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January 8, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Prompted by the uproar over an incident of alleged racial harassment at San Jose State University, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced Wednesday the formation of a special committee addressing hate crimes at California universities. “Over these past few years we have seen too many incidents on California college campuses perpetrated by people with malicious intent to harm or demean others,” Pérez said in a statement. “We need to act vigorously to ensure that our campuses are welcoming to all and reflective of the rich diversity of this great state.
December 12, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter has caused an uproar with a controversial change to its blocking policy. It used to be that when you blocked a user, it meant that person could not follow you and could not track your updates on the service. Now even if you block someone, that person can still see everything you do, interact with you and receive your updates in his or her timeline. You just won't see that person's activity on Twitter. That means blocked users can retweet or favorite your tweets.
November 11, 2013 | Wire reports
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he's appalled by Jonathan Martin 's allegations of daily harassment by teammates. Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday and that he has been in touch with the tackle through text messages. "I'd like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening," Ross said.
November 9, 2013 | SANDY BANKS
It's hard to think of Jonathan Martin as a hapless victim of bullying. He's 6 foot 5, 312 pounds, with a Stanford education and a job he loves. At least he seemed to love it until last week, when he walked away from the Miami Dolphins football team because of what he considered relentless torment and his teammates considered harmless hijinks. Was it bullying or bonding? The conduct included racial slurs, ugly insults and crude threats -- packaged as an effort to toughen up a young player who loves literature as much as he loves football.
November 9, 2013 | Sam Farmer
What a depressing, dispiriting week in the NFL. The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation is an embarrassment to the Miami Dolphins and the NFL, and gets worse with each hour that someone of authority doesn't step up and condemn those hateful, despicable voice and text messages. A quick review: After an apparent emotional breakdown, Martin, a second-year tackle, walked away from the team and his starting job. Incognito, a veteran guard, is believed to have harassed him with ugly messages that were threatening and bigoted.
November 4, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
A week after Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin walked away from the team amid alleged threats and racially charged harassment from a fellow offensive lineman, the NFL is looking into whether the team played a role in allowing the bullying culture to flourish. At the center of the controversy is guard Richie Incognito, who late Sunday was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins for conduct detrimental to the team. Earlier Sunday, the Dolphins issued a statement that dismissed reports of bullying by Incognito as "speculation.
November 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A convicted sex offender was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of harassing children and offering them candy at a Halloween party in  northern San Diego County, authorities said. Danny Shaw, 29, was arrested on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender as required by California law and on suspicion of being a sex offender harassing children. Shaw was arrested at the Trick or Treat event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in rural Ramona. The event had drawn upward of 1,000 children.
October 29, 2013 | By David Zahniser and James Rainey
The woman who has accused Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar of engaging in sexual harassment filed a lawsuit Tuesday to keep the city from forcing her to provide testimony for a special committee investigating her harassment claims. Michael Eisenberg, the lawyer for former Huizar aide Francine Godoy, said his client received a subpoena last week instructing her to appear as part of an inquiry by the Special Committee on Investigative Oversight, a five-member panel convened last summer in response to her discrimination and sexual harassment complaint.
October 29, 2013 | By James Rainey and David Zahniser
The woman who has accused Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar of sexual harassment filed a second lawsuit Tuesday, claiming that city officials are attempting to intimidate her by forcing her to testify a day before she is due to give birth. Former Huizar aide Francine Godoy's lawsuit asks a judge to block the city's attempt to compel her to speak to an investigator representing the city Wednesday, one day before the suit says she is scheduled to have a caesarean section. Godoy claims that the subpoena issued to her last week is designed to preempt the proper questioning she would undergo in her lawsuit against Huizar, her onetime boss at City Hall.
October 24, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson offered a full-throated endorsement of Councilman Jose Huizar this week, just three months after he ordered the creation of a panel to review sexual harassment allegations against him. "Mr. Huizar is like my brother, my best friend on the council," said Wesson, headlining the kickoff event of Huizar's reelection campaign Tuesday at Exchange Los Angeles, a downtown nightclub. "I trust him with my life, he does the same for me. " Those comments, captured on a video later obtained by The Times, were made at a fundraiser attended by lobbyists, business leaders, labor leaders and real estate executives.
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