March 1, 2011 |
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who runs the House committee charged with weeding out government abuses, fired his press spokesman Tuesday after it was revealed that the aide had been sharing private correspondence from reporters with a New York Times writer. The swift-moving drama marked the end of a colorful pairing between the press-savvy Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and his outspoken front man, Kurt Bardella, who was known in some Washington circles as "Mini-me.
February 4, 2010 |
A Penn State University panel on Wednesday cleared a climate professor of falsifying data, concealing information and misusing confidential information, but ordered a full investigation into whether he violated academic standards in researching global warming. The decision followed a preliminary inquiry into questions raised by the unauthorized release in November of more than 1,000 private e-mails written by several of the world's top climate scientists, including Michael E. Mann, the Penn State professor.
October 10, 2008 |
A 19-year-old student at Middle Tennessee State University has been arrested on terrorism charges after threatening e-mails forced the cancellation of classes. Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans says Justin Davis of Nashville was charged with an act of terrorism and one count of arson. He was jailed on $500,000 bond and did not yet have a lawyer. Officials canceled classes Thursday and today after campus police said threatening e-mails suggested "large-scale devastation or destruction."
March 2, 2011 |
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who runs the House committee charged with weeding out government abuses, fired his press spokesman Tuesday after it was revealed that the aide had been sharing private correspondence from reporters with a New York Times writer. The actions marked the end of a colorful pairing between the press-savvy Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and his outspoken spokesman, Kurt Bardella, who was known in some Washington circles as "Mini-Me.
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January 26, 2008 |
A judge ruled that a man accused of infecting his ex-wife with the AIDS virus will have to disclose his sexual orientation in an upcoming civil trial. Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled Thursday that attorneys representing the man's ex-wife can use his e-mails as evidence of his "rampant, high-risk," secret homosexual lifestyle. The former couple married in July 2000 and divorced in October 2003. Both were diagnosed with HIV in October 2000. Both blame the other for their conditions.
December 19, 2002 |
E-mails from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s vice chairman describing transactions as "disguised loans" are so "explosive," a federal judge said, that he might exclude them at a fraud trial involving 11 insurers. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff is weighing whether to let jurors review e-mails from Donald Layton in a lawsuit filed by J.P. Morgan against insurers seeking to force them to pay $1 billion on surety bonds backing gas and oil transactions involving Enron Corp.
June 28, 1989 |
Kraft Inc. announced Tuesday that it is mailing $250 checks to hundreds of people who claim that they won a $17,000 van that was supposed to be the grand prize in a botched contest. Letters accompanying the checks say the payment "represents our appreciation for your understanding and good will" and that the company is "sorry for any confusion or disappointment the flawed game may have caused." Because of a printing error, the "Ready to Roll" game pieces Kraft offered last month in newspapers in the Chicago and Houston areas matched virtually all game pieces in packages of Kraft cheese, making hundreds, possibly thousands, of people apparent winners of a 1990 Dodge Caravan.
May 22, 2010 |
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong went on the attack Friday, even though he was a day removed from the Tour of California after having crashed just outside Visalia. Posted on his team's website Friday morning was a series of e-mails to and from former teammate Floyd Landis in which the disgraced cyclist appears angry and bitter, at one point ignoring pleas from his sponsor to avoid a public fight. It also was a day in which a skinny Australian named Michael Rogers battled high desert winds and a gruesome amount of up and down mountain climbing to cling to a four-second lead in the Amgen Tour of California after a 135-mile, six-hour-plus Stage 6 ride from Palmdale to Big Bear.
June 27, 2009 |
If ever there was a reminder to be cautious with e-mails, it came this week as romantic missives from South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to his Argentine lover surfaced in the national press. Sanford, a conservative Republican who disappeared for several days to rendezvous with his lover in Argentina, returned to the United States on Wednesday to find out his tryst had been exposed in the media, along with months' worth of steamy electronic exchanges between the couple.
December 12, 2009 |
It wasn't very long ago that a dinner party guest who wanted to spare the hostess any embarrassing contention simply avoided discussing religion or politics and stuck to the weather. Not anymore. In fact, it says something unutterably depressing about the state of the nation that we've finally managed to politicize even the climate. Take, for example, the controversy that erupted on the eve of the global climate conference in Copenhagen, when hackers skeptical about global warming stole and released e-mails and documents from computers at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain.