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December 14, 2011 | By George Avalos
A federal grand jury has launched an inquiry into Solyndra, according to court records, an indication that scrutiny of the bankrupt solar panel maker has intensified. The existence of the grand jury investigation was disclosed in papers filed as part of Solyndra's bankruptcy petition, which followed the company's abrupt closure and dismissal of 1,100 employees in August. By the time the Fremont, Calif., maker of tubular solar panels filed for bankruptcy in September, it had received $535 million in federal loan guarantees and $1.1 billion in venture capital funding.
November 3, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Former Lance Armstrong cycling teammate Yaroslav Popovych testified before a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on Wednesday for 90 minutes, according to his attorney Kenneth Miller. "I would say that after he was finished, I don't believe he knows anything about what the grand jury is investigating," Miller said. Popovych, a 30-year-old from Ukraine who rode with Armstrong on teams sponsored by Discovery Channel, Astana and RadioShack, was served with a subpoena after participating in a charity ride in Austin, Texas, for Armstrong's cancer foundation, Livestrong.
July 1, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
The Orange County grand jury issued a scathing report Tuesday criticizing the public administrator/public guardian's office for "egregious" mismanagement, including questionable promotions that cost hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. The report, the jurors' second on the subject, concluded "that a complete restructuring" of the office was necessary. "It was outrageous behavior," jury foreman Jim Perez said.
July 12, 1990 | Associated Press
Oliver L. North made another appearance Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating the Iran-Contra affair. It is the former White House aide's fifth appearance since June 1.
August 27, 1986
From one who spent the most frustrating year of his life on '81-'82 Grand Jury, my thanks to Robert Stewart for his in-depth articles. It's been a long time since I've seen such accurate work in your paper. He covered the two main barriers to an effective jury, i.e. the selection process and continuity gap, obviously from hours of in-depth research. The only addition I could make would be having the private sector support the system by "volunteering" managers for a year with full pay as did Arco and the Pacific Telephone Co. in my year.
March 7, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD
Officials of the Ventura County jury services office are now soliciting applications from people who want to serve on the 1994-95 Ventura County grand jury. Jury services Supervisor Sandy Hatmaker said her department is behind in the number of qualified applicants it usually has by this time of year. "We need lots of applicants," she said Thursday. "We have about 40 at this time. We've just now started advertising to accumulate the pool for this year.
October 4, 1990
The scurrilous outburst in a letter of Aug. 5 aimed at the 1989-90 Ventura County Grand Jury, apparently written by labor organizer Barry Hammitt, can actually have one beneficial result. People may be stimulated to read the 1989-90 grand jury reports, especially the report on substance abuse, which seemed to be the major cause of this peculiar outburst. Readers should be making their own judgments about significant matters discussed in the reports in order to form their own opinions.
April 16, 2000 | GINA PICCALO
Ventura County Superior Court has extended the deadline for applications to the 2000 grand jury because of a low number of applicants this year, said Sheila Gonzalez, court executive officer and jury commissioner. The court is seeking a jury pool that reflects the county's demographic diversity. The new deadline is May 5 to apply to serve during the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2001. For more information or to obtain an application, call Jury Services at 654-5025.
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