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July 31, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The government launched its first sweeping inquiry into the Iraq war, a potentially explosive national reckoning that will call ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair as a witness and seek evidence from former White House staff members. John Chilcot, the inquiry chairman, vowed not to shy away from embarrassing truths. But the panel is not permitted to establish criminal or civil liability. Bereaved families and anti-war activists have long called for an inquiry to consider Britain's role in a conflict that killed 179 British troops.
April 10, 1992
Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon filed notice Thursday that he will appeal a federal court judge's decision that the city acted legally last year when it investigated allegations that Vernon mixed religious and police activities. The appeal to the 9th Circuit Court will challenge Judge Stephen V.
December 2, 2002
Re "Kissinger to Lead 9/11 Inquiry," Nov. 28: Henry Kissinger in charge of the commission investigating intelligence failures leading to the 9/11 disaster? Isn't this the same man who was called before Congress on several occasions as a "China expert" but who used every opportunity to push the interests of the corporations his consulting business represented there? Oh well, let bygones be bygones. We can certainly expect a perfect report this time around from Kissinger; after all, we've been told many times, by him, that he has never made a mistake and probably never will.
October 5, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations of irregularities in the Los Angeles Community College District's choice of a watchdog for its troubled $5.7-billion construction program. Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said Monday that his office's public integrity division is examining why the college district hired a newly formed company, Policy Masters Inc., as inspector general over higher-ranked candidates. The company's founder, Christine E. Marez, had no background in independent audits and investigations.
July 1, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are investigating a county probation official suspected of steering contracts worth more than $1 million to a company where he held a second job, according to sources familiar with the inquiry. Erbie Phillips, a director in a unit responsible for procurement, was placed on administrative leave Friday, a day after The Times requested information about his financial ties to Natural Solutions, which provides cleaning supplies to the department.
November 22, 2006 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
The Sacramento County district attorney's office announced Tuesday that it had found no wrongdoing at the California Children and Family Commission, originally chaired by Hollywood entertainer Rob Reiner. Sen. Chuck Poochigian (R-Fresno) called for the investigation earlier this year after The Times reported that the commission, generally known as the California First Five Commission, used more than $20 million in tax money to air television ads touting the benefits of preschool.
February 24, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Montebello officials said Wednesday night they are contacting every bank in their city and the "general vicinity" to make sure there are no other accounts with city funds that officials don't know about and don't have on their books. The announcement came a day after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said it had opened an inquiry into two off-the-books bank accounts that city officials recently discovered, one at Union Bank and one at Banco Popular. David Demerjian, deputy district attorney in charge of the public integrity unit, said the inquiry would help his office determine whether a criminal investigation was warranted.
January 15, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The official watchdog for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will probe Sheriff Lee Baca's decision to launch an investigation in another agency's jurisdiction on behalf of a well-connected fashion magnate, an official said Friday. The Office of Independent Review's announcement comes in response to a Times article showing that Baca opened an investigation in 2006 on behalf of Guess Inc. co-founder Georges Marciano, who donated $100,000 to sheriff's charities during the investigation.
November 19, 2009 | Rich Connell
The Los Angeles County district attorney has opened an inquiry into the mayor of the City of Industry's business connections with the city to determine if conflict of interest laws may have been violated, The Times has learned. The review is focusing on Mayor David Perez and was prompted by a complaint lodged in September, said David Demerjian, head of Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's Public Integrity Division. The complaint alleged that Perez "may have a financial interest in contracts between the city and companies he's affiliated with," said Demerjian, declining to identify the complainant.
November 24, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
The paparazzi outside her door. The callers posing as someone else to glean information. The reporter who slipped a note into her daughter's backpack. It was a relentless pursuit by the press that she couldn't just make vanish, and on Thursday, the creator of boy wizard Harry Potter described the impact it had on her and her family. "It feels threatening to have people watching you," J.K. Rowling said, adding: "The cumulative effect … becomes quite draining. " She even tried chasing down a photographer who had lain in wait in front of her home when she emerged with her newborn, until her older daughter told her to "calm down.
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