November 18, 2013 |
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India. Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place. For instance, “if people have the view that jobs in government are corrupt, people who are honest might not want to get into that system,” said Rema Hanna, an associate professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 |
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell who already has pleaded no contest to 69 corruption felonies, pleaded guilty Monday to federal tax charges in which he claimed more than $770,000 in phony losses, mostly on his horse ranch. Rizzo was dressed in a blue blazer and gray pants, as he has been for nearly all his court appearances. His hair, dyed brown when he was illegally receiving $1.5 million in annual compensation from Bell, is gray. He agreed last month to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit tax fraud and making a false income tax return.
March 15, 1988
Police in India arrested more than 25,000 people, officials said, as authorities moved to block a nationwide strike today to protest what opposition forces contend is government corruption and incompetence. The nine opposition parties sponsoring the strike have also accused the government of failure to contain Sikh separatist violence in Punjab.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 |
Federal agents searched the homes of Moreno Valley's mayor and City Council members and the offices of a major warehouse developer Tuesday as part of a broad public corruption investigation in a Riverside County town already singed by scandal. Agents with the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and local prosecutors served search warrants at the homes of Mayor Tom Owings and the four other council members and at the corporate offices of Highland Fairview, the company that has proposed a 41-million-square-foot warehouse center on the city's eastside.
January 15, 2007 |
Two men pleaded guilty to charges that resulted from a federal investigation of New Orleans government corruption during Mayor Marc Morial's administration. Former city property management director Kerry DeCay and restaurant owner Stan "Pampy" Barre, a Morial confidant, each could get up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy, mail fraud and obstruction of justice. The charges stemmed from a $65-million energy management contract awarded to Johnson Controls Inc. in 2002.
January 15, 2013 |
During the Vietnam War, Sen. George Aiken, a Vermont Republican, was famous for suggesting that we declare victory and go home. (What he actually said is a little more nuanced, but that was the popular perception.) President Obama seems to be pursuing a version of this strategy in Afghanistan. At least that is the inference one can draw from his claims of success at a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday in which the two leaders unveiled an acceleration of the timetable for U.S. troops to step back from combat.