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March 5, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Two defense contractors and a corporation have been found guilty of being part of a fraud and bribery scheme involving phony payments for the repair of military aircraft at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado. Robert Ehnow and Joanne Loehr, owners of Poway-based companies, were convicted Monday of showering Navy officials with gifts and cash in exchange for millions of dollars in payments for work supposedly done on planes at the Fleet Readiness Center. Loehr's firm, Centerline Industrial Inc., also was convicted.
February 6, 2013 |
The mud and floodwaters that ravaged the East Coast when Superstorm Sandy roared ashore three months ago have been supplanted by a sea of red tape, leaving thousands of residents and businesses in limbo as they await insurance funds or help from the federal government. Some have used savings or loans to get back into their homes or reopen businesses. Others remain in temporary housing or hotels, or face the winter in frigid, unfinished housing, resulting in a staggered state of recovery that bodes ill for a region trying to make itself whole again.
June 28, 2012 |
Alex Trebek will take "relief" for $500. The "Jeopardy!" host is recovering well after suffering a mild heart attack Saturday. The beloved quiz man, who experienced a similar attack five years ago, said he sought treatment at the insistence of his wife. "She was very adamant and had tears in her eyes," Trebek told People. "I didn't want to upset her more than I had already so I went - and she was right. " The 71-year-old was making some home repairs and, after moving a heavy ladder, experienced shooting pain in his chest and back.
March 20, 2012
Colleagues of the late Sen. Ted Stevens are calling for the heads of six federal prosecutors who concealed evidence from the Alaska Republican's lawyers at his 2008 corruption trial. They may not get their wish for a while - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is awaiting a report by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility - but in the meantime, Congress can make it harder for overzealous and negligent government lawyers to subject other defendants to the sort of outrageous ordeal Stevens endured.
January 8, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Mormons targeted - The Securities and Exchange Commission has accused several Utah residents of operating a Ponzi scheme that victimized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In a Dec. 29 lawsuit filed in federal court in Utah, the SEC alleged that Joseph Nelson and his associates targeted investors at church functions, telling them they could double their money if they invested with Nelson's companies.
December 26, 2011 |
When Bob and Lynn Forthman joined Ashby Village in July 2010, they never figured they'd need its services so soon. The virtual village in Berkeley is one of 65 nationwide, with 120 more in the works. The volunteer-driven networks are meant to help seniors continue living in their homes by delivering a multitude of services they no longer can do for themselves and to help them stay engaged through social events. What started with the first village in 2001 in Boston has become a fast-growing phenomenon that could fill a crucial gap as baby boomers age and longevity increases.