CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 |
A Los Angeles Unified School District administrator is suspected of attempting to meet a minor for the purpose of committing lewd acts, authorities said Monday. Robert Nagai, 48, was arrested Thursday in Van Nuys. He is a former assistant principal of Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills. Parents of children at the school have been informed by letter of an administrator's arrest, officials said. Los Angeles police made the arrest after an investigation in which detectives discovered that Nagai, who lives in Chatsworth, "had an ongoing inappropriate relationship with a former student," according to authorities.
August 4, 2013 |
Nine players in uniform for the Angels on Sunday weren't with the team opening day. Five of them weren't even with the team when it began its last trip. "It doesn't seem like it's a different team," said right-handed pitcher Jered Weaver , the longest-tenured Angel after seven years with the club. "It is a different team. " Among those no longer in Anaheim are third baseman Alberto Callaspo and left-hander Scott Downs , who were traded last week. "You never like to see anyone go," Weaver said.
August 3, 2013 |
When I was at the interview for my Global Entry card - a program that allows faster passage through Customs upon return to the U.S. - one of the last things the Customs and Border Protection officer said before I left was this, "Don't get arrested. " After recent reader letters, I am convinced that this was more than just a throwaway line designed to elicit a smile. If you've been arrested or CBP thinks you have been, your return to this country may be anything but a cakewalk. A July 21 On the Spot column ["At Miami Customs, a Legal Tangle"]
July 31, 2013 |
The Dodgers made a small deal at the non-waiver trade deadline, adding catching depth by acquiring minor leaguer Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins. Butera, who turns 30 next month, has appeared in 186 games over the last four seasons, including two this year. He is a career .182 hitter. Butera has spent most of this season at triple-A Rochester, where he hit .218. In exchange for Butera, the Twins will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. Butera will be assigned to triple-A Albuquerque..
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Police Department received the go-ahead Tuesday to launch an experimental mediation program that would bring officers face-to-face with people who have accused them of racial profiling. The three-year pilot program, unanimously approved by the Police Commission, will give an officer accused of racial profiling and his accuser the option in some cases of meeting to discuss the encounter where the alleged profiling occurred. Participation in the meetings will be voluntary for both sides, and volunteers trained by city officials will be neutral mediators during the sessions.
July 29, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Scott Downs signed with the Angels before 2011 because he thought they offered a great shot at pitching in the playoffs for the first time. The Angels pushed Downs a lot closer to that goal on Monday - by trading the 37-year-old left-hander to the Atlanta Braves for triple-A reliever Cory Rasmus , a move that will save $1.7 million in payroll and is an indication the team has little hope of contending this season. Downs, who went 2-3 with a 1.84 earned-run average in 43 games and is in the final year of a three-year, $15-million contract, goes from a highly disappointing club that trailed Oakland by 13 games entering Monday to a club that led the National League East by 81/2 games.
July 29, 2013 |
Scott Servais knew what he was getting himself into when he took over the Angels scouting and player development departments two years ago. The farm system he inherited was ranked as the worst in Major League Baseball by Baseball America. Two years of ill-advised trades had left the team with no minor league depth and two winters of big free-agent signings had left it void of a first-round draft pick for two years. The Angels also had virtually no presence in Latin America, a hotbed for talent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 |
In a new critique of how minorities are treated in the Antelope Valley, a judge has ruled that Palmdale violated state voting laws by maintaining an election system that hampered the ability of Latinos and blacks to win office. The judge's findings come a month after the U.S. Justice Department accused Palmdale, Lancaster and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department of a systematic effort to discriminate against minorities who received low-income subsidized housing. Federal officials said deputies conducted widespread unlawful searches of homes, performed improper detentions and used unreasonable force that specifically targeted blacks and Latinos.
July 18, 2013 |
X-rays taken earlier this week showed that the broken bone just below Peter Bourjos' right wrist hasn't fully healed, a minor setback that will delay the return of the Angels center fielder by another week or two. Bourjos, hurt when he was hit by a pitch in Houston on June 29, hoped to resume full baseball activities within two or three weeks of the injury and return by the end of July, but he has only been able to throw and run; he hasn't picked...
July 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats appear poised to attempt the most significant change to the chamber's rules in nearly four decades: ending the ability of the minority party to block executive branch nominations. The showdown could come Tuesday after a last-minute effort to negotiate a deal appeared to come up short. But several senators said talks were continuing. Emerging from a closed-door, 31/2 -hour meeting of nearly all senators Monday evening in the Old Senate Chamber, Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat, said there "was a good feeling" in the room, "but at the end of the day we didn't come up with a solution.