week of family feuding in which some relatives of the late pop star accused others of kidnapping their elderly matriarch. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, acting on his own initiative, instructed a probate court investigator to prepare a report "addressing the status of the minor children" and their grandmother, Katherine Jackson. The judge stripped the 82-year-old of guardianship Wednesday after hearing allegations that some of her children were holding her against her will in Arizona.
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