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September 19, 2008 | Cynthia Dizikes, Times Staff Writer
Legislators excoriated top Interior Department officials Thursday at a hearing on the sex, drugs and gifts scandal in the oil royalties program, saying the scandal could have dire ramifications for the anticipated expansion of offshore drilling along U.S. coasts. The hearing before the House Committee on Natural Resources came a week after the department's inspector general, Earl E.
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BUSINESS
September 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Royal Dutch Shell Group, Chevron Corp. and Gary Williams Energy Corp. are being asked what senior executives knew about gifts and inappropriate relationships with Interior Department officials. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, sent letters to the companies' chief executives, Markey's office said. The CEOs are asked in the letters whether senior executives knew that employees were providing gifts and having "inappropriately close relationships" with Interior Department employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2008 | Michelle Quinn and John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writers
Treat your I.T. workers well. Listen to their concerns. Encourage their creativity. But set up good checks to make sure they can't hijack your system. That may be the lesson in the wake of the 10-day standoff here between a computer network expert and the municipality for which he worked. Terry Childs, 43, a suspended systems administrator for the city and county of San Francisco, sits in a jail cell, accused of tampering with the very computer network he was hired to maintain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2008 | Garrett Therolf
The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider ordering the auditor-controller to investigate the county's handling of problem employees who worked at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Medical Center. Under a motion proposed by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavksy, the auditor-controller would be asked to investigate who failed to track employees with county discipline records or criminal convictions. The Times has reported in recent weeks that the county had failed to track such employees and take appropriate action.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The U.S. government is considering bringing further criminal charges in the case involving two former Bear Stearns Cos. executives indicted last month related to the collapse of two hedge funds they oversaw, a federal prosecutor said. In a court hearing in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, Assistant U.S. Atty. Patrick Sinclair said "the government is indeed contemplating additional charges." He did not provide any details, but said the government was working to make a final decision about bringing additional charges in the next few months.
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April 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The supervisor of a firefighting crew that lost four members in a 2001 wildfire pleaded guilty in Spokane to misdemeanors under an agreement that dropped manslaughter and other felony charges against him. The criminal case against Ellreese N. Daniels, then a crew boss for the U.S. Forest Service, is believed to be the first against a wilderness firefighter for deaths of comrades. According to a Forest Service investigation of the so-called Thirtymile fire, fire bosses ignored signs of danger, underestimated the fire and allowed their only escape route to be cut off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
When penalties were handed out for snooping in UCLA's medical records, it paid to have an M.D. after your name. As a group, doctors at UCLA hospitals who wrongly peeked at the records of pop star Britney Spears got off lighter than other staffers, according to reports released Friday by state health inspectors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2008 | Tony Perry
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed a civil complaint against five former city employees for their part in understating the city's pension liabilities while providing information to Wall Street before prospective bond issues in 2002 and 2003. Named in the complaint were former City Manager Michael Uberuaga, former auditor Ed Ryan, former Deputy City Manager Patricia Frazier, former Assistant Auditor Teresa Webster and former Treasurer Mary Vattimo. A similar complaint against a former outside auditor resulted in a settlement that involved a $15,000 penalty and an agreement not to violate any federal securities laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The bad news arrived in November, when workers at Casa Youth Shelter were told a fellow employee had allegedly embezzled more than $200,000 from the Los Alamitos nonprofit. The toll, however, may be much higher than they thought.
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March 21, 2008 | From the Chicago Tribune
Three State Department contract employees improperly looked at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's private passport files, the State Department told Obama's Senate office Thursday. A department spokesman said two employees were fired and one disciplined for accessing the files on three separate occasions this year, on Jan. 9, Feb. 21 and March 14.
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