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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
April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather
One of two men arrested in 2011 by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies now accused of planting guns as evidence pleaded no contest to a charge stemming from the false arrest and was sentenced to time in jail, officials said Wednesday. Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said Johnny Yang had already pleaded no contest to possessing ecstasy in the presence of a firearm before investigators determined the evidence was planted. Yang was sentenced to a year in jail as a result, Robison said, but it was unclear how much time he served.
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.
April 22, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Laura Prepon has something to say about those Tom Cruise dating rumors: They're false, people. The "Orange Is the New Black" star addressed the reports linking her to the A-lister head-on in a Monday interview with She Knows  just ahead of the June 6 Season 2 premiere of the Netflix series. The dating rumors were first reported in the fall by Grazia and resurfaced last week when Page Six said the actors were an item. PHOTOS: Famous Scientologists " It's just so funny that, when people don't know, they just make stuff up, [like]
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
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.
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:
April 21, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A healthy woman has a routine mammogram to check for signs of breast cancer, and the results aren't normal. Her doctors run further tests, such as additional imaging or a biopsy. Ultimately, she gets a clean bill of health. But what is the emotional cost of this false-positive result? This is the question that researchers try to answer in a study published online Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors examined data from a large clinical trial of digital mammography and concluded that false-positives produced a “significant increase in anxiety,” though it was only temporary.
April 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an antiabortion group's free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in 2010 by then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat. He had voted for President Obama's healthcare law and was facing a tough race for reelection. The antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a campaign to unseat Driehaus, preparing to run billboard ads saying, "Shame on Steve Driehaus!
April 3, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A student government commissioner at UCLA was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment after a fellow student alleged he had sexually assaulted her within the past several months, university police said. Omar Arce, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned on the false imprisonment charge Friday after he was taken to the West Hollywood sheriff's station, said Nancy Greenstein, a spokeswoman for the UCLA Police Department. The school's student body president initially announced that Arce had faced a sexual assault charge, but Greenstein said that was inaccurate.
March 28, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
After initial reports of a hostage situation at Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles police said Thursday night that they had found no gunman or hostages at the facility. At least 20 police cars sped to Bruno Street in Chinatown after getting a call that a gunman was holding several people hostage inside a building. LAPD Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas said police had received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at 130 Bruno St. -- the site of Homeboy Industries -- holding six to eight people inside.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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