April 5, 2014 |
PEARL, Miss. - Sen. Thad Cochran is a portrait of the genteel Southern politician, known for three-piece suits, a shock of white hair and shoveling billions of government dollars back to his impoverished home state to repair levees, construct research facilities at Ole Miss and bolster catfish farms. That spending prowess once reaped rewards for the Mississippi senator, with buildings bearing his name, easy reelection campaigns and so much public affection that he's known here simply as "Thad.
April 1, 2014 |
Many Californians are outraged that state Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright, all of whom have been either accused or convicted of crimes, will continue to collect their $95,291 annual salaries while they're suspended from their jobs. It's a paid vacation, critics complain. On the public dime. In response, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced an amendment to the state Constitution on Friday - the same day he and his fellow senators suspended their colleagues - that would allow the Senate or Assembly to withhold compensation in the future when a legislator is suspended.
March 27, 2014
Re “Beck sends wrong message,” Column, March 26 This article is excellent. However, I would add this: A former ranking LAPD official is quoted as saying that the finding that the officer had been untruthful rendered him “basically useless to LAPD,” because of an obligation to disclose it to defendants in future prosecutions in which he is involved. True, but such thinking is insufficient, because it assumes those defendants are guilty; the greater risk to the public good is that innocent people may be arrested and/or prosecuted on the basis of unreliable reports from such an officer.
March 25, 2014 |
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider a proposition that will strike many Americans as bizarre: that large, for-profit businesses can refuse on religious grounds to comply with a federal mandate that they include contraception in their employee health plans. Three companies - Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores with 13,000 full-time employees; Mardel, a bookstore chain; and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet manufacturer - are challenging the mandate. The businesses say it would require them to cover forms of contraception that the owners regard as equivalent to abortion - and thus offensive to their religious faith.
March 24, 2014 |
CAIRO - Even by the baroque standard being set by the Egyptian judiciary under the nearly 9-month-old military-backed government, the scene that unfolded Monday in a courthouse south of the capital was extraordinary: 529 defendants simultaneously sentenced to death. The verdict, which drew widespread condemnation and expressions of incredulity from human rights groups and legal organizations, was handed down at just the second session of a mass trial of nearly 550 men. The defendants, described as supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, were accused of acts of violence including attacking a police station and killing a police officer.
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March 21, 2014 |
A Los Angeles County public defender was so drunk at San Francisco International Airport this week that she resisted arrest, sang the "Happy Days" theme and asked officers for cocaine while in a patrol car, authorities said. Monica Marie Jenkins, 37, was so drunk, according to the San Mateo County district attorney's office, that she refused a suggestion to sober up and catch a later flight, instead demanding she be taken to jail. As she was being arrested, Jenkins started screaming profanities, threatened to sue the officers and started singing "Rock Around the Clock," prosecutors said.