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March 15, 2001
If it's reasonable to require high school seniors to pass an exit exam, isn't it reasonable to require eighth-graders to pass an entrance exam? JAY CROSBY Oxnard
March 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Jim Power, a licensed trainer of guide dogs for the blind from San Rafael, was visiting a crowded Southern California theme park a week ago when he spied "a 20-something lady...with a Chihuahua on a leash. " The small pooch wore a vest identifying it as a service dog. "It didn't particularly look...very legitimate," Power told a state Senate committee looking into what the disabled community, dog trainers and businesses call a growing problem: fake service dogs. Representatives of the California restaurant, retail, hotel, apartment and condominium industries testified that dog owners, who don't want to be separated from their pets, are abusing the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws by falsely identifying their canines as working animals.
January 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Syrian man convicted of giving a false tip to a New York City anti-terrorism hotline, leading to five innocent men being investigated on suspicion of terrorism, was sentenced to six months in prison. Rimon Alkatri, 35, had a business dispute with the men.
February 26, 2014 | By Tahsin Hyder and Anna Sterling
An employee of a Northridge roller rink with a self-described "foot fetish" told police he repeatedly took young boys into a maintenance room and had them remove their socks and rub their feet on his hands or face to sexually arouse himself, court documents say. Julian Christopher Flores, 19, said he engaged in that behavior at Northridge Skateland with about 200 boys over the course of a year, court records show. Flores' statement to police came a day after one boy told his grandmother about an encounter in the maintenance room, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
October 3, 1986
. . . . and God spoke to Pat Robertson and said: "Thou shalt not bear false witness." KENNETH W. CARY DD Cambria
January 17, 1999
I am writing in response to the Jan. 3 letter from Bruce W. Clements, senior vice president for USAA Insurance Co. Clements stated that I made blatant false statements and misrepresentations concerning USAA in a Dec. 12 article. In fact, nowhere within the article were the alleged misrepresentations made. This appears to be a figment of Clements' imagination. I have received numerous calls from clients and citizens off the street questioning me about the letter and the allegations therein.
November 3, 1991
The article is half-false--half-false because there are fistfights now and then, but not every day. There is graffiti here and there, but surely not enough to make a person feel unsafe. JUAN GUZMAN
April 28, 2003
The Times thinks that the LAPD should respond only to "verified" alarms, citing, among other things, the 92% false-alarm rate ("Stand By False-Alarm Plan," editorial, April 24). I will concur that a 92% false-alarm rate is unacceptable. But The Times goes on to make the claim that about half of the 300,000 alarm owners in Los Angeles ignore the permit requirement. Why is the LAPD responding to alarms that have no permit? Instead of an across-the-board nonresponse to alarms, why not start by refusing to respond to reports from alarms without permits?
January 3, 1988
A simple syllogism: A--Stanley Kubrick is a director (true) . . . B--Stanley Kubrick has made great movies (true) . . . C--Stanley Kubrick made "Full Metal Jacket" (true) . . . D--"Full Metal Jacket" is a great movie (false) . . . E--"Full Metal Jacket" was one of the best movies of 1987 (false) . . . therefore, F--"Full Metal Jacket" has been overrated because of points A, B and C (true). KEN MARCUS Los Angeles
November 24, 2002
As seen in the L.A. Times! An infomercial on infomercials ("They pitch, and we catch," Nov. 17)! Yes, these few entrepreneurs make a ton of money. However, Kevin Maynard did not interview any of the countless inventors and entrepreneurs who lost money and/or were scammed. He did not interview regulatory agency officials who log complaints and take legal action against false advertising and false products. He presented no statistics on business failure rates or the frequency with which buyers elect to return the merchandise within 30 days.
February 23, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California farmers markets want to get tough with interlopers who don't sell what they grow. They're backing a bill to crack down on vendors who falsely claim to offer pesticide-free or locally grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. "Californians are fortunate to have the highest concentration of farmers markets in the nation," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). The bill, AB 1871, he said, would "increase consumer protections and accountability at our certified farmers markets, protect local farmers and help this growing sector of the economy continue to thrive.
February 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Worries about job losses and uncertainty about the benefits of union membership contributed to Volkswagen workers in Tennessee rejecting the United Automobile Workers' bid to unionize a 1,500-worker facility, union advocates and other officials said in the wake of Friday night's results. “The UAW tried to promise significant wages, and I think that was shown as a simple, unfillable campaign promise,” Maury Nicely, an attorney involved with the anti-union effort, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
February 8, 2014 | From staff reports
SOCHI, Russia - U.S. Figure Skating called a report it is involved in collusion to fix the ice dance result in favor of U.S. couple Meryl Davis and Charlie White "categorically false. " The French newspaper L'Equipe, quoting an anonymous Russian coach, said the United States and Russia have struck a deal that would help Davis and White win the ice dance gold and Russia win pairs and the team event. The U.S. dancers have been in close competition with Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir for five seasons.
January 21, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy accused in a scheme to plant drugs and make a false arrest must stand trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Francisco Enriquez, 37, has pleaded not guilty to one count of perjury in a probable cause declaration and one count of filing a false report in connection with the October 2009 arrests of Tatiana Lopez and Miguel Amarillas, who received a $550,000 settlement from the county in a false-arrest lawsuit. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria said Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence for the criminal case to move forward.
January 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Lying by and about politicians is a regrettable and probably permanent feature of American democracy. But should it also be a criminal offense? The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an argument by an antiabortion group challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes false statements about candidates for public office. The justices should allow the group's claim to proceed. Using criminal law to police truth in political debate is unnecessary and invites abuse. The Ohio law prohibits false statements about a candidate if they are made knowingly or with reckless disregard of whether they might be false.
January 13, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A Texas man is likely to be released from custody Tuesday, nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned for two murders that he and his supporters say he did not commit. Daniel Villegas' case has galvanized support among hundreds of people in El Paso - including two men who survived the shooting and the foreman of the jury that convicted him - and has drawn national attention to the number of suspects who falsely confess to crimes. Villegas, now 36, has been serving a life prison term since a jury convicted him in 1995 of killing Robert England, 18, and Armando Lazo, 17. An appellate court vacated the conviction in December, and on Monday, District Judge Sam Medrano set a bond hearing for Tuesday.
September 2, 1991
Let's hear it for Joy Picus' proposal to put alarms on every door leading to a swimming pool, because if this measure is approved, hear it we will. Every residential neighborhood will then enjoy the cacophony of false alarms presently reserved for parking garages. MICHAEL LAWLER Los Angeles In response to "No Charges Filed in Drowning of Twins," Metro, Aug. 20:
December 20, 2013 | Jason Felch
Occidental College has been barraged with bogus allegations of sexual assault in recent days after two groups, one claiming to represent "men's rights," set out to undermine the school's anonymous reporting system, a college spokesman said. Shortly after members of the online communities Reddit and 4Chan began discussing the idea late Monday, Occidental spokesman Jim Tranquada said, the campus was flooded with reports -- some by people who claimed to have been assaulted by "Occidental College," "feminists" or "Fatty McFatFat.
December 13, 2013 | By Bradley Zint and Jeremiah Dobruck
Reports of a man with a gun Friday night at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, later determined to be unfounded, began as a verbal dispute between two customers, police said. Costa Mesa police Lt. Bryan Glass said the incident began as a verbal dispute between a man and woman at the Salvatore Ferragamo store. The woman told a clerk that the man had a gun. Police responded to the clerk's police call about 7:30 p.m. and within minutes had detained the man. They did not find a weapon, Glass said.
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