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January 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A boy's drawing two years ago of him pointing a gun at a kneeling, praying teacher was more than a doodle, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled. It constituted a punishable threat. The court rejected arguments from the boy's lawyers that the drawing was protected under the 1st Amendment, noting that the Constitution "does not protect conduct that threatens another."
April 2, 2003
Washington Prep High School suffers from a lack of willpower. I counted five "wills" in "District Calms Campus" (March 29). Principal James Nobel said "their parents will be called in for meetings ... students will be sent to other schools." Administrator Bill Elkins said "students will no longer be allowed in hallways unless they have passes. And the enrollment ... will be evened out, starting July 1." Supt. Roy Romer said, "I will muster every resource I can to bring order." All of these promises are after-the-fact recognitions of problems that should have been addressed when a riot at the school erupted last November.
October 10, 2011 | Helene Elliott
The NHL gave Brendan Shanahan a hammer. And though the new czar of discipline is swinging it more forcefully than anyone expected, the league insists the hammer won't be replaced with a feather. Shanahan, head of the league's new player safety department, has aggressively carried out the NHL's overdue directive to punish players who hit opponents in the head. Predictably, he has faced a backlash, maybe because his decisiveness and clarity are startling after Colin Campbell's meek, muddled rulings.
October 11, 2009 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber
After moving swiftly to replace the leadership of the Board of Registered Nursing, California officials are revamping practices that had allowed errant nurses to work for years after complaints were filed against them. For the first time, the board is prioritizing complaints, moving first to investigate nurses who pose the greatest threat to the public. In addition, top officials will this month get subpoena power to gather documents about nurses accused of wrongdoing. Before, some cases sat for months until outside investigators issued such orders.
December 4, 1992 | KENNETH REICH
Sheriff Sherman Block denied Thursday that there has been any change in the Sheriff Department's policies on disciplining officers involved in shootings, rejecting testimony by one of his captains that deputies were now occasionally being fired for new "moralistic" and "civil liability" reasons. Block agreed that officer-involved shootings are now more comprehensively investigated, but he denied that deputies are discharged because they have exposed the department to big civil lawsuits.
The Clinton Administration faces a controversial decision over whether to discipline the pilots of the Air Force F-15C jet fighters that shot down a pair of U.S. Blackhawk helicopters over Iraq two months ago, sources familiar with the case said Thursday.
February 5, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. said it has taken disciplinary action against employees for buying Microsoft software at cost from the company and reselling it for a profit. A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to comment on the number of workers or the action taken. Microsoft employees can buy software at reduced prices for personal use from a company store and procure programs for business use through an internal system. The crackdown comes after a midlevel executive in the company's .
February 14, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday postponed a vote on a new discipline policy at the request of the teachers union. United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy told the board that he would like to "go back with my discipline committee and make sure all the Ts are crossed and I's are dotted." Duffy stressed, however, that he had no intention of changing the final document. The board is expected to consider the policy again in two weeks.
May 10, 2000
Lack of training and unfair discipline practices have left police officers demoralized and unwilling to prevent crime, a grand jury reported after the Tyisha Miller shooting. The report, released Monday after a seven-month investigation, said the grand jury found no evidence of rampant racism within the Riverside Police Department and, if anything, found the department suffers from unfair discipline practices that favor minorities.
June 14, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
An L.A. Superior Court judge was publicly admonished Tuesday for writing a letter on court stationery to settle a personal dispute with the city of Downey. The Commission on Judicial Performance disciplined Judge Joseph Di Loreto for a 2004 letter asking for more time to remove a trailer next to his law offices at 8607 E. Imperial Highway in Downey.
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