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SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
That long and bitter fight to persuade a court to overturn the Alex Rodriguez suspension? Never mind, the New York Yankees' third baseman said Friday. Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, the players union, and Commissioner Bud Selig, according to a notice of dismissal filed by his attorneys Friday. “Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit," the union said in a statement. "His decision to move forward is in everyone's best interest.” Rodriguez filed suit last month, after an arbitrator reduced his suspension from 211 games to one full season.
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NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Robert Greene
One reason to oppose returning a Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal after an absence of 10 years is that the seal debate wasted enough time a decade ago. Another reason is that, when push comes to shove, it's just not right to feature a single religion's most recognizable symbol on an official government emblem. And the third reason is the time and money that taxpayers would have to spend on the inevitable lawsuit challenging the placement of the cross as unconstitutional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Already under fire for siphoning money into a secret fund, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been ordered to pay more than $32 million in legal bills for those it blamed for starting a 65,000-acre forest fire. In a scathing order, Superior Court Judge Leslie C. Nichols, sitting on assignment in Plumas County, accused the agency of covering up, lying and engaging in "egregious and reprehensible conduct. " "The court finds that Cal Fire's actions initiating, maintaining and prosecuting this action, to the present time, is corrupt and tainted," the judge wrote.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A Kuwaiti detainee at Guantanamo Bay is mounting a novel legal challenge to win his release, arguing in a federal lawsuit that he should be freed when U.S. combat troops pull out of Afghanistan because international law stipulates that prisoners of war be returned home once a conflict is over. The lawsuit is the latest attempt in a 12-year struggle by the Odah family of Kuwait to secure the release of a dozen Kuwaiti young men who were captured in Afghanistan after the Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014
In a groundbreaking trial over teacher job protections, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy was the early star witness - for both sides. The case, Vergara vs. California, challenges a set of laws that affect how teachers are fired, laid off and granted tenure. Advocates contend that these regulations hinder the removal of ineffective teachers, diminishing the quality of the teacher workforce - an effect, they say, that disproportionately hurts low-income and minority students. This outcome make these laws unconstitutional, they contend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 | Steve Lopez
When I asked for a list of all the claims filed against the city of Los Angeles by people who have tripped and injured themselves on city sidewalks, I didn't realize I might throw my back out just lifting the document. OK, a slight exaggeration. But the list is 98 pages long, and since 2007 the city has paid out several million dollars annually. While a few of the cases involve potholes or crumbling playgrounds, this is primarily a pedestrian vs. pavement problem, with the pavement always winning.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By August Brown
After joining the L.A. hard-core band Black Flag, Henry Rollins became one of the most intense frontmen in rock. Yet even he had to take a back seat to the hold that Cool "Disco" Dan held over his hometown of Washington, D.C., in the '80s. A kind of people's regional superhero, the graffiti artist Cool "Disco" Dan left his distinct tag all over the city while a new strain of funk music, go-go, became the backbeat of African American D.C. Rollins narrates "The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan," a documentary on the artist and the era (now available on DVD and streaming at cooldiscodan.com )
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Judge Josephine L. Stanton has approved a joint stipulation to dismiss the federal lawsuit filed by Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure, Damien and St. Lucy's against the Southern Section, according to a court filing on Wednesday. It's an agreement where the schools and the Southern Section will take their disagreement to binding arbitration, according to individuals with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak on the matter. The hearing is set for March 4-5 in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday formally endorsed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn job protections for California teachers that are among the most extensive in the nation.  Villaraigosa called the lawsuit “a case that really addresses the fundamental issue of our time.”  The litigation targets laws that regulate laying off, firing and granting tenure to teachers, asserting that, individually and collectively, these...
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Uber, the popular ride-sharing company, is facing a lawsuit for the death of a 6-year-old who was hit and killed by a company driver in San Francisco on New Year's Eve. Sofia Liu died after being hit by a driver while crossing a street with her brother and mother Dec. 31. The driver, Syed Muzaffar, worked for the company's UberX service. So far, Uber has distanced itself from the incident, claiming Muzaffar was not working for the company at the time of the accident because he was not giving a ride to a customer when it happened.
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