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January 10, 2003 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
When a regional planning agency released its annual report card for Southern California on Thursday, one local official joked that, if a teenager brought home similar grades from school, most parents would take away the kid's car keys until the grades improved. The report card for 2001 from the Southern California Assn.
September 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Delta Air Lines' regional subsidiary Comair had the worst on-time performance in July among airlines surveyed by the Transportation Department. Carriers recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 75.7% in July, higher than July 2007's 69.8% and June 2008's 70.8%. The carriers canceled 1.7% of their scheduled domestic flights in July, lower than the 2.1% cancellation rate of July 2007 and the 1.8% rate posted in June.
February 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
U.S. airlines' on-time performance declined dramatically in December compared with the previous month, but improved slightly over a year earlier, the Transportation Department said. The carriers blamed heavy snowstorms around the Christmas holiday and aviation system issues for contributing to some delays. The 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 65.3%, up from 64.3% a year earlier but down from 83.3% in November. Regional carrier Comair, a unit of Delta Air Lines Inc., had the worst on-time performance in December, while Hawaiian Airlines had the best.
January 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
WellPoint Inc., the second-largest U.S. health insurer and owner of Blue Cross of California, is offering patients the chance to critique doctors' offices the way diners review restaurants. Indianapolis-based WellPoint and New York-based Zagat Survey, the dining-guide publisher, created an online tool for WellPoint health plan members to rate physicians on trust, communication skills, availability and practice environment. Members of some health plans in California, Connecticut and Ohio will be the first to participate, WellPoint said.
April 8, 2005 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, in an effort to quiet a rebellion over federal education policy, announced Thursday that states with strong accountability systems already in place would be given greater flexibility in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act. "It is results that truly matter, not the bureaucratic way you get there," Spellings said at a meeting with state education chiefs at George Washington's estate, Mount Vernon, just south of Washington.
January 4, 2005 | Tracy Weber and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
The "culture of excuses and blaming" at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center is so deeply ingrained that fixing the troubled public hospital probably will take much longer than a year and cost much more than the millions of dollars Los Angeles County has committed to the effort so far, officials said Monday. Just getting King/Drew "back to an average American hospital" will take at least a couple of years, said Dr. Thomas Garthwaite, director of the county Department of Health Services.
May 28, 1997 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
For businesses hiring new employees, it's supposed to be like a test drive. The idea is to use a temporary staff company's screening procedures to evaluate probationary employees before making a final decision. Some job applicants at companies like LA Cellular are being sent to Remedy Intelligent Staffing for initial tests and then monitoring for 90 days or so. During that time, they are Remedy employees, and "the [hiring] company in fact has no liability," says Remedy spokeswoman Diane Leduc.
April 13, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Whites strongly favor giving Chief William J. Bratton a second term at the helm of the Los Angeles Police Department, but his support is considerably softer among minorities, an independent survey of city residents has found. Overall, 53% of residents said they support giving the chief a new five-year term, according to the survey conducted by the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.
Jaysen Gillespie wants to turn things around on professors. We all know professors grade students. He wants students to evaluate professors, and not just in quiet conversations or on private report cards. Gillespie's Irvine-based ( takes student opinions public by posting their critiques of professors and other college instructors on the Internet.
The Internal Revenue Service admitted Tuesday that it ranked employees on their aggressiveness in collecting delinquent taxes and conducting seizures of property, violating laws intended to protect Americans from overzealous tax enforcement. In releasing the results of an internal investigation, IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti said the agency "has failed to strike the proper balance between providing customer service and fair enforcement of the tax law."
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