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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Colorado man has acknowledged that he called media outlets to report that a 7-foot alligator had been captured at a Los Angeles lake -- a report that turned out to be a hoax. Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong said Friday that James Solvig is under investigation on suspicion of criminal impersonation. No charges have been filed. The alligator, known as "Reggie," was dumped in a Harbor City lake several months ago.
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SPORTS
July 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A group of parents have decided to fight back against the decision of Corona Santiago's administration to force out boys' basketball coach David Humphreys. In an email, representatives say they have more than 150 petitioners requesting a school board meeting or hearing seeking the reinstatment of Humphreys, who had been the coach for five years. "Our parents are outraged," according to the email sent to media outlets. This is the second controversy this summer involving the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
Some of you have suggested that we ink-stained newspaper wretches seem like a bunch of charity cases. Now comes proof positive that you were (at least partly) right. Every few days in recent weeks, there's been a new report about the advance of nonprofit journalism in California. Philanthropists big and small have stepped up to fill the financial void left as advertising -- and staffing -- at traditional news outlets has withered away. Sponsors announced the biggest and most ambitious of the new nonprofit reporting endeavors last week as San Francisco venture capitalist, philanthropist and bluegrass aficionado Warren Hellman pledged $5 million to create a new journalism operation in the Bay Area.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Timothy Jorden was well-known in the Buffalo, N.Y., area. His career began with a position as a weapons expert in the Army's Special Forces, included a stint as medic and eventually settled into  civilian life as a respected physician and surgeon. But the former military man also had his demons, ones that chased him through a series of incidents -- including cases of domestic violence, police said. On Friday, Jorden's body was found in a heavily wooded area in Lake View, N.Y., part of the town of Hamburg outside of Buffalo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
The suspect in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan in San Francisco this week was released from county jail late Friday, after prosecutors said there wasn't sufficient evidence to charge the man. Michael Montgomery, 21, was released shortly after 9 p.m., according to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. He was one of two men held for questioning after the stabbing death of Jonathan Denver, 24, following a Dodgers-Giants game Wednesday. Denver, who was dressed in Dodgers apparel, was stabbed during an altercation with a group of Giants fans over the teams' rivalry, police said.
SPORTS
November 1, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
No timetable is set to replace Randy Bernard, whose departure as chief executive of the Izod IndyCar Series sparked a storm of protest from some media outlets and fans this week, interim IndyCar Chief Executive Jeff Belskus said Thursday. Making his first public comments since Sunday, when IndyCar announced that Bernard had stepped down, Belskus acknowledged in an interview that "Randy was very popular" and that IndyCar "has a lot of passionate fans. " "We do plan to conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement," said Belskus, who is also CEO of IndyCar's parent, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.
NATIONAL
August 9, 2012 | By Jenny Deam, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
DENVER -- James Egan Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20, is expected to be in court Thursday in a hearing to unseal more details about the case. Twenty news media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, have joined in a motion to ease a strict gag order imposed on the case by District Court Judge William Sylvester. That order bans anyone connected with the case from discussing it, including those at the University of Colorado.
NEWS
May 18, 2012 | By James Rainey
The Los Angeles Times will use a $1-million grant from the Ford Foundation to expand its coverage of key beats, including immigration and ethnic communities in Southern California, the southwest U.S. border and the emerging economic powerhouse of Brazil. Times Editor Davan Maharaj announced the grant Thursday, calling it "great news" that will bolster coverage of subjects vitally important to readers. A Ford Foundation spokesman said that as media organizations face challenges in funding reporting through advertising and traditional revenue streams, "we and many other funders are experimenting with new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Instead of probing how other media outlets are doing their jobs, CNN media critic Howard Kurtz spent a big chunk of his Sunday morning show "Reliable Sources" being questioned about his own work. Kurtz took heat last week for a piece he wrote for the Daily Beast about NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay. Kurtz criticized the piece Collins wrote for Sports Illustrated because Kurtz claimed the athlete didn't acknowledge that he had once been engaged to a woman. Kurtz also made a video about the story that mocked Collins for a website called Daily Download to which he contributes.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By James Rainey
Like many fast-moving news events of the past, the mass shooting in Connecticut on Friday proved that speed can be the enemy of accuracy when it comes to news reporting. Many news organizations misreported the identity of the suspect in the elementary school killings, and at least three - Fox News, Huffington Post and Slate - posted the wrong man's Facebook page. “News outlets are torn between the pressure to be first and the obligation to be right, and 11 times out of 10 it's the pressure to be first that prevails,” said Marty Kaplan, a journalism professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  "And yet each subsequent news story that illustrates the danger of doing that fails to stop it, just as each successive shooting fails to raise the issue of gun control to the level of salience it needs to be. I think the sad truth is, we will never learn our lesson.” PHOTOS: Connecticut school shooting Many media outlets - including CNN, ABC, NBC, the Los Angeles Times and Fox News - initially cited law enforcement sources as identifying the man responsible for the shootings as Ryan Lanza, 24. The suspect was later identified by authorities as Adam Lanza, 20, whom many news outlets identified as Ryan's younger brother.
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