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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Two state senators asked Tuesday for a hearing into the repeated problems in UC Irvine's medical programs, including the failure of the liver transplant program and questions of nepotism involving top executives. In a letter to the heads of the Senate Education and Health committees, Sens.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
An in-house inquiry into the last of six cases of possible nepotism in hiring by UC Irvine's medical program found nothing improper, officials said Thursday. The university's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity said it found no violations in the employment of Bruce V. McGraw Jr., the brother of Maureen Zehntner, interim chief executive of UCI Medical Center in Orange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
An investigation into five cases of possible nepotism in hiring at UCI Medical Center found nothing improper, university officials said Wednesday. A sixth case is still being investigated. UC Irvine's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity said it found no violations in the hiring of a sister and cousin of interim hospital Chief Executive Maureen Zehntner; the daughter of former hospital Chief Executive Dr. Ralph Cygan; and the son and daughter of medical school Dean Dr. Thomas Cesario.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The oldest son of Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson received $30,000 last year from a supposedly independent political fundraising committee whose initial treasurer said the group was organized with help from Wesson's office. When interviewed last week, Herb Wesson III would not specifically describe what he did for the money or for whom he worked beyond saying that he provided "advice and some relationship-building."
SPORTS
February 26, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
The jerseys say Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Washington State. They might as well read Sutton and Son, Knight and Son and Bennett and Son, because when each school's basketball coach decides it is time to step down, his son is slated to succeed him.
SPORTS
February 26, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
USC Coach Pete Carroll knows the most loyal person on his staff is the guy coaching the tight ends. It's his son Brennan, 26. Brennan, who played tight end at Pittsburgh, joined the USC staff as a graduate assistant after his father's first season and is in his fourth year at the school, his second as a full-time assistant. "The thing that's fun about it for me is competing together," Pete Carroll said. Brennan called it "a blast."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
UCI Medical Center says it is investigating whether nepotism rules were violated when it hired three relatives of the hospital's interim chief executive. Maureen Zehntner told UC Irvine officials she had a brother, sister and cousin employed at the Orange hospital after The Times reported last week that children of other top medical administrators had been hired there, university spokeswoman Susan Menning said Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Three children of top executives in UC Irvine's medical programs have received jobs with the hospital and medical school in recent years, records and interviews show. The son and daughter of medical school dean Dr. Thomas C. Cesario, who also are doctors, and the daughter of the recently resigned chief executive of the Orange hospital, Dr. Ralph Cygan, work for UCI or have worked there. In addition, the hospital has purchased artwork from a gallery owned by the wife of its chief medical officer.
WORLD
December 13, 2005 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
The Kurdish security forces who have made northern Iraq an oasis of comparative safety must be vigilant and brave on the job, says the 19-year-old policeman. And, of course, in Sulaymaniyah they must be members of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. "They have to know who you are and where you're from," says Awjin Salaheddin, who owes his job on the police force to the political party.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2005 | Stephen Braun and Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writers
The president of the Orleans Levee Board, who played a key role in decisions about the construction of levees that failed during Hurricane Katrina, resigned Thursday amid allegations that he awarded contracts to relatives after the storm struck and collected $97,000 in questionable back pay in the weeks before the storm hit. James P. Huey, who had served as the board's president for nine years, submitted his resignation to Gov.
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