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February 11, 2011 | David Lazarus
There's an e-mail going around warning that anyone who sells their home after 2012 "will pay a 3.8% sales tax on it" to help fund President Obama's healthcare reform law. "Oh, you weren't aware this was in the Obamacare bill?" says the e-mail, which is being forwarded by many people but the origins of which remain a mystery. "Guess what, you aren't alone. There are more than a few members of Congress that aren't aware of it either. " The e-mail was called to my attention by Chino resident Ken Burton, who wanted to know whether it was legit.
February 10, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Rep. Christopher Lee, a second-term Republican lawmaker representing western New York, abruptly resigned Wednesday after flirtatious e-mails, including a photo of him shirtless, were posted online by a gossip website. In a brief statement, Lee referred only obliquely to "this distraction," apologizing "deeply and sincerely" for harm he caused his family, staff and constituents. Just hours earlier, the Gawker website posted e-mails Lee exchanged with an unnamed, single 34-year-old woman in response to her personal ad on Craigslist.
February 9, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Christopher Lee, a second-term lawmaker representing Western New York state, is resigning from Congress after the release of e-mails the married Republican allegedly sent through an online personals site. The abrupt announcement came just hours after the website Gawker published an exchange between Lee and an unnamed woman, which included a shirtless photo of the married 46-year-old. In the e-mails, apparently sent from Lee's personal e-mail using his real name, he claimed to be a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist.
February 8, 2011 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
The beleaguered head of the local Better Business Bureau, who resigned in December amid controversy over the group's letter-grade rating system and his high salary, has rescinded his resignation and vowed to fight to restore his reputation. William Mitchell, who made more than $400,000 in 2008 running the Southern California chapter, had resigned in the middle of an audit of the chapter by the National Council of Better Business Bureaus. But on Monday, he circulated an e-mail to his staff in which he criticized the Washington-based national council, saying executives were trying to take over the Southern California chapter and pack its board of directors with their own people.
February 3, 2011 | Meghan Daum
I've always loved mail. By that I mean the mail that arrives in a physical mailbox six days a week, not e-mail. Well, I love that too, but it's a cheap thrill. My heart belongs to snail mail. This love affair began decades ago, back when the "snail" qualifier wasn't necessary. As a child, I'd sort through the mail that came every afternoon, seeing in it clues to the inner lives of my parents. Among the bills and bank statements there would sometimes be a letter from a faraway friend or relative, handwritten on stationery or typed on an IBM Selectric and stuffed with photos showing how fast some kid was growing up or how great the kitchen remodel was. Even more fascinating were the holiday cards and newsletters from classmates and roommates and neighbors my parents had known before I came along, a barely comprehensible concept that made those correspondents seem to me like characters in a book.
January 27, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, seen as a rising star among conservatives, announced to his supporters that he will not mount a presidential run in 2012. Though he stopped short of a formal announcement, Pence strongly suggested that he will instead seek the governorship of Indiana next year. "In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana," Pence told supporters in an e-mail message sent Thursday afternoon. "We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
January 26, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
The closed-door negotiating session in the summer of 2008 was congenial, even chatty, until the chief Palestinian representative pressed his Israeli counterpart on the touchy topic of Jerusalem's borders. Silence fell over the conference room in Jerusalem's King David Hotel. "Houston, we have a problem," quipped Israel's then-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, breaking the tension. It was one of several scenes ? some tense, some lighthearted ? depicted in hundreds of pages of private Palestinian negotiating-team documents leaked since Sunday by Al Jazeera television.
January 19, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar sent an e-mail to his reelection supporters Tuesday defending his office's use of lists that graded civic leaders numerically on their level of support for him. One day after The Times reported on the lists, which assessed police officers, church pastors, high school cheer squad advisors and others within his district, Huizar said the practice was done by a "former staff member" and simply helped him...
January 19, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they had charged two men with stealing e-mail addresses and other information from about 120,000 Apple iPad tablet users. Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco and Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., each were accused last week of conspiring to hack into AT&T Inc.'s servers and possessing subscriber data from those servers, according to the U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey, where the case is being prosecuted. Prosecutors said the criminal charges stem from a "brute force" hacking spree that took place over several days last June.
January 14, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The chancellor of UC Berkeley is drawing criticism for sending a campuswide e-mail that linked a Tucson shooting rampage with Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants and the failure of the DREAM Act. In the e-mail, sent Monday, Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau condemned a "climate in which demonization of others goes unchallenged and hateful speech is tolerated. " He continued, postulating on factors that may have motivated Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in Saturday's shootings, in which six people died, including a 9-year-old girl, and 13 were injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.
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