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November 1, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — California's policy barring beards on prison guards has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department after a discrimination lawsuit by a Sikh man who said he was denied a job because of his facial hair, which is part of his religious practice. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation settled the lawsuit last year by paying $295,000 to the plaintiff, Trilochan Oberoi, and giving him a $61,000-a-year administrative job. He had been told he would have to shave to be considered for a prison guard job. But the state has maintained its no-beard policy, citing safety issues.
October 15, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
A Montana man  accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Wyoming girl appeared in federal court in Bozeman on Monday and said he would not fight extradition.   Jesse Paul Speer, 39, was arrested  by the Federal Bureau of Investigation late Saturday night. He was held on $2-million bond pending  extradition to face   charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony use of a firearm, Gallatin County Detention Center officials told the Los Angeles Times. He didn't enter a plea and waived his right to an extradition hearing,  the Associated Press reported.
October 7, 2012 | By Ann Whitford Paul
Sarah, once my daughter, is now Finn, a member of the transgender community. Those are hard words to write. I want to love the man my daughter has become, but floundering in the torrent of her change and my resistance to it, I fear I'll never make it across my river of anger and sorrow. I think about Sarah growing up, how she always acted with courage and fortitude. In junior high she studied Russian because it was "a challenge. " In high school she proved she wasn't too small to play water polo goalie.
August 13, 2012 | By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
As the presidential campaign moves into high gear, politics is front and center these days in Hollywood. Warner Bros.chief Barry Meyer held a $2,500-a-head fundraiser on Sunday with Michelle Obama as its headliner. Harvey Weinstein just had a $35,800-a-head dinner that raised $2.4 million for President Obama, whom Weinstein dubbed the Paul Newman of American presidents. George Clooney hosted a fundraising dinner here in May that raised $15 million. Spike Lee, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and others have been rounding up the dollars at similar events.
June 13, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Dustin Penner is a brave man. Now that the Kings' postseason run has ended with a Stanley Cup championship, it's time for those scruffy playoff beards to come off. But instead of grabbing the nearest pair of hedge-clippers he can find to do away with the itchy, nasty thing himself, Penner is having his beard shaved in public -- and is letting fans choose what style facial hair, if any, he should sport during Thursday's championship parade....
June 8, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
EL PASO - A military hearing leading up to the murder trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage , was delayed  Friday after Hasan showed up in court with a beard. Col. Gregory Gross, the trial judge, said Hasan's facial hair - captured by a sketch artist during his appearance Friday at the Texas base's Lawrence J. Williams Judicial Center - violated Army regulations and “was a disruption to the court proceedings,” according to a statement released Friday by Fort Hood public affairs.
May 2, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Heading into the playoffs, Blake Griffinand DeAndre Jordandecided that the Clippers should grow beards in an act of solidarity. The rule is that the players aren't allowed to trim their facial hair for as long as they remain in postseason play. "Hopefully mine will get like Reggie's," Chris Paul said of Reggie Evan's beard, which extends a few inches beyond his chin. "If mine can get like Reggie's, that means we done won a few games. " So far the bonding act appears to be working.
April 17, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Those looking for behind-the-scenes drama on how Pau Gasol handled ongoing trade speculation won't find it on HBO's "Real Sports. " Those hoping for more explanations on his unraveling in the 2011 NBA playoffs won't find answers on the critically acclaimed series, either. Instead, Gasol's segment featured Tuesday night focuses on his multifaceted interests. It mentions how Magic Johnson's announcement in 1991 that he had HIV inspired Gasol to go to medical school: "I wish I could do something in the future to cure this disease.
March 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There are many reasons to watch NBC's marvelously funny "Parks and Recreation," but at this point I only need one: Ron Swanson. Swanson is played by Nick Offerman, an actor blessed with a deeply melodious voice and wickedly expressive eyebrows who has mastered, if not invented, the art of over-the-top understatement. But Swanson is a sum of several parts - an exquisite creation of Offerman's talent, but also of writing and directing, of hair, makeup and wardrobe. And I love him with all my heart.
January 24, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
First, they could grow a mustache, just like Walt Disney. Now, they can grow a little more facial hair but not quite enough to be like most of the Seven Dwarfs. Disneyland announced that it's loosened up its legendary dress code — known as the Disney Look — to allow employees to grow more facial hair. But the rules still forbid visible tattoos, body piercings (other than the ears for women), "extreme" hairstyles or colors. (Shaved heads are OK for men, but a no-go for women.)
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