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May 13, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A National Labor Relations Board judge has ordered NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge to rescind disciplinary actions against five scientists who shared emails at work about a Supreme Court decision on background security checks. Administrative Law Judge William G. Kocol also ordered JPL to purge disciplinary letters related to the case from the employee files of Dennis Byrnes, Scott Maxwell, Larry D'Addario, Robert Nelson and William Bruce Barnerdt. The five were accused of violating rules against unsolicited Spam and bulk-e-mail.
May 6, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Speaker John Pérez wants voters to know something: Cash may be cascading into state coffers as it hasn't for years. Democrats may totally control the Assembly with a new supermajority. But they're not going to be drunken sailors. They're going to be disciplined and conservative, at least by Democratic standards. Pérez, 43, a Los Angeles Democrat and former labor leader, invited me into his ornate Capitol office last week to get the word out. "It shouldn't - but it may - surprise folks that Democrats with our supermajority will be looking to build on the fiscal responsibility that we've shown the last couple of years," the speaker said right off. Actually, the Legislature whacked programs for five years because of the recession.
May 5, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
DETROIT - As expected, the Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader will have a hearing with the league later Sunday, according to the NHL's department of player safety. The hearing, scheduled for 4 p.m. EST, comes after Abdelkader's hit on Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman late in the second period of Game 3 on Saturday. Abdelkader received a five-minute major penalty for charging and an automatic game misconduct at 15:11. A woozy Lydman left the game and did not return. Anaheim scored 18 seconds into the ensuing power play in what had been a scoreless game and then used the momentum of captain Ryan Getzlaf's shorthanded goal in the third period to seize a 4-0 victory over the Red Wings in Game 3. The Ducks lead the series, two games to one. Abdelkader is facing the possibility of a multigame suspension, and if the hit was a game-changer on Saturday, it could greatly change the outlook of the series.
April 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A military appeals court Monday overturned the attempted-suicide conviction of a former Marine from Oceanside. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that the military did not prove that the suicide attempt of Pvt. Lazzaric Caldwell disrupted good order and discipline or brought discredit on the armed forces, conditions necessary for a finding of guilty. Caldwell had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. He slashed his wrists in 2010 while serving in Okinawa and was given six months in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge.
April 20, 2013
Re "'Willful defiance' in schools," Editorial, April 16 As a principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I have a few concerns about your editorial on suspension policy. The Times said that suspending kids from school rarely makes sense except in cases of safety. Yes, but students witnessing "willful defiance" must be able to see accountability. Teachers should provide homework for that student and have a day off from being treated with disrespect. How wonderful it would be to follow your suggestion of setting up special classrooms and school detention centers with tutors.
April 15, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A commander in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was disciplined after his phone rang during a meeting with top brass. But it wasn't failing to put his phone on silent that raised eyebrows. It was the ring tone. Cmdr. Paul Pietrantoni, one of Sheriff Lee Baca's hand-picked jail reformers, was meeting with other top supervisors when his personal cellphone played "The Oriental Riff" - accompanied by a mock, stereotypical Asian voice saying: "Hello, you pick up phone, you pick up phone.
April 7, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Forget about learning the state capitals, at least, as the sum total of your knowledge of geography. "Geography is about meaning, not knowing place names and memorizing lists - that was school geography," said Daniel Edelson, vice president for education programs at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Say hello to the new geography. It runs your GPS unit, takes you on mobile-device-guided tours, helps you find and see hotel rooms before you book them. Want to calculate your estimated time of arrival, locate a nearby gluten-free restaurant, or find out whether it's raining in Río?
February 15, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The current Wall Street Journal Magazine queries six luminaries on the topic of  discipline. Among those asked were designer Karl Lagerfeld, performance artist Marina Abramovic and London-based restaurateur and author of “ Plenty ” and “ Jerusalem ,” Yotam Ottolenghi . Here's what he had to say about discipline in the kitchen. "I don't think discipline applies to one single school of cooking. I don't think molecular gastronomy requires more discipline than rustic French cooking or mama's cooking in a Greek village.
February 5, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
She was a star player of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League , the pioneering women's league that kept baseball alive during World War II. When the league folded after the war ended, she, like other women players of the day, packed her groundbreaking history away, along with her glove, bat and baseball uniforms. But with the 1992 release of the hit film "A League of Their Own" about the short-lived women's league, Lavone "Pepper" Paire Davis, an All-Star catcher and gritty clutch hitter, was rediscovered, becoming a popular speaker and tireless promoter of women in professional sports.
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