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November 15, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy said Friday that he was relieved that the criminal case against an ex-Miramonte Elementary teacher accused of lewd acts against students was over and sharply criticized teachers unions for blocking attempts to streamline the dismissal of those suspected of misconduct. Former teacher Mark Berndt was charged in 2012 with committing lewd acts against nearly two dozen children at Miramonte Elementary School, including feeding them cookies tainted with semen.
November 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Coach Randy Burbach wanted to celebrate a successful middle school football season with an awards ceremony for his players. Great idea! He decided to hold the gathering for the third- through eighth-graders at Hooters. Bad idea. Really, really bad idea, the kind that can cost a guy his coaching gig particularly when he digs in his heels when confronted about the controversial venue choice. An official from Corbett (Ore.) Middle School said Burbach and his staff will not be back with the football team next year.
November 2, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
A federal judge gave the green light for horse slaughter to resume in the United States, perhaps as early as next week. In issuing her ruling late Friday, U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo, who is based in Albuquerque, dismissed a lawsuit by animal welfare groups that had sought to prevent such slaughtering. Front Range Equine Rescue, the Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups contend that federal officials didn't perform appropriate studies before granting permits to Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico and a company in Iowa.
November 1, 2013 | By Bradley Zint
Residents and city leaders are pushing back against a plan under consideration to add toll lanes to a 14-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County, a $1.47-billion proposal that would involve reconstructing overpasses and other improvements. The plan to add toll routes to the freeway - dismissed as “Lexus lanes” by one city mayor - is one of three proposed alternatives for helping untangle the highway congestion from Costa Mesa to the county line in Seal Beach. The most controversial of the alternatives would add a single general-purpose lane and a toll lane in each direction.
November 1, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
George A. Romero is known popularly as the father of the modern movie zombie because of his 1968 classic, "Night of the Living Dead. " But he recently had some less-than-flattering things to say about "The Walking Dead," the zombie TV series that wears its Romero influence on its sleeve. Speaking to the U.K. newspaper the Big Issue, Romero stated that he's chosen to stay far away from the AMC series, which is pushing zombies to the forefront of the pop culture zeitgeist. "They asked me to do a couple of episodes of 'The Walking Dead,' but I didn't want to be a part of it," Romero said.
October 29, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
ANTAKYA, Turkey -- The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed a deputy prime minister who reportedly met last weekend with a top U.S. official working to jump-start peace negotiations on the Syrian crisis. The state-run news agency reported that Qadri Jamil had been discharged via presidential decree “because of his absence from office without prior permission and not performing his duties.” The official media outlet also cited Jamil's “involvement in activities and meetings abroad without coordination with the government and overstepping” his authority.
October 22, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
A day after Manager Don Mattingly said he wanted his entire coaching staff to return next season, the Dodgers fired his bench coach of three years. By dismissing Trey Hillman on Tuesday morning, upper management signaled to Mattingly that if he is to manage the Dodgers next season, he will manage under their terms. Mattingly revealed Monday a growing rift between him and the front office, insinuating he might not return in 2014 if he isn't offered a multiple-year contract.
October 22, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Nothing feels worse, Micheal Williams said, than having gun-toting officers with battering rams bust down your door at 6 in the morning to arrest you in your underwear in front of your 7-year-old son. Standing behind glass in court with your arms and legs shackled as you await federal prosecution, he added, isn't great, either. "It was, like, I can't believe I got myself into this," the 30-year-old Navy veteran said on a recent Wednesday afternoon in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
October 18, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
The Los Angeles Fire Department's top internal watchdog was removed from his post in the latest shake-up at the LAFD under new Mayor Eric Garcetti. The city Fire Commission voted 5 to 0 Tuesday to dismiss Stephen E. Miller, 59, the department's independent assessor. The watchdog position was created by a voter-approved ballot measure in 2009, partly in response to soaring settlement costs in employee harassment and discrimination lawsuits at the department. Miller, a lawyer , was the first person to hold the job. During his tenure, he issued audits critical of how the department handled lawsuits and internal investigations . Last year, he clashed with fire officials and union leaders about access to sensitive personnel records.
October 9, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
You prepare for a season with flash cards: The nickname of Texas State is….? Bobcats. You purchase the best college football magazines, re-read "Death to the BCS," and hang on every one of Kirk Herbstreit's words. There are still things you never see coming: •-Jadeveon Clowney will be a bust. What? South Carolina's all-world defensive end entered the season as the most hyped player by ESPN since Tim Tebow. It was said the only person who could stop Clowney was Clowney, which turned out to be true - he took himself out of the lineup last Saturday.
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