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June 17, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors Wednesday called for fundamental changes in the Probation Department after allegations that employees used department credit cards and gift cards to purchase flat-screen televisions, DVD players, video games and other items that have since gone missing. The department's new chief has asked the district attorney's office to look into the allegations against probation employees to determine whether they involve criminal wrongdoing. Donald H. Blevins, who took over the agency two months ago, promised Wednesday to "clean up" an operation that he said "lacks accountability, has substandard management practices, lacks internal control, and operational oversight."
February 3, 2010 | By Jack Leonard
A retired Los Angeles County judge who ordered that a lawyer be paid in $10 gift cards from a women's fashion store as part of a legal settlement was censured Tuesday and barred from presiding over court cases. The Commission on Judicial Performance accused Brett C. Klein of showing bias, abusing his authority and "grandstanding to the press" in a class-action lawsuit that he briefly presided over last year. The lawsuit accused a clothing store chain of violating privacy laws by asking for personal identification information when customers used credit cards to make purchases.
January 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
As cars snaked through a series of orange cones in a Compton parking lot, five shopping carts slowly filled with rifles and assault weapons. Nearby, plastic produce crates overflowed with handguns, spare gun parts and ammunition magazines. The weapons and accessories came from a gun buyback program held Monday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the agency's first such effort since 2009. Deputies sweated under unseasonably warm temperatures as they lifted weapons out of car trunks and truck beds and chalked the weapons' value on each windshield.
November 7, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a "technical error" caused its website to offer absurdly low pricing Wednesday morning, touching off a buying frenzy that was fueled by bargain hunters on social media. Many products were listed at more than 90% off, with televisions and computer monitors supposedly going for $8, video games for $18, treadmills for $33. Word of the deals spread quickly. "Spent $300 on $5800 (retail pricing) of product on the Walmart ordeal. Hopefully it goes through.
December 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The swamped malls, crowded parking lots and frantic delivery companies say it all: Christmas crunch time is here for the two-thirds of Americans who still haven't finished their holiday shopping. That's 132 million people trying to figure out last-minute gifts, according to a holiday poll conducted by Consumer Reports from Dec. 10 to 17. Of the respondents, 14% have yet to start shopping. And 17 million people - 9% of the total - will still be scrambling on Christmas Eve. So far, the average American has spent $340 on presents.
December 29, 2004
The longest lines at the mall during last week's pre-Christmas shopping crunch didn't feature people hauling merchandise but rather waiting to exchange one form of currency -- American dollars -- for another -- those nifty store cards. Some malls even set up kiosks where you could get cards redeemable for everything from manicures to meals. Once considered the cop-out gift of a lazy shopper, gift cards moved ahead of clothing this year as the most popular present.
January 31, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former security guard at a Lakers practice facility pleaded no contest Friday to stealing three of the team's championship rings and hundreds of dollars of gift cards, the L.A. County district attorney's office said. Mejía Eddie Monterroso, 23, entered his plea to grand theft of personal property and was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and three years' probation. He was also ordered to pay almost $14,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said Monterroso stole the property while he worked the night shift between Oct. 24 and Dec. 5, 2013.
November 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Like most U.S. retailers, Apple is offering its customers Black Friday deals, but customers might want to skip them. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is offering customers store gift cards with their purchases. The value of the gift card varies depending on the product customers buy. Users who purchase any Mac computer will receive a $150 gift card while customers who purchase an iPad Air will receive a $75 gift card. For those who get an iPad 2, an iPad mini or an iPod Touch, Apple will throw in a $50 gift card.
February 20, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The latest federal statistics that measure the performance of the nation's airlines offered some good news for passengers and some bad. First the good news: In 2011, the airlines set records for the lowest rate of lost or mishandled baggage and the lowest rate of passengers bumped from overbooked flights. In 2011, the Transportation Department received 3.39 reports of mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers, the lowest rate since the agency began keeping track of lost bag reports in 1988.
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