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November 30, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
A pair of U.S. governors appealed to the Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday to reclassify marijuana as a drug with accepted medical uses, saying current federal law makes it difficult for states that have legalized medical marijuana to safely regulate it. The petition filed by Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington and Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island asks the government to change marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II under the...
April 22, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
City officials are starting to pore over thousands of signatures to determine whether a proposal for a Los Angeles city health commission could make it to the ballot -- the latest step in a battle by AIDS activists who argue Angelenos need more leverage over services provided by the county. The petition calls for a 15-member commission, appointed by members of the Los Angeles City Council, to monitor how county departments provide health services to the city. It would also examine whether the city should keep contracting with the county or create a health department of its own. The proposal emerged after a court struck down an earlier bid by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to create a city health department, an idea that was vehemently opposed by city and county officials.
March 30, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationannounced Friday that it will not ban the use of bisphenol A, also known as BPA, in food packaging. [For the record: In an earlier version of this post, the Natural Resources Defense Council was misidentified as the National Resources Defense Council. ] In a 12-page letter,David H. Dorsey, FDA acting associate commissioner for policy and planning, wrote that the the Natural Resources Defense Council, which had petitioned the agency to change its regulations on use of the chemical, had not provided sufficient scientific evidence to change the current regulations.
April 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The request: Kick Justin Bieber out of the United States of America. The White House's response: No. In case you hadn't been paying close attention to Bieber's citizenship status lately -- and really, who is? -- someone launched a petition on the White House's website in January asking officials to deport the 20-year-old Canadian pop megastar after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest in Miami Beach. "We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," read the plaintive prompt , which was mostly grammatical.
April 11, 2013 | By Karin Klein
The "parent trigger" movement underwent a maturation process in its latest campaign, a petition to restructure 24th Street Elementary in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Unlike in previous campaigns, there were no lawsuits against the district, no claims by parents that they had been duped into signing the petition. (Under the law, if half or more of the parents sign, they can force either a restructuring of the school or a switch to charter.) The process was deliberative, with the parents taking applications to run their school and voting on which ones to accept.
December 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The same day that Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants Inc. said it will not bump down existing full-time workers to part-time status to skirt healthcare costs, a petition calling on the company's chief executive to clarify his position is gaining steam. Dan Haney, an unemployed pharmaceutical customer service representative from Philadelphia, started the petition urging Darden CEO Clarence Otis to be even more specific about how the company will react when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014.
April 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Pastor Rick Warren and his wife have launched a petition about mental illness after their son's suicide. “Join Kay and I, and the Saddleback Family, in our effort to urge educators, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and church congregations to raise the awareness and lower the stigma of mental illness … and support the families that deal with mental illness on a daily basis,” the petition reads. Matthew Warren, 27, shot himself April 5 at his home in Mission Viejo.
June 29, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Tesla Motors' fight over direct sales went grass-roots earlier this month with the launch of a petition to allow straight-to-consumer transactions in all 50 states. The Palo Alto maker of high-end electric cars has been in a tussle with traditional dealers in several states over its standalone sales model. Dealers and their advocates say Tesla is breaking state laws that require automakers to sell cars through franchise dealerships. The petition from Telsa backers argues that state politicians should stay out of a simple transaction between willing buyers and sellers.
November 8, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Jermaine Jackson is changing his famous name. But not by much. Jackson filed court papers in L.A. on Tuesday to change his last name to Jacksun, citing "artistic reasons" for the slight alteration. While the world likely lets out a collective sigh of relief that the latest bizarre headline to plague this family this year is something laughable (this summer's “kidnapping” of Katherine Jackson , ongoing family battles, etc.) , we are waiting for Jackson to explain these “artistic reasons” in an overwrought press conference, which most likely will also plug some Jacksun-related product.
February 21, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
A petition demanding an investigation into the Olympic gold medal win of Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova is breaking records at Fans of Sochi silver medal winner Yuna Kim of South Korea have caused the petition to catch fire. It was gaining 100,000 new signatures every 15 minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning, Pacific time, with 90% of signatures coming from inside Korea. "No other petition has gotten to 1 million signatures in eight hours before," spokesman Mark Anthony told the L.A. Times on Friday morning.
April 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile is on the offensive against its rivals again, calling for the top U.S. wireless carriers to end their use of overage fees. The Seattle-based carrier launched a petition on on Monday morning that said 20 million Americans were hit with overage fees by carriers in 2013. T-Mobile estimates that customers pay AT&T, Verizon and Sprint more than $1 billion in overages per year.  "I'm laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers -- because it's the right thing to do," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement.
April 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom. Students and parents have rallied around Greg Schiller after his suspension in February from the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts. Supporters have organized a rally on his behalf at the campus for Thursday, gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for his reinstatement and set up a social media page.
April 8, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Michael Vick will be a polarizing figure as long as he remains in the NFL. The quarterback spent 19 months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge in 2007 but staged a successful comeback in the league, spending the last five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. After signing with the New York Jets during the off-season, Vick now has a new group of fans to win over. A petition posted on shows it might not be easy. More than 4,000 people have signed the document asking for State University of New York-Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum to ban Vick from campus, where the Jets have held training camp since 2009.
March 27, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Two Cal State Dominguez Hills professors launched a petition drive Thursday to block a proposed "success fee" that would raise costs for students. The push came a day after President Willie J. Hagan advised in a campus email that he would recommend to Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White that the fee be approved. White recently approved so-called student success fees at San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton. Eleven of Cal State's 23 campuses have now enacted the fees, with most revenue used to hire faculty and counselors and improve other student services that suffered during a period of budget cuts.
March 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan, Ralph Vartabedian and Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Calm seas returned Wednesday to aid the search for the missing Flight 370, but public protests and the first legal filing on behalf of a passenger hinted at a stormy forecast for Malaysia and its state-supported airline. Executives of Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday that they would pay at least $5,000 to each of the families of the 227 passengers aboard the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8, but the gesture appeared to provide little comfort to distraught relatives, about 100 of whom marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, where some clashed with police.
March 20, 2014 | By David Wharton
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still a long way off, but not too distant to fuel continuing controversy. From the start critics raised concerns about lingering radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Now comes a different sort of complaint. The organizing committee, which initially lacked female members, has added music producer Yasushi Akimoto. Akimoto created the girl group AKB48, which features scantily clad young women ranging in age from teens to mid-20s singing often suggestive lyrics.
May 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Tebow fans are making a plea for their favorite quarterback to be signed by and start for the Jacksonville Jaguars ... and they're taking it straight to the top. Forget about General Manager David Caldwell, who has said time and again he has no intention of bringing in Tebow despite the former Florida quarterback's popularity in the area. And team owner Shad Khan apparently is useless to these people. He knew of Caldwell's plan to stay away from Tebow ... and hired the guy anyway!
August 2, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Federal officials have denied a petition by San Joaquin Valley farmers to drop a small West Coast group of killer whales from the endangered species list. The refusal represents the latest development in a decade-long legal battle over protections for three pods of orca whales that swim off the Pacific Northwest coast, ranging as far south as Central California and as far north as southeastern Alaska. The southern resident killer whale population, as it is called, was listed as endangered in 2005 after a federal court ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service to reconsider an earlier finding that the pods did not constitute a distinct population segment.
March 5, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Ducks traded winger Dustin Penner to the Capitals on Tuesday, leaving him scrambling for a place to live in Washington while he joins his new team. Maybe he knows someone who lives in a spacious house than might be able to let him crash through the end of the season? Something close to the major sites?   . @BarackObama hey i know this is last minute & I hate asking on such short notice but can I crash for a few days? I'm great with kids - Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25)
February 28, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Katy Perry's “Dark Horse” video has been reedited to remove a quick scene that has generated outcry among some in the Muslim community. The scene in dispute showed a suitor being disintegrated, along with a pendant he was wearing that spelled out “Allah” (the Arabic word for “God”). A petition posted by Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, England, lobbied for YouTube to remove the video. But it was reedited to digitally remove the Allah medallion, and that version is now posted on YouTube and Vevo.
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