CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2011 |
The highest-paid state employee in California last year, a prison surgeon who took home $777,423, has a history of mental illness, was fired once for alleged incompetence and has not been allowed to treat an inmate for six years because medical supervisors don't trust his clinical skills. Since July 2005, Dr. Jeffrey Rohlfing has mostly been locked out of his job -- on paid leave or fired or fighting his termination -- at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, state records show.
June 27, 2011 |
The days of the old-fashioned family doctor who knows us intimately and treats our kids -- and our grandkids -- are fading fast. Instead, we're more likely to find ourselves searching for a doctor who will take our insurance, then waiting weeks for an appointment and hours in the waiting and exam rooms. Our doctor will rush in and rush through a series of pokes and prods and a checklist of questions, check off some codes on our record, then rush out again. None of this makes us very happy -- or, for that matter, the doctor either.
June 25, 2011 |
The Kings hit a snag while trying to grant Ryan Smyth's wish to return home to Western Canada when a tentative trade with the Oilers was derailed by concerns related to the post-concussion status of Edmonton forward Gilbert Brule. The Kings, surprised when Smyth asked out for family reasons, agreed to take a late draft pick and Brule's $1.85-million salary-cap hit to offset the Oilers' accepting Smyth's $6.25-million cap hit. The Kings planned to quickly trade, waive or buy out Brule to regain cap space to acquire a replacement for Smyth, who scored 23 goals last season.
June 23, 2011 |
Just when you thought you had seen it all regarding Ron Artest ... The Lakers forward filed paperwork Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to legally change his name to Metta World Peace. "Metta" is a Buddhist term. One definition for the word is "a strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others. " NBA players need to file papers with the league to change their jersey number, but no such action is necessary for name changes, according to a league official.
April 29, 2011 |
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Friday that he would participate in the first scheduled presidential candidates debate next week, giving the South Carolina forum a needed boost. In announcing his participation Pawlenty targeted President Obama, saying his poliices "have seriously jeopardized our nation's future and it's time for Republicans to show leadership and engage in the battle of ideas. "We have to stand up for America every chance we get, and I for one look forward to doing that on Thursday in South Carolina," he said.
April 25, 2011 |
It’s slated to be the kickoff event of the 2012 Republican primary season. But as a scheduled May 5 debate hosted by Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party rapidly nears, it’s unclear whether any major presidential candidates will actually be there. That’s because few of the likely contenders qualify to participate under the strict criteria laid out by the cable news network. Fox News acknowledged as much, last week quietly moving the deadline for candidates to qualify from April 29 to May 3. “Because the field is forming so late this cycle, there are not as many polls as there were at this stage in previous cycles,” Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news for the network, said through a spokeswoman Monday.
April 12, 2011 |
This Friday is April 15, the date synonymous with taxes, nervous twitches, occasional protests, sporadic cursing and late-night trips to the post office. But if you're running behind on your paperwork, or just hoping to hold on to your money a bit longer, you've got a few extra days this year. Thanks to a little-known Washington holiday and some odd Internal Revenue Service rules, taxpayers have until Monday to file their federal returns. It's a bit convoluted — what would you expect from Washington?
April 9, 2011 |
Howard & Sons, an Australian pyrotechnics company, worked overtime before the Commonwealth Games here in October to ensure that the opening and closing ceremony firework displays were a success. When officials with India's Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee didn't help the firm with the paperwork needed to import, store and transport explosives, the company says, it was forced to ship them by air at significant expense. When staff accreditation was delayed and the stadium opened late, the outfit went into overdrive to see to it that the fireworks were properly mounted on the stadium's rooftop and integrated with the music, which for the closing ceremony arrived just 24 hours before showtime.
April 6, 2011 |
Congress has repealed a tax provision that small businesses said would have buried them in paperwork and forced them to pay for hours of extra accounting services. The provision, passed last year as a way to raise money to pay for healthcare reform, would have forced all businesses to file special tax forms to report anyone with whom they did more than $600 worth of business in a given year. The repeal was welcomed by small-business owners and advocates across the nation, who had fought hard to push Congress and the White House to withdraw support from a measure that President Obama had initially favored.
March 31, 2011 |
Talks to settle state and federal investigations into botched foreclosure paperwork will be going on for a long time, government officials said after holding their first face-to-face meeting with top bank executives. "They cautioned we are looking at months, not weeks or days," said Jessica Smith, a Justice Department spokeswoman. Representatives of the five largest mortgage servicers — Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc.— met with government officials in Washington on Wednesday.