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October 5, 2011
There's more to a state Re "A win-win strategy at the U.N.," Opinion, Sept. 30 Barbara F. Walter and Andrew Kydd hail President Mahmoud Abbas' move to place Palestinian statehood on the international agenda. However, this is a case of "been there, done that. " Yasser Arafat, the former leader of the Palestinian cause, issued a "declaration of independence" in 1988. The Palestinian state was recognized by more than 100 countries. A state exists only insofar as it is recognized by others; Palestine meets this and other standards of statehood.
They are a provocative talk radio duo whose exploits have included broadcasting lurid excerpts from the purported diary of a judge accused of child molestation and questioning women in Rep. Gary Condit's office on whether they slept with their boss. Now the hosts of "The John and Ken Show" on KFI-AM (640) have grabbed a piece of another national scandal, broadcasting a string of e-mail by Los Angeles Archdiocese officials struggling to contain child molestation allegations against some priests.
November 19, 2006
Regarding "FCC backtracks on 2 charges of indecency," Nov. 8: The "F-word" is such a part of the speech of children and teens that excising it from broadcasts is ludicrous. As to the various depictions of excrement, why is "feces" OK and "poop" considered cute and acceptable for children, but not the "S-word"? It all goes back to the complaints about Howard Stern. Anytime he offended me I tuned him out, but for the most part I found him entertaining. Today I refuse to listen to Tom Leykis because he is an obnoxious bore, not because he is obscene.
November 14, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
"The John Ziegler Show" aired for the final time on Tuesday night on KFI-AM (640) and its firebrand host said his three-hour, five-nights-a-week broadcast had become a grind. "I have always had a love-hate relationship with talk radio," Ziegler told The Times. "At its best, it's a fantastic medium. At its worst it can drain your lifeblood. And I have had the lifeblood drained out of me for a period of time. It's time for me to move on from KFI's perspective and mine."
March 2, 2009
Re "A state budget analysis written with crayons," Column, Feb. 25 James Rainey's call for nuance from KFI radio fails to recognize that John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have tapped into a real, profound frustration with California's government among rational, average American listeners. To illustrate my point, I am a liberal Democrat -- far from the typical far-right audience they are believed to represent. These two men bring to light many rarely discussed truths about how our local government works to a shocked audience that is rightly spurred to action by this newfound knowledge.
April 5, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona told a judge Friday that they want the corruption case moved outside Southern California, and possibly farther, because two radio shock jocks are trying to taint the jury pool. In arguing for a change of venue, Brian A. Sun cited segments of KFI-AM (640) radio's "John and Ken Show," during which the hosts encouraged potential jurors to lie their way onto the panel and convict Carona.
July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Responding to concerns that personal information was leaving the country, the Orange County Superior Court said Monday that it would no longer rely on workers in Mexico to enter data on traffic tickets. The court amended its contract with Cal Coast Data Entry Inc. to ensure that the information -- including license numbers, birth dates and addresses -- is no longer sent electronically to the company's facility in Nogales, Mexico.
April 30, 2008
Talk-show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of KFI-AM (640) will host a screening of the documentary "Border" on Tuesday as a fundraising event for imprisoned former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Joseph Compean. The men were convicted in 2006 of a variety of charges stemming from firing shots at a suspected drug smuggler on the Mexican border. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about immigration policies with Mexico, featuring "Border" filmmaker Chris Burgard; T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council; and others.
September 16, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The 650 people who are called as possible jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona will be asked everything from their reading habits to their feelings about politicians and people who have extramarital affairs. U.S. Dist. Judge Andrew J. Guilford and lawyers for Carona and the government agreed Monday on a 12-page questionnaire that will be given to prospective jurors in the case. Attorneys for both sides will use the questionnaires -- to be issued Oct. 3 -- to help narrow the field to 12 jurors.
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