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OPINION
February 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In America you're innocent until proven guilty. But the federal government can seize your assets before trial and prevent you from using them to hire the lawyer of your choice, even though the right to counsel is protected by the 6th Amendment. That's an injustice, and it was compounded this week by the Supreme Court. In 2007, Kerri Kaley, a sales representative for a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and her husband Brian were indicted on charges that they had participated in a scheme to resell medical devices allegedly stolen from hospitals; they maintained that the hospitals no longer had any use for the devices.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez, David Zahniser and Ben Welsh
Two top commanders who oversaw hiring and training at the Los Angeles Fire Department have been reassigned after officials learned their sons advanced during a recruitment process that has come under scrutiny at City Hall. Interim Fire Chief James G. Featherstone learned about the situation after being appointed last November and concluded that it posed a potential conflict of interest, his spokesman said Friday. "He immediately recognized this was not appropriate," spokesman Peter Sanders said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
VISTA -- Tim Lambesis, lead singer for the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who had filed for divorce. Lambesis, 32, a resident of Carlsbad, faces a possible nine years in prison for soliciting a murder when sentenced May 2, according to prosecutors in the Superior Court case. In divorce papers, his wife alleged that he had become emotionally distant, was preoccupied with bodybuilding and touring, and spent money irresponsibly, including on numerous tattoos.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Amazon.com Inc. and The Home Depot Inc., both giants in their respective retail fields, are heralding the arrival of spring with major hiring surges. E-commerce king Amazon said it will take on more than 2,500 full-time workers in several states as the company's stable of fulfillment centers expands. The employees will be hired to pick, pack and ship customer orders at facilities in Virginia, Kansas, South Carolina, Washington and Tennessee. The online retailer said it hired more than 20,000 fulfillment center workers last year and that the median pay at the sites is 30% higher than the pay at traditional retail jobs.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
When Liz Davidson told friends 15 years ago that she was quitting her job running a hedge fund, they thought she was misguided. Then Davidson revealed her new career plan, and they thought she was really nuts. She launched a company that gives financial guidance to average Americans through their jobs. Employers hire Financial Finesse Inc. to provide group workshops and one-on-one counseling to workers on topics such as debt management, college savings and elder care. It was a noble goal but a long shot.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher and Ricardo Lopez
SACRAMENTO - California has announced a sweeping overhaul of its troubled Employment Development Department, following months of turmoil that left thousands of Californians struggling to get their unemployment benefits. A top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday ordered the agency to hire hundreds of new workers and pay overtime to staffers to beef up the EDD's woeful customer service. In recent months, jobless workers have found it nearly impossible to reach agents at EDD for assistance after a computer glitch interrupted payments.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Steve Sarkisian became USC's coach in December and he did not complete his staff until two weeks ago. But Sarkisian is confident that on Wednesday, the first day that high school football players can sign national letters of intent, the Trojans staff will close a short recruiting season with a flourish. "It's always great to make a statement there at the very end," Sarkisian said. Sarkisian's first USC class will be the final one recruited and signed under NCAA sanctions.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Adrian Klemm knows how the other half lives. The UCLA offensive line coach returned from a recruiting trip in December, only to find he was the one being wooed. USC Coach Steve Sarkisian had called to make Klemm an offer few could refuse, one that all but included the deed to the McKay Center. But UCLA Coach Jim Mora was on his way to the airport to greet Klemm carrying his own offer, one unprecedented for a Bruins assistant coach. Klemm, selected the Pac-12 Conference's recruiter of the year in 2012 by the recruiting websites Sports 24/7 and Scout.com, stayed with UCLA, accepting an offer believed to be about $700,000 annually.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
On Thursday, in the last line of the press release announcing Mayor Eric Garcetti's pick for general manager of the Department of Water and Power, was news of another hire: David Wiggs, it said, would return to the agency to serve as assistant general manager of its power system. Wiggs was previously general manager of the city-owned utility from 2001 to 2004, when he resigned for health reasons; he'd been on leave while undergoing treatment for cancer. He left, however, amid a scandal: A public relations firm with close ties to then-Mayor James Hahn had routinely overbilled the DWP. The utility was paying FleishmanHillard $3 million a year to improve its public image, and the firm worked closely with Wiggs, even writing his talking points when he spoke to the City Council.
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