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January 5, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I was on the board of directors when our homeowners association got sued. Some directors were sued individually for breach of their respective fiduciary duties. I wasn't sued, and after a short hiatus from the board, I was reelected. When the lawsuit occurred I wasn't privy to meetings between the board president and the insurance company attorneys representing the association. Years later, I learned of information the attorneys gave to the other directors during the lawsuit.
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OPINION
December 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In 1963, the Supreme Court established a rule of evidence that is now well known to viewers of television courtroom dramas. In Brady vs. Maryland, it held that prosecutors must turn over to defense attorneys evidence favorable to the accused and "material either to guilt or punishment. " But prosecutors, including in Los Angeles, have complied grudgingly with the Brady rule. Some have ignored it altogether. Now a respected federal appeals court judge has warned of "an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a new rule that would force companies that make antibacterial soaps to prove that their products are effective and safe. Federal regulators said that the two most common active ingredients in antibacterial soaps - triclosan and triclocarban - are no more effective at preventing the spread of illnesses than washing with plain soap and water. Furthermore, the FDA said that regular use of these soap products may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics and may also have unanticipated hormonal effects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police found no evidence to support a report of a shooting Friday afternoon that caused officials to begin evacuating Pacoima Middle School, authorities said. Officers were deployed to the 9900 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard about 2:40 p.m. after getting a call from a man who claimed he shot two people in a home near the school, according to the LAPD. The officers turned up nothing, said LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera. "There was no evidence of a crime," she said.
WORLD
December 12, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A United Nations report released Thursday concluded that chemical weapons probably were deployed on several occasions in Syria, the most convincing evidence coming from the Aug. 21 attacks outside Damascus that left hundreds dead. Chemical weapons may have been deployed in five of seven cases investigated, occurring between March and August, including the Aug. 21 incident, according to the report. The five locations were Ghouta, Khan Assal, Jobar, Saraqeb and Ashrafiah Sahnaya.
SPORTS
December 5, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
State Attorney Willie Meggs said at a Thursday news conference in Tallahassee, Fla., that Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault. “No charges will be filed against anyone in this case,” Meggs said. ESPN Tallahassee radio station WTSM-FM first reported the news about half an hour before the official word. The investigation stemmed from a complaint filed by a Florida State student last December after an alleged incident at an off-campus apartment in Tallahassee.
OPINION
December 5, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Los Angeles may soon follow the lead of major cities, schools and universities across the nation in banning electronic cigarettes in certain public spaces. Several City Council members, backed by City Atty. Mike Feuer, introduced a motion Wednesday to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking tobacco is already illegal, such as restaurants, libraries, daycare centers, public parks, playgrounds and beaches. A certain amount of caution is justified. E-cigarettes, which often look like tobacco cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that heat nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that the user inhales.
NATIONAL
November 26, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A firearms dealer convicted during the fallout from the government's failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking program may soon be set free after winning a court battle for a new sentencing hearing. A federal magistrate has ruled that Ian Garland deserves a new hearing because of errors made when a judge initially sent him to prison for five years. Prosecutors, while acknowledging mistakes, plan to oppose early release for Garland. They hope to present new evidence at the Dec. 13 hearing that he knew many of the 190 firearms he sold to city officials in Columbus, N.M., were being smuggled into Mexico.
SCIENCE
November 25, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Ancient bricks, tile roofing and wood charcoal discovered beneath a Nepalese pilgrimage site are providing new evidence for the time of Buddha's birth, according to archaeologists. In research published Monday in the journal Antiquity, scholars wrote that the evidence supports a 6th century BC nativity for the Buddha. A precise date of birth remains unknown. Historians have wavered over dates ranging between 623 BC and 340 BC. Much of the confusion has to do with the lack of a written record.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Kate Mather
An attorney for Doris Payne -- the 83-year-old notorious jewelry thief now facing charges in Riverside County -- said evidence should be the focus of his client's latest case, rather than her history. Payne pleaded not guilty Tuesday to  one count each of second-degree burglary and grand theft amid allegations that she stole a $22,500 diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store. One of her attorneys, Guadalupe Valencia -- who represented Payne in a 2011 San Diego County case -- told The Times that onlookers should "hold judgment" on the octogenarian.
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