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October 23, 2009 | Duke Helfand
G. Patrick Ziemann, the former Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa who resigned in 1999 amid sexual and financial scandals, has died. He was 68. Ziemann died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at a monastery in Arizona, said his brother, Joe. The bishop gave up his post at the Diocese of Santa Rosa after a priest filed a lawsuit alleging that Ziemann had coerced him into a two-year sexual relationship in exchange for keeping silent about the...
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WORLD
April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - The former interim governor of Mexico's troubled Michoacan state, who has been accused by a vigilante “self-defense” group leader of having drug cartel ties, has been ordered to appear before federal prosecutors for questioning, officials said. Jose Jesus Reyna Garcia, who served as the appointed governor of the western state from April to October of last year, was ordered to the attorney general's headquarters in Mexico City on Friday afternoon to give testimony as part of a federal investigation, according to a government statement released late Friday night.
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OPINION
February 21, 1999
"Bruised and embattled," that is the way staff writer Tony Perry describes the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (news analysis, Feb. 16). "Laughing all the way to the bank" would have been a more apt description. Last August, MWD and a phalanx of south state legislators rammed through a $235-million state taxpayer gift to MWD, premised on MWD's willingness to negotiate a deal with its agricultural agency counterparts in diverting water from the Colorado River. The money in hand, MWD now seeks to have the secretary of the Interior simply reallocate the agricultural agencies' water to MWD. This is water that MWD told the Legislature, just six months ago, it would acquire by voluntary exchange.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turks went to the polls Sunday in municipal elections seen as a key test for the embattled ruling party as a corruption scandal swirls around Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle. The vote was widely viewed as a litmus test of damage done to the ruling Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials AKP, by the graft probe and Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian stance in the face of it. The party handily won the last three general elections, but a poor performance in Sunday's balloting could derail Erdogan's presidential ambitions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1993
Seeing as how the Balkanization of the Los Angeles school district has become such a popular topic, why must we stop there? Let's just get to the point, broaden the scope of these plans, really "reinvent government," and address the breakup of those even more monolithic, debt-ridden, unmanageable and embattled entities: the city and county of Los Angeles, and state of California. Long live the Federal Republic of the San Fernando Valley! DANTO MILLER Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1987
How delighted I was at the news that President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica won the Nobel Peace award. He is a courageous man attempting to bring together such a wide divergence of ideas to make peace. Jorge Castaneda's article (Op-Ed Page, Oct. 15) applauds him justly, but also wisely points out that without U.S. backing it cannot reach fruition. How can the people of the United States reach the Central American people and say we are behind this move to join hands for the saving of lives and the restoring of economic health to these embattled countries?
BUSINESS
May 5, 1989 | From United Press International
Embattled Cineplex Odeon Corp. said today that it has postponed its annual shareholders meeting until June 6, a delay of nearly a month. The move from May 9 will give the company time to inform shareholders about "certain events" that have happened since the original meeting circular was mailed out, the company said in a statement. Analysts believe that Cineplex Chairman Garth Drabinsky may be trying to raise more than $664 million to buy outstanding shares and overall control of the company.
NATIONAL
November 17, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Riccardi is a Times staff writer.
In June, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a fateful decision. They called on California Mormons to donate their time and money to the campaign for Proposition 8, which would overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that permitted gay marriage. That push helped the initiative win narrow passage on election day. And it has made the Mormon Church, which for years has striven to be seen as part of the American mainstream, a political target.
NEWS
October 15, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three have been fired and 10 have quit. Nine have been promoted. Two have killed suspects while on duty. And one stands accused of falsifying evidence in a murder case. For most of the 44 Los Angeles Police Department officers labeled "problem officers" in the landmark 1991 Christopher Commission report, the past four years have been tumultuous. The commission said its intention was to illustrate, not define, what it called "the problem of excessive force in the LAPD."
OPINION
December 31, 2005
EUROPE USED TO BE SPLIT BY rivalries between monarchs. Then came the bloodthirsty military dictators. Nowadays European battle lines are drawn mostly over competing economic theories, which might lead to a few flaming Renaults in Parisian suburbs and some political turmoil but on balance represents progress. That's about the best spin to put on European affairs in 2005, when the phrase "European Union" was more than ever a contradiction in terms.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Scott Collins
KCET-TV will have to navigate the storm it now faces without its longtime captain. Al Jerome, who has run the troubled public TV outlet for the last 18 years, announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down from the organization, even as mounting financial woes threaten to overwhelm it. Jerome, 71, said he plans to retire in the next six months while he helps Burbank-based KCETLink, which now runs the station, find a new chief executive....
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By James Barragan
Since becoming president of Chivas USA at the end of last month, Nelson Rodriguez has been busy trying to turn around an embattled Major League Soccer franchise. The league has affirmed that it wants the team to remain in Los Angeles, believing that there is enough room in the city for two MLS teams. For most of its history, Chivas USA has played second fiddle to the Galaxy in the Southern California market. At Sunday's season opener, which Chivas won 3-2 against the Chicago Fire, Rodriguez spoke with reporters at halftime about the team's situation and shared some glimpses into the future of the franchise.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
TAL KHALAKH, Syria - For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn't speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. "I was ashamed," recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with nearby Lebanon - and more recently as a cross-border terminus for arms and rebel fighters. "He was not my son anymore. " All that has changed. Khaled has renounced the uprising to oust President Bashar Assad and is studying to become a lawyer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, in a political pinch back home after admitting to crack cocaine use, paid an unexpected visit to Los Angeles City Hall on Monday, wandering the marble hallways in search of Mayor Eric Garcetti or anyone willing to sit down with him. "Every city I go to, I go to City Hall," he said brightly, surrounded by his handlers on the steps of City Hall. "I just pop in to say hi. " Surprised City Hall security personnel escorted Ford and his entourage to Garcetti's office but were soon turned away. Garcetti is in Mexico this week, hoping to drum up business on his first international trip since taking office.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
NEW YORK -- The week of headaches for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues: He is facing questions over whether his office improperly used Superstorm Sandy aid funds for political purposes. The Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will audit how New Jersey spent $25 million of Sandy aid funds, according to the office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., a New Jersey Democrat who asked the Inspector General to look into the issue in August. The probe comes days after Christie was engulfed in a political scandal when emails surfaced implying that top aides orchestrated the closure of lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge and snarled traffic in a town whose mayor had declined to support the governor's reelection bid. The scandal led to a rare, two-hour long press conference by Christie, who apologized and said he had fired a staffer and an advisor, and that he knew nothing about the retaliation plans.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | Gary Klein
Andre Heidari had been waiting for the moment his whole career. USC's junior kicker nearly lost his job a few weeks ago and was struggling going into Saturday night's game against fifth-ranked Stanford. Still, he remained confident. "You want to prove that you can make a game-winning field goal when it's on the line," he said this week. "That's what I play for. " Heidari got his chance late in the game and he came through with a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, giving USC a 20-17 upset victory before a delirious sellout crowd at the Coliseum.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Margaret Eby
After the one-two punch of the last two episodes, this week's "Homeland" marked a slower period, a chance for the audience to get used to the simmering status quo. It was one of the messier, stranger episodes of the season, as the writers worked dozens of loose plot threads back into the show. The lifeblood of "Homeland" is the relationship between Carrie and Brody, in all its twisted, mangled glory. This week gave them a little breathing room from the intensity of last week, but the closing shot was Carrie weeping in Brody's arms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2005 | Steve Lopez
When I confessed a few weeks ago that I had a bit of a raccoon problem in my garden and was buying coyote urine to repel them, I had no idea I had joined the ranks of some of the most exasperated and unstable people in all of Southern California. It turns out that from Santa Barbara to San Diego, homeowners are at war with raccoons living in their attics, under their houses and in their yards.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Andre Heidari had been waiting for the moment his whole career. USC's junior kicker nearly lost his job a few weeks ago and was struggling going into Saturday night's game against fifth-ranked Stanford. Still, he remained confident. "You want to prove that you can make a game-winning field goal when it's on the line," he said this week. "That's what I play for. " Heidari got his chance late in the game and he came through with a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, giving USC a 20-17 upset victory before a delirious sellout crowd at the Coliseum.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | Mark Z. Barabak
A set of off-year elections Tuesday in three states could offer the first clues of a way forward for Republicans still staggering from consecutive presidential defeats and divided by a growing rift between the establishment and tea party wings of the GOP. The two biggest races are expected to render a split verdict. Barring huge upsets, Republican Gov. Chris Christie is expected to romp to reelection in New Jersey, positioning him for an anticipated 2016 White House run, while former national Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe is expected to win the open governor's seat in Virginia.
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