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February 5, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
A Los Angeles County judge on trial for allegedly shoving a woman after a dispute over a bag of dog feces will not face a new charge of impersonating a police officer. The city attorney's office sought to add the misdemeanor charge at the end of testimony in the weeklong trial after Superior Court Judge Craig Richman admitted telling the woman he was a police officer in an unsuccessful effort to calm her down. But the judge overseeing the battery trial, Christine C. Ewell, ruled Wednesday the new charge could not be added.
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SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- An Olympic official has responded to new reports of stray dogs being euthanized at the 2014 Sochi Games, saying the animals are instead being "relocated. " Animal activists protested last year when it was learned that the local Sochi government planned to catch and dispose of strays, which are common on the streets of this Black Sea resort. At the time, authorities responded by promising to send the dogs to a shelter instead. On Tuesday, Aleksandra Kosterina, the head of communications for the Sochi organizing committee, questioned reports that dogs were indeed being killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
The criminal trial of a Los Angeles County judge accused of battery for allegedly pushing a woman to the ground during an argument over dog waste took a new twist Tuesday when the prosecutor asked permission to also charge the judge with impersonating a peace officer. The prosecutor's request came after Superior Court Judge Craig Richman testified that he unsuccessfully tried to calm the woman as she was screaming profanities by telling her that he was a police officer. Richman, a former supervisor in the district attorney's office who was appointed to the bench in late 2005, admitted under cross-examination that he is not a police officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
A Los Angeles County judge on trial for battery testified Tuesday that he pushed a woman after she threw a bag of dog waste into his car, screamed expletives at him, walked onto the driveway of his Chatsworth home and pushed him. Superior Court Judge Craig Richman said the woman became aggressive after he stopped his car and politely asked her to pick up a bag of animal waste that he said he saw her drop while she was walking three small dogs.  ...
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
HDOS Enterprises, owner of the employee-owned Hot Dog on a Stick snack shacks ubiquitous in malls, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, citing expensive lease costs among the factors. In its Chapter 11 filing, Hot Dog on a Stick said its total debt was $1 million to as much as $10 million. The court filing also shows the company estimated its assets between $10 million and $50 million. "Like many mall-based businesses, HDOS signed some very expensive leases during the booming economy of the mid-2000s," Dan Smith, the company's chief executive, said in a statement.
SPORTS
February 2, 2014 | By David Wharton and Sergei L. Loiko
SOCHI, Russia - Tired of hearing reports about alleged corruption and budget overruns, some Russian citizens have given the 2014 Sochi Olympics a nickname. Kickbacktiada. The Games, which begin Friday, rank as the most expensive in Olympic history with an estimated cost of more than $50 billion and counting. A recent study by a Russian watchdog group alleges that organizers paid far more than the going rate for numerous venues built in and around the Black Sea resort.
HOME & GARDEN
January 31, 2014 | Chris Erskine
One by one, they return home - my little Einsteins, my little bombardiers. They circle the old homestead a couple of times, then drop their stuff in the garage and basement, unloading all the ordnance from their college days, including the Ikea furniture that smells of Pabst and Pop-Tarts. It holds memories for them, of late-night study sessions and beer pong. Like very sticky scrapbooks you can sleep on. Oh, this boomerang generation. They treat our houses as temporary storage, right?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An L.A. County Superior Court judge accused of shoving and injuring a woman during an argument about dog waste told her he was a peace officer and repeatedly tried to calm her down, his lawyer said Thursday. The dispute occurred last July on the driveway of Judge Craig Richman's Chatsworth home after he asked Connie Romero, 51, to pick up a bag of dog waste she had left on the street while walking three small dogs. She replied that she planned to pick it up on her return trip, but the judge insisted she remove it. Romero then flung the bag onto Richman's passenger seat, and a confrontation ensued after he reached his home down the block.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First-year Loyola Coach Mike Cordero is holding his first annual Tri-Tip World Series. His players will be facing off in intrasquad games Tuesday and Wednesday, with the winner in the best two-out-of-three games series getting to dine on Cordero's "famous" tri-tip and the losers getting hot dogs in a barbecue on Wednesday. There could be team dissension brewing, with barbecue sauce being thrown and barbecue sauce on curveballs if that's what it takes to win the tri-tip. Photos to come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | Sandy Banks
He'd lived for at least a decade on a grimy sidewalk in an industrial area of South Los Angeles, just off Western Avenue. To passers-by he might have seemed like an ugly symbol of urban blight - unkempt, unfriendly and surrounded by trash-filled shopping carts. But to people who knew him, Chester Willis was a neighborhood treasure; a homeless man who kept the block swept clean, fed wild birds, tended stray cats and corralled abandoned dogs. When Willis, 57, died of a heart attack last week, dozens of people turned out for a curbside tribute.
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