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September 30, 2007 | Jeannette Rivera-Lyles, Orlando Sentinel
jayuya, puerto rico -- For 100 years, the Atienzas have grown coffee on an intensely green mountainside among the island's highest peaks. Their 340-acre plantation is one of the last strongholds in an industry that a century ago earned Puerto Rico a reputation, from Paris to Vatican City, for growing some of the best coffee in the world.
September 20, 2007 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose aging electrical system left thousands of residents in the dark during last month's heat wave, is bracing for yet another looming crisis: an exodus of older skilled workers. Half of the DWP's 8,100 employees will be eligible to retire within a decade, many of them veteran employees in critical frontline jobs that require years of training.
July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Northwest Airlines Corp. said it canceled 8% of its flights Monday as disruptions linked to a pilot shortage extended into a fourth day. Northwest wouldn't disclose how many flights were affected, spokesman Roman Blahoski said. Airline data tracker FlightStats, which includes cargo service in its totals, said Northwest scrubbed 119 flights, or more than 8% of its schedule.
June 11, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Nicole Oswell was a straight-A student passionately interested since first grade in following in her mother's footsteps as a registered nurse. But she had to wait two years to get into Los Angeles Trade Tech's nursing program, she said, her frustration mounting as national nursing shortages worsened. Lizbeth Gutierrez got lucky. Her wait was only six months.
May 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Secret Service expects to borrow more than 2,000 immigration officers and federal airport screeners next year to help guard an ever-expanding field of presidential candidates. It also expects to shift 250 of its own agents from investigations to security details. The agency has a $110-million budget for campaign protection. It spent a record $65 million for the 2004 election.
May 20, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
Nearly four years after the worst wildfires in state history raged across Southern California, officials have yet to implement some of the key reforms developed in the aftermath of the disaster that killed more than two dozen people and destroyed thousands of homes. The state faces another potentially disastrous fire season, with the Southland recording its driest year on record. Already, there have been several major blazes this year -- far earlier than usual.
April 24, 2007 | Lee Romney and Scott Gold, Times Staff Writers
Saying he was unimpressed with a state plan to address a crippling staff shortage in California's mental hospitals, a U.S. district judge Monday gave the Department of Mental Health another month to submit a more comprehensive solution. In February, Judge Lawrence K. Karlton ordered state mental health officials to produce a plan that would stem the flow of mental health clinicians to better-paying jobs with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
April 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An irate judge halted the prosecution of 42 criminal defendants, saying the underfunded public defender's office in New Orleans is not providing adequate representation. State Judge Arthur Hunter also ordered 16 of the defendants released from jail even though they have not made bail. Hunter set a May 7 hearing for dozens of other defendants who he said are poor but cannot get adequate representation.
April 5, 2007 | Scott Gold and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers
State-employed psychiatric technicians, psychologists and other healthcare workers are readying a series of demonstrations designed to draw attention to California's mental hospitals, which are beset with a staffing crisis that employees contend is eroding safety and patient care. Members of the California Assn.
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