February 3, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The International Olympic Committee said Monday that it has intervened on behalf of workers who built venues and surrounding infrastructure at the 2014 Sochi Games. IOC President Thomas Bach said his organization found "concrete information" regarding the mistreatment of the workers. The IOC subsequently met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and an ombudsman for human rights regarding outstanding payments to the workers. "As a result," Bach said, "we found that 227 million rubles had been paid to workers in 13 companies.
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December 9, 2013 |
Federal authorities announced charges Monday against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies accused of beating jail inmates and visitors, trying to intimidate an FBI agent and other crimes following an investigation of corruption inside the nation's largest jail system. Prosecutors said they found a "wide scope of illegal conduct" by deputies and their supervisors that went beyond mistreating inmates to actively attempting to hinder an FBI investigation into jail misconduct.
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November 12, 2013 |
Eighteen and pregnant, Jessica Chandler was terrified. Taken away from her mentally ill mother and placed into the foster care system as a child, she wanted to be a good parent. "But I didn't really know what that meant," said Chandler, now a graduate student at Cal State Northridge. Although she got help from programs that taught her about child rearing, two of her sisters were less fortunate. They struggled with parenting and lost their children to the same system that once claimed them.
November 7, 2013 |
The NFL flourishes and we enable. Some 300-pound guy named Richie Incognito allegedly bullies a Miami Dolphins teammate, makes him pay for veterans' trips because the guy is a rookie, reportedly hurls racial slurs and death threats at him and gets himself suspended. We are horrified, disgusted, stunned by such behavior. Even the most avid fan sees how far this crosses the line of sports, competition and entertainment. So we talk to our buddies and express our disgust. We maybe make silly jokes about Incognito's name and where he'd like to be right now. We listen to sports talk radio, which loves to tackle things such as this, and rightly so, and which attracts similar outrage to what we are feeling, as well as the usual idiots who see everything through testosterone-laden macho prisms.
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October 15, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - A few months ago, Bob Filner was this city's most powerful political figure - a new Democratic mayor pledging to help those he said had long been ignored or mistreated by local government. But Tuesday, less than two months after he resigned in disgrace, Filner stood meekly in San Diego County Superior Court, ready to plead guilty to mistreatment of women under a deal with prosecutors that bars him from ever seeking or holding public office again. Once known for his forceful rhetoric, Filner looked submissive as he answered the judge's questions in a soft voice, admitting guilt to one felony count of false imprisonment and two of misdemeanor battery.
August 29, 2013 |
Attendance at SeaWorld parks across the country has dropped 6% in the first half of the year, but is the decline due to bad publicity or bad weather? SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has endured some harsh publicity lately with the debut this summer of "Blackfish," a documentary about the mistreatment of orca whales in captivity, particularly at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. In its latest financial report, SeaWorld Entertainment reported attendance of 10.1 million in its 11 parks in the first half of the year, down from 10.7 million in the same period in 2012.