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August 27, 2012 | By Richard Simon, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - This city known for its eclectic assortment of monuments could soon get another one: the Man in the Sea Memorial Monument, a tribute to military divers. Congress has been asked to bless the privately funded 11-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a diver in helmet and suit, to be erected on the waterfront at the Washington Navy Yard, once the home of the Navy Diving School.  Planning has been underway for several years, but the nonprofit group pushing the project hopes to reach new depths in its $10-million fundraising drive with a congressional endorsement.
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August 18, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Talk about an electric fundraising effort: This week Matthew Inman, the guy behind the comic website The Oatmeal, launched an online campaign to raise money to buy Nikola Tesla's last laboratory and turn it into a museum. In less than 48 hours the campaign had raised more than half a million dollars, $400,000 of which was donated in the first 20 hours. That may sound kind of insane. Then again, everything that has to do with Nikola Tesla is kind of insane. This is the man credited with inventing AC electric current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, radio tubes and improved turbine engines, among many other crazily futuristic things -- all at the turn of the 20th century.
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April 10, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
A nonprofit group has filed a bias complaint against Wells Fargo accusing the lender of poorly maintaining the foreclosed homes it owns in what the nonprofit calls Latino and black neighborhoods compared with those it owns in white areas. The complaint by the National Fair Housing Alliance to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development comes after the group released a report last week concluding that in nine big American cities, foreclosed homes were taken much better care of in what it calls white neighborhoods than in those with residents of color.
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March 29, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Political treasurer Kinde Durkee is expected to plead guilty to mail fraud charges and could face up to 12 years in prison for allegedly pilfering more than $7 million from at least 50 candidates and nonprofit groups, according to people close to the case. Durkee is scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Sacramento to face five counts of mail fraud involving the misuse of campaign accounts for clients including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Federal prosecutors have approved a plea agreement in which they will recommend that the judge consider a sentencing range of 8 to 12 years, said people with knowledge of the deal.
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March 21, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Three nonprofit groups that represent low-income families intend to file a class action lawsuit alleging that thousands of tenants in Los Angeles housing projects were improperly charged for trash removal by the city. The lawsuit, slated to be filed Wednesday, contends that residents in 14 housing projects are owed $8 million for payments they made over the last four years. The Western Center on Law and Poverty, working with two other advocacy groups, said residents at Jordan Downs, Ramona Gardens and a dozen other locations signed leases that identified "rubbish removal" as a service covered by the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles.
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February 19, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles city dwellers once enjoyed a sanctuary of gnarled oaks, serene pools and exotic ferns on Griffith Park's southwestern edge. But four decades of neglect have left the 20-acre Fern Dell retreat a shabby relic of its former self, which is why a band of park lovers is now trying to restore it to its early Hollywood heyday. "Fern Dell is in pretty bad shape, but it is not too late to save it," said Bernadette Soter, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Friends of Griffith Park . The volunteer group has launched a campaign to rejuvenate the 95-year-old stream-fed garden spot, restoring its 17 footbridges, ripping out thickets of invasive ivy and bamboo, and beefing up security.
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November 19, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The 90037 ZIP Code in South Los Angeles has about 60,000 residents. And by some estimates, almost 12,000 feral cats. Colonies of the strays roam the alleys and backyards of these low-income neighborhoods. L.A.'s mild weather means the cats come into season frequently, breeding like wild. Add to that residents' inability to seek veterinary care when most are struggling to make ends meet, rescue groups say. "I can hear them right outside my window when they're fighting and mating," said Cydney Fellows, a retired high-rise window washer who lives near Vermont Avenue and 22nd Street.
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November 9, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- With temperatures dropping in Sacramento, some state lawmakers are migrating to the sunny beaches of Hawaii this week for a conference at a luxury resort, subsidized and attended by special interests that lobby the Legislature. About 15 lawmakers are scheduled to attend the annual gathering in Maui, where they will stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel on the tab of the Independent Voter Project, a nonprofit policy group largely funded by business and labor interests.
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September 18, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
A Southern California lawmaker who helped defeat legislation opposed by Kaiser is benefiting from a business relationship with the nonprofit health group. The proposal, which died in the Legislature earlier this month after a dispute over its provisions, would have required state approval for health insurers including Kaiser to raise their rates. State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate Health Committee, owns a corporation that leases an office building to Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park.
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September 14, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
Giving a boost to the new healthcare law, a coalition of hospitals, insurers, drug makers and consumer advocates is joining a multimillion-dollar campaign to get Americans signed up for health insurance starting in 2014. The new nonprofit group, called Enroll America, plans a state-by-state effort to publicize the expanded availability of health coverage and to help state leaders put in place procedures to simplify enrollment. The law signed by President Obama last year requires most Americans to get insurance starting in 2014.
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