September 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A gun-trafficking investigation on the Southwest border that went awry was a "significant danger to public safety," according to an independent government report that recommended that the Department of Justice consider disciplining 14 officials, from field agents in Arizona to top managers in Washington. Less than an hour after those findings were announced, two of the officials - Kenneth E. Melson, the former acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Deputy Assistant Atty.
August 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A Pentagon investigation into the burning of Korans at a U.S.-run prison in Afghanistan in February found that American soldiers ignored warnings from an Afghan officer and an interpreter and incinerated dozens of Islamic holy texts in a pit, sparking days of deadly riots across the country. Army Brig. Gen. Bryan G. Watson, who conducted the probe, sharply criticized U.S. military officers and senior enlisted personnel at the prison, and outlined how mistakes in the U.S. command and distrust between American and Afghan soldiers led to what he called a tragic incident.
August 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday voted to reprimand Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) for ethical misconduct. Richardson agreed to the uncommon discipline, including paying a $10,000 fine out of her own pocket. “I do take these findings very seriously and do accept the responsibility,” she said on the House floor. The House Ethics Committee unanimously recommended the punishment, saying Richardson improperly pressured her congressional staff to work on her campaign, used taxpayer-funded resources for personal and political activities, and obstructed the investigation.
July 28, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. -- Dr. Lynne Fenton, the University of Colorado psychiatrist who was treating James E. Holmes, according to a court filing by his attorneys , was disciplined by the Colorado Medical Board in 2005. State records show Fenton was reprimanded by the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners, received a letter of admonition and was required to take a documentation course . Records detailing the discipline were not immediately available Saturday. Neither Fenton nor Colorado medical board staff could be reached for comment Saturday.
July 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Eight senior Justice Department administrative employees should be disciplined for seeking jobs there for their children and other relatives, and officials need to tighten their employment guidelines after three nepotism incidents in recent years, the inspector general said Thursday. In the latest cases, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz's report said that within certain departments a culture of "nepotism, ethical lapses and misleading statements was the result of bad behavior by individuals insufficiently impressed with the principles of fair and open" hiring competition.
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July 15, 2012 |
In the long-running saga of Lindsay Lohan's legal troubles, every single misstep - each dirty drug test, every missed court appearance, even a profane message etched on her fingernail - was publicized, scrutinized and dissected in tabloids the world over. But there were two allegations of misconduct that came and went quietly, out of public view. They weren't transgressions by the former teen star growing up in the limelight. They were by two veteran judges presiding over her case.
July 11, 2012
It's no secret that the Los Angeles County jails are a mess. The FBI is looking into excessive use of force by sheriff's deputies. Internal affairs is investigating allegations that deputies formed a gang-like clique whose members wore skeleton tattoos. Testimony before the county's new jails commission has painted a picture of a dysfunctional department and a seemingly out of touch Sheriff Lee Baca. Now it is becoming increasingly clear that this isn't just a story of sporadic cruelty and violence but of a department that is institutionally unable - or worse, unwilling - to track and discipline those who engage in such misconduct.
June 30, 2012 |
Michael "Frosti" Zernow might like life's obstacles more than most of us. Zernow is a professional parkour athlete. Parkour, a discipline developed in France, involves smoothly navigating over and around obstacles like walls, stairs and trees with jumps, climbs and acrobat-like moves. Zernow makes it look effortless, but it takes practice and discipline if you don't want to crash, scrape your knees or find another cause to search for first aid. Once you've got the skills, parkour (also called free-running)
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June 2, 2012 |
The state has reached a disciplinary settlement with the accounting firm that failed to detect financial irregularities in Bell despite money problems that pushed the city to the brink of insolvency and led to a public corruption scandal. Mayer Hoffman McCann must pay a $300,000 fine and as much as $50,000 for the cost of the investigation, according to the settlement with the California Board of Accountancy. In addition, its license is suspended for six months, although that was stayed, meaning the firm can continue practicing in the state while it serves two years' probation.
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May 25, 2012 |
The state filed disciplinary proceedings Thursday against a prominent accounting firm that failed to detect any financial irregularities in Bell, where former city leaders now stand accused of looting the town's treasury as it teetered on the edge of bankruptcy Mayer Hoffman McCann, which audited the books for dozens of cities in California, could be fined $1 million and lose its license to practice in the state. The firm has asked for a hearing before an administrative law judge.