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July 24, 2012 | By David Ng
New parking fees at the Getty Research Institute in Brentwood have prompted an online petition to protest the change. The petition claims that the new fees are a financial burden to academic researchers, many of whom rely on the GRI for their work.  Starting July 30, the GRI will start charging library readers for parking. The cost will be $15 per visit. The Getty is also selling parking passes, ranging from $50 to $275, that allow for various levels of unlimited parking.   Ron Hartwig, the Getty's chief spokesman, said in an interview that the decision was "difficult to reach.
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BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said a deal has been reached between the agency and mobile carriers that will make smartphone unlocking legal. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agreement will ensure customers are allowed to unlock their devices as well as receive information from their carriers on how and when they can do so. Smartphone unlocking allows users to switch the carriers that provide service for their devices. Some carriers like to keep the devices they sell locked to prevent customers from taking their smartphones to their rivals.
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BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Shan Li
Weeks after news about Wal-Mart's alleged involvement with bribery in Mexico surfaced, rank-and-file workers at the nation's largest retailer have taken their calls for change online. Venanzi Luna, a department manager at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Pico Rivera, created an online petition at Change.org urging the company to undertake "a thorough and independent investigation" into allegations of widespread use of bribery and corruption to gain approval for new stores in Mexico.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facing growing regulatory challenges, Airbnb rolled out the red carpet on Tuesday morning, welcoming hundreds of Airbnb hosts and the media horde to a press conference at its splashy new San Francisco headquarters. It was a move designed to draw positive attention to the so-called “sharing” economy. Airbnb is battling regulators in New York and other cities that say it is illegal for tenants to sublet their homes. New York's attorney general Eric Schneiderman has filed a subpoena seeking the records of 15,000 of its hosts.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A petition was presented Thursday to the Ohio attorney general's office, calling for a continuing investigation of the Steubenville rape case that shocked the nation . The online petition, with 70,000 signatures, calls on Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine's office to continue investigating the incident to ensure all of the people who were involved, either directly or as onlookers, are prosecuted, Kate Londen, communications manager for Choice USA, told the Los Angeles Times. Two high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, have been accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl at an alcohol-fueled party Aug. 11. Other partygoers, including athletes, used social media to propagate the alleged attack, especially through Twitter and by posting pictures on Instagram.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is taking his message on Department of Water and Power salary negotiations directly to the public, calling on Angelenos to support him by signing an online petition entitled "Fix DWP!" The new petition drafted by Garcetti asks Angelenos to support him as he attempts to end "secret deals on costly work rules and perks. " Garcetti announced last week that he would not sign a proposed four-year salary agreement with the DWP employee union because it does not go far enough in allowing city officials to change costly or inefficient work rules at the utility.
OPINION
August 16, 2012 | Meghan Daum
Helen Gurley Brown, legendary editor of Cosmopolitan and doyenne of stiletto-heeled self-empowerment, died Monday at 90. The author of "Sex and the Single Girl," Brown was widely credited for revolutionizing the precepts of women's media, transforming a melange of recipes and homemaking tips into an unapologetic celebration of sexual, social and professional striving captured in cover lines like "Four Fab New Vibrators" and "Get Hit On All The Time....
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
While most of us were being squeaky-clean in our online activities, a rather dirty war recently broke out in cyberspace over the selling of dirty e-books on Amazon and elsewhere. The affair raises numerous issues of non-prurient interest. The controversy first erupted in the British press. That's appropriate, since it was the British author Charles Dickens who gave us the term "pecksniff. " (See his " Martin Chuzzlewit . ") There the online publication the Kernel unearthed "hundreds of e-books that celebrate graphic rape, incest and 'forced sex' with young girls available for sale from online retailer Amazon.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos and several other elite female cyclists have started an online petition to include women in the Tour de France starting in 2014. "For 100 years, the Tour de France has been the pinnacle endurance sports event of the world, watched by and inspiring millions of people. And for 100 years, it has been an exclusively male race," Vos and fellow cyclists Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine and Chrissie Wellington said in an online letter to Tour director Christian Prudhomme.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Relatives of one of the 19 Arizona hotshots killed by a wildfire  have launched an online petition to force the city of Prescott, Ariz., to provide his widow and young children with the same survivor benefits as other firefighters' families. Andrew Ashcraft, 29, was a three-year city employee and one of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew members who were overrun by flames June 30 while battling a fast-moving blaze in the small town of Yarnell, about 35 miles south of Prescott.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
While most of us were being squeaky-clean in our online activities, a rather dirty war recently broke out in cyberspace over the selling of dirty e-books on Amazon and elsewhere. The affair raises numerous issues of non-prurient interest. The controversy first erupted in the British press. That's appropriate, since it was the British author Charles Dickens who gave us the term "pecksniff. " (See his " Martin Chuzzlewit . ") There the online publication the Kernel unearthed "hundreds of e-books that celebrate graphic rape, incest and 'forced sex' with young girls available for sale from online retailer Amazon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is taking his message on Department of Water and Power salary negotiations directly to the public, calling on Angelenos to support him by signing an online petition entitled "Fix DWP!" The new petition drafted by Garcetti asks Angelenos to support him as he attempts to end "secret deals on costly work rules and perks. " Garcetti announced last week that he would not sign a proposed four-year salary agreement with the DWP employee union because it does not go far enough in allowing city officials to change costly or inefficient work rules at the utility.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Relatives of one of the 19 Arizona hotshots killed by a wildfire  have launched an online petition to force the city of Prescott, Ariz., to provide his widow and young children with the same survivor benefits as other firefighters' families. Andrew Ashcraft, 29, was a three-year city employee and one of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew members who were overrun by flames June 30 while battling a fast-moving blaze in the small town of Yarnell, about 35 miles south of Prescott.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
In David Boies, the Weinstein Co. has a powerful weapon at its disposal in its legal fight with Warner Bros. over the title of race-themed pic “The Butler.” But on Tuesday it was touting a less well-known name: a Michigan teen named Katy Butler. Butler, as hard-core followers of goings-on in Weinsteinland will recall, was the young woman who in the spring of 2012 sponsored the Change.org petition in favor of lowering the rating for “Bully” from an R, citing bullying she's faced herself.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos and several other elite female cyclists have started an online petition to include women in the Tour de France starting in 2014. "For 100 years, the Tour de France has been the pinnacle endurance sports event of the world, watched by and inspiring millions of people. And for 100 years, it has been an exclusively male race," Vos and fellow cyclists Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine and Chrissie Wellington said in an online letter to Tour director Christian Prudhomme.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
On Tuesday, we offered you our thoughts on "Welcome Oblivion," the sensual new electro-rock album by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor's latest band, How to Destroy Angels. And Wednesday we alerted you to the fact that Carly Rae Jepsen had canceled her appearance at this summer's National Scout Jamboree in response to an online petition asking the "Call Me Maybe" singer to "denounce the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay youth and parents. " What we neglected to mention until now, though, is that these two great North American artists have joined forces for an Internet mash-up that might be the best we've heard since the Freelance Hellraiser's 2001 classic " A Stroke of Genie-us . " First posted Monday on Reddit by a user calling himself pomDeter , "Call Me a Hole" pairs "Call Me Maybe" with "Head Like a Hole," from Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut, "Pretty Hate Machine.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Just weeks after PepsiCo Inc. announced it would remove a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drinks, an online petition is urging Coca-Cola Co. to remove brominated vegetable oil from its Powerade sports drinks. The petition , started by a Norcross, Ga. woman, has so far garnered more than 49,000 signatures urging Coca-Cola to nix the ingredient from its sports drinks. "BVO is very controversial due to the health effects it can have on people and animals," the Norcross woman, Aveyca Price, wrote.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said a deal has been reached between the agency and mobile carriers that will make smartphone unlocking legal. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agreement will ensure customers are allowed to unlock their devices as well as receive information from their carriers on how and when they can do so. Smartphone unlocking allows users to switch the carriers that provide service for their devices. Some carriers like to keep the devices they sell locked to prevent customers from taking their smartphones to their rivals.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Just weeks after PepsiCo Inc. announced it would remove a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drinks, an online petition is urging Coca-Cola Co. to remove brominated vegetable oil from its Powerade sports drinks. The petition , started by a Norcross, Ga. woman, has so far garnered more than 49,000 signatures urging Coca-Cola to nix the ingredient from its sports drinks. "BVO is very controversial due to the health effects it can have on people and animals," the Norcross woman, Aveyca Price, wrote.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A petition was presented Thursday to the Ohio attorney general's office, calling for a continuing investigation of the Steubenville rape case that shocked the nation . The online petition, with 70,000 signatures, calls on Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine's office to continue investigating the incident to ensure all of the people who were involved, either directly or as onlookers, are prosecuted, Kate Londen, communications manager for Choice USA, told the Los Angeles Times. Two high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, have been accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl at an alcohol-fueled party Aug. 11. Other partygoers, including athletes, used social media to propagate the alleged attack, especially through Twitter and by posting pictures on Instagram.
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