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July 21, 2010 | Dennis J. Ventry Jr., Dennis J. Ventry Jr. is a professor at UC Davis School of Law specializing in tax policy and legal ethics.
Here we go again. Another legislative session, another well-funded campaign waged by Intuit Corp. to abolish California's free, innovative and wildly popular electronic tax filing programs, ReadyReturn and CalFile. These two programs provide California taxpayers with a reliable, voluntary, safe and free way to calculate and file their taxes. ReadyReturn offers an already completed state tax return using information in the state's possession (from a W-2, for instance) as a starting point.
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction at the end of the Cold War, according to the White House. A day before Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had worked out a 10-year deal that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft joint use of Philippine military and training bases on a rotational basis.
October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
April 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX, hastily called a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., where he outlined an array of matters confronting his upstart company. A cryptic email was sent to media around 9 p.m. Pacific time Thursday that said he would "make an important SpaceX announcement" the next day at the National Press Club. The big announcement, however, wasn't quite clear. Musk made several revelations during the half-hour event. First, he provided an update on SpaceX's goal of creating the world's first fully reusable rocket - the holy grail in rocketry.
February 5, 2004 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
James A. Kay Jr., a radio tower tycoon from Las Vegas with houses in four states and Mexico, says all he wants to do is build a weekend home and hobby ranch on Castro Peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. As modest as he makes it sound, his project has pitted him against Los Angeles County, the National Park Service, the California Coastal Commission and two dozen neighbors, whom he dismisses as "hillbillies."
July 23, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Sheriff's deputies' use of force on inmates in Los Angeles County lockups has increased sharply in the first half of 2013, according to two reports presented to the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday about ongoing efforts to reduce jail violence. A report from special counsel Merrick Bobb found that the number of incidents rose nearly 29% from Jan. 1 to July 6 compared with the same period in 2012. An official with the county Sheriff's Department said there had been a 34% increase to date.
February 15, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Reporting From Minneapolis ? Dress up the dunk and muse about art, creativity and inspiration, and cue some soft symphonic music to go along as the soundtrack. Dress it down and talk about the sheer blunt-force intimidation of the message-sending dunk, and crank up Lil Wayne or Young Jeezy. Blake Griffin neatly cut to the heart of it, and, for him, the art of dunking comes down to one simple issue: ultimate control at its purest, most honest level. "That's the easiest way to finish," he said.
June 7, 1992
The unfunny thing about Patt Morrison'S "Tour de Force" (Guest Bites Town, April 19) is that all of it is true. Except, of course, for the very profitable "no-growth tour," a business I am seriously thinking of establishing--from some smaller, far-from-Los Angeles locaion--as soon as I can negotiate my way out of here. Any takers for the tour-guide positions? JAYNE GORDON-COOPER Sherman Oaks
July 26, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
Forty-two years after Pat Brown left office and 13 years after he died, his California took quite a beating last week. The visionary governor swept into office in 1959, and by the time he was swept out eight years later, he had created the 16-dam, multiple-aqueduct state water project, devised the three-tier college and university system, constructed nine major campuses and built more than 1,000 miles of freeways to connect regions of his burgeoning state.
March 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Blacks and Latinos are twice as likely as whites to report the use of force in encounters with police, according to a report that also shows that black drivers are more likely than whites to be stopped, searched, handcuffed or ticketed. Two percent of blacks and Latinos who had face-to-face encounters with police in 1999 reported force or threatened force, compared with just under 1% of whites, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics says. The report comes as Atty. Gen.
April 24, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine -- Ukrainian government troops killed at least two pro-Russia separatist gunmen in Slovyansk on Thursday and drove away others occupying key public buildings in the city of Mariupol in an operation the Kremlin condemned as the Kiev government attacking "its own people. " Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the actions in eastern Ukraine and the deployment of NATO forces in member states bordering Russia to the west had "forced" the Kremlin to order more military drills of its troops amassed on Ukraine's border.
April 23, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected, as noted below
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine government forces on Wednesday recaptured a southeastern town that had been held by separatist rebels, the Interior Ministry said. There were no casualties in the operation in the town of Svyatogorsk, according to an statement posted on the ministry's website. The ouster of the rebels was a welcome strategic gain by the Kiev government in the troubled Donetsk region, close to Ukraine's eastern border with Russia. “The recapture of Svyatogorsk is an indication that the anti-terrorist operation, which experienced certain problems last week, is now gaining momentum,” said Dmitry Tymchuk, head of Kiev-based Center for Military and Political Research.
April 23, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may demand compensation from every person caught downloading and possessing the illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But justices set aside a $3.4-million restitution order handed down against a Texas man on behalf of one victim, ruling that a single defendant who possesses the pornography may not be forced to pay the full amount of damages due the victim. The 5-4 decision upholds part of the Violence Against Women Act and opens a new chapter in compensating victims who say the online circulation of their images has forced them to relive the sexual abuse they experienced as children.
April 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are in first place, but they might not be for long if something doesn't change. "I don't think we can sustain this pace," Manager Don Mattingly said. The bullpen is overworked, enough to where the Dodgers decided to face the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday with a four-man bench so they could add hard-throwing reliever Jose Dominguez to their roster. BOX SCORE: Phillies 7, Dodgers 0 Whatever Chone Figgins' demotion to triple-A Albuquerque did to address the potential crisis was almost immediately undone by Paul Maholm, who pitched only five innings of a 7-0 defeat at Dodger Stadium.
April 19, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Amid low expectations, it came as a surprise to Western diplomats when Russia signed off on an agreement calling for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine to lay down their weapons and surrender the public buildings they have been occupying for weeks. What hasn't been surprising in the days since is Russia's apparent unwillingness to ensure that those terms are quickly and cleanly enforced. Russian President Vladimir Putin has two objectives in what the Ukrainian and Western governments say is his thinly disguised backing of the separatists.
April 16, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
This post has been updated. See note below. Follow me down the rabbit hole for a moment while we discuss the case of Kimberly Erin Caselman, a Pier 1 sales associate in San Jose who loves her job and informed her boss in November that she was two months pregnant with her second child. On the recommendation of her obstetrician, Caselman, 31, also informed Pier 1 that she was not to lift any objects heavier than 15 pounds, or climb ladders. Her pregnancy is not high-risk, but that seemed prudent, and not particularly limiting.
November 20, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
If you think home is where the heart is, "massacre" at Hollywood's Theatre of Note begs to differ. As a trio of Colorado sisters (Jacqueline Wright, Dana Wieluns and Lauren Roedy Vaughn) with a tenuous grasp on normality contemplate the sale of their aging parents' house, their squabbling becomes a microcosmic mirror for social conflicts rooted in economics, sex and race.
December 21, 1997
Re: "In Tranquil Leisure Village, Alarm Over Pepper Spray" (Dec. 13): If the private security force in Camarillo's Leisure Village thinks it needs pepper spray in its arsenal, it's time for Leisure Village to change security forces. Ridiculous! ED SHOOP Somis
April 16, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
MAALOULA, Syria - From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below. "If you hear any movement, throw hand grenades immediately!" a general advised on his two-way radio as he peered at the battle unfolding like a distant video game at the bottom of the hill. On Tuesday, Syrian forces were targeting the remnants of a rebel force in this historic town, long a center of Christian worship and pilgrimage.
April 15, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are revisiting the department's policy governing when and how deputies can use physical force, in light of a court ruling last year that officers can be held liable even for actions that led up to a shooting. The daughter of Shane Hayes, a mentally ill man who was shot and killed in his home by San Diego County sheriff's deputies after brandishing a knife, filed a wrongful death suit against the department. She argued that the deputies provoked the confrontation that led to the shooting.
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