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March 17, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- The Chinese government pledged on Sunday a moratorium on new government offices and guesthouses along with a reduction in government payrolls and official cars. The newly installed premier, Li Keqiang, made the promise in his debut speech at the closing news conference of the National People's Congress in Beijing. "The central government will lead by example and lower levels will follow suit," Li told assembled reporters inside the imposing Great Hall of the People on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
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NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An anonymous family of New Jersey atheists is asking a state judge to find that the words “under God” should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit , filed Monday, is nearly identical to one brought in Massachusetts by an unidentified family there. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court could rule in that case any day. “Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Assn.
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NATIONAL
March 9, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, among the nation's largest and most storied college fraternities, eliminated the controversial “pledging” process Sunday, saying new members once referred to as “pledges” immediately would be treated as fairly and equally as more senior brothers. In a practice common across many fraternities, new members often endure a ritual of back-breaking tasks, silly pranks and alcohol-fueled hijinks. Sometimes it rises to the level of hazing, when the welfare of pledges is put at risk.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Artificial trans fat still lurks in our food, at least at the Joe's Crab Shack chain, according to a health watchdog group. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said Wednesday that the Houston-based seafood restaurant company uses a blend of partially hydrogenated margarine-butter blend containing dangerous levels of trans fat. Joe's Crab Shack, which was established in 1994, did not immediately respond to requests for comment....
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Vineyard Vines has jumped onto the mustachioed bandwagon in a big way for Movember, announcing Friday that it will donate 100% of proceeds from sales of its two mustache-print neckties this month to the charity that combats prostate and testicular cancer. The 100% silk, made-in-America neckties come in either a red or blue with light blue all-over print handlebar mustaches. The $75 neckties are currently available online at www.vineyardvines.com . In an awesome showing of workplace support, the proceeds from sales of the ties over the course of November are going to the Movember Foundation by way of donations to Vineyard Vine's team of 'stache-growing employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and Joel Rubin
With no "arrest and conviction" of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner--the subject of an intense manhunt last month--some donors to a $1-million reward are rethinking their pledges. The LAPD says there's still enough for a $1-million payout, but the city of Riverside has already rescinded its $100,000 contribution for information leading to Dorner's "arrest and conviction. " "Because the conditions were not met, there will not be a payment of a reward by the city," said Riveside city spokeswoman Cindie Perry.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Developer Tom Gilmore has made a $1-million planned gift to the Southern California Institute of Architecture to support the school's first endowed chair. Gilmore, a member of the SCI-Arc board of trustees since 2001 and a key player in the renaissance of downtown L.A. over the last two decades, has pledged $1 million from his estate to help create the Gilmore City Chair, a faculty position dedicated to urban studies. Planned gifts aren't realized until the death of the donor.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Mitt Romney said Friday that he would back the people of Puerto Rico if they voted to become a state -- a position advocated by Puerto Rico's Gov. Luis Fortuño, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor several hours later and will campaign with him Friday night in Orlando. During a speech to the Hispanic Leadership Network at a golf resort in Miami, Romney drew wild cheers when he raised Puerto Rico's status and the fact that there is a referendum coming up on the question later this year.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
On a day packed with fundraising events to refuel his campaign, Newt Gingrich insisted Monday that he would not drop out of the GOP presidential contest even though polls show he is not now winning the argument against Rick Santorum that he is the best conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. The former House speaker also appealed specifically to California conservatives, promising to make the state competitive in the fall, calling for the preservation of memorial crosses that came under fire for being on public land, knocking the teachers union in Los Angeles for defending incompetent teachers, saying he would rein in federal environmental officials, and pledging to take on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which just ruled against the state's same-sex marriage initiative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1991
Orange County's public television station, KOCE Channel 50, received more than 2,500 pledges during its recently-completed fund-raising drive, the most since 1987--the earliest year for which information is available. Since a downturn from 1987 to 1988, the number of pledges the station has received during its annual drive has increased each year--culminating in the 14% jump this year.
OPINION
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Each Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is supposed to carry a card at all times that sets forth the department's core values, embodied in a single sentence pledging respect, integrity, wisdom and "the courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms. " The card has been variously called inspirational and plain silly, but if it's silly, its silliness lies not in the values expressed but in the notion that words on a card could, by themselves, imbue deputies with values that they do not already hold or that are not instilled in them in training and reinforced each day on the job. News reports and anecdotal tales of inmate abuse, the hazing of new deputies and disrespect paid to the communities it is supposed to protect suggest that the department has a long way to go to make its core values more than words on a card.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
TAL KHALAKH, Syria - For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn't speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. "I was ashamed," recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with nearby Lebanon - and more recently as a cross-border terminus for arms and rebel fighters. "He was not my son anymore. " All that has changed. Khaled has renounced the uprising to oust President Bashar Assad and is studying to become a lawyer.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, among the nation's largest and most storied college fraternities, eliminated the controversial “pledging” process Sunday, saying new members once referred to as “pledges” immediately would be treated as fairly and equally as more senior brothers. In a practice common across many fraternities, new members often endure a ritual of back-breaking tasks, silly pranks and alcohol-fueled hijinks. Sometimes it rises to the level of hazing, when the welfare of pledges is put at risk.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto may not have created bitcoin, but now, he has a whole lot of it. After Nakamoto's life was thurst into the media spotlight by Newsweek, which on Thursday ran an article alleging he invented bitcoin, more than $12,500 worth of bitcoins have been pouring into an address set up to collect donations for the 64-year-old Temple City resident. The donations began after a campaign was launched by Andreas M. Antonopoulos, the chief security officer of Blockchain, a website where users can store their bitcoins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Anthony York
MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to the heart of the Silicon Valley on Wednesday and signed a deal that would promote trade and joint research between the Jewish state and California. The ceremony at the Computer History Museum was the latest international agreement signed by Brown, who led a trade mission to China last year and plans to take a delegation to Mexico this summer. The governor, a three-time failed presidential candidate who has said he will not be a candidate in 2016, said he will continue to forge accords with international leaders as an end-run around partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C. "California and Israel will build on their respective strengths in research and technology to confront critical problems we both face, such as water scarcity, cybersecurity and climate change," Brown said.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Chief executives from 21 companies gathered at the White House on Friday, bringing with them a pledge not to unfairly weed out the long-term unemployed in their hiring process. About 300 businesses - including Apple Inc., EBay Inc., Gap Inc., Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., 21st Century Fox Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Magic Johnson Enterprises - signed the document, which promises not to discriminate against job applicants solely because they have been out of work for extended stretches.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2010 | By Josh Meyer and Peter Nicholas and Alana Semuels
The Obama administration pledged Thursday to close gaps in the intelligence system that enabled a suspected terrorist carrying explosives to board a U.S.-bound plane, and vowed to create a better system for sharing and analyzing the information that floods the intelligence community. The White House based its assertions on the early findings of two inquiries into what it calls the "human and systemic failures" that took place in the run-up to a Nigerian man's alleged attempt to blow up a plane carrying nearly 300 people from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas.
NEWS
July 27, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, have pledged $2.5 million in support of Referendum 74, a Washington state ballot measure that seeks to affirm same-sex marriage with voters. Washington's Legislature passed a same-sex marriage law in February. The Bezoses' gift doubles the funds available to proponents of the same-sex referendum, the N.Y. Times reports . "To get this from a straight, married couple sends a powerful message that marriage is seen as a fundamental question of fairness,” Zach Silk, the campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage , told the paper.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Studios say they will support efforts by the Writers Guild of America to ensure that screenwriters are paid on time. The Writers Guild of America, West announced this week that it was working with talent agents on a joint project to "address the chronic problem of late payment to screenwriters" to "change the culture of late pay that persists in Hollywood. " The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major film and television studios, expressed support Thursday for the union's so-called late-pay initiative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
SAN FRANCISCO - The leaders of California's three public higher education systems Wednesday pledged more cooperation, particularly in transferring students, while Gov. Jerry Brown urged them to develop more innovative collaborations. In a rare gathering, University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris said they want to break through some of the walls set up by the state's 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education, which established different roles and student enrollment criteria for each sector.
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